Dear friends, I’m pleased to inform you that, as approved by the IAP, in 2014 Italy will host the 12th Colloquium of the International Association for Paratuberculosis in the city of Parma. Why Parma? First of all, Parma is located in a strategic geographical position, in the centre of Northern Italy, and is considered one of the Italian food “capitals”. It is also a famous place for music and art and, more significantly in a veterinary perspective, it is the seat of the European Food Safety Authority, and the well known University of Parma.The time proposed for the Colloquium is the end of June, which is the beginning of the summer in Italy when the days are longer and the weather is warm and pleasant.
The International Colloquium on Paratuberculosis, periodically held under the auspices of the International Association for Paratuberculosis, has become a special appointment for the IAP members and, what is more important, it is a general meeting for leading researchers, livestock industry representatives, veterinarians and public health authorities with an interest in this disease and its related issues. Scientific sessions will focus on the biology of MAP, pathogenesis and immunology, diagnostics, national control programs, epidemiology and control strategies, concluding with an update on public health and food safety aspects.
Our Institute (Istituto Zooprofilattico Sperimentale della Lombardia e dell’Emilia-Romagna) is honoured to receive the trust of the IAP to lead the organization efforts to make of the 12th colloquium an event of scientific interest and social enjoyment. To do this, we have convened an experienced and enthusiastic group of both Italian and international members to serve at the Local Organizing Committee.
I hope all of you will accept this invitation to join us in Parma.