Animal Health & Nutrition Intellectual Exchange Group

The Animal Health and Nutrition Intellectual Exchange Group (AH&N IEG) is a group with representation from industry, academia and the NC Biotechnology Center.  Its mission is to provide a forum for professionals (academics as well as industry) working in the Animal Health and Nutrition space to discuss topics of relevance, network with each other to build relationships and collaborations.  It will also serve as a forum to identify technologies that could be spun out from universities; a forum for company executives to develop peer-level relationships and company collaborations. It aims to become the core of a future cluster in RTP around Animal Health and Nutrition.


May 18, 2020, 4-5 p.m. 

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"The future is now; animal welfare in livestock industries"

Animal welfare issues are at the forefront of debate and have taken center stage as a key factor influencing commercial livestock production systems in the US. To address these ethical concerns, animal welfare scientists focus on identifying objective tools to quantify animal welfare as a means to develop science-based guidelines to improve on-farm welfare. This presentation will focus on the current challenges and future trends of animal welfare in poultry, cattle and swine in the US.

Featured Speakers:

Dr. Prafulla Regmi, Assistant Professor in the Prestage Department of Poultry Science at North Carolina State University

Dr. Monique Pairis-Garcia, Associate Professor and Veterinarian in Global Production Animal Welfare at North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine


January 13, 2020

“Woof-Choo!  Allergies in Companion Animals”

Just like humans, cats, dogs, and horses can all develop allergies to food, flea bites and environmental allergies such as grass pollen and mold spores. Allergies are common in domestic pets than in wild or farm animals that spend most of their time outdoors. This may be because the more hygienic conditions in human houses leave less work for the immune system and so it gets inappropriately sensitized to normally harmless particles in the environment Come and learn about what dogs and cats have in common with allergies in humans and what is being done about them.

Featured Speakers:

Tobias Kaeser, Ph.D, Assistant Professor in Swine Immunology, NCSU

Stefan C Weiss, MD MBA, Founder and CEO of Aniluxx Biotechnologies


November 4, 2019

“Gastrointestinal Functionality: Nutrition, Biochemistry, Microbiota and More”

Gut health is a topic widely discussed for the animal as well as human welfare because optimal gastrointestinal functionality is crucial for health. Gut health informs performances as it improves feed efficiency, reduces the use of antibiotics, and sustains food safety. Nutritional and managerial practices used within the food-animal agricultural system may have relevance to the challenges faced by global human health. Jack Odle will discuss the piglet agri-medical model developed in his laboratories; it is considered to be the premier model for all mammalian neonates including pediatric pre-clinical research. He will discuss the model and its use and will focus on recent work in his laboratory on prebiotic oligosaccharides. Joan Torrent will address how gut health can be managed and animal performance maintained or enhanced in the absence of antibiotics.

Featured Speakers:

Dr. Jack Odle, NCSU

Dr. Joan Torrent, Oligo Basics

September 9, 2019

“Pets and Parasites: Diseases transmitted by fleas and ticks and their impact on animal and human health” 

Fleas and ticks are the most common ectoparasites (external parasites) of dogs and cats worldwide. In addition to just being a nuisance, fleas are responsible for flea allergy dermatitis and Bartonellosis while ticks are important vectors of diseases that affect humans and animals. The geographic distribution of ticks is changing due to climate change, de-foresting, and the changing living and migrating patterns of deer, birds, and rodents. Ticks are in virtually all parts of the United States, including some urban areas, and many parts of the world. Tick-transmitted diseases include: Lyme disease, Ehrlichiosis, Anaplasmosis, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, Babesiosis, and Hepatozoonosis. This AH&N forum will discuss Bartonellosis as well as outline the discovery and development of molecules that treat flea and tick infestations on companion animals.

Featured Speakers: 

Dr. Edward B. Breitschwerdt, NCSU

Kerrie Powell, Cambrex



Membership Guidelines

Faculty, students, postdocs and industry members with interest in animal health and nutrition are welcome.

Meeting Format

Similar meeting format as previous years will be maintained in the 2018-2019 season. Each event will host multiple speakers centered around the event theme and allow time for networking among attendees.

Most events run from 4:30 - 7:30 p.m. at NCBiotech, unless otherwise noted. Registration is required for all seminars. Registration is free unless otherwise noted.

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