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Ingelheim/Germany, 23 March 2009 - Dr Lars Erik Larsen from the Danish National Veterinary Institute in Copenhagen, Dr Nicolas Rose from the French Agency For Food Safety in Ploufragan and Dr Gerard Wellenberg from the Dutch Animal Health Service in Deventer are the winners of this year`s European Porcine-Circovirus Research Award.
The PCV21 Research Award is sponsored by Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health. In total, 75,000 Euro, three prizes of 25,000 Euro each are granted to European researchers who convince the independent jury with their outline of innovative research approaches in the field of swine immunology to explore Porcine Circovirus Disease (PCVD).
The awards were recently presented to the award winners by Prof. Maurice Pensaert, former head of the Laboratory of Virology of the Ghent University and Dr. Gerald Behrens from Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health during a ceremony at the global headquarters of Boehringer Ingelheim in Ingelheim, Germany.
The awarded research projects in the area of applied immunological PCV2 research have been selected from 12 applications:
European Porcine Circovirus (PCV2) Research Award
The European Porcine Circovirus (PCV2) Research Award is an annual award that recognizes research proposals in the area of applied immunological PCV2 research. The award comes with a prize money of 75,000 Euro in total for innovative approaches in the field of swine immunology, particularly Porcine Circovirus Disease (PCVD). With the award Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health aims to promote further scientific progress to better understand and ultimately control this devastating swine disease.
The European PCV2 Award has an independent review board with leading European scientists in applied porcine research reviewing the entries and deciding upon the winning proposals. The panel is chaired by Professor emeritus Maurice Pensaert from the Laboratory of Veterinary Virology at the University of Ghent in Belgium.
How to apply
Applications for the next European PCV2 Research award can be submitted by September 15, 2009. For more details please contact Maurice.email@example.com or Petra.Maass@boehringer-ingelheim.com.
The Boehringer Ingelheim group is one of the world`s 20 leading pharmaceutical companies. Headquartered in Ingelheim, Germany, it operates globally with 135 affiliates in 47 countries and 39,800 employees. Since it was founded in 1885, the family-owned company has been committed to researching, developing, manufacturing and marketing novel products of high therapeutic value for human and veterinary medicine.
In 2007, Boehringer Ingelheim posted net sales of 10.9 billion euro while spending one fifth of net sales in its largest business segment Prescription Medicines on research and development.
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1 PCV 2 = Porcine Circovirus Type 2
2 PCVD = Porcine Circovirus Disease