Keynote lecture 21-9-2017: 10.15-10.45h
Niels Jørgen Olesen is Professor in “Aquatic Animal Diseases”, at the Technical University of Denmark, National Veterinary Institute (DTU Vet). The main focus of his research is the host-pathogen interactions in fish, where his research group covers the entire area from molecule to fish and herds. In addition, they have many assignments in terms of development and validation of diagnostic methods and diagnostic products, of which many are used as international standards. Their methods include in vivo characterization of pathogens and vaccines in fish, culturing of viruses in cell cultures, virus purification, immunochemical assays, development of antibodies, and molecular techniques (PCR, real time PCR, NGS, etc.). A close interplay between farmed and wild fish is a condition for most fish farms, and studies on how diseases develop and spread in this interface is an important goal for our research. In addition he focuses on characterization of virulence markers and virulence mechanisms in vivo, in vitro, and in silico of serious viral diseases in aquaculture. During his entire career viral haemorrhagic septicaemia (VHS) have played the most important role. Niels Jørgen Olesen is head of the OIE Reference Laboratory for Viral Haemorrhagic Septicaemia.