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European Animal Disease Genomics Network of Excellence for Animal Health and Food Safety (EADGENE)

Launch of European Research Network
Paris, 05 October 2004

Achilléas MITSOS, Director-General, Research DG, European Commission
François d’AUBERT, Minister for Research, France
Marion GUILLOU, President of INRA

Presentation of “EADGENE”

05 October 2004 (introduction and guided tours at 10:00, speeches and press conference at 15:00 sharp)

Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique (INRA), Domaine de Vilvert, 78352 Jouy-en-Josas Cedex, France

On 05 October the European research network of excellence EADGENE will be launched at INRA’s site at Jouy-en-Josas in France. The production of high quality safe food, respecting animal welfare and the environment, is the primary objective of European livestock and aquaculture industries. Particular focus is to be placed on the improvement of animal health. However, relevant genomics research is fragmented and the restructuring of the European research capacity is required. With 13 partners from 10 countries the European Network of Excellence EADGENE brings together scientific excellence to make a real difference to animal and human health, and improve the quality of animal products.

For information on the EADGENE network, please see

For information about INRA’s center at Jouy-en-Josas, please see /

Conference programme

9h30 Welcome/coffee

10h00 Introduction
Emmanuel Jolivet, President of the Research Centre INRA Jouy-en-Josas
The INRA and the Marie Curie’s network
Muriel Mambrini and Emmanuelle Maguin, INRA

10h30 Guided tour of 4 sites
- Platforms of integrative biology: new tools for health
- Animal models for animal and human health (demonstration of surgery on animals)
- Reproduction and embryonic development: medical applications of biotechnologies (micromanipulations on animal embryos)
- Genetic enhancement of domestic animals: from genome to disease resistance (laboratory of genetics)

12h00 Lunch/buffet

13h15 Presentation of EADGENE
Marie-Hélène Pinard-van der Laan, INRA
Integrating Animal Disease Genomics: Why and How?
Steve Bishop, Roslin Institute
Animal Disease Genomics: Issues for Animal Health and Food Safety
Mari Smits, ID-Lelystad
Animal Disease Genomics: For Whom?
Anne-Marie Neeteson, European Forum Farm Animal Breeders and Pieter Knap, Club of Interest
Animal Disease Genomics: Advances and Issues for International Cooperation
Joan Lunney, US Department of Agriculture

15h00 Speeches
Marion Guillou, INRA’s President
François d’Aubert, Minister for Research
Achilléas Mitsos, Director-General of the Research DG European Commission

15h30 Plenary discussion and press conference

17h00 Cocktail

Additional information on this press event:

  • As mentioned in the programme, a press conference will take place between 15:00 and 17:00.
  • A bus shuttle will be provided from RER B Station “Antony” to the Jouy-en-Josas site, south of Paris.

For information on the EADGENE Network of Excellence please visit the Major Projects Library or download the factsheet (PDF 405 KB).



Céline Goupil, INRA
Tel.: +33 1 42 75 91 69, E-mail:

Michael H. Wappelhorst, Press and information officer, Research DG, European Commission
Tel: +32.2.298 75 75, Fax: +32.2.295 82 20, E-Mail: Michael.Wappelhorst @


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