North Central Avian Disease Conference (NCADC)

When: March 11-12, 2019
Where: Minneapolis Convention Center | Room: M100 H-I-J 

This is the 70th Anniversary of the NCADC so we hope you will join us to celebrate.

Prepare to attend a great educational program. We have invited several of the senior researchers in their fields to talk on the insights that led to their most important discoveries. Their presentations will be followed by updates from contemporary professionals on their experiences in the control and management of these diseases.

There is a separate fee to attend this event.

REGISTER FOR NCADC HERE (this is a separate link that will take you away from the MPF website; the link does NOT include MPF registration)

The program listing is tentative. The final version will be posted in January. Please check back here for updates.

Tentative Program for the 70th North Central Avian Disease Conference

Monday, March 11, 2019

7:00:  Continental Breakfast

7:45:  Welcome: Don Reynolds, Nebraska Veterinary Diagnostic Center, School of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, University of Nebraska

Platform Presentations

8:00:  * KC Mahesh:   Understanding Toll-like receptor 3 mediated immune responses in chicken and quail fibroblast cell lines using knockout model

8:15:  * Amir Ghorbani:  Targeting viral subpopulations to improve the effectiveness of live-attenuated influenza vaccine

8:30:  * Maria Barrera:  Development of an enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay to detect turkey reovirus antibodies

8:45:  * Zach Bradley:  Optimization of the rRT-PCR protocol for the detection of the turkey arthritis reovirus

9:00:  * Maria Barrera:  Retrospective analysis of turkey arthritis reovirus diagnostic submissions in Minnesota

9:15:  * Z. C. Sauer:  Comparison of chicken blood gas and chemistry parameters between the portable i-STAT®1 clinical analyzer and serum biochemistry panel using Hy-Line commercial white-egg laying hens.

9:30-9:45 Break

9:45:  * Michaela C. Olson:  Investigating the respiratory virome of backyard poultry and need for owner education about respiratory pathogens

10:00:  * Ian A. Dwight:  Disease detection in pen-reared pheasants in the Central Valley of California

10:15:  Steve Fitz-Coy:  Coccidiosis control in commercial broiler breeder pullets

10:30:  R. M. “Mick” Fulton:  Causes of Splenomegaly in Ducks

10:45:  Don Reynolds:  Enhanced biosecurity through in-house composting of routine mortalities

Invited Speakers

11:00:  H5N2 LPAI in Minnesota turkeys:  Dale Lauer

11:30-1:00 Lunch

1:00:  NVSL Update:  Mia Torchetti

1:30:  J-virus:  Guillermo Zavala

2:00:  Bluecomb in turkeys:  Peter Poss

2:30:  Turkey Coronavirus:  Kabel Robbins

3:00-3:15 Break

3:15:  ORT (vaccination/research) KV Nagaraja

3:45:  ORT:  Marissa Studinski & Emily Smith

4:15:  Salmonella:  KV Nagaraja

4:45:  Salmonella in turkeys:  Helen Wojcinski

5:15:  Business Meeting

5:45:  Social

6:15:  Dinner

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

7:00:  Continental Breakfast

7:45:  Marek’s Disease:  Dick Witter

8:15:  Lymphoid Leukosis:  Bill Chase

8:45:  ORT:  Brian McComb

9:15:  Mycoplasma:  Stan Kleven

9:45:  Mycoplasma:  Natalia Armour

10:15:  Break

10:30:  Avian Influenza:  Dick Slemons

11:00:  Avian Influenza Monitoring and Controlled Marketing:  Carol Cardona

11:30:  Microfloral rehabilitation: Normalisation of Gut Function:  Richard Murphy Ph.D.

12:15:  Adjourn

* Denotes Graduate Student presentation.

The Monday evening Awards Dinner, hosted by Maple Leaf Farms and Alltech is always well attended and highly praised.

Dinner Entertainment

In Honor of the 70th Anniversary of the NCADC the Program Committee is happy to announce the appearance of 3D and Cousin Nicky

Dave Mohs, Wendell Nash, Webb Ashland, Cousin Nicky, Dom Nash

A Renowned Musical Group from Willmar, Minnesota

They have over 150 years of music playing between them.

They play Rock…Country…Jazz…Bluegrass.

You are bound to hear something that you recognize.

For more information on this event, please contact NCADC Chairperson Dr. Daniel Shaw at the University of Missouri via




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