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PigCast: Tips on Immunology with Dr. Sánchez Vizcaíno


MSD Animal Health is delighted to present a new kind of podcast – PigCast.

Hear an industry expert talk about immunology.

Miquel Collell hosts a conversation between Stephan Von Berg and the renowned African Swine Fever expert and immunologist Professor José Manuel Sanchez-Vizcaíno, where they ask: what are the ingredients for a perfect vaccine?

Professor Sanchez-Vizcaíno sets out:

  • the most important things to consider when trying to produce ‘beautiful antibodies’
  • the difficulties of trials with complicated pathogens like ASF
  • the importance of good adjuvants, and
  • how molecular biology can reveal new, useful information about pathogen proteins

Considering the imminent arrival of a COVID-19 vaccine, Stefan and the Professor also examine the immune response issues that explain why all vaccines aren’t developed as quickly.

Discussing his work with the Brado Pigs to eradicate ASF in Sardinia – and assessing the very different farming methods and traditions across Europe and Asia – Professor Sanchez-Vizcaíno describes how to run a successful pig vaccination program even when the local community are against it.

Listen now on Spotify: