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This article is part of the supplement: Proceedings of the International Symposium on Animal Genomics for Animal Health (AGAH 2010)

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Report from the Second International Symposium on Animal Genomics for Animal Health: Critical Needs, Challenges and Potential Solutions

Steve C Bishop1, Joan K Lunney2, Marie-Hélène Pinard-van der Laan3 and Cyril G Gay4*

Author Affiliations

1 The Roslin Institute and R(D)SVS, University of Edinburgh, Roslin, Midlothian, EH25 9RG, Scotland, UK

2 Animal Parasitic Diseases Laboratory, ARS, USDA, Beltsville, MD 20705, USA

3 INRA/AgroParisTech, UMR1313 Génétique Animale et Biologie Intégrative, F-78352 Jouy-en-Josas Cedex, France

4 Office of National Programs, ARS, REE, USDA, 5601 Sunnyside Ave, Beltsville, MD 20705, USA

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BMC Proceedings 2011, 5(Suppl 4):S1  doi:10.1186/1753-6561-5-S4-S1

Published: 3 June 2011


The second International Symposium on Animal Genomics for Animal Health held in Paris, France 31 May-2 June, 2010, assembled more than 140 participants representing research organizations from 40 countries. The symposium included a roundtable discussion on critical needs, challenges and opportunities, and a forward look at the potential applications of animal genomics in animal health research. The aim of the roundtable discussion was to foster a dialogue between scientists working at the cutting edge of animal genomics research and animal health scientists. Importantly, stakeholders were included to provide input on priorities and the potential value of animal genomics to the animal health community. In an effort to facilitate the roundtable discussion, the organizers identified four priority areas to advance the use of genome-enabled technologies in animal health research. Contributions were obtained through open discussions and a questionnaire distributed at the start of the symposium. This report provides the outcome of the roundtable discussion for each of the four priority areas. For each priority, problems are identified, including potential solutions and recommendations. This report captures key points made by symposium participants during the roundtable discussion and serves as a roadmap to steer future research priorities in animal genomics research.