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Welcome to the 4th COMBAR

joint WG meeting!

After three successful joint Working Group meetings in Warsaw, León and Ghent, where over 150 specialists from across the world came together to discuss their work and innovations for sustainable helminth control in ruminants, this year the COMBAR meeting will be organised fully online. Forced by the circumstances, the meeting will be held online only and this may not be the ideal starting base for making new contacts, setting up new collaborations and having in depth scientific discussions. However, meeting online also offers opportunities for reaching out to members and stakeholders who would otherwise not be able to attend.

As COMBAR has entered its last working year, it is time to see where we stand and start defining recommendations from the conducted research and knowledge exchange activities. Kicking-off a process towards constructing recommendations for research and policy, we aim to set-up discussion panels around the theme of the different working groups: (1) diagnosis, (2) socio-economics and (3) sustainable control. Each theme will have a separate online session, and will be introduced by a high level keynote presentation as well as a number of short presentations from our researchers. The discussion panels will involve a mix of researchers and relevant stakeholders whereas the audience will be able to participate via polling software.  In this way, we hope to start translating the pooled knowledge and new research findings into workable recommendations.

COMBAR has grown over the years to a network of near 200 scientists from Europe and beyond. With them, I am proud to offer you an attractive programme with presenting opportunities for young researchers and ample room for discussion.


Looking forward to your participation

Dr. Johannes Charlier


COMBAR WG meeting, 27-29 August 2019, Ghent

About COMBAR: Cattle, sheep and goats are parasitised by various helminth species. These pathogens are important production-limiting diseases of grazing ruminants in Europe and are mainly controlled through grazing management and the strategic use of anthelmintics. Today, anthelmintic resistance (AR) has become a global threat for effective parasite control and rentable livestock farming. The COST Action COMBAR aims at coordinating research at the European level to find solutions for the AR problem. The action works in a structure of 3 working groups: (1) Diagnosis; (2) Socio-economic aspects and (3) Sustainable control.

Abstract submission

Download the template and submit your abstract to costcombar@yahoo.com with “COMBAR abstract” in the subject and this before 22 October (17:00 CET). You will receive a notification of reception and be informed on the selection for presentation by 15 November.

All accepted abstracts + posters will be published in an abstract book.

When you submit an abstract, you should still register via the link below

Presentation guidelines:

Short oral presentations: 8 min + 1 question

Poster presentation: 1 min

Scientific committee: J. Charlier, S. Sotiraki, L. Rinaldi, G. von Samson-Himmelstjerna, E. Claerebout, D. Bartley, E. Morgan, H. Hoste


Preliminary programme

About the speakers

Dr. Cédric Neveu | INRAE

Dr. Cedric Neveu was originally trained as a plant parasitologist and started applying his molecular skills to animal parasitic nematodes when he got a permanent position at the French National Institute for agronomical research (INRAE). He is currently heading a research group specialized in the identification of anthelmintic mode of action and molecular mechanisms associated with resistance.

Dr. Mária Szabó | OIE

Dr Mária Szabó obtained her veterinary degree at the Veterinary Science University in Budapest. Previously she worked in the Hungarian public sector, as part of a regulatory body known as the Directorate of Veterinary Medicines, for nearly 15 years. During that time she was seconded to London for two years as a National Expert to the European Medicine Agency (EMEA). She acted as a secretary to the Veterinary Mutual Recognition Facilitation Group (VMRFG; later CMDv), to the Committee of Veterinary Medicinal Products (CVMP) - Environmental Risk Assessment Working Group (ERA-WP), and as a project manager for centralised procedures. She represented Hungary in different forums in terms of veterinary medicines. Since 2015, Mária has been working for the Word Organisation for Animal Health (OIE), based in Paris. She is responsible for the mission of veterinary medicinal products.

Dr. Barbara Cyrus | EMA

Dr. Barbara Cyrus graduated as a veterinarian from the Free University of Berlin in 1989 and obtained a PhD in Veterinary Sciences in 1995. Since 1999, Barbara works at the European Medicines Agency (EMA) dealing with centrally authorised veterinary product applications and is part of the secretariat to the CVMP Efficacy Working Party. In 1990, Barbara joined the German Bundesgesundheitsamt (now BVL, Berlin) as a veterinary assessor (pre-clinical and clinical safety assessment).

Discussion panel members

Coming soon ...


Participation in this event is free of charge but registration is mandatory via this LINK before 3 December.  You will receive different links to join each session by e-mail a few days before the event.

The event will be recorded and video and photographic materials of the conference will be made available via the COMBAR website and social media.


Joint COMBAR  WG meeting

Anthelmintic resistance in ruminants: from Research to Recommendations


December 9-10th, 2020, online event

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