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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 is over half way, 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 is closed

Abstract book available under Section "Programme".

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

Presentation guidelines:

Short oral presentations: 10 min + 1 question

Poster presentation: Up to 4 posters will be selected for an oral presentation of 1 min. All posters will be included in the abstract book. Therefore in case your poster is selected, please provide your poster in A4 format in addition to the abstract.

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




Abstract book available for download.

Poster booklet available for download.


All times in Central European Time

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

Georg von Samson-Himmelstjerna, professor at Freie Universität Berlin, Germany

Smaro Sotiraki, research leader HAO Demeter, Greece

Menno Holzhauer, scientist and consultant at Royal GD Deventer, the Netherlands

Eurion Thomas, European Operations Manager FECPAK

Lesley Stubbings, LSCC Ltd., SCOPS and independent sheep consultant, UK

Dave Bartley, senior researcher at Moredun Research Institute, UK

Erwin Wauters, senior researcher at ILVO and project coordinator DISARM project, Belgium

Katarina Gustafsson, sheep consultant at Farm and Animal Health, Sweden

Hervé Hoste, research leader at INRAE/ENVT, France

Bruce Thompson, dairy farmer, Ireland

Athina Trachili, vice-president of the European Association of Veterinary Practitioners

Thomas Geurden, director global therapeutic research at Zoetis

Registration is closed

Registration is now closed. 

Not registered? Watch this space for the written meeting and video report!

If you registered, you will receive an e-mail with the weblinks to join on 7 December. You will also receive an invite through the e-COST system. Please accept this invite, because it is important for our official records.

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