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Symposium Explores Leading Technologies Transforming Life Sciences

[Dunboyne, Ireland] The latest advances in animal feeding programmes and their impact, ultimately, on human health, will be addressed by scientific and animal feed industry experts at Alltech's 22nd Feed Industry Symposium, which takes place from April 23-26 2006 in Lexington, Kentucky, USA.

Last year's event saw record attendance of 1500 delegates from 69countries, drawn by the outstanding speaker line-up, the combination of general and species-specific sessions, and the scientific poster session which in 2005 featured 270 posters.

This year's general session speakers will look at topical issues such as the antibiotic growth promoter ban, preventing disease through nutrition and avoiding pandemics such as Avian Influenza, while targeted sessions will address issues relevant to the pig, poultry, ruminant, aquaculture, equine, pet and food sectors.

Dr. Pearse Lyons, president of Alltech, will describe how successful companies must embrace new technologies to create their futures faster, aligning themselves with consumers while remaining totally transparent.

Professor Peter Ferket from North Carolina State University, USA, will examine how the European ban on antibiotic-based growth promotion is a global blessing in disguise - for both humans and animals.

Professor Inge Russell, Heriot-Watt University, Scotland, will look at the novel area of nutrigenomics - our personalised gene chip. Could this hold the secrets of health and productivity for you? How can this be applied to the animal feed industry to improve productivity?

The 2006 winner of the Medal of Excellence will be announced at the event's opening session. The award recognises innovative researchers who develop solutions to current food and feed industry challenges.

Alltech's inaugural Young Animal Scientist prize, which aims to promote research and develop talent in the area of animal science, will also be awarded at the event. The competition is currently underway at a national level, with students in universities around the world submitting scientific papers based on a topic involving Alltech's animal feed technologies. Those successful at national and then regional level will be invited to Kentucky for the April event, where they will give a short presentation based on their paper. The winner will be announced at the closing session.