Who’s Who

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prof. Dave Cavanagh

Location: Compton, UK


Prof. Cavanagh is the Head of Corporate Affairs and Communication for the Institute for Animal Health, Editor-in-Chief of the journal Avian Pathology, Member of the Executive Committee of the World Veterinary Poultry Association, and Chairman of the UK Poultry Disease Group. He has been Chair of the Coronavirus Study Group of the International Committee on the Taxonomy of Viruses; co-organiser of two international symposia on corona- and related viruses (1989 and 2008); and Secretary of the British Veterinary Poultry Association. Dr Cavanagh first degree was in microbiology (University of Reading; 1969-72) after which he specialized in virus research for his PhD. Specifically he studied foot-and-mouth disease virus, looking at the process by which the virus attached to and entered cells (1972-75). Following a brief spell in immunology at the Middlesex Hospital Medical School, London, he returned to virology, at the University of Birmingham, studying influenza virus (1977-79). In 1979 he joined the Houghton Poultry Research Station, Cambridgeshire, to study infectious bronchitis virus (IBV) and, later, turkey rhinotracheitis virus (avian pneumovirus, APV). Later the research station became part of the current Institute for Animal Health. In 1992 he transferred to the Compton Laboratory of the Institute for Animal Health, Berkshire, where he became head of the Coronavirus Group, working mostly on IBV but also on APV. His research included epidemiological aspects of IBV, including IBV-like viruses in other avian species, and APV. The major part of his work was on more fundamental aspects of IBV – replication, pathogenicity and induction of protective immunity – using an Âinfectious DNA clone of IBV. This enabled very precise mutant viruses to be made. Dr Cavanagh has published over 90 papers in peer-reviewed journals, 16 review articles, 26 chapters in books, edited one book and has given over 70 invited lectures worldwide.

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