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GCHERA 2016 World Agricultural Prize Announced in Nanjing Agricultural University—Honor Goes to Professor Lorne Babiuk


The GCHERA 2016 World Agriculture Prize Announcement Ceremony was held in Nanjing Agricultural University, on the morning of September 20, 2016.

 

President Guanghong Zhou delivered a speech on behalf of NAU. “To build a world-class agricultural university, NAU, supported by GCHERA, brought up World Agriculture Prize from a global perspective.”, said President Zhou. The awarding ceremony of WAP has been successfully held for three times since it was firstly held by NAU and GCHERA in October, 2013. This prize has exerted a profound influence on international community and enjoys great reputation. He emphasized: “it is our goal to make World Agriculture Prize the highest award for agricultural science and technology in the world.”

 

Simon Heath introduced the purpose and significance to set up GCHERA World Agriculture Prize. The winner was announced by John Kennelly, who expressed his honor for giving out the prize with NAU. He announced the winner of GCHERA 2016 World Agricultural Prize—Professor Lorne Babiuk from University of Alberta.   

 

“With willingness for risk, and most importantly, enthusiasm for study, we explore every possibility in scientific pursuit. Following my enthusiasm, I have always been aggressive during my research.”, said Professor Lorne Babiuk in his acceptance speech. “Many anthropozoonosises occurred over the past 30 years, which is calling for the development of new vaccines. Being awarded by World Agriculture Prize means the most.” When it comes to his enduring devotion and remarkable contributions to veterinary medicine and human disease, Professor Babiuk said, in a firm way: “Animals are closely connected with human, to protect them is to protect ourselves.”

 

In the greeting speech, Ronnie Coffman said: “thanks to this prize, we meet more people and become a part of transformational researches to change people’s life, reinforcing our strength in education and scientific research by close cooperation to produce safer food and to realize more sustainable development in agriculture.”

 

Lorne Babiuk, Professor at the University of Alberta, developed the first rotavirus vaccine for bovine in the world which can not only effectively avoid calf diarrhea, recover the related financial loss up to $3 hundred million in North America, but lay a foundation for the prevention of children rotavirus. His team applied biotechnology to animal health and made the first genetic engineering vaccine for all animal species. The abuse of animal antibiotics has been paid extensive attention in recent years. Professor Babiuk and his team have been working on the development of antibiotics substitution, thanks to which China and North America used 25 million tons less antibiotics every year. Their research also focused on vaccine shipping and developed heat-stable vaccine which can be transported without cold chain and applied in less developed areas like Africa. Besides, Professor Babiuk set up the world-famous Vaccine and Infectious Disease Organization (VIDO) and International Vaccine Center (InterVac) at the University of Saskatchewan, cooperating in research with governments, universities and scientists of the industry from all over the world.