ABCD & Merial invite applications for the Young Scientist Awards 2014

application deadline 1 February 2014

The European Advisory Board on Cat Diseases (ABCD) invites applications for the 2014 ABCD & Merial Young Scientist Clinical and Research Awards (AMYSA), which aim to reward innovative and outstanding work by promising young professionals in the field of feline infectious diseases and/or immunology. Two awards will be presented, one for research, the other for basic clinical investigation. The jury will decide to which category a submission should be assigned.
Candidates should have made an original contribution to the field of feline infectious diseases and/or immunology, which has been published or accepted for publication in a referenced journal (PubMed, Web of Science, Web of Knowledge), or accepted by another assessing body (e.g. a Thesis Committee) in 2012 or later.
Candidates should be based in Europe (EU or EFTA country), have completed a veterinary or biomedical curriculum, and be 35 years of age or younger.
Applications should be made in English in an electronic format and include a short abstract (max. 500 words) of the work the applicant wishes to submit, as well as a short curriculum vitae and two personal references. Any relevant publications and/or dissertation on the topic should be included.The deadline for submission is 1 February 2014.
The awards (1000€ each) are funded by Merial and will be presented by the ABCD at the congress of the International Society of Feline Medicine, to be held from 18-22 June 2014 in Riga (Latvia). The award winners will receive a complimentary registration to this congress. Return travel expenses and accommodation will also be covered to allow the laureates to attend the event. The winners are expected to give a short presentation or present a poster of their findings at this event.
The recipients of the Clinical and Research AMYSA 2013 were Deborah Gow BVM&S VN MRCVS (Roslin Institute, University of Edinburgh) and Sanne Dolieslager DVM PhD MRCVS (currently University of Edinburgh).
Application forms and detailed rules can be downloaded from the ABCD web site (
For further information, please contact Karin de Lange, ABCD secretary,
Notes to Editors:
gThe European Advisory Board on Cat Diseases (ABCD) is an independent panel of 17 leading veterinarians from eleven European countries, with an expertise in immunology, vaccinology and/or feline medicine. The ABCD was set up to compile guidelines for the prevention and management of major feline infectious diseases in Europe, based on current scientific knowledge. For more information, please visit
gMerial is a world-leading, innovation-driven animal health company, providing a comprehensive range of products to enhance the health, well-being and performance of a wide range of animals. Merial employs approximately 6,000 people and operates in more than 150 countries worldwide.Its 2012 sales were over $2.2 billion. Merial is a Sanofi company. For more information, please see

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