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Canadian Bovine Mastitis Research Network

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The Canadian Bovine Mastitis and Milk Quality Research Network (CBMQRN) brings together the diverse expertise of numerous Canadian researchers and international collaborators within the framework of an ambitious research program. The outcome of this program provides the Canadian dairy industry with new tools and knowledge to improve udder health and milk quality, as well as to reduce the significant economic losses due to mastitis.
The CBMQRN was created in 2001, as a result of dairy farmers wishing to develop a nation-wide mastitis research network. The purpose of this network was to bring together the various Canadian experts, through the creation of a new entity that would find solutions to this disease, which has a significant economic impact on the Canadian dairy industry. The strength of a research network resides in the synergy generated by the pooling of ideas, knowledge and resources. In 2002, thanks to funding from Valorisation-Recherche Québec, CBMQRN researchers combined their efforts with Canadian dairy farmers to prepare an important research proposal, which would become the foundation of the present Network. Consequently, the funding for the 2006-2012 period comes mainly from the National Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada and from Canadian dairy farmers, who are active in all of the Network’s activity. Since 2011, the research activities are mainly funded by the Dairy Cluster.


To mobilize national and international scientific and financial resources to decrease the incidence of mastitis, reduce financial losses, and maintain milk quality through concerted research, and effective and rapid transfer of results to end-users.


The CBMQRN is administered by a Scientific Executive, responsible of current affairs management. Members of the Executive Committee are: Mario Jacques, Simon Dufour, Herman Barkema, Pierre Lacasse, Greg Keefe et Annik L'Espérance.
The Network’s research activities are supervised and evaluated annually by a Scientific Committee.  Its members make necessary recommendations to the researchers in order to ensure adeaquate monitoring of the research projects. The committee is formed by the Network directors, the theme leaders, industry stakeholders and international experts.
An administrative team, located at the Faculté de médecine vétérinaire of the Université de Montréal in Saint-Hyacinthe (Quebec) is responsible for the administration of the research funds, the monitoring of projects and the development of knowledge transfer activities.



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