Dear members of the IAP,
It is my great pleasure and honor to invite you to attend the 14th International Colloquium on Paratuberculosis next June 2018 in Riviera Maya, Mexico. This ICP is the last edition of an event that will assemble once again our group of researchers from throughout the world. In this occasion, it will be the 35th anniversary of the first meeting on paratuberculosis held in Ames, Iowa, and the 28th anniversary of the founding of the International Association for whom it is the main activity. This proves the prolonged interest of the problems raised by paratuberculosis and the challenge it represents for modern societies.
While I think it is idle to insist on the importance that the paratuberculosis infection has and might have on ruminant production and human health, I would like to point out that there is no international consensus on the specific means that efficiently fighting it demands. In that sense the role of the IAP and our periodic colloquia is critical to provide the scientific framework for discussing its multiple perspectives in order to share, if not national or regional attitudes, at least, data and methods to asses and modify them.
I want to thank our Mexican colleagues for taking on the task of providing us with a comfortable and unique venue and accommodation package. Never before had we had the opportunity to so intensely work and live in the same facilities. And in addition in an unparalleled Caribbean beach environment right in the middle of the singular historical Mayan sites.
The Local Organizing Committee chaired by Prof. Gilberto Chavez has being working hard on that in close contact with the IAP Governing Board to make possible an unforgettable event both in scientific, social and touristic terms. The four Scientific Committees are fully compromised to produce a wonderful scientific programme on the different technical lines that will cover a full view of the complexities of paratuberculosis and the steps forward that we have been striving to bring forth during the last two years since the all-successful meeting back in Nantes. I hope that the advances in the knowledge of the disease might provide the breakthroughs that change the way the problem is perceived and dealt with by the animal and human health communities at large.
I would like to encourage members of the IAP and the local organizing and scientific program committees, as well as all those members and non-members with an interest on paratuberculosis and associated scientific, productive and sanitary issues to participate in filling the contents that will make this Colloquium a great success.
I am looking forward to meet you in Riviera Maya on the 4th of June 2018.
With my best regards,