This has been an on-going effort through the Canadian Poultry Research Council. To date, the Canadian poultry industry has invested over $3.5 million through CPRC, which has been matched by government and other agencies to over $18 million. Nearly half of this research funding has been directed towards gut health, development of vaccines, understanding the impact of pathogens, and antibiotic alternatives.

Here is a look at just some of the research and the research teams whose work in these areas has been supported by the poultry industry through CPRC.

A number of the projects funded by these researchers have been part of the Poultry Clusters (the second of which is still on-going). The Clusters have brought together scientists from various fields to work on priority issues for the industry. With large matching funds from Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, the Cluster projects are a great way to make the most of available resources.

Aside from the actual research results, one of the huge benefits of supporting these researchers has been in the number and quality of students they have trained and inspired with an interest in poultry. As you’ll see in their profiles, a number of their students continue to work in and contribute to the poultry industry today.

Dr. Joshua Gong, Agricultre and Agri-Food Canada

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Dr. Gong is a Researcher Scientist with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC), based in Guelph. He has been in that role and working with poultry since 1999. Gong received his M.Sc. degree from the China Agricultural University and PhD degree in microbiology from the University of Guelph in 1994.

The Canadian Poultry Research Council (CPRC) has supported a number of projects from Gong’s research team who have done a great deal of work on priority issues for the poultry industry. Gong has also been a valuable collaborator with CPRC since its inception, providing consultation advice during the forming of the council and serving on the scientific advisory committee to evaluate research proposals submitted to CPRC. He was also the first Lead of AviMicroNet (Canadian research network for avian microbiology) under CPRC. To-date Gong has co-authored more than 125 research and review articles, 3 patents, and over 190 conference abstracts.

To learn more about Dr. Gong’s work, click here.


Dr. Bogan Slominski, University of Manitoba

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Dr. Slominski is a Professor of Nutritional Biochemistry in the Department of Animal Science, University of Manitoba. Slominski began his studies in Poland, completing an M.Sc. in microbiology and a Ph.D. in biochemistry at the University of Agricultural Sciences, Olsztyn, Poland before coming to Winnipeg, Manitoba in 1994. Slominski still collaborates with his former colleagues from Poland and makes use of their state of the art poultry facilities for some of his research projects.

Slominski has worked with the Canadian Poultry Research Council (CPRC) since its inception and has further contributed to the Council by serving on the scientific advisory committee.

Slominski has been involved in extensive studies on natural alternatives to antibiotics. His publication record for the last five years includes 29 refereed articles, 8 conference proceedings (invited presentations), 42 scientific abstracts, 1 book chapter and 4 popular industry articles.

To learn more about Dr. Slominski’s work, click here.


Dr. Shayan Sharif, University of Guelph

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Dr. Sharif is a Professor at the University of Guelph, with a research focus on the chicken immune system. He earned his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree in 1991 with distinction from the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Tehran. Sharif became interested in poultry immunogenetics through his DVM thesis on the immunological aspects of Marek’s disease in chickens. Following graduation, Sharif practiced for close to 2 years as a veterinarian in the broiler industry in Iran. Subsequently, he came to Guelph in 1993 to pursue a Ph.D. at the Ontario Veterinary College, University of Guelph. After graduating from his Ph.D. in 1999, Sharif received a post-doctoral fellowship for immunology research at The John Robarts Research Institute, London, Ontario. Sharif was recruited to the Department of Pathobiology, University of Guelph in 2001 to establish a research program in poultry immunology.

Dr. Sharif has worked with the Canadian Poultry Research Council (CPRC) since its inception, providing consultation advice during the forming of the council, having a number of projects funded by the organization, and participating on the CPRC scientific advisory committee. He also leads the Poultry Health Research Network, a collaboration of experts working on key issues for the poultry industry.

To learn more about Dr. Sharif’s work, click here.


Dr. John Prescott, University of Guelph

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Dr. Prescott has been a professor at the University of Guelph for over 35 years and although he has recently retired, he is continuing to wrap up and finish the research projects he was working on. For the last 7-8 years he has focused on poultry and necrotic enteritis specifically. Prescott is a trained veterinary bacteriologist. He obtained his vet degree from the University of Cambridge in England in 1973, followed by his Ph.D. in 1977. Prescott came to the University of Guelph in 1976 and first worked in the diagnostic lab for a few years before taking a position as a professor and pursuing a career in teaching and research.

To learn more about Dr. Prescott’s work, click here.