Dr. Hyun Lillehoj of the USDA and Stephen Collett from the University of Georgia (UGA) will be featured speakers at a technical seminar on Jan. 27 at the Omni Atlanta Hotel. Lillehoj and Collett are recognized experts in the areas of the avian microbiome and the role bacteria plays in the pathogenesis of disease. Organized by animal health company Amlan International, this invitation-only event is sure to spark discussion in light of the industry’s growing focus on the role of antibiotics.

Lillehoj is a 20-year veteran of the Agricultural Research Service (ARS) of the USDA at the Beltsville Agricultural Research Center. He will be speaking about using dietary immunomodulation as a means to reduce the effects of enteric disease. Lillihoj is an international authority on avian health and has conducted considerable research on reducing the need for antibiotics to control enteric diseases.

Collett will be speaking on dysbacteriosis and the role bacterial toxins play in disease. He is a clinical associate professor at the Poultry Diagnostic and Research Center (PDRC) in the College of Veterinary Medicine at UGA. As a collaborative researcher at the PDRC, Collett focuses on managing the health of the digestive tract to maximize bird welfare, nutrient assimilation and performance.


“As a company focused on providing natural disease management solutions, we are thrilled to have the opportunity to learn from and collaborate with two of the greatest minds in the industry,” said Dr. Ron Cravens, president, Amlan International.

Following the two 1-hour sessions, Amlan International will host a lunch reception to preview its new product, Varium, a new formulated feed additive. Varium promotes broiler growth equivalent to antibiotics by reducing the level of pathogens and harmful biotoxins that damage the intestinal lining—stimulating early immune function and strengthening the intestinal barrier function.