Strategic Science Advisory Group

Science is critical to the Mycoplasma bovis (M. bovis) response. The Strategic Science Advisory Group strengthens New Zealand's efforts to eradicate the disease.

Role of the group

The Mycoplasma bovis Strategic Science Advisory Group (SSAG) provides independent, expert scientific advice to the Mycoplasma bovis Governance Group. Drawing on a wide range of expertise, it is also developing a science plan to prioritise eradication research and guide funding decisions. 

The group is focusing on: 

  • prioritising M. bovis eradication research 

  • finding and addressing any gaps in our knowledge – including looking into new technologies and ideas to get rid of M. bovis 

  • ensuring alignment of current and future science 

  • learning from other research in New Zealand and internationally. 

SSAG members 

Members include local and international expert scientists, vets, and government representatives.

John Roche

Departmental science adviser – Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI).

Nigel French

Distinguished professor and executive director – Infectious Disease Research Centre, Massey University.

Axel Heiser

Senior scientist – AgResearch. 

Trish McIntosh

Director – North Canterbury Vets.

Hamish Gow

Professor of Agribusiness – Massey University. 

James Turner

Resource economist and senior social scientist – AgResearch.

Shaun Hendy

Director – Te Pūnaha Matatini, University of Auckland.

Prue Williams

General manager – Science System Investment and Performance, Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment. 

Mary van Andel

Principal adviser – MPI.

Glenn Browning

Professor and director Asia-Pacific Centre for Animal Health – Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences, University of Melbourne.

Cameron Stewart

Senior research scientist – Australian Animal Health Laboratory, CSIRO.

William McMillian

Independent agribusiness consultant and scientist – Kaiārahi Ahuwhenua, Federation of Māori Authorities.

Roger Ayling

Private consultant with extensive M. bovis research experience, UK. 

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