We are now serving as the implementing partner for a program connecting the Foreign Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory (FADDL) with diagnostic and research institutions across the world. New funding was provided to FADDL, which is the lead US laboratory for diagnosis of transboundary animal diseases (TADs). This program is being led the very capable Bonto Faburay, DVM, MS, PhD, head of the FADDL Scientific Liaison Services.
This funding will allow FADDL to engage in parts of the world where TADs are endemic, or emerging. Through applied research and diagnostic programs, laboratories will be guided in expanding their capacity and sharing samples with FADDL.
Funding will be allocated for one-year projects, with clear milestones and deliverables. For the first year, 8 institutions were chosen, largely on the basis of Memoranda of Understanding and Material Transfer Agreements already signed with FADDL. These institutions are:
► Laboratory for Emerging Infectious Diseases, University of Buea, Cameroon
► African Center of Excellence for Genomics of Infectious Diseases, Redeemer University, Nigeria
► National Veterinary Research Institute, Nigeria
► West Africa Livestock Innovation Center, The Gambia
► Department of Livestock Services, The Gambia
► College of Veterinary Medicine, Central Luzon State University, The Philippines
► Makerere University Central Diagnostic Laboratory, College of Veterinary Medicine, Uganda
► Laboratoire National de L’Elevage et de Recherche Vétérinaire, Senegal
He is Section Head, Scientific Liaison Services (SLSS) Program Manager, Global Partnership for Animal and Zoonotic Disease Surveillance Foreign Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory National Veterinary Services Laboratories USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service Plum Island Animal Disease Center.
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A Symposium at the National Bio- and Agrodefense Facility (NBAF), in Manhattan, Kansas will bring all the partners together at the end of the first year, to share their findings. The network of partners is anticipated to grow in Year 2 and beyond.