2012 Annual Report
The development of tools that fit the needs and purposes of the control program in Pakistan require a local structure for data analysis, strategic planning and research capacity, ideally in partnerships between Pakistan and the US. Therefore, data gathering and analysis and research capacities are fundamental components of a successful FMD control strategy. This project will allow engagement of experts in the US (At UC-Davis and Plum Island) with Pakistani scientists to develop the necessary tools and monitoring systems in support of the progressive control and future eradication of FMD in Pakistan.
The project will have two major components:.
To facilitate this project, funds will be transferred to UC Davis and to the US Department of Energy. UC-Davis personnel will perform training of Pakistani personnel in; bio-portal administration and data analysis, and provide epidemiological support to this project . The US Department of Energy and ARS, PIADC have an inter-agency agreement which supports the Plum Island Research Participation Program managed by the Oak Ridge Institute of Science and Education (ORISE). PIADC scientists and ORISE fellows will work at the PIADC laboratories characterizing viral strains collected in Pakistan and will also travel to Pakistan to provide laboratory training, technical support and expertise to conduct field studies in collaboration with Pakistan’s Collaborating institutions including the Animal Sciences Institute, National Agriculture Research Center with whom we currently have a USDA-OIRP funded research project aimed at "Characterization of FMDV Strains And Development of Vector Vaccines"; and National Veterinary Laboratories with whom we intend to collaborate in epidemiology, diagnostics and vaccine antigenic matching testing under this project.