Dates: September 17-19, 2012
Location: Gateway Center Hotel and Conference Center, Ames, Iowa USA
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has provided funds for the organization of a Workshop entitled "Vaccines and Diagnostics for Transboundary Animal Diseases," to be held September 17-19, 2012 in Ames Iowa. The primary objective of the workshop is to discuss state of the art measures to serve U.S. and international needs related to vaccine and diagnostic tool development for significant transboundary diseases.
Industry, government and academic scientists are welcome to participate, present information, and learn of current work in this field. Presentations will be made by representatives of federal agencies, biologics industries, and universities. Diseases to be covered include: highly pathogenic avian influenza; exotic Newcastle disease, foot and mouth disease; Rift Valley fever; Nipah and Hendra virus; African swine fever; classical swine fever; Heartwater; Q fever, Ebola, and Schmallenberg virus. A poster session will also be held to allow novel research on these diseases and other diseases important for the U.S. National Veterinary Stockpile to be presented and to feature the roles of the federal agencies.
The workshop has four goals:
- Sharing progress on cutting-edge research and providing updates on the current status on vaccines and diagnostics for high priority transboundary animal diseases to help inform the decision making process;
- Presenting information to academic scientists to help them better understand the regulatory process and how to translate research into licensed novel vaccines and diagnostics for high priority transboundary animal diseases;
- Providing the opportunity for government officials from each agency working in this area to convey their roles and responsibilities to a broad audience;
- Bringing together scientists from academia, industry and government in order to stimulate cross-talk.
The Workshop is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Science and Technology Directorate (www.dhs.gov/files/scitech.shtm), the Center of Excellence for Emerging and Zoonotic Animal Diseases (CEEZAD) at Kansas State University (www.ceezad.org) – a Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Center of Excellence, the Center for Food Security and Public Health/Institute for International Cooperation in Animal Biologics at Iowa State University, the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) www.oie.int and the International Alliance for Biological Standardization (IABS), www.iabs.org.
The organization of this meeting is possible because of the support of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security under Grant Award Number 2010-ST-061-AG0001.