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Public Health Aspects, Networking and Training

Network of Excellence for Epizootic Disease Diagnosis and Control

EC contribution
: € 14 000 000
: 60 months
Starting date
: 01/06/2006
: Network of Excellence
: Epizootic diseases, network of excellence
Project Number
: FOOD-CT-2006-016236


Epizootic diseases in agriculture and aquaculture animals constitute major risks for food production. Such diseases spread very fast in high densities of susceptible animals through animals, vectors or animal products. Outbreaks in Europe have had enormous social and economic impact, and need to be addressed across the whole production chain of animal-related food.

The objective of EPIZONE is to improve research on preparedness, prevention, detection, and control of epizootics by improvement of excellence through collaboration. EPIZONE will be developed for the integration of scientists in health and production of animals, at the European level.

The benefits of EPIZONE primarily concern consumers and stakeholders throughout the food supply chain but also the agriculture administrations and biotechnology companies. EPIZONE includes 18 institutes from 12 countries. Partners maintain networks worldwide, linked to EPIZONE, and most have (inter)national reference lab-based tasks for control of epizootics. The management structure of EPIZONE will generate durable interactions between partners. Initially more than 250 key scientists with international reputations, complementary expertise and skills are identified within the partners.

EPIZONE will generate a worldwide network of institutes contributing to available expertise and spreading of excellence. EPIZONE includes the FAO as a world oriented organisation, and an SME specialised in dissemination of knowledge via the Internet. Organisational work packages will develop integration activities, including communications, meetings, and training/continuous professional development. Scientific work packages will undertake jointly executed research on epizootics selected on importance in Europe and cover four thematic areas: Diagnostics; Intervention Strategies; Surveillance and Epidemiology; Risk Assessment. Given the network structure, the technical resources and the scientific excellence, EPIZONE will assure strategically driven state-of-art research of world-renowned quality.

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