- Transboundary Animal Diseases Research Center
Transboundary Animal Diseases Research Center
Minami-Kyushu is one of Japan's foremost livestock-producing areas, consistently ranking among the top-volume producers of cattle, pigs, and poultry. Transboundary animal diseases (TADs) such as bird flu and food and mouth disease threaten the region with enourmous economic damage in the event of an outbreak or epidemic. Additional threats to human health posed by zoonotic diseases such as bird flu make TADs a public health issue as well.
The Transboundary Animal Diseases Research Center is dedicated to helping facilitate the development of Japan's livestock industry as well as public health and safety by conducting research into TAD pathogens and the means of their spread and control, and by disseminating findings for use in the field.
Organization and Functions
The Transboundary Animal Diseases Research Center, which was founded in April 2011, consists of the Department of Disease Mechanisms and Control Research and the Department of Pathogen Research. Controlling the large numbers of TADs requires multifaceted cooperation, and the Center is spearheading a regional effort to develop a crisis management system. Academically, it is working with the Faculty of Medicine and other elements of the University's organization as well as other universities and research institutions to further cooperation with the government agencies and livestock industry groups that are responsible for putting in place a regional system to prevent epidemics.
The Center is also building international collaborative structures with overseas research institutions such as the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Animal Disease Center so that the latest research findings can be harnessed to help prevent TAD outbreaks in Japan. Researchers strive to increase awareness of the need to prevent epidemics through rist management of foodborne diseases, and by so doing to prepare to exercise crisis management in the event of an actual TAD outbreak. The understanding and cooperation of the general public is an essential component of this approach to crisis management in the event of an actual TAD outbreak. The understanding and cooperation of the general public is an essential component of this approach to crisis management, and the Center works to broaded understanding of TADs by holding open lectures and other events.
The Transboundary Animal Diseases Research Center conducts research to develop techniques for quickly detecting influenza viruses and analyzing virus pathogenicity.