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SHIC Swine Disease Matrix research targets oral fluids

Projects are to focus on the development and validation of antibody detection assays for antibodies important for monitoring for emerging diseases, determining freedom from disease, or defining the extent of disease spread.

Source: American Association of Swine Veterinarians
After reviewing preproposals, the Swine Health Information Center has now issued a call for full proposals for 2017 Swine Disease Matrix Research to those selected for consideration. Research projects in the current call are to focus on the development and validation (analytic and diagnostic) of antibody detection assays for antibodies important for monitoring for emerging diseases, determining freedom from disease (after an outbreak), or defining the extent of disease spread.

Organizing and funding the research needed for diagnostic and informational preparedness for the prioritized, potential production diseases of the Swine Disease Matrix is a core activity of the Center. Research results will provide additional tools for producers and practitioners, resulting in better health of the U.S. swine herd.

Specifically, research outcome should be assays with a consistent and reliable means to screen populations using:
• the ability to detect antibody in sera and oral fluids
• high throughput capacity (high volume of samples and quick turnaround time)
• Differentiating Infected from Vaccinated Animals capability if vaccine availability justifies the need for a DIVA assay

SHIC released an updated Swine Disease Matrix in April. In collaboration with the American Association of Swine Veterinarians, the National Pork Board and the National Pork Producers Council, SHIC developed and prioritized this list of endemic and foreign swine pathogens. The Matrix includes an assessment of the diagnostic capabilities for selected pathogens, based on a review of available literature.

Full proposals will be submitted by Aug. 9, with review by SHIC immediately following submission. Click here for the full language of the call for proposal and proposal details. Contact Paul Sundberg, SHIC executive director, with questions.

Funded by America’s pork producers to protect and enhance the health of the U.S. swine herd, the Swine Health Information Center focuses its efforts on prevention, preparedness and response. As a conduit of information and research, SHIC encourages sharing of its publications and research for the benefit of swine health.

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