May 2, 2018

Laboratory collaboration project breaks down traditional communication barriers

Earlier this month, the Institute for Infectious Animal Diseases (IIAD) in partnership with the Texas Center for Applied Technology (TCAT) hosted an exercise that demonstrated the efficacy of a digital content sharing and collaboration network that will increase communication and collaboration between both conventional and high containment animal health diagnostic and research laboratories. The exercise […]

December 1, 2017

Biodefense Internship Program

Orion Integrated Biosciences Inc. is a Biodefense Company advancing new analytical and visualization tools for the detection, characterization and mitigation of infectious diseases and the interpretation and contextualization of Big Data for Biodefense.  Our activities focus on strengthening national security by supporting the Department of Homeland Security through DHS Centers of Excellence (e.g., the Center […]

November 16, 2017

Ptaschinski to manage Institute programs at nexus of animal health and information technology

Maryn Ptaschinski, DVM, has joined the Institute for Infectious Animal Diseases (IIAD) as program manager. Ptaschinski will be assisting in designing, implementing and managing the research and education portfolios for the Institute and will be providing management oversight of research and training projects – specifically those focused at the nexus of animal health and information […]

November 14, 2017

Simmons brings wide range of veterinary experience to IIAD associate director position

Heather Simmons, DVM, MSVPH, has recently been named as associate director for the Institute for Infectious Animal Diseases (IIAD). In her previous role at IIAD, Simmons served as Education and Outreach Theme Leader, overseeing a multi-million dollar education and extension portfolio and building a program portfolio which continues to span K-12, graduate and professional training […]

November 6, 2017

New office aims to strengthen relationships with US agriculture

“Our modern agricultural economy is highly dependent upon two things: freedom from disease and trade,” said Melissa Berquist, Ph.D., director of the Institute for Infectious Animal Diseases. “Following the outbreak of an infectious livestock or poultry disease, the ability to efficiently implement science-based standards and demonstrate freedom from disease is imperative to limiting the loss […]

October 25, 2017

Protecting the Homeland Security working dogs that protect our borders

From protecting our borders to patrolling our airports, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) manages more than 3,000 working dogs in various capacities. These specialized dogs are highly valuable and an integral part of both search and rescue functions and detection of concealed persons, narcotics or explosives – meaning that keeping them healthy is […]

October 18, 2017

New Report from Blue Ribbon Study Panel on Biodefense finds animal agriculture increasingly threatened – Calls for immediate action

‘Defense of Animal Agriculture’ Provides Specific Recommendations for Protecting One of the Largest Sectors of U.S. Economy    The increasing rate of emerging and reemerging animal diseases, along with threats and attempts by those with nefarious intent to attack food and agriculture, point to the need to reduce the biological risk to America’s food and […]

August 25, 2017

AgConnect® technology showcases potential to protect US cattle industry

In the spring of 2010, John Wenzel, DVM, New Mexico State University Extension Veterinarian, observed an increasing number of bred cows aborting their calves. By the fall of 2011, that number spiked even more. Using early technology that was later developed into the mHealth mobile application, a component of the AgConnect® system, Wenzel was able […]

August 3, 2017

New student fellow joins IIAD

The Institute for Infectious Animal Diseases (IIAD) recently added a new student fellow, Keely Dennis, to their team. Originally from Coupland, Texas, Dennis is currently a junior at Texas A&M University where she is pursuing a Bachelor of Science in biology with a minor in psychology. Dennis is supporting both Chief of Staff Rachel Whisenant […]

July 31, 2017

IIAD projects highlighted at International Symposium

Two of the Institute for Infectious Animal Diseases’ (IIAD) projects were recently highlighted at the 18th International Symposium of the World Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians held in Sorrento, Italy on June 7-10. The Multi-Laboratory International Collaboration Environment (MICE) project was selected for an oral presentation led by the project’s technical lead, Christopher Kocmoud, Texas […]

June 21, 2017

OIE to establish a US-based liaison office in College Station, Texas

Following the Executive Order 13759 by which the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) has been designated as a Public International Organization entitled to enjoy certain privileges, exemptions and immunities, the OIE announced today that it will establish a liaison office in the United States of America later this year. Created in 1924, the OIE’s […]