Mycobacterial Diseases of Animals (MDA) multi-state initiative (NE1201)
brings together leading scientists with a shared vision of improving food security through a reduction in losses from two of the
most important diseases of livestock - bovine tuberculosis (bTB) and Johne’s
Our Mission -
Is to facilitate the development of shared research
as well as the leveraging of intellectual and physical resources to address the
most pressing needs and reduce health impacts and economic losses from bTB and
Research Objectives of MDA
Objective 1 focuses on understanding the
epidemiology and transmission of JD and TB in animals through the application
of predictive modeling and assessment of recommended control practices.
Objective 2 seeks to
develop and implement new generations of diagnostic tests for JD and TB.
Objective 3 focuses on improving our
understanding of biology and pathogenesis of Mycobacterial diseases, as well as
the host response to infection; and,
Objective 4 focuses on development of programs
to create and evaluate and develop new generations of vaccines for JD and TB.
objectives are crosscutting in nature (i.e. cut across objectives and/or
address both diseases) that together help address the major animal, human, and
societal issues surrounding detection and control of mycobacterial diseases in
Each of our research objectives is
closely linked and coordinated with our education, extension and outreach
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