Interdisciplinary study will model disease patterns

Dr. Rebecca GarabedDr. Rebecca Garabed, assistant professor in the Department of Veterinary Preventive Medicine and Ohio State colleagues Drs. Mark Moritz (Department of Anthropology), Song Liang (College of Public Health), Ningchuan Xiao (Department of Geography) were recently awarded a $1.4 million dollar grant from the National Science Foundation. The project, Livestock Movements and Disease Epidemiology in the Chad Basin: Modeling Risks for Animals and Humans, centers on Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) in cattle and how movement of livestock affects disease epidemiology. The project will use FMD in the Chad Basin – the largest inland drainage area in Africa - for model development. The resulting models could be used to understand and predict the transmission patterns of infectious diseases in other contexts, for example, diseases in pastoral systems elsewhere in the world; avian flu and the interaction among migratory and non-migratory birds; and spread of HIV along trucker routes in Africa. The Disease Ecology and Computer Modeling Laboratory (DECML), headed by Dr. Garabed, uses both field research and computer simulations along with rigorous statistical analysis and validation to improve understanding of the mechanisms driving the transmission and persistence of diseases in populations of animals and humans. Preliminary data for this project and support to hire Dr. Garabed was made possible with funds from the Public Health Preparedness for Infectious Diseases Program at Ohio State. Administrators at The Ohio State University recognized that the complex issues facing society today require strong interdisciplinary collaboration, and supported the PHPID, which includes more than 125 faculty from across the university. To see the news release from the National Science Foundation, click here.

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Founded in 1885, The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine is ranked fifth in the nation and includes more than 1,000 faculty, staff and students in the Departments of Veterinary Biosciences, Veterinary Clinical Sciences, and Veterinary Preventive Medicine. The Veterinary Medical Center is one of the largest specialty referral centers in the world, with more than 35,000 farm, equine, and companion animal patients each year. A nationally-recognized ambulatory practice and teaching unit in Marysville, Ohio provides farm animal experience to every veterinary student, and the Food Animal Health Research Program in Wooster, OH focuses on detection, control, and prevention of disease. Located on the only campus in the country with a comprehensive medical center offering seven health sciences colleges, we admit up to 162 veterinary students per class, and offer a new comprehensive graduate program in Veterinary and Comparative Medicine as well as a unique Master’s degree in Veterinary Public Health, in partnership with the College of Public Health. http://vet.osu.edu.