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Event 2022-08-07: World’s Poultry Congress in Paris

GIP Program Director Dr. Huaijun Zhou was invited to present the visions and impacts of the GIP program at the World’s Poultry Congress Conference in Paris https://wpcparis2022.com/

The Director shared the objectives and achievements of the GIP program to enhance resilience to Newcastle Disease and Heat Stress to support poultry farmers, and endorse The Feed Future mission to improve food security and Nutrition in Africa.

Event 2022-03-07: The Annual Research Advisory Committee Meeting 2022

The meeting started with a brief reminder of the program's overall goal and objectives of phase II (2018-2023): the capacity strengthening plan and the program's discovery, development, and implementation phases presented by the GIP director Dr. Huaijun Zhou. The presentation included an overview of the program’s mission and objectives to improve resistance to Newcastle disease to increase productivity in local African chickens and highlighted the program achievements and the plans for Year 9.

News 2022-01- 04: NDV Prevention in African Chickens: Outreach Animated Video

Engaging communities through outreach activities has been a critical component of the GIP-IL to increase smallholder poultry producers and breeders’ access to Newcastle disease virus (NDV) prevention and control measures. To enhance the awareness of NDV in Africa, the GIP team developed an outreach video through a partnership with Scientific Animations Without Borders (SAWBO).

Event 2021-10-07: The Eighth GIP Annual Team Research Meeting

The GIP program annual meeting event was held this year on the week of October 11, 2021. The online event brought together partners from the Sokoine University of Agriculture, the University of Ghana, the International Livestock Research Institute, Iowa State University, and the University of California Davis. The principal investigators and scientists from each institute in Africa and USA presented the highlights of their recent activities and work plans for the upcoming year.

News 2021-07-17: Congratulation to Dr. Jack C. Dekkers for The International Animal Agriculture Award

Dr. Dekkers is responsible for the quantitative genetic and genome-wide association analyses for the GIP program to select the specific SNPs to develop the low-density SNP panel. Dr. Dekkers also led teaching and research activities in animal breeding and genomics at Iowa State University. He established an outstanding reputation as an international research leader in molecular and quantitative genetics.

News 2021-05-18: Global Agriculture Innovations Forum: Genetic Innovation in Livestock and Fisheries

The USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service and Purdue University’s Office of International Programs in Agriculture hold global food system innovation Forum. Dr. Lamont, Distinguished Professor, Iowa State University and the Genomics to Improve Poultry partner, spoke on “the genetic innovations in poultry.” She discussed the important role of poultry in global food security and how genomics can be used to help develop healthy, productive, and climate‐resilient poultry.

Event 2020-11-18: Annual Research Advisory Committee meeting 2020

The annual Research Advisory Committee meeting was held virtually this year. The meeting started with an outline of the overall goals and specific objectives of phase II (2018-2023) of the program: the capacity strengthening plan and the discoverydevelopment, and implementation phases of the program presented by Dr. Huaijun Zhou the director of Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Genomics to Improve Poultry.

Event 2020-10-06: The Genomics to Improve Poultry Innovation Lab held a virtual annual meeting

This year, the GIP program endorsed the virtual platform to hold the annual meeting for the week of October 06, 2020. The online event brought together partners from Sokoine University of Agriculture, the University of Ghana, International Livestock Research Institute, Iowa State University, and the University of California Davis. We were honored to be joined by Dr. Tyrell Kahan, Livestock Research Advisor at Bureau for Resilience and Food Security, USAID.

News: 2020-03-05: Dr. Zhou received the Chancellor’s Award for International Engagement

Congratulations to Dr. Huaijun Zhou on receiving the UC Davis Chancellor’s Award for International Engagement.  Dr. Zhou was recognized for his outstanding innovative global engagement by carrying out cutting-edge research trough international collaboration with aboard institutions, and commitment to globally educating the next generation of scientists.

News 2020-02-17: Training conducted at the University of Ghana to adopt a cutting edge sequencing technology to characterize the Newcastle virus in Ghana

Emily Aston, Ph.D., DVM and postdoctoral researcher in Dr. Zhou’s lab, led a training at the University of Ghana (UoG) introducing the Oxford Nanopore MinION sequencing technology to characterize Newcastle disease virus (NDV) circulating in poultry. This real-time sequencing technology will help researchers at UoG to comprehend the phylogenetics diversity of the NDV virus strains circulating locally in Ghana and eventually enrich the available NDV genomics database.

Event 2019-10-06: The Genomics to Improve Poultry Innovation Lab and Research Advisory Committee held the annual meeting in Morogoro Tanzania

The meeting were held at the Sokoine University of Agriculture, Morogoro, Tanzania and were hosted by our partners, Dr. Amandus Muhairwa and Dr. Peter Msoffe. The event brought together research team members from Sokoine University of Agriculture, the University of Ghana, International Livestock Research Institute, Iowa State University, and the University of California – Davis, to share highlights and achievements over the past year and to discuss future directions of the program.

News 2019-08-31: Training workshop conducted at Sokoine University of Agriculture for the detection of natural antibody and the optomization of molecular assays for the detection of Newcastle disease in poultry

Dr. Ying Wang, a Project Scientist and member at Dr. Zhou’s lab, conducted a training workshop at the Sokoine University of Agriculture (SUA), Tanzania. Scientists and graduate students at SUA were trained to: a) evaluate the natural antibody levels in bird serums using KLH ELISA technique developed at Zhou’s lab, and b) to optimize the RNA extraction assay on birds’ swab samples to screen birds for Newcastle disease. In addition to the assay optimization and implementation of the KLH ELISA method, the training also included qPCR data entry and analysis.

News 2019-07-05: Training workshop to use a novel sequencing technology to characterize Newcastle virus at SUA

Ana Da Silva, Ph.D., DVM and a member of Dr. Rodrigo Gallardo’s lab conducted training workshop at the Sokoine University of Agriculture (SUA), Tanzania. Ana trained students and scientists at Dr. Amandus Muhairwa’s lab to carry out RT-PCR amplification and library preparation for sequencing. The training included teaching a novel sequencing technique using of the MinION device, a cutting edge molecular tool. This new sequencing technology will allow SUA researchers to characterize the genetics diversity of NDV isolated from poultry in viruses on-site.

News 2019-05-11: The Genomics to Improve Poultry Innovation Lab Partners with Tanzania Veterinary Laboratory Agency to Improve our Understanding of Newcastle Disease Virus Dynamics in Tanzania

The Genomics to Improve Poultry Innovation Lab (GIP IL) has partnered with the Tanzania Veterinary Laboratory Agency (TVLA) in Tanzania to improve our understanding of the epidemiology of NDV strains circulating in chickens in Tanzania. To kick off this new partnership, the GIP IL conducted a training workshop on 10th and 11th May 2019 at Sokoine University of Agriculture in Morogoro, Tanzania.