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News: 2020-08- 26: Dr. Sue Lamont received the Iowa Poultry Association Honorary Member Award

October 11, 2020

Dr. Sue Lamont was acknowledged by the Iowa Poultry Association with the Honorary Member Award as a distinguished professor that made significant contributions to the poultry community in Iowa. The Genomics to Improve Poultry team congratulates Dr. Lamont for her outstanding performances.

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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

April 06, 2020

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

December 03, 2019

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

September 12, 2019

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

July 20, 2019

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

July 16, 2019

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.

News 2019-06-05: Screen birds at poultry markets for Newcastle disease in Morogoro, Tanzania

June 28, 2019

Ashley Birakos, an undergraduate student at University of California, Davis with the support from the Global Programs Underserved Community Fellowship, had the opportunity to visit the GIP innovation lab in Tanzania to screen sick birds at live birds markets, in Morogoro for Newcastle Disease Virus (NDV) infection.  She collected swab samples from chickens with NDV clinical signs at the markets, helped to extract the viral RNA and run a qRTPCR to screen the positive birds.

News 2019-05-14: Food Systems for Improved Nutrition in Animal Source Foods Conference

June 27, 2019

GIP Program Director Huaijun Zhou was invited at Aligning the Food Systems for Improved Nutrition in Animal Source Foods Conference the to present the visions and impacts of the GIP program, including improving food and nutritional security, women’s empowerment, and decreased poverty in Africa. The program presented a poster and an exhibition table managed by Project Coordinator Dr. Chouicha, exposing the achievements and objectives of the GIP program to enhance resilience to Newcastle Disease and Heat Stress to support poultry farmers in Africa and endorsing feed the hunger mission.

News 2019-01-28: Training Workshop conducted at the University of Ghana for the detection of natural antibody.

April 28, 2019

Karen Tracy, a Ph.D. candidate in Immunology and a member of Dr. Huaijun Zhou’s lab in the Department of Animal Science at UCDavis. She conducted training Workshop at Dr. Boniface Kayang’s lab at University of Ghana on optimizing enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay for the detection of natural antibody. In addition to the hands-on lab work, the training included assay optimization, use of relative standards and data analysis.

 

Events 2018-09-07: Graduate Students from Ghana and Tanzania in the 5th Meeting of the Avian Immunology Research Group at the University of Oxford, England

March 07, 2019

The GIP Innovation Lab’s commitment to training and outreach, three graduate students from the University of Ghana and Sokoine University Agriculture, Princess Korkor Botchway, James Mushi, and Gaspar Chiwanga, were invited to participate in the 5th Meeting of the Avian Immunology Research Group (AIRG), which was held on September 2018 at the University of Oxford, England. This conference is the premier event for researchers, students, and poultry professionals involved in the poultry immunology and disease.

Events 2018-08-01: Engages Communities through Celebration at the Nane Nane Farmers’ show Morogoro in Tanzania

March 05, 2019

The GIP Innovation Lab’s focus on community education and outreach, team members in Tanzania participated in the Nane Nane Farmers’ show Morogoro from August 1st-10th, 2018. The team had a booth with experiential learning tools, including live indigenous chickens, a model chicken house for the village setting, posters and small brochures to assist farmers with take home messages.

News 2018-04-12: First doctorate awarded to student in Genomics to Improve Poultry Innovation Laboratory

April 12, 2018

Melissa Deist, Iowa State University, successfully defended her Ph.D. dissertation in March 2018. Her research discovered important genetic pathways associated with response to Newcastle Disease virus (NDV) infection in resistant and susceptible chicken lines. In addition to her classes and research, Melissa was also active in teaching, including hands-on training in laboratory techniques in the GIP Innovation Labs in Ghana and Tanzania.

News 2018-03-07: Visit Iowa State University on February 2018

April 07, 2018

GIP Program Director Huaijun Zhou was invited to give department seminar regarding to the program at Department of Animal Science, Iowa State University. Huaijun Zhou also met with Drs. Sue Lamont, Jack Dekkers (PIs) and other GIP team members to discuss current program progress and future plans.

 

News 2018-02-19: Congressional delegation visit University of Ghana

February 19, 2018

A team from the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) Global Food Security Project in Washington DC led a six-staff US Congressional delegation visited Ghana to assess the impact of Feed the Future programs implemented by USAID and other US Government Agencies. The delegation visited the University of Ghana team implementing the Poultry Genomics Feed the Future Innovation Lab on February 19, 2018. Prof. Boniface Kayang (Principal Investigator), Prof. George Aning and Prof.