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

January 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.

 

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.

News 2018-02-11: 11th World Congress on Genetics Applied to Livestock Production

February 02, 2018

As part of the GIP program’s commitment to training and outreach, Esinam Nancy Amuzu-Aweh, an early career research associate at the University of Ghana, was invited to participate in the 11th World Congress on Genetics Applied to Livestock Production (WCGALP), which was held at the Aotea Centre in Auckland, New Zealand. This congress is the premier event for researchers, students and industry professionals involved in the genetic improvement of livestock. This years’ congress brought together 1,000 delegates from all over the world.

News 2016-09-26: Fourth Annual Team Research Meeting

September 26, 2017

The research team members for the “Genomics to Improve Poultry” project traveled to and held their 4th Annual Meeting in Accra, Ghana at the University of Ghana, the last week of September 2016.

News 2017-09-14: Forum Held at Sokoine University of Agriculture, Capacity building for Scientific Relevance in African Agricultural Universities

September 14, 2017

A three-day workshop was organized by the Innovative Agricultural Research Institute (iAGRI) staff at Ohio State University and hosted by the Sokoine University of Agriculture from the 14th to 16thof September under the sponsorship of the Norman Borlaug Leadership Enhancement in Agriculture Program (Borlaug LEAP). The forum was attended by 50 participants from 11 countries in sub-Saharan Africa and the US making a total of 12 countries represented. Among the participating delegates, nine of them were Borlaug LEAP alumni including me.

News 2017-09-04: World Poultry Veterinarians Association Conference

September 04, 2017

At the recent World Poultry Veterinarians Association conference in Edinburgh UK, graduate student Melissa Diest gave a podium talk on her USAID research on NDV, and co-PD Sue Lamont gave an invited Keynote talk on “Breeding for Disease Resistance” including examples from the USAID project research. Over 2,000 poultry health professionals from around the globe were in attendance.

 

 

News 2017-08-08: Tanzania Agricultural Show

August 08, 2017

Engaging Poultry Breeders and Smallholder Farmers on Raising Healthy Indigenous Poultry Flocks in Tanzania -The Sokoine University of Agriculture Genomics to Improve Poultry team participated in the annual Tanzania 8-8 Agricultural Show in Morogoro on August 8, 2017. The event brings together poultry breeders, smallholder poultry producers, students, and policy makers from across Tanzania to showcase agricultural products and technologies.