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CTA. 1993. ILRAD. Spore 47. CTA, Wageningen, The Netherlands.
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The International Laboratory for Research on Animal Diseases was founded in 1973 to conduct research into better ways of controlling livestock diseases, especially in Africa and other developing regions The primary goal of the Laboratory is to...
The International Laboratory for Research on Animal Diseases was founded in 1973 to conduct research into better ways of controlling livestock diseases, especially in Africa and other developing regions The primary goal of the Laboratory is to develop safe, effective and economical methods of controlling the most important parasitic diseases that limit animal production in the tropics: trypanosomiasis, which is transmitted to animals by the bite of a tsetse fly, and tick-borne diseases. Most of the research work at ILRAD is geared towards the development of vaccines that will protect livestock from these diseases, but other control methods are also being explored. About 50 internationally recruited senior scientific staff conduct basic research in the fields of biochemistry, cell biology, electron microscopy, epidemiology, genetics, immunology, molecular biology, pathology, parasitology and the socio-economics of animal disease control. The research programmes are supported by a number of internationally recruited specialized technicians, with all other technical support and secretarial staff (approximately 350) being Kenyan. ILRAD conducts two major scientific programmes in trypanosomiasis and tick-borne diseases. The Laboratory has built up a reputation of first-rate modern science in the areas of bovine immunology and genetics, parasitology, molecular techniques of parasite and antigen characterization and chemotherapy. The major disease programmes are supported by a Socio-economics. Programme assessing the likely social, economic and environmental impact of improved livestock disease control and a combined programme covering Cooperative (Research) Programmes, Training and Information. Training activities at the institute are closely linked to ILRAD's research programme. They are designed to help strengthen national agricultural programmes by training staff members of national organizations who can extend research on theileriosis, trypanosomiasis and other pressing veterinary problems. Scientists and technical staff from national organizations are also trained to carry out control programmes that make use of the most effective techniques currently available. At any one time, ILRAD provides full-time training for up to 25 doctoral and master's students and advanced research training for three to five young scientists from the developing world who have doctoral degrees. Each year ILRAD hosts two 3-6 week courses, each for up to 16 senior technicians and junior scientists from national agricultural research systems, in such areas as use of advanced diagnostic techniques or haemoprotozoan diseases. ILRAD also provides individual training in particular skills and techniques in such areas as laboratory animal maintenance, diagnostics, molecular biology and embryo transfer, which are acquired in short-term attachments to the Laboratory's research programmes. Each year the institute publishes a four-page Highlights that summarizes the year's most important research findings (English and French); an Annual Report that introduces ILRAD's research objectives and briefly outlines the year's research progress (English and French), an Annual Scientific Report comprising abstracts of the objectives and results of each research project at the Laboratory (English only); four issues of ILRAD Reports, a scientific newsletter, each issue of which provides updates of two research areas (English and French); a list of Staff Publications produced during the year (English); and Proceedings of ILRAD scientific workshops (English). ILRAD PO Box 30709 Nairobi KENYA Telephone: 254 632 311 telefax: 254 2 631499 telex: 22040 ILRAD