Developing and using pathogen genome sequence data to better manage the risks posed by pests and infectious diseases to humans, livestock and plants
Ausgem aims to use the unique combination of its partners’ expertise and technologies to develop a range of innovative ways to control and mitigate the risks from infectious and parasitic diseases. Ausgem’s research is underpinned by the One Health concept that recognises that the health of people is connected to the health of animals and the environment. Critical to this approach is the development of sequencing technologies and bioinformatics linked to the availability of well characterised pathogens from past outbreaks or recently isolated pathogens from on-going clinical events.
Ausgem represents a strategic alliance and collaborative partnership between the New South Wales Department of Primary Industries’ Elizabeth Macarthur Agricultural Institute (EMAI) and the ithree institute at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) to provide a unique set of translational skills, knowledge and facilities enabling high throughput sequence analysis of a range of pathogen genomes leading to an improved understanding of the disease process and innovative ways to mitigate the risks associated with a range of infectious diseases.
Ausgem will provide strategic national direction and leadership through:
- Undertaking high priority research on major pests, infectious and parasitic diseases affecting humans, animals and plants
- Coordinating national and international infectious and parasitic disease genomic research
- Building research links (local and international);;
- Maximising outcomes from gene based infectious disease research
- Maximising the use of the existing facilities for high throughput sequencing of pathogens within Australia
- Maximising the genomic based technology skills at the ithree institute
- Harnessing the diagnostic, research clinical and outreach programs of EMAI
- Coordinating access to, and national positioning of, potential overseas organisations
- Assisting in epidemic-prone infectious disease (EID) threat assessment and mitigation both nationally and from overseas