Ausgem will be an international centre for genomic epidemiology with a focus on utilising pathogen and vector sequence information to better understand and mitigate the risks from infectious diseases of humans, livestock and plants through the application of excellent quality-assured research.
The founding partnership between EMAI and the ithree institute is uniquely endowed with the necessary broad set of disciplines and facilities needed to deliver new and insightful science outcomes. An MOU was signed between UTS and the NSW DPI in 2013 (see news) and, following excellent progress in establishing an effective partnership and its priority programmes, Ausgem was formally launched in December 2014 (see news.
- Provide a rapid and whole genome sequencing capability to underpin research on pathogens, their vectors and infectious diseases
- Utilise sequence data to develop a better understanding and more effective control strategies for infectious and parasitic diseases of humans, livestock and plants
- Provide a mechanism by which national and international research on genomic epidemiology can be developed and fostered
- Seek to attract biotechnology companies where appropriate to utilise research innovation outcomes for marketable products e.g. new generation vaccines and diagnostics and specific marker testing.
- Increased risks from Infectious diseases, demanding research for effective management solutions
- Continuing pressure on Australia to maintain and demonstrate its human, animal and plant health status
- Increasing awareness in governments, in the industry and the public of the risk associated with transboundary diseases and the costs involved with disease outbreaks
- Growing demand for safe food, particularly with respect to assurances of freedom from zoonotic disease agents (e.g. Salmonella spp. and influenzas)
- Increased demand for animals and plants and their products both within Australia and internationally (forecast to double demand in the next 15 years)
- Growing export trade in livestock and livestock products faced with increasing demand for demonstration of disease freedom and effective surveillance systems within Australia
- Growing perception that solutions to disease control and eradication will rely more on scientific and technological innovations rather than policy or economic reform
- Recent advances in genomics is providing a platform for a new generation of whole genome-based approaches to improving disease management
Ausgem recognizes the need for further partnership and collaborative arrangements with other specialized institutes and organizations to maximize the advantages of its approach to disease understanding and mitigation. In striving for its VISION 2016, to be a national and international Centre, Ausgem welcomes the opportunity to bring together other similar groups in Australia. Get in touch.