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Donors Dedicate the Paul G. Allen Center for Global Animal Health

Paul G. Allen Center
Paul G. Allen Center for Global Animal
Health dedication ceremony
Paul G. Allen and representatives of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation were joined on September 8 by WSU officials, other generous donors, and special guests to formally dedicate the Paul G. Allen Center for Global Animal Health in Pullman. The recently completed 62,000-squarefoot three-story flagship research building houses a state-of-the-art infectious disease research center for investigating emerging diseases throughout the world.

“I extend my heartfelt thanks to Paul Allen, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and to each and every person who generously provided critical support to make this remarkable building a reality—from its planning and design to its funding and construction,” said WSU President Elson S. Floyd at the dedication.
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Antibiotic Resistance in the Serengeti

Dr. Douglas Call in Tanzania
Dr. Douglas Call in Tanzania
Finding a solution to bacterial antibiotic resistance is essential for human and animal health. Dr. Douglas Call, professor in the Allen School, along with an international team, will be studying three ecological zones of the Serengeti in Tanzania to understand how shared water, animal movements, antibiotic use, and socio-economic factors contribute to the distribution of antibiotic resistance between communities.

Although unregulated use of antibiotics in many resource poor countries has contributed to the spread of antibiotic resistant microbes, Dr. Call’s research shows that this is a complex problem and other factors are involved.

"Resistance traits can enter through the introduction of new stock into a herd and these bacteria can then be shared between humans and animals," said Dr. Call. “In the Serengeti where people’s and animals’ lives are tied so closely, we can learn much more about the ecology of antibiotic resistance to benefit both local and broader communities.”
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Improving Laboratory Quality in Kenya

To improve laboratory capacity and quality in Kenya, the Allen School and the Washington Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory (WADDL) provided short-term training in Quality Management Systems as part of an integrated program with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), American Society for Microbiology, and the University of Washington. Drs. Robert Martin at the University of Washington, Terry McElwain at WSU, Jane Wasike of the Kenya Public Health Service, and Joseph Oundo of the KEMRI-CDC offered training modules WSU and U.S. public health laboratories to improve understanding of quality management and development and maintenance of laboratory networks.


 
 
 

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