Med-Vet-Net, arguably the EU's foremost Network of Excellence, has drawn the final curtain on five years of EC funding with the launch of a new report entitled, Building a European Community to Combat Zoonoses.
The report details Med-Vet-Net's long list of scientific achievements across the spectrum of its thematic disciplines from epidemiology and surveillance to risk research and disease control.
The Network, which concludes this month having ushered in a new era of scientific collaboration and preparedness across Europe, uniquely brought together more than 300 multi-disciplinary scientists from 10 countries to undertake research on the zoonoses and food-borne diseases that threaten public health.
Through previously inconceivable collaborations between medical and veterinary scientists, food science researchers, microbiologists, epidemiologists and risk analysts, Med-Vet-Net established a critical, interconnected mass of scientific experts who are now readily available to EU authorities in the event of an outbreak emergency, such as H1N1 ('swine flu') or E. Coli.
Med-Vet-Net Project Manager, Professor John Threlfall of the UK's Health Protection Agency, said the fruits of the Network's scientific collaborations could not be overstated.
"In the fight against disease it is critical that, as a European community, we can respond effectively, collectively and immediately," Professor Threlfall said.
"Through Med-Vet-Net's work we now have standard tests and tools, harmonised laboratory procedures and a common language across Europe to help us more quickly and accurately detect and control the most serious food-borne disease threats."
Med-Vet-Net's 25 multi-partner research projects yielded an unparalleled catalogue of results, many with significant and tangible benefits to the European Community, including:
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