Joint Appointment agreement signed to implement collaborative research between the Freie Universität Berlin and the International Livestock Research Institute
As of 1 July 2018, Dr. Kristina Roesel is jointly appointed by the FUB and the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI). The appointment of Dr. Roesel ensures a continuation of collaborative research in veterinary public health to protect the health of poor consumers and safeguard livestock-based livelihoods of poor livestock keepers and other value chain actors.To mark the occasion of the inception, Dr. Dieter Schillinger, ILRI’s Deputy Director General for Biosciences visited FUB on 17 July 2018.
News vom 08.08.2018
Various tropical veterinary diseases are no longer confined to countries in the Southern hemisphere and their control requires a global and collaborative approach. With the globalization of trade and increased movement of people and goods including animals and animal sourced foods, animal diseases spread from regions where there have been endemic to new geographical areas including Europe (e.g. African swine fever and bluetongue disease). Many infectious diseases affecting humans have their origin in animals and ecological niches that are no longer safe from human encroachment, increasing the frequency and probability for diseases “jumping” to humans. These diseases respect no national boundaries, their incidence in humans has increased sharply over the past decades, and will potentially affect the global population in the future (e.g. Rift Valley fever). Other zoonotic diseases have been well controlled in high-income-countries but are still affecting low-income countries in sub-Sahara Africa and Southeast Asia, particularly poor communities that rely on agriculture. Furthermore, infectious zoonotic and non-zoonotic diseases require joint and global efforts in controlling them because of the increased level of resistance to antimicrobials (including antibacterial, antifungal, antiparasitic and antiviral drugs).
The Institute for Parasitology and Tropical Veterinary Medicine of the Freie Universität Berlin (FUB) has worked on various tropical veterinary medicine topics for several decades. During that time, scientists of the institute have regularly collaborated with the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) in sub-Sahara Africa. ILRI is part of a global consortium of 15 research institutes that has been conducting agricultural research aimed towards food security and poverty alleviation in low-income countries (research for development) for more than 40 years. It is the only centre in the consortium to focus on livestock research, mostly in Africa and Asia.
In 2012, ILRI and FUB have signed a formal collaborative research agreement for performing joint research on food safety in informal markets in sub-Saharan Africa with funding from the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) (Safe Food, Fair Food project, 2008-2016). Other German partners included the Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) and Friedrich-Loeffler Institute (FLI). Joint activities in the project generated more than 200 joint research outputs, trained over 200 key stakeholders from >35 institutions on the concepts of risk-based approaches and (participatory) risk assessment in 12 countries in sub-Saharan Africa with local partners. In addition, more than 40 graduate and postgraduate students were trained and supervised as part of the project, which resulted in increased capacity building of project partners in both sub-Saharan Africa and Germany.
The Joint Appointment, effective on 1 July 2018, ensures a continuation of collaborative research in veterinary public health to protect the health of poor consumers and safeguard livestock-based livelihoods of poor livestock keepers and other value chain actors. The joint appointee, Dr. Kristina Roesel, FUB alumni and coordinator of the Safe Food, Fair Food project from 2012-2016, will hold a contract from FUB which is 51% co-funded by ILRI to facilitate the joint implementation of research by ILRI, FUB and other local African and German partners. To mark the occasion of the inception, Dr. Dieter Schillinger, ILRI’s Deputy Director General for Biosciences visited FUB on 17 July 2018. The event was attended by representatives from the Department of Veterinary Medicine and was opened by Prof. Peter-Henning Clausen, initiator and co-supervisor of the joint appointment. Dr. Schillinger introduced ILRI’s mandate and scope of research, followed by a summary of completed joint research by Dr. Roesel and discussions of potential areas of future joint activities.
For more information on collaboration possibilities, please contact Dr. Kristina Roesel: k.roesel(at)cgiar.org.