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Ovine footrot research goes international  
8 December 2009
Centre CI Prof Julian Rood and colleagues in Norway have just been awarded a grant from the Research Council of Norway to study ‘Ovine footrot and related contagious bovine claw diseases in Norway’.  This project will be done in collaboration with colleagues from the Norwegian School of Veterinary Science and the National Veterinary Institute of Norway.  The Centre already has expertise in Australian ovine footrot diseases and this new research project will tap into that expertise and technology platforms based in the Centre.
The grant worth over AUD$1.6 million dollars over 4 years will allow researchers from all three nodes to exchange knowledge and resources to characterise the causative pathogens of footrot and claw diseases in sheep and cattle in Norway and to develop diagnostic tools and management of the diseases.  The grant will also allow for the training of PhD students in this field.
Complementing this grant, Julian’s team has also been awarded a joint Monash-Warwick Strategic Funding Initiative to further foster and enhance animal health research at both universities.  This grant will strengthen the existing relationship and allow the exchange of knowledge and expertise developed in both universities, namely molecular genetics and genomics at Monash and microbial ecology and systems biology at Warwick, to tackle the problem of ovine footrot.
NIH grant worth over 2 million US dollars awarded to study virulence plasmids in Clostridium perfringens  
July 2009
In one of its recent funding rounds, the US National Institutes of Health (NIH) has awarded funding to a collaborative project between the Centre, University of Pittsburgh and University of California, Davis.  The component undertaken by Monash University is being led by Chief Investigator, Prof Julian Rood.  Entitled “Clostridium perfringens Type B-D Virulence Plasmids”, this award is worth over two million US dollars over the course of 5 years.
Clostridium perfringens isolates have been known to produce many highly lethal toxins which greatly contribute to pathogenicity in both human and veterinary infections.  These toxins are encoded on large plasmids which may also be conjugative.
The project aims to characterise these toxin-encoding plasmids and understand how these toxins contribute to pathogenicity, thus help to improve the design of vaccines and therapeutics against clostridial infections.  Together with the aim to understand the transfer and conjugative abilities of these plasmids, better tools can also be developed for epidemiologic, diagnostic and forensic applications of clostridial infections.
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