The STAR-IDAZ International Research Consortium on Animal Health (IRC) mapped current initiatives and publications on priority animal diseases to identify and highlight trends and advances on animal health research and development (R&D). The results are published in a report available here.
Animal diseases can cause not only significant impact on animal health and welfare, but also serious socio-economic and environmental damage, and in some cases, directly threaten human health. While research is fundamental to ensure the development of adequate disease prevention and control understanding and tools, the level of funding in this area is currently low. However, more could be achieved, even with the current level of investment, through the coordination of research efforts and the sharing of results.
To achieve this, an international forum of R&D programme owners, the STAR-IDAZ IRC, was established with the aim to improve research collaboration and work towards common research agendas and coordinated R&D funding on priority animal diseases, including zoonoses. The STAR-IDAZ IRC is supported by the OIE, which co-hosts its scientific secretariat known as SIRCAH.
The STAR-IDAZ IRC publishes a yearly State-of-the-Art Report, which presents current initiatives and recent scientific literature, organised to identify and highlight trends and advances in research on animal health, with a focus on priority animal diseases, at a global level.
The aim of this report is to provide STAR-IDAZ IRC Members (i.e., public and private research funders, as well as other animal health stakeholders) with an overview of the existing opportunities for speeding up research, fostering collaboration, and providing an outline of the latest discoveries on priority animal health diseases. Overall, this can support the decisions of policymakers and research funders to accelerate coordinated development of control methods at the international level.
The report is divided into four main chapters. The first three describe ongoing initiatives and infrastructures aiming to speed up and facilitate transnational R&D, while the fourth chapter describes recent research developments on STAR-IDAZ IRC priority diseases such as: African swine fever, bovine tuberculosis, foot and mouth disease, and helminths, in addition to other more horizontal issues including antimicrobial resistance and the development of alternatives to antibiotics. For each of these, the report provides information about existing global research coordination networks and identified research gaps, and a selection of recent major research outcomes published in scientific journals. This is completed with information on ongoing research efforts on these priorities, collected from STAR-IDAZ IRC members and stakeholders.
Access the 2021 STAR-IDAZ IRC report here.
Contact: Stefano Messori, OIE Science Department
The Secretariat for the STAR-IDAZ IRC (SIRCAH) is funded from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 727494
◼ OIE News – March 2021