Southeast Poultry Research Laboratory Mission Statement:
Our mission is to provide scientific solutions to national and international exotic, emerging and endemic poultry viral diseases through a comprehensive research program emphasizing basic and applied research in diagnostics, prevention, and control strategies, prediction of disease outbreak, molecular epidemiology, and understanding disease pathogenesis.
The goals of our research program are to produce new research knowledge and technology to:
• Prevent, reduce or eliminate losses from impaired performance, and increased deaths and condemnations
• Develop more sensitive, specific and faster diagnostic tests
• Improve vaccines, and vaccine delivery methods
• Improve our understanding of the ecology and epidemiology of viruses at the wild bird-domestic poultry interface
• Improve our understanding of the genetic and pathobiological basis of virulence
This research provides government regulatory agencies and the poultry industries with improved intervention strategies against poultry viral diseases.
The Laboratory has two research units:
1) Exotic and Emerging Avian Viral Diseases Research Unit
• Avian Influenza Virus
• Newcastle Disease Virus
• Mucosal Immunity
2) Endemic Poultry Viral Diseases Research Unit
• Poult Enteris Mortality Syndrome
• Avian Metapneumovirus
• Marek’s Disease Virus
Exotic and Emerging Avian Viral Diseases Research Unit mission:
Our mission is to conduct basic and applied research on avian influenza, Newcastle disease, West Nile and other exotic and emerging viruses of poultry and other birds. The goal of our research program is to produce new research knowledge and technology to: 1) provide science-based solutions to exotic poultry diseases that inhibit international trade in poultry and poultry products; 2) understand the pathogenesis of these viruses in poultry; 3) determine through molecular epidemiology the source for disease outbreaks; and 4) improve our understanding of the mechanisms for transfer of zoonotic viruses from birds-to-man.
Endemic Poultry Viral Diseases Research Unit mission:
Our mission is to conduct basic and applied research on avian metapneumovirus, enteric viruses of turkeys and Marek’s disease herpesvirus. The goal of our research program is to produce new research knowledge and technology to: 1) provide science-based solutions to minimize productivity and economic losses from domestic poultry diseases; 2) determine through molecular epidemiology the source for disease outbreaks; 3) determine biological and molecular virulence characteristics of these viruses with the goal of minimizing their impact; 4) develop practical and improved diagnostic tools including air samplers; 5) develop or improve vaccines and vaccine delivery methods; 6) determine the role of immunity during infections; 7) determine the effects of secondary infections on the development of disease; 8) develop engineering systems for reducing transmission and development of disease.