Natl Ctr Foreign Animal Zoonotic Dse Defense(FAZD) - One Health Commission

Natl Ctr Foreign Animal Zoonotic Dse Defense(FAZD)

1.     Organization Name National Center for Foreign Animal and Zoonotic Disease Defense (FAZD Center)


 2.      Narrative Description


The National Center for Foreign Animal and Zoonotic Disease Defense (FAZD Center) performs research and develops products to defend the nation from high-consequence foreign animal and zoonotic diseases. Founded in April 2004 as a Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Center of Excellence, the FAZD Center leverages the resources of multiple major universities and Minority Serving Institutions.


3.      Purpose


The FAZD Center focuses on research, education and outreach to prevent, detect, mitigate and recover from exotic animal, emerging, and/or zoonotic (transmissible between animals and humans) diseases, which may be introduced intentionally or through natural processes.


4.      Type of Organization


U.S. Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Center of Excellence


5.      Scope


Engages in research and tools for use against high-threat agricultural pathogens across three major themes:

·         Biological Systems: vaccines, anti-virals, detection and diagnostic assays, and diagnostic platforms.

·         Information Analysis Systems: epidemiology and disease modeling analysis tools to support business continuity, emergency response, risk mitigation and decision-making.

·         Education & Outreach: educational programs, responder training, workshops, and seminars on foreign animal, emerging, and zoonotic diseases.


6.      Country and State and City


USA, Texas, College Station


7.      Primary Funders


U.S. Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Department of Agriculture


8.      One Health Courses being taught



 9.      Other One Health Activities/Initiatives


In addition to its One Health-related training programs (see section 10 below), the FAZD Center generates a number of products that support the One Health Initiative. Among them:


Title of program:  Agricultural screening tools  -- Based on recommendations from four Workshops to Coordinate and Enhance the Agro-Security Enterprise, the FAZD Center proposed and was recently awarded a number of research efforts whose outcomes can be integrated with minimal disruption into daily business practices to help establish the “proof of negative” status essential to maintain business continuity. These research efforts will facilitate rapid sampling, testing, and reporting of results to promote efficient and effective incident management.

Contact person’s name and email: Dr. Tammy R. Beckham,

Link to program informational web page:


Title of program: Emergency Response Support System – The ERSS is a multi-functional web-based technology for incident management intended for use by USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) and state animal health officials. ERSS utilizes a service-oriented architecture to provide enhanced response capabilities by organizing relevant data from authoritative sources to facilitate rapid information sharing between industry and government during an animal disease event. Components have been customized to support the entire life cycle of emergency response. Applications include integration with the Secure Food Supply plans for business continuity, enhanced passive surveillance of animal health syndromes, incident command system management, and facilitating routing diagnostic of samples. ERSS can be used as an operational tool during response, as an analysis tool after an event is complete, and as a training tool to prepare for future incidents.

Contact person’s name and email: Dr. Jim Wall,

Link to program informational web page:  systems/information-dashboard-framework-enhances-decision-making-during-disease-outbreaks-and-other-emergencies/


Title of program: Differentiation of Rift Valley fever Virus Infected from Vaccinated Animals [DIVA] using Recombinant Proteins and 96-well Platforms to Detect anti-NP, anti-NSs, or anti-Nsm Antibodies -- The FAZD Center is working with Drs. Stuart Nichols and Brian Bird, researchers at the CDC National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases (NCEZID), to take advantage of their significant expertise in viral hemorrhagic fevers and emerging viral diseases to develop a DIVA diagnostic assay for detection of Rift Valley fever (RVF). This tool is designed as a companion assay to the CDC RVF vaccine candidate currently in development. This candidate has demonstrated DIVA potential and was recently removed from the CDC/APHIS Select Agent List, easing the path for commercial vaccine production in the US and making it a very attractive candidate for commercial development. This study will will include a preliminary validation step using field specimens from a variety of livestock (sheep, goats, cattle) collected in Uganda and South Africa. Together, these naturally infected and previously vaccinated animal sera will serve as the first step in validation efforts to assess the overall utility of the 96-well ELISA developed under this funding.

Contact person’s name and email: Dr. Tammy R. Beckham,


10.  One Health Certificate or Training Programs


Title of program:  One Health Career-Oriented Youth Educational National Program – The program addresses a national shortage of paraprofessionals who are trained in the One Health Approach to provide support for professionals in both human and animal medicine.  Currently, the program has two components; a third component on laboratory practices is under development:


·         Veterinary Science: Preparatory Training for the Veterinary Assistant – A program to provide the interested student with a sound platform to master the knowledge and skills necessary to become a veterinary assistant -- and to pursue a rewarding career as part of a professional team dedicated to providing the best animal and public health care available in America.

Contact person’s name and email: Dr. Floron C. (Buddy) Faries,

Link to program informational web page: outreach-systems/the-one-health-career-oriented-youth-educational-national-program/veterinary-science-preparatory-training-for-the-veterinary-assistant/


·         One Health Science & Technology – This supplement introduces students and teachers to the field of One Health, a discipline that integrates human, animal and environmental health.

Contact person’s name and email: Dr. Heather Simmons,

Link to program informational web page:



Title of program: Training for early responders in food animal biosecurity -- The FAZD Center produces a wide range of programs to train early responders – including animal owners, producers, agricultural workers, Extension agents, specialists and educators – in the best practices of food animal biosecurity. Products include workbooks, compact discs, Power Points, train-the-trainers guidebooks, e-books and webinars.

Contact person’s name and email: Dr. Heather Simmons,

Link to program informational web page:



11.  Organization Website


12.  Participants and Key Collaborators


The FAZD Center coordinates efforts with industry stakeholders, government agencies and various private animal health and biomedical companies to assure that research will meet customer needs and results are translated into useful products. It partners with more than 100 academic research institutions, homeland security agencies, bio-pharma, as well as food and agriculture agencies across the United States and around the world.


13.  Brief History of Organization’s One Health Involvement

From its inception, the FAZD Center has conducted research, developed technology and trained a specialized workforce to successfully defend U.S. pre-harvest agricultural systems against threats associated with foreign animal, emerging, and zoonotic pathogens.


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