USAID RESPOND Emerging Pandemics Threats Grant

Tufts University is playing a key role in the RESPOND component of the Emerging Pandemics Threats Program funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). Tufts is part of a multidisciplinary team that has received a grant of up to $185-million to create better synergies among veterinarians, doctors and public health officials in RESPONDing to emerging infectious diseases.

The five-year initiative, which is led by Bethesda-based DAI and also includes the University of Minnesota, will improve the capacity of countries in high-risk areas to RESPOND to outbreaks of emergent zoonotic diseases that can be transmitted between animals and humans. With a focus on preventing zoonotic diseases from reaching the human population, the intent of the project is to identify and counter outbreaks while they are still within wildlife and livestock.

The Tufts RESPOND team is lead by Principal Investigator Dr. Joann Lindenmayer (Public Health) from the Department of Infectious Disease and Global Health (IDGH). Dr. Felicia Nutter (Research Faculty with IDGH) is the Senior Technical Veterinary Officer for the project based at the project headquarters in Bethesda. In addition to faculty from the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, the team also incorporates faculty from the Medical School, the Center for the Enhancement of Learning and Teaching and the Feinstein International Center.

More infomation can be found on the USAID Grant Press Release page.