Massey to host disease research centre

Last updated 12:25 12/10/2012

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Massey University will become host to a new infectious disease research centre which will be launched at a meeting of minds this month.

Researchers from Massey's Manawatu, Wellington and Albany campuses will descend on Palmerston North in a fortnight to hold a symposium discussing how they can use their knowledge to combat infectious diseases that pose a threat to health, biosecurity and trade.

Centre director Professor Nigel French said the centre brought a "one health" approach to the work being carried out at Massey. "No single discipline has all the knowledge and skills needed to meet the challenges faced by human, animal, plant and ecosystem health," he said.

"There is a growing global recognition that multidisciplinary teams are essential to tackle both the current disease problems and those that will emerge in the future."

Massey University led the epidemiological research behind a national strategy to combat campylobacteriosis, which Dr French said halved the number of notified cases and saved the health system $40 million annually.

The symposium, at the Palmerston North Convention Centre from October 23 to 24, is to feature presentations by leading Massey health researchers and has attracted international attendance.

Professor Christopher Dye of the World Health Organisation will give one of the keynote addresses.

The research centre will be launched at Wharerata on the Manawatu campus on October 23.

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- Manawatu Standard

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