Cameroon Zoonoses Collaboration Development

Lead Research Organisation: University of Edinburgh
Department Name: The Roslin Institute




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Description The visit provided local preliminary information of the occurrence of influenza in bird populations and the incidence of bovine tuberculosis lesions in cattle going to slaughter. It also established contact with local veterinarians and researchers. The information gathered and contacts made during the visit provided key input into the design of future collaborative work on bovine tuberculosis.
Exploitation Route Establishing links to develop collaborative research projects.
Sectors Agriculture, Food and Drink

Description Meetings with abattoir butchers and reporting of bTB and liver fluke levels and the importance of removing bTB infected material from the food chain. Contacts made in Cameroon have facilitated establishment of collaborative research partnerships with scientists in that country. The work as raised awareness of the levels of bTB in the cattle population in Cameroon with the Cameroonian Ministry for Livestock and the butchers. The original Wellcome Trust award that followed this travel award has led to further awards look for genetic markers for resistance in these cattle, the impact of coinfections on diagnostic test performance and Cameroon remains an important study site to understand natural bTB transmission and evolution.
First Year Of Impact 2011
Sector Agriculture, Food and Drink,Healthcare
Impact Types Cultural

Description Roslin GCRF Impact Accelerator Award - A genomic map for bovine tuberculosis susceptibility in Bos indicus breeds
Amount £30,000 (GBP)
Organisation Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 08/2017 
End 02/2018
Description The phylogenetics and epidemiology of tuberculosis in cattle and their herders in Cameroon
Amount £397,509 (GBP)
Funding ID WT094945 
Organisation Wellcome Trust 
Sector Charity/Non Profit
Country United Kingdom
Start 04/2012 
End 03/2015
Description Cameroon Infectious disease epidemiology links 
Organisation Cameroonian Academy of Sciences
Country Cameroon 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution expertise in infectious diseases epidemiology and study design. We currently have 2 BBSRC GCRF Impact Accelerator Awards active in Cameroon as part of ongoing links and collaborations.
Collaborator Contribution expertise in infectious disease logistics local setting transport accommodation.
Impact Grant on HPAI in North Cameroon - no funded Grant on FMD in Adamawa Region Cameroon - not funded 1 month collection of FMD samples - paper in preparation use of samples from TB project to screen for RVF - 2 papers in preparation
Start Year 2011
Description The Evolution of Mycobacterium bovis evolution in Africa 
Organisation U.S. Department of Agriculture USDA
Country United States 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution We have made available a collection of Mycobacterium isolates from cattle from across Africa that the BBSRC funded plus one has coordinated.
Collaborator Contribution The USDA have sequenced these isolates using their WGS pipeline.
Impact work is still in progress
Start Year 2016