Dear <<First Name>> <<Last Name>>,
Welcome to the second edition of the RISKSUR newsletter!
The RISKSUR project aims to develop support tools for the design of cost-effective, risk-based animal health surveillance. Over the last months, we targeted a major research effort towards mapping the system context within which animal health surveillance is conducted in several EU countries. Such work has not been done previously. As a result, we are very pleased to be able to now present a comprehensive description of animal health surveillance activities and the associated systems context.
A further focus of recent work has been to develop a conceptual and analytical framework for animal health surveillance system design. This will be applicable to different production systems taking into account both economic as well as epidemiological factors.
On a personal note, of the different multi-partner research projects I have participated in, RISKSUR is probably the most demanding in terms of the need for almost constant extensive and frequent interaction among the majority of partners. Given this challenge, I am particularly pleased with the progress of the project so far and I am most grateful to the whole project team for their work effort and constructive attitude.
I am also very excited that 3 oral and 1 poster presentation based on RISKSUR research were selected for presentation at the 2nd International Conference on Animal Health Surveillance (ICAHS2) in Havana in May.
Finally I would like to take the opportunity to thank all members of our two Advisory Boards for their direct and indirect support as well as their valuable contributions!
I hope you will enjoy our newsletter,
Prof. Dirk Pfeiffer, RVC London
On behalf of the RISKSUR Consortium