The Cooperative of Zoonoses Experience and Expertise (CoZEE) is a new research network to help tackle zoonotic infections and disease.
The broad aims of the network are to:
The network was set up to encourage and facilitate better communication and exchange of information and ideas between individuals and groups with an interest in Zoonoses. We are particularly interested in encouraging participation of younger researchers and post-graduate students.
We are also very interested in hearing from members of the network about subject areas for events and workshops they would like to hold and any feedback on how we can facilitate better communication through the new network.
Zoonoses are diseases or pathogens transmitted between animals and people and can involve a wide range of infectious agents including, parasites, bacteria, viruses, fungi and prions. Zoonotic pathogens may be transmitted by direct contact or through contaminated food or water supplies. Around 62% of all known human pathogens are zoonotic and 75% of emerging diseases are zoonotic. Prevention and control of zoonoses requires a coordinated approach involving many different sector groups, in particular those involved in agriculture, food and drink, land management, the environment and veterinary and public health.
We are very grateful to the Scottish Government for providing some of the funding for this Network through the Rural and Environment Science and Analytical Services Division (RESAS) strategic programmes of research in Environmental Change and Food Land and People.