The global landscape presents increasing opportunities for the transmission of zoonotic viral threats to human health and livestock. In regional Australia, the interface between humans, livestock, domestic animals, and wildlife creates unique challenges and risks. Boom-and-bust events, such as droughts and floods, further enhance these viral threats to our agricultural industries. It is crucial to understand the disease mechanisms and address the transmission of pathogens like Hendra virus, avian influenza virus, lumpy skin disease virus, Japanese encephalitis virus, and other emerging or re-emerging viruses in our local and regional communities.
To safeguard our agricultural industry and address these challenges, collaboration and research capacity building are essential.
Gulbali Insitute has received a $4 million research grant from the Department of Education (DE) to establish a Training Hub promoting Regional Industry and Innovation in Virology and Epidemiology (THRIIVE). This will facilitate our capacity to play a key role in protecting our regional communities from zoonotic virusess such as Foot-and-mouth disease virus, JEV, avian influenza virus, swine-flu, Australian bat lyssavirus, Hendra virus, Nipah virus and African swine fever virus.
THRIIVE aims to foster over 15 partnerships and promote collaboration between Charles Sturt University, and Australia’s leading virology organisations the Australian Centre for Disease Preparedness, VIDRL, and various industry stakeholders. By addressing the specific challenges faced by regional research institutions, THRIIVE contributes to local, regional, and national priorities. Through these partnerships and collaborations, we are committed to advancing research and making a meaningful impact in the field of virology.