The FAZD Center develops products to defend the United States from high-consequence zoonotic diseases. Founded in April 2004 as a DHS Center of Excellence, the FAZD Center leverages the resources of:
Zoonotic diseases are transmissible between humans and animals. At least 60 percent of all human pathogens are zoonotic. About 75 percent of all emerging and contagious human diseases started as animal diseases.
Some of these zoonotic diseases pose catastrophic risks to the nation’s public health as well as to its $1 trillion agriculture economy. These high-consequence zoonotic diseases may be introduced to the U.S. naturally or accidently. Some may be used as weapons against the U.S.
The FAZD Center develops Biological Systems to satisfy the nation’s needs for detection, diagnosis, prevention and recovery: Vaccines & anti-virals. Detection / diagnostic tests. Universal platforms.
The FAZD Center designs Information and Analysis Systems to enhance decision-making during disease outbreaks: Computer models. Online dashboard systems. Epidemiologic and economic analyses.
The FAZD Center creates the next generation of science power through its Education and Outreach Systems: Graduate-level curricula. Early responder training programs. Stakeholder outreach programs.