2. The FAZD Center develops products to defend the United States from high-consequence zoonotic diseases.<br />Founded in April 2004 as a DHS Center of Excellence, the FAZD Center leverages the resources of:<br /><ul><li> 8 major universities.
3. 10 Minority Serving Institutions.
4. 5 National Laboratories.</li></li></ul><li>Zoonotic diseases are transmissible between humans and animals.<br />At least 60 percent of all human pathogens are zoonotic.<br />About 75 percent of all emerging and contagious human diseases started as animal diseases. <br />
5. Some of these zoonotic diseases pose catastrophic risks to the nation’s public health as well as to its $1 trillion agriculture economy.<br />These high-consequence zoonotic diseases may be introduced to the U.S. naturally or accidently. <br />Some may be used as weapons against the U.S.<br />
6. The FAZD Center develops Biological Systems to satisfy the nation’s needs for detection, diagnosis, prevention and recovery:<br /> Vaccines & anti-virals.<br /> Detection / diagnostic tests.<br /> Universal platforms.<br />
7. The FAZD Center designs Information and Analysis Systems to enhance decision-making during disease outbreaks:<br /> Computer models.<br /> Online dashboard systems.<br /> Epidemiologic and economic analyses.<br />
8. The FAZD Center creates the next generation of science power through its Education and Outreach Systems:<br /> Graduate-level curricula.<br /> Early responder training programs.<br /> Stakeholder outreach programs.<br />