Collaborative Research Agreement between Iowa State University and University of California, Davis

The Center for Animal Disease Modeling and Surveillance (CADMS) at the University of California Davis (Principal Investigator, Dr. Beatriz-Martinez Lopez) proposes toIowsa work collaboratively with and provide epidemiological and information management development and support services to the Iowa State University Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory (Principal Investigator, Dr. Rodger Main) in effort to further develop and expand the capabilities and use of Disease BioPortal® across a broad-array of applied epidemiologically focused veterinary diagnostic and production animal medicine applications.

Objectives of Work:
1. Continue to advance the functionality and capabilities of a suite of complementary web-based tools (collectively referred to as the Animal Health Information Management Network, see Figure 1.) that links veterinary diagnostic laboratory submissions, corresponding test results, attending veterinarian insight, and an interpreted health status of farm sites via the Animal Health Monitoring and Evaluation System (AHMES, Iowa State University) to a spatiotemporal disease management tool (Disease BioPortal®, University of California - Davis) for use in area-regional, veterinary clinic, or production system animal health monitoring and control initiatives. 

2. Complete the development and provide the technical support and database administrative access necessary for the Iowa State University Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory to use Disease BioPortal® (University of California-Davis) for creating web-based aggregate summary analysis of the national, state, or regional trends being observed in the diagnostic case submissions being processed at the Iowa State University Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory as well for client-specific spatiotemporal bioinformatic analysis and study. 

3. Continue to advance the functionality and connectivity involving other ISU VDL associated data aggregation tools (or efforts) and Disease BioPortal®.

4. Maintain and protect the confidentiality, security, and integrity of the ISU VDL associated data under this agreement on an isolated database server that contains only information pertaining to ISU VDL associated data (and backed-up) at the University of California-Davis.

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