Start Date: Jan 16, 2014
End Date: Sep 30, 2016
With the purpose of understanding the molecular-and-epidemiological characteristics of NDV in Ukraine and to study the process of virus spread and evolution we will conduct investigation on NSC IECVM collection of isolates to determine their genotypes and structure and identification of pathogenicity characteristics. In addition we will evaluate the genetic and biological characteristics of the viruses that are presently circulating in poultry and in wild birds in Ukraine to develop epidemiological databases or rapid diagnostic tests that are capable of detecting all strains of NDV. We will also combine our surveillance with current programs to detect avian influenza in birds. Finally we will implement a training program on Biosecurity Practices, standard operation procedures for BSL3 labs for one additional visiting scientist that will perform similar role upon return to Ukraine. A specially designed one year training program for one scientist will be developed that will involve the learning and supporting diverse SEPRL activities related to biosafety, biosecurity and BSL2 and BSL3 laboratory practices.