Our lab is committed to improving the health of poultry through research on the prevention, control and diagnosis of infectious bursal disease (IBD). This disease was first described in the USA near the town of Gumboro, Delaware and thus is also known as Gumboro disease. IBD is a highly contagious disease of chickens that results in immune suppression and secondary infections. It affects nearly all poultry producing regions around the world.
We are working to control and prevent the spread of IBD, which is caused by infectious bursal disease virus (IBDV). Our research on disease control through vaccine development, viral classification and viral pathogenicity focused on improved diagnosis and management of this economically devastating disease, is of critical importance to the global poultry industry.
See our Research page for more information.