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Research network on Verocytotoxigenic E. coli in Ireland (2004-2009).

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Jan. 1, 2004 - Jan. 3, 2009

Funding Agency

Safefood - Food Safety Promotion Board


Geraldine Duffy, Ph.D.
Ashtown Food Research Centre




Across the island of Ireland, much research and interest is focused on verocytotoxigenic Escherichia coli. This group of organisms in particular E.coli O157:H7 pose particular public health concerns for the Irish community because of the severity of the illness, and the sectors of the community which are most vulnerable to infection (children, elderly, immuno-compromised). Key to addressing the issues caused by this organism is the input and interactions of the multidisciplinary groups involved in research and surveillance including the veterinary, food, and public health sectors from universities, research institutions and industry. This network will bring together key players involved in VTEC research in Ireland and will collaborate with key international groups in the field to ensure that the research and knowledge on this organism in Ireland is state of the art. The network will aim to provide a focus from which information on the current state of research can flow to all network participants, prevent duplication of research, co-ordinate future research direction and promote collaboration. The main tasks of the project will be to set up a database of ongoing research on VTEC in Ireland (ROI and NI), establish and maintain a web site and hold regular research fora.