The webinar on the topic of the DECIDE project was presented by Gerdien van Schaik. Prof. dr. Gerdien van Schaik is the coordinator of the DECIDE project, works at Royal GD and holds a chair at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine of Utrecht University in ‘monitoring and surveillance of animal health’. She is a quantitative epidemiologist with a master and doctorate degrees in animal sciences and animal health economics from Wageningen University.
The DECIDE project will develop data-driven decision support tools, which present (i) robust and early signals of disease emergence and options for diagnostic confirmation; and (ii) options for controlling the disease along with their implications in terms of disease spread, economic burden and animal welfare.
DECIDE will focus on respiratory and gastro-intestinal syndromes in the three most important terrestrial livestock species (pigs, poultry, cattle) and on growth reduction and mortality in salmonids, important aquaculture species. For each of these, we will (i) identify the stakeholder needs; (ii) determine the burden of disease and costs of control measures; (iii) develop data sharing frameworks based on federated data access and meta-information sharing; (iv) build multivariate and multi-level models for creating an early warning system. Together, all of this will form the decision support tools to be integrated in existing farm management systems wherever possible and to be evaluated in several pilot implementations in farms across Europe.
The results of DECIDE will lead to improved decisions on disease control to increase animal health and welfare and protect human health and the food chain in Europe and beyond.
For those who could not attend and are interested in this webinar: The presentation was recorded and can be found on our SOUND control youtube channel :