The Health For Dairy Cow (H4DC) project aims to decrease the spread of the Cryptosporidium parasite in farms.
Our objective is to disseminate guidance to pilot farms for applying new breeding practices and the use of detection kits developed by the consortium which we are a part of. The project also aims to develop an automated microelectronic device to accelerate therapeutic discovery upon adoption by biopharmaceutical companies.
Members of our research group are carrying out the literature review and helping test samples of cow or calf faeces. We are also involved in assessing or analysing risks to humans created by the Cryptosporidium parasite in cows.
This novel project is of particular interest to numerous researchers here at UEA. Our contribution to the project is enabled by our previous work on similar water-bourne pathogens and their effect on water supply and the subsequent risk posed to humans. We have also looked at environmental risks with Cryptosporidium and Campylobacter as part of previous research projects, and their links to animal hosts. Members of our research group have also done work estimating burden of disease as well, some of it concerning zoonotic disease. The H4DC project draws together these numerous strands of work as well as helping to create new partnerships which could help us strengthen our ability to assess the burden of disease in a more holistic way, looking at risks that may link the animal and human populations. Our recent Aquavalens project on water testing has also created a strong network of partners with relevant complimentary skills and knowledge.
Professor Paul Hunter was co-ordinator and partner in several European Projects such as Aquavalens, Epibathe, and MicroRisk.
Dr Kevin Tyler is the lead for parasitology for the project and Dr Julii Brainard will handle the literature review and prevalence analysis with support from Prof Lee Hooper. Dr Dietmar Steverding is in charge of testing and will be helped by Georgina Hurle. Mike van der Es is the project manager.
A full breakdown of the project can be found on the Interreg website, along with details of all partner organisations.