LinkTADs to bridge the gap between EU’s and China’s research on animal diseases and zoonoses

02 January 2014

The continuous growth of the world population translates into a high demand for animal protein, which in turn leads to increased farming and international trade of animals and their products. This can have a major impact on the spreading of animal diseases across borders and on the emergence of new pathogens and diseases. 

Research has many of the answers to prevent and control animal diseases, either through the understanding of how they spread (epidemiology) or through better diagnostics for disease detection and surveillance. The European Union (EU) and China are two major worldwide players in animal health research. 

LinkTADs (Linking Epidemiology and Laboratory Research on Transboundary Animal Diseases and zoonoses in China and EU), launched in November 2013 and funded by the Seventh Framework Programme of the EU, is a three-year project involving 5 European partners, 5 institutions from China and 1 international organisation (FAO). The project aims at bringing together world-class research institutes and experts in cross-border cooperation with the objective of coordinating research between the EU and China, thus improving scientific excellence in animal health (epidemiology and laboratory). 

The project’s kick-off meeting took place on the 9th and 10th of December of 2013, at FAO, Rome, Italy. 

For more information, please contact the coordinator of the project, Mr. Daniel Beltran-Alcrudo from FAO ( or Dr. Sara Medina from SPI ( 

Consortium: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations; Europa Media Non-profit Ltd.; Royal Veterinary College; entre de Coopération Internationale en Recherché; Agronomique pour le Développement ; Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences; Shanghai Veterinary Research Institute; Harbin Veterinary Research Institute; China Animal Health and Epidemiology Center; Beijing Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention; Sociedade Portuguesa de Inovação; Huazhong Agricultural University.