The Center of Excellence for Emerging and Zoonotic Animal Diseases (CEEZAD) at Kansas State University was established in 2010 to help protect the nation’s agricultural and public health sectors against high-consequence foreign animal, emerging and zoonotic disease threats. CEEZAD has four principal missions:
- Development of novel, safe, efficacious and DIVA-compatible vaccines for prevention and control of high-impact emerging and zoonotic diseases that can be manufactured in the U.S.
- Development and expansion of technologies and platforms for laboratory and point-of-need pathogen detection.
- Development of models to predict high-consequence disease behavior in the U.S. to aid prevention or outbreak control.
- Development of education and training programs for students, veterinarians, first responders and researchers in high-impact animal diseases and animal emergencies.
March 7, 2019
CEEZAD’s director delivers keynote address at Gordon Research Conference
The director of the Center of Excellence for Emerging and Zoonotic Animal Diseases delivered the keynote address at this week’s Chemical and Biological Terrorism Gordon Research Conference held in Ventura, Calif.
Dr. Juergen Richt addressed conferees Sunday on the topic, “Rift Valley Fever: Development of Mitigation Strategies in Target Animals.” In his address, he discussed research efforts underway at the Richt Lab to develop target animal models for Rift Valley Fever and safe and efficacious vaccines. One focus of his presentation was familiarization of participants with ongoing research efforts at the Kansas State University-based Biosecurity Research Institute.
Rift Valley Fever is a vector-borne disease in ruminants, also capable of affecting humans. It is most commonly found in eastern and southern Africa and the Arabian peninsula.
During a Monday session, Dr. Richt also led a discussion on agro-terrorism, which are terrorist acts intended to disrupt or damage a country's agricultural system, especially the use of a biological agent against crops or livestock.
The conference, which has attracted biosecurity researchers from around the world, has been held every other year since 1998. Its purpose is to focus on the application of cutting edge research and apply that research to the development of new anti-terrorism tools. Major conference topics include novel imaging techniques that follow host response to chemical and biological insults, novel approaches to countering antimicrobial resistance, new detection technologies and the integration of understanding the problems and advances in agriculture bioterrorism.
February 16, 2019
Director of CEEZAD recognized as 2018 AAAS Fellow at ceremony in Washington D.C.
On February 16, Dr. Juergen Richt was pinned by the American Association for the Advancement of Science at their annual meeting in Washington, D.C.
A Regents distinguished professor and the director of Kansas State University's Center of Excellence for Emerging and Zoonotic Animal Diseases (CEEZAD), Dr. Richt was selected for his distinguished research and advisory contributions to the field of zoonotic diseases - particularly for his pioneering role in the development of the One Health paradigm.
Dr. Richt is a veterinary microbiologist who has worked with multiple agents of zoonotic potential, including bovine spongiform encephalopathy or mad cow disease, chronic wasting disease, animal influenza viruses, Rift Valley Fever virus, Borna virus and other emerging pathogens. He has been published extensively, with authorship or co-authorship of over 200 per-reviewed articles.
Election as a fellow is an honor bestowed upon association members by their peers. The association's fellowship program recognizes individuals whose efforts toward advancing science applications are deemed scientifically or socially distinguished.
Out of the 416 fellows elected this year, seven were faculty at veterinary colleges in the U.S. (including Dr. Richt). There was also an additional fellow from Kansas State University – Dr. Jame Guikema, a late professor of biology and University administrator.
Read more about the 2018 veterinary fellows here:
January 7, 2019
Now Accepting Applications!
The CEEZAD BSL-3 Training/Transboundary Animal Diseases Summer Program is designed to introduce graduate, DVM and upper-level undergraduate students to high-containment training and to provide current practical and scientific information on select high consequence transboundary and zoonotic diseases.
The program is directed at highly motivated students with a demonstrated career interest in transboundary and zoonotic diseases of animals. The two-week program consists of one week of intensive, hands-on and classroom training at the Biosecurity Research Institute (BRI) at Kansas State University followed by a second week of site visits to area industry partners and seminars and lectures from national and international subject matter experts in containment research and transboundary animal diseases.
Certain eligibility requirements apply. Successful applicants will receive a travel stipend up to $2,000 to cover transportation to and from Manhattan, Kansas and lodging and per diem expenses. Applicants residing in or near the Manhattan, Kansas area may not be eligible to receive a travel stipend. An on-campus housing option is available.
All participants will be required to submit a final written report at the end of the program.
Link with more information: 2019 CEEZAD Summer Training Program
Link to apply: 2019 CEEZAD Summer Program Application Information
November 29, 2018
CEEZAD director named a Fellow of prestigious national science association
The director of CEEZAD is one of two Kansas State University representatives named 2018 fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, or AAAS.
Dr. Jürgen Richt, Regents distinguished professor and director of the university's Center of Excellence for Emerging and Zoonotic Animal Diseases, or CEEZAD, was selected for his distinguished research and advisory contributions to the field of zoonotic diseases, particularly for his pioneering role in the development of the One Health paradigm.
He was named along with Dr. James Guikema, late professor of biology and university administrator, for distinguished contributions to the fields of photosynthesis and gravitational biology, and in research administration and the NASA Specialized Center of Research and Training, or NSCORT. Dr. Guikema died in April.
They are among 416 fellows chosen this year by the American Association for the Advancement of Science, which is the world's largest scientific society. Election as a fellow is an honor bestowed upon association members by their peers. The association's fellowship program recognizes individuals whose efforts toward advancing science applications are deemed scientifically or socially distinguished.
This year's fellows will be formally announced in the AAAS News and Notes section of the journal Science on Nov. 29. Richt and Guikema will be recognized at a certificate and pinning ceremony on Feb. 16, 2019, during the association's annual meeting in Washington, D.C.
Richt and Guikema join 21 current and emeritus Kansas State University faculty members who are fellows of the association.
"Our 2018 fellows are truly deserving of this recognition for their career accomplishments," said Peter Dorhout, the university's vice president for research. "Dr. Richt is a distinguished leader in zoonotic diseases whose work has improved animal and human health throughout the world. In a special way, this distinction by AAAS helps us remember and honor Dr. Guikema and his countless contributions to the field of biology during his service to Kansas State University."
Dr. Richt is a veterinary microbiologist who has worked with multiple agents of zoonotic potential, including bovine spongiform encephalopathy or mad cow disease, chronic wasting disease, animal influenza viruses, Rift Valley Fever virus, Borna virus and other emerging pathogens. His career, which includes a seven-year assignment as lead scientist at the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Animal Disease Center, has been spent developing novel vaccines and testing methods and remedies for a number of animal and zoonotic diseases.
He joined Kansas State University in 2008 as Regents distinguished professor and Kansas Bioscience eminent scholar in the College of Veterinary Medicine's department of diagnostic medicine and pathobiology. Richt became the director of the Department of Homeland Security's Center of Excellence for Emerging and Zoonotic Animal Diseases at Kansas State University in 2010. As director, he leads an international network for scientific research involving multiple U.S. universities, foreign universities, and various industry and foreign partners.
Richt has authored or co-authored more than 200 peer-reviewed articles. His work has been published extensively, including in such prestigious journals as Nature Biotechnology, Science, Journal of Experimental Medicine, PNAS, Cell Host Microbe and Journal of Virology. In 2011, Richt received the Pfizer Animal Health Award for Research Excellence and in 2014 the Kansas State University Iman Outstanding Faculty Award for Research.
November 16, 2018
Role of tick in the potential risk of spreading disease in Senegal is focus of newly published paper by CEEZAD official
CEEZAD’s deputy director is co-author of a recently published article analyzing the role played by ticks in the spread of Crimean Congo hemorrhagic fever (CCHF) and other pathogen agents.
A particular focus of the article by CEEZAD’s Dr. Jean-Paul Gonzalez and three other co-authors is identifying the species of tick responsible for the disease’s spread in Senegal, where CCHF is known to circulate.
Dr. Gonzalez co-wrote the article with Massamaba Sylla, Institut de Recherches pour le Developpement, Dakar, Senegal; Mady Ndiaye, Departement de Biologie Animale, Universite Cheikh Anta, Dakar, Senegal and Marc Souris, Unite des Virus Emergents, Aix-Marseille University, France.
The article is titled “Ticks (Acari: Ixodida) of the genus Haemaphysalis Koch, 1844 in Senegal: a review of host associations, chorology, and identification.” It is being published this month in the journal Acarologia.
The article reviews the role of the Haemaphysalis tick as a potential vector of zoonotic diseases, including CCHF, in Senegal. It concludes that ticks of thatgenus are a potential vector of CCHF in Senegal.
Those ticks are known to be infected elsewhere by the CCHF virus and be an efficient vector. Also they can transmit other arboviruses pathogen for human and animals including among others : Kyasanur Forest Disease, Powassan, Louping-ill, Russian spring-summer encephalitis) and other pathogen agents of medical and veterinary importance (Anaplasma spp., Babesia spp., Borrelia burgdorferi, Brucella melitensis, Francisella tularensis ssp., Hepatozoon canis, Mycobacterium, Pseudomonas spp.,Toxoplasma gondi, Theileria spp., Rickettsia spp., Sphingomonas spp., Wolbachia spp.,)
Based on a review of recent research, the article concludes that the haemaphysalid tick fauna of Senegal requires more in depth investigations to establish its role in the transmission of pathogens.