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International Activities

FDA Veterinarian Newsletter May/June 2005 Volume XX, No III

Visiting Chinese Scientists

In June and July, the Center for Veterinary Medicine’s (CVM) Office of Research hosted two scientists from China’s Institute of Veterinary Drug Control. The Institute of Veterinary Drug Control is considering developing a microbial monitoring system similar to the National Anti-microbial Resistance Monitoring System CVM helped establish in 1996.

The Chinese scientists spent six weeks learning the various techniques employed by scientists in the Office’s Division of Animal and Food Microbiology to identify bacteria recovered from animals and from meats derived from animals. These techniques included isolation and identification of bacterial pathogens from retail meats, antimicrobial susceptibility testing using broth microdilution techniques in accordance with the methods described by the Clinical and Laboratory Standards Institute, Polymerase Chain Reaction, Pulsed Field Gel Electrophoresis, and DNA sequencing techniques. They were also shown how to develop and use a database that would facilitate data management for their monitoring system. Discussions were also held to design a valid sampling plan, to develop strategies to integrate laboratory and epidemiologic resources and to gain public support.

The Chinese visitors and their Office of Research hosts are:

In the back row, left to right, are: Zhang Xiuying, visiting scientist; Patricia Cullen, microbiologist; Sherry Ayers, microbiologist; Jason Abbott, microbiologist; Stuart Gaines, microbiologist; Dr. Terry Proescholdt, biologist, Ph.D., D.V.M.; Sonya Bodeis Jones, microbiologist; Dr. Robert D. Walker, Division Director, DAFM, Ph.D.; and Peggy Carter, microbiologist.

In the front row, left to right, are: Sharon Friedman, microbiologist; Dr. Marleen Wekell, Acting Director, Office of Research, Ph.D.; Song Li, visiting scientist; Dr. Heather Harbottle, microbiologist, Ph.D.; Sadaf Qaiyumi, microbiologist; Dr. Loretta Walker, Veterinary Medical Officer, D.V.M.; Althea Glenn, microbiologist; Susannah Hubert, microbiologist; and Charlotte Hatch, student intern.