Engaging Scientific Collections for Emerging Infectious Disease Research

Some of the world’s leading minds in emerging infectious diseases met Oct. 23 and 24 at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History to discuss scientific collections’ role in the disease research.

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  1. David Schindel, SciColl's chair and the Consortium of the Barcode of Wildlife's executive secretary, welcomed and ran the meeting, introducing various case studies based on the disease outbreak cycle.
  2. One of the meeting's many focuses was to share information across disciplinary boundaries concerning the contents, capabilities and potential use of scientific collections. Individuals from museum collections, public health, vetrinary medicine and other areas collaborated on best practices in their areas of expertise.
  3. Participants discussed their own takeaways, which will be produced in a short Research Outlook document describing a new program of research and response projects that take advantage of scientific collections across the full spectrum of scientific disciplines.
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