PulseNet Partners and Affiliates

Association of Public Health Laboratories

The Association of Public Health Laboratories (APHL) collaborates with the CDC Enteric Disease Laboratory Branch to provide support for state and local laboratories that participate in PulseNet.  The Association created the full-time position of PulseNet Program Manager in 2001 and has hired several contractors over the years to further support the role of public health laboratories in PulseNet.

APHL facilitates the development and delivery of technical training workshops for participating laboratorians as needed.  APHL promotes timely, standardized testing of the highest quality and assists state and local laboratories in meeting certification requirements and developing strategies to resolve problems.

APHL works to facilitate communication between CDC, Area laboratories, and the laboratories they support.

Through a cooperative agreement with CDC, APHL provides resources to support PulseNet laboratories in performing applied research aimed at the development of next generation subtyping methods.  This method of subtyping may be easier to standardize than PFGE and could serve to replace or complement existing protocols.

APHL coordinates the annual PulseNet Update Meeting. This meeting allows laboratorians from the PulseNet network to discuss changes in testing practices, technology and data exchange.  This forum provides an important opportunity to address common challenges as well as opportunities for continued improvement and expansion of the network.

For additional information, please contact:

Kristy Kubota, PulseNet Program Manager.

WHO Global Foodborne Infections Network (GFN)

GFN was previously Global Salm-Surv (GSS), but has changed its name to reflect that tehir scope now extends beyond Salmonella

Global Salm-Surv is a global network of laboratories and individuals involved in surveillance, isolation, identification and antimicrobial resistance testing of Salmonella. It is part of WHO's endeavours to strengthen the capacities of its Member States in the surveillance and control of major foodborne diseases and to contribute to the global effort of containment of antimicrobial resistance in foodborne pathogens

For additional information, please contact:

Heena Joshi, WHO GSS PulseNet Contact.

Middle East Consortium on Infectious Disease Surveillance (MECIDS)

The Middle East Consortium on Infectious Disease Surveillance (MECIDS) was established in November 2002 following recommendations made by Middle Eastern health and medical professionals participating in a meeting on regional cooperation on disease surveillance. Its vision is to "promote long-term health, stability and security in the region". MECIDS members and partners come from governments, universities, and non-governmental organizations in Jordan, Palestine and Israel.

In April of 2007, PulseNet International and MECIDS began their discussions through electronic and phone communications in order to explore collaboration and partnership potentials. In July, the PulseNet International coordinator attended the MECIDS Steering Committee Meeting in Amman, Jordan to present on PulseNet and discuss future collaboration possibilities. The first collaborative activity between the two programs took place in December when laboratory representatives from MECIDS member countries, Jordan and Palestine, attended the Second PulseNet Middle East consultation, along with a PulseNet training workshop on PFGE in Cairo, Egypt.

Future collaborative initiatives have been planned in 2008. In collaboration with MECIDS, the Cooperative Monitoring Centre (CMC) in Amman, Jordan, the WHO Eastern Mediterranean Regional Office (WHO/EMRO), and the American Public Health Laboratories (APHL), the 3rd PulseNet Middle East Consultation and BioNumerics Training will be held December 8-11, 2008 in Amman, Jordan. MECIDS continues their commitment to support Jordan and Palestine in acquiring PFGE capacity in their respective reference laboratories, as well as PulseNet´s commitment to provide further training to participants from these countries on PFGE and image analysis.

For additional information, please contact:

Dr. Louise Gresham

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