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4 December 2013
Deakin University today welcomed the Federal Government’s announcement that it will invest $3 million into the Geelong Centre for Emerging Infectious Diseases (GCEID).
Deakin Vice-Chancellor Jane den Hollander said the centre would create a world-class critical defensive capability to protect food safety and security and human health.
“The impact of emerging infectious diseases can be absolutely disastrous,” Professor den Hollander said.
“GCEID will enable cross-disciplinary teams to ensure that dangerous infectious diseases do not move from wildlife to livestock to the human population.
“Our aim is to create a strong defensive capability that will protect and safeguard food manufacturing, food supply and Australia as a region through the proper control of emerging infectious diseases.
“I commend the Federal Government for its support of this important project.
“This is great news for Geelong – it will create jobs and new opportunities and is a huge vote of confidence in the region’s expertise and research excellence.”
Professor den Hollander said GCEID was a unique collaboration between the University, Barwon Health and the CSIRO Australian Animal Health Laboratory – one of the largest and most advanced infrastructure projects of its kind in the world – and has strong bipartisan support from all levels of government, and local members of Parliament.
“Over time, we hope to see GCEID grow into something much bigger,” she said.
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