Reflections on IDEAL: What we have learnt from a unique calf cohort study

Rebecca Callaby, Amy Jennings, S. T. Mwangi, M. Mbole-Kariuki, Ilana Conradie van Wyk, Henry Kiara, J A W Coetzer, Mark Woolhouse, Olivier Hanotte, Phil Toye, Mark Bronsvoort

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Abstract

The year 2020 marks a decade since the Qnal visit was made in the ‘Infectious Diseases of East African Livestock’ (IDEAL) project. However, data generation from samples obtained during this ambitious longitudinal study still continues. As the project launches its extensive open-access database and biobank to the scientiQc community, we reRect on the challenges overcome, the knowledge gained, and the advantages of such a project. We discuss the legacy of the IDEAL project and how it continues to generate evidence since being adopted by the Centre for Tropical Livestock Genetics and Health (CTLGH). We also examine the impact of the IDEAL project, from the authors perspective, for each of the stakeholders (the animal, the farmer, the consumer, the policy maker, the funding body, and the researcher and their institution) involved in the project and provide recommendations for future researchers who are interested in running longitudinal Qeld studies.
Original languageEnglish
JournalPreventive Veterinary Medicine
Early online date20 Jun 2020
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 20 Jun 2020

Keywords

  • Cattle
  • Infectious disease
  • Kenya
  • Longitudinal study
  • Cohort
  • Epidemiology

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