WSU building new school to study zoonotic diseases
SPOKANE, WASH. — With the help of a $25 million grant, Washington State University is building a School for Global Animal Health that will focus on vaccination, diagnostic and eradication research for zoonotic diseases.
The largest single private financial contribution in WSU history, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation funding will help construct a $35 million facility that will provide 20,000 square feet of office, meeting and research space, including a state-of-the-art lab for studying infectious and emerging diseases. It will house up to 15 scientists, their support staff and graduate students.
"The School for Global Animal Health will strengthen existing international partnerships into a sustainable network to develop innovative solutions to major infectious diseases of animals that directly affect human health and economic development," says Dr. Guy Palmer, professor and director of the new school. It will focus on three approaches: