Field Projects International will be a core partner in the new In Situ Lab (ISL) initiative, a collaborative project funded by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation aimed at establishing a global model for wildlife population surveillance and pathogen screening. Because this project’s primary goal is to build capacity for analyzing samples near to their geographical origin, it has been dubbed the In Situ Lab initiative (ISL), and will develop a biosurveillance model that can be replicated on a global scale. As the first node of ISL, a state-of-the-art conservation technology hub will be installed at the Amazon Conservation Association’s field station in the Peruvian Amazon. This hub will have equipment and infrastructure for field genomics, safe pathogen screening, toxicology, and advanced wildlife tracking. [Read the full press release here.]
FPI's co-founder and post-doctoral research associate at Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine, Gideon Erkenswick PhD, was recently featured on HEC-TV in St. Louis discussing efforts to expand global wildlife surveillance through building local capacity to collect and analyze data nearer to biodiversity hotspots. He and the co-director of the Division of Infectious Diseases at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Jennifer A. Philips, MD, PhD, argue that affordable, cutting-edge technology can now be realistically deployed more widely to monitor pathogens at the human-wildlife interface. You can watch the full story here.
In case you missed it, FPI director Gideon Erkenswick was recently featured on "Show Me the Science," a podcast produced by the Office of Medical Public Affairs at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. This episode focuses on monitoring and identifying pathogens that might jump from animals into humans, and also features Jennifer A. Philips, co-director of the Division of Infectious Diseases at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis.
- All press inquiries may be directed to our outreach coordinator, Ben Lybarger: ben[at]fieldprojects.org
- Field Projects International to Play Key Role in New Initiative to Monitor Wildlife Health and Biodiversity in the Amazon Rainforest
- FPI Leads Specialist Group Proposing Large-scale, Decentralized Biosurveillance to Protect Global Health
- FPI Statement on ICE Policy toward International Students
- FPI Statement on Racial Justice and Black Lives Matter