Bovine respiratory disease complex (BRDC) causes morbidity and mortality. The general research objective of this coordinated agriculture project (CAP) is to use genomic approaches to identify chromosome regions and genes associated with susceptibility to BRDC. This CAP involves 7 institutions and 21 investigators. Results from six research aims are being translated to cattle industries via selective breeding tools and improved methods for disease prevention (http://www.brdcomplex.org/). The translational effort is also encompassed in short-course and web-based teaching efforts. Additionally, this CAP supports research trainees (i.e., graduate students, postdocs, undergraduate research interns). Within the first three years of this five year program, 68 research trainees participated. The number of research trainees illustrates a benefit of the CAP as only 14 of these students were directly funded by the grant. Therefore, the BRDC-CAP is helping solve disease challenges in cattle industries and providing research-based educational opportunities.


Milton G Thomas, Natalie F Berge, Richard Mark Enns, Robert Hagevoort, Timothy T Ross, Alison L Van Eenennaam, Holly L Neibergs, Joseph S Neibergs, James E Womack

Proceedings of the World Congress on Genetics Applied to Livestock Production, Volume Special Topics: Education and training, , 225, 2014
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