U.S. Veterinary Immune Reagent Network
"Publications and Presentations 2005-2013"
Species pages contain targeted molecule updates and indices of commercially available reagents. The buttons below provide Network-wide information.
The buttons below provide information about available reagents from US VIRN project directors (Kingfisher Biotech, Inc) and sister European initiatives (The Immunological Toolbox).
Project Description: A major obstacle to disease control in cattle, chickens, pigs, horses and fish is the lack of sufficient immunological reagents. The goal of the US-VIRN is to generate monoclonal antibodies (mAb) that identify the major leukocyte subpopulations (T and B lymphocytes, NK cells, macrophages, dendritic cells, neutrophils), antibody classes and produce bioactive recombinant cytokines and chemokines as well as antibodies to them and their receptors for these species. These reagents will be used to: (1) evaluate changes during disease and following vaccination and (2) give scientests the ability to manipulate immune system cells to ascertain their roles in protective immunity as well as in immunopathology. Development of the above reagents will address the USDA-CSREES goal of enhancing the safety of the Nation's agriculture and food supply by aiding in the development of vaccines. Products developed will benefit a large group of researchers, including veterinary clinicians, immunologists, pathologists, and microbiologists.
USDA NIFA #2010-65121-20649
Peter Johnson, DVM, Ph.D. , Co-Director
Margo Holland, DVM, Ph.D. , Co-Director
Click here for the US-VIRN PDs Workshop presentation presented at CRWAD, December 2012.
"US-VIRN Project Director's Workshop 2012"
For further information about the U.S. Veterinary Immune Reagent Network, contact Dr. Cynthia Baldwin University of Massachusetts Amherst.
For information about the US VIRN website, contact Ms. Dannielle Tompkins, University of Massachusetts Amherst.
Catfish: Dr. Melanie Wilson & Dr. Eva Bengten,
University of Mississippi Medical Center
Equine: Dr. Bettina Wagner, Cornell University
Poultry: Dr. Hyun Lillehoj, USDA-ARS (Maryland
Cattle: Dr. Cynthia Baldwin, University of Massachusetts
Pig: Dr. Joan Lunney,
Trout: Dr. John Hansen, Western Fisheries Research Center, USG &
Dr. Erin Bromage, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth
Protein Expression: Kingfisher Biotech &
Dr. Bettina Wagner,
Dr. Douglas Antczak
Dr. Gary Entrican
Dr. Cyril Gay
Dr. John Liu
Dr. Michael Murtaugh
Dr. Rebecca Poston
Dr. Shayan Sharif
Dr. Jagdev Sharma
Dr. Greg Wiens