Dr. Abel Wade, Director of Laboratoire National Veterinaire (LANAVET) Annex Yaounde
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Personal Statement: Dr. Abel Wade, DVM, MSc, PhD (final year) is the Director of Laboratoire National Veterinaries (LANAVET) Annex in Yaoundé. He is more than 15 years of experience on animal diseases surveillance (field sample collection on domestic and wildlife including bats) and zoonosis, laboratory analysis and research, molecular microbiology, vaccine production, development and application of nuclear related techniques in pathogen detection, research and disease study. Visiting Postgraduate lecturer at the Biotechnology center and also at the department of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, University of Yaoundé I, Dr Abel Wade has coordinated several projects and managed several (Technical Cooperation Projects, Collaboration Research Projects) research activities and grants over from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Friedrich Loeffler Institute (FLI ) and German research funding organization (DFG) and more recently, the Long term Europe-Africa Research Network (LEAP-Agri) for the African European collaborative research team on Sustainable Agriculture and Aquaculture and on Food and Nutrition Security with grant or the research of 8 new arboviruses in Cameroon including new diagnostic (ELISA & real time PCR) assay development. Furthermore, his research capacity has made him to be part of the worldwide team in charge of developing a candidate vaccine for African swine fever, a pig disease of no vaccine and no treatment till today. He has also participated in developing and validating diagnostic tools for infectious diseases with a recognition price from FAO/IAEA joint division in 2013. His scientific sounded capacity was once more demonstrated, among others, by the early detections and management of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (H5N1 and H5N8) outbreaks in Cameroon during 2016-2017. Many times, Experts with IAEA and FAO in several domains (regional training courses, Project managements, consultancies) in Africa and Europe, his position as OIE focal point for laboratories in Cameroon and a multi-sectorial One Health expert makes him to be one of the best young scientist in sub-Sahara Africa for any laboratory research activities in animal health and zoonosis.
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