Since 1973, veterinary immunology has been a key aspect of research at ILRI and its predecessor, the International Laboratory for Research on Animal Diseases (ILRAD).
ILRAD was specifically established to undertake basic research to develop effective and economic control measures for livestock diseases that seriously constrain global food production. As part of this mandate, ILRAD focused “initially on intensive research concerning the immunological and related aspects of controlling trypanosomiasis and theileriosis (mainly East Coast fever) …”, with the goal of decreasing the incidence and/or severity of disease.
Download a brief that illustrates how cutting edge tools, technologies and approaches have been implemented to increase understanding of the bovine immune system and mechanisms of pathogen control. Despite limited funding, compared to human immunological research, ILRAD/ILRI have made tremendous progress in bovine immunological research which remains a research focus at ILRI.