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The IVI research efforts provide an important base for continued education of veterinarians and biologists. In this context, the Research Department interacts closely with the other departments of the institute, in particular the Development Section, which focuses primarily on applied research. By such means, the IVI is providing a research effort of the highest quality.
The main aims of the Research Department are to promote development of knowledge in the virological and immunological fields pertinent to the overall objectives of the IVI. As a consequence, the bulk of the institute research, particularly the fundamental research, is found within the Research Department, which is divided into two main groups of research - Immunology and Virology.
Through these research efforts, a better understanding of the diseases pertinent to the aims of the IVI is forthcoming, leading to supporting a modern diagnostic service. These efforts are increasing our knowledge on how viruses function and the characteristics of effective immune defence against viral pathogens. Accordingly, the IVI is providing improved solutions to the future development of vaccines and control of disease. Particularly important therein is the development of alternative methods for replacing animal experimentation.
The Research Department is determining the roles played by different viral components in terms of inducing efficacious immune defences. By such efforts, it is possible to propose efficient methods for the control and prevention of the pathogens concerned. The knowledge platform arising from this work provides the basis for new vaccine development and improved control strategies. Moreover, the knowledge has potential for application in the field of human medicine.
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