Over the past several years, the FAZD Center has enjoyed success with new partners and projects across the U.S. and around the globe. As our work begins to encompass a broader audience in the animal health realm, we've taken a close look at how we present our work and ourselves to these audiences. In an effort to clarify our expanded, multidisciplinary mission and allow our national and global partners to have a greater understanding of our scope and capacity, I am pleased to announce the FAZD Center is getting a new name.

Effective May 1, 2014, the National Center for Foreign Animal and Zoonotic Disease Defense (FAZD Center) will become the Institute for Infectious Animal Diseases (IIAD). While our name is changing, our mission – to perform research and develop products to defend the nation from high-consequence emerging and zoonotic diseases-remains the same. The Institute will continue to focus on developing solutions for transboundary, emerging and zoonotic animal diseases. We remain a Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Center of Excellence and will continue to leverage the resources of our international, national, state and local partners.

We are pleased to share the Institute's new look and a primer on using our new logo and name HERE. Please make plans to begin to use these marks effective May 1 for your co-branded publications, website and other collateral. If you have any questions regarding the Institute's name change, please contact Chief of Staff Stacy Morris at 979.845.2855.

You can visit our new website at tamu.edu; follow us on Twitter at @IIADnews. Our email address for the Institute has changed to iiad@ag.tamu.edu, but our phone numbers and address remain the same.

This is an important day in the history of the Institute. Our new name signals our continued commitment to serving the animal and public health sectors while working alongside our valued partners in government, academia and industry. We hope you'll join us in celebrating the past and working towards a bright future for the Institute and the many projects, partnerships and developments to come.