I am honored to have recently assumed leadership in the role of interim director at the Institute for Infectious Animal Diseases (IIAD). As a Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Center of Excellence, the Institute has delivered more than 10 years of successful research, technology and education products focused on promoting global animal and public health, and I look forward to working with our partners to continue building upon those achievements.
Since returning to Texas A&M in 2013, I have had the opportunity to collaborate with IIAD multiple times while serving as Vice President for Public Health Preparedness and Response at the Texas A&M Health Science Center and have watched the Institute grow to become a critical partner to the government, industry, academic, and international communities. Though emerging, reemerging and transboundary infectious diseases are the new normal and pose increasingly complex challenges, the Institute’s technologies and programs continue to assist in providing solutions.
I truly value our partnerships across academia, government and industry that have allowed the Institute to make significant contributions towards addressing the complex challenges facing the global animal and public health sectors. As interim director, I intend to build upon the strong foundation of the last 10 years by growing and enhancing existing relationships and multidisciplinary collaborations that the Institute has established while remaining steadfast to IIAD’s mission - to promote and enhance global animal, public, and ecosystem health by providing innovative, sustainable, inter-disciplinary solutions addressing complex global disease challenges.
I would like to thank our partners and industry for your support of the Institute and our mission. I look forward to meeting and working with all of you.
Gerald W. Parker, DVM, Ph.D., M.S.
Institute for Infectious Animal Diseases