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DISCONTOOLS was originally developed under an EU funded FP7 project. It now has the following objectives:

(1) To further develop the disease prioritisation methodology which has enabled the prioritisation of research in order to stimulate the delivery of new or improved diagnostics, vaccines or pharmaceuticals. This helps to improve our ability to effectively control animal diseases which is a key input into meeting the challenges of future food supplies.

(2) To further develop the gap analysis for each of the prioritised diseases to identify where research is needed.


The original governance structure is indicated in the figure below. The programme resulted in the establishment of a reference database ensuring a clear focus on priority research areas leading to more rapid breakthroughs in technology development.