Workshop Goals

Because agriculturally important domestic species have enormous value both to biomedicine and agriculture and may be underutilized as biomedical models, this workshop has four objectives:

  • To identify specific areas of research in reproduction and developmental biology, developmental origins of disease, metabolism, and infectious disease that could benefit both animal agriculture and biomedicine.
  • To advance concept and explain advantages of using agriculturally important domestic species as animal models to investigate each area of research.
  • To prioritize the common areas of research in animal agriculture and biomedicine that could be advanced by domestic species as models.
  • To consider recommendations from stakeholder scientists for a potential joint USDA-CSREES and NIH effort to advance domestic species as unique models to resolve high priority problems common to both animal agriculture and biomedicine.