The Danish National Food Institute, located at the Technical University of Denmark, has been appointed the World Health Organization, WHO’s, first ever Collaborating Centre for Genomics. The appointment is an accolade to the institute’s pioneering research in genomics – the study of all genes in an organism and their functions – and genome sequencing, a technology that enables mapping of a microorganism’s entire DNA profile.
The Danish institute’s research has helped set the international standard for the detection, surveillance, and study of the global spread of disease-causing microorganisms and antimicrobial-resistant bacteria.
As a Collaborating Centre, the institute will advise the WHO on the most effective global use and exchange of data on bacteria’s DNA profiles and support the implementation of the technology in developing countries as a tool to monitor and fight foodborne disease outbreaks.
WHO has numerous collaborating centers around the world. They support WHO’s work within different areas by e.g. gathering and publishing data, developing evidence-based analytical tools and protocols as well as planning and conducting training courses.
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