Open Access Science Creates Unique Opportunity For Public To Support Research

Individual contributions welcome in support of collaborative research efforts

Oct 15, 2012, 11:00 ET from

COLUMBUS, Ohio, Oct. 15, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --Imagine a world where the scientific community collaborates on the results of their research – an inclusive open access forum with researchers from around the world.   Next, imagine if that research focused on two of the most important areas of research in today's world:  animal health and food safety.  Now, imagine even further:   a world where you and other concerned individuals have an opportunity to drive the research that addresses these vital concerns.

That world is destined to become a reality, thanks to the work of Daral J. Jackwood, PhD.  Dr. Jackwood is the Director of The Center for Diagnostic Assays at The Ohio State University and Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center in Wooster, OH.   Dr. Jackwood is leading efforts to encourage researchers to adopt Open Access Science in the fields of animal health and food safety through the Center's is a unique forum dedicated to advancing Open Access Science within the community of infectious disease investigators.  Professionals utilize these forums to share discoveries, seek insight and advance the field of animal disease diagnostics in order to ensure the safety of the world's food supply.  As in any scientific endeavor, this cooperative approach needs a broad base of funding and support to continue.

" welcomes contributions from individuals and corporations," noted Dr. Jackwood.  "We want input from researchers from around the globe so we all might better understand the meaning and value of diagnostic assay results and can share these findings in a secure, members-only forum, unencumbered by any political, social or economic agendas save one:  improving animal health and food safety."

Why are ordinary individuals and businesses invited to provide their support?  "The expansion of global commerce requires an increasingly vigilant approach to protect the food chain, especially regarding food products from animals," according to Dr. Jackwood. 

When asked why those in the private sector would support such research, Dr. Jackwood said, "Open access science encourages diverse – and sometimes divergent – views.  This open exchange of ideas and research in an atmosphere of collaboration and cooperation will help us address issues more quickly and effectively – an approach we believe is essential to protect animal health and, ultimately, the safety of the world's food chain." was created in 2008 in order for researchers and healthcare professionals to interact with colleagues on issues related to animal health and food safety.  The worldwide approach has been embraced by scientists in nearly three dozen countries representing a wide range of interests, including those from Brazil, Italy, Australia, Denmark, Iran, Iraq, the Sudan and even the Ukraine.  This broad-based appeal demonstrates a willingness to share discoveries, seek insight and advance the field of animal disease diagnostics in order to ensure the safety of the world's food supply.

Contributions to are tax-deductible.  Individuals and/or companies considering a donation can learn more at For more information about, please contact Daral J. Jackwood, Ph.D., by email at, or by phone at 330-263-3964.  Dr. Jackwood is available for interviews with both media and research professionals.