The USDA-NIFA Food Virology Collaborative (NoroCORE- Norovirus Collaborative for Outreach, Research, and Education) is a food safety initiative with the ultimate goal to reduce the burden of food borne disease associated with viruses, particularly noroviruses. Our team is comprised of more than 30 lead scientists and their teams from more than 18 institutions, with NCSU serving as the lead institution. It is funded by a $25 million CAP grant from the USDA. We have numerous stakeholders from academia, industry, and the government. Our team is working in a highly integrated, multi-disciplinary manner to develop improved tools, skills, and capacity to understand and control food borne virus risks. Our activities fall into six Cores that reflect the Collaborative’s primary objectives: Molecular Virology, Detection, Epidemiology & Risk Analysis, Prevention & Control, Extension & Outreach, and Capacity Building. Noroviruses are the leading cause of foodborne illness in the United States.
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