NoroCORE has over thirty teams of research collaborators from academic institutions and government agencies, as well as numerous academic, industry, and government-based stakeholders. We recently held our Full Collaborative & Stakeholders’ meeting in Dallas, Texas, and it was a great success!
The main intent of this larger biannual meeting is to give everyone the chance to communicate, hear about the group’s latest research findings, and discuss new ways NoroCORE can become involved with research, outreach, and education activities, to meet its ultimate goal of reducing viral foodborne illness. This dialogue helps NoroCORE ensure that the research coming out of the Collaborative meets the needs of the field.
We very much appreciated the insights shared by our hundred-plus attendees, and thank everyone for coming to a meeting on Halloween. For those of you who weren’t there, you also missed out on some snazzy treat bags and nice Texas weather.
Our costumed Giant Microbes® norovirus plushies also made an appearance, guarding the check-in table.
The meeting began with updates from each of the six Cores, followed by presentations from representatives of our stakeholder groups and an open stakeholder discussion. The second day we showcased several of our NoroCORE students and their research projects, gave administrative updates, and finished the meeting with breakout sessions. These were another opportunity for our collaborators to talk with other members of their Core about progress, goals and needs, as well as get feedback from the stakeholders.
The final Full Collaborative and Stakeholders’ Meeting is planned for 2016.