The Jackwood Laboratory is committed to improving the health of poultry through research on the prevention, control and diagnosis of infectious bursal disease (IBD). This disease was first described in the USA near the town of Gumboro, Delaware and thus is also known as Gumboro disease. IBD is a highly contagious immunosuppressive disease of chickens that is found worldwide and causes a major economic impact on egg and meat production. We are working to control and prevent the spread of IBD, which is caused by infectious bursal disease virus (IBDV). Research in our lab focuses on three specific areas: disease control; epidemiology; and pathogenicity.
Daral Jackwood, Ph.D.