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Let us Break it for You: Inclusion of End-Users in the Development Process​​

​​​​Join us for Part 3​ of our series Technology Transfer: From The Lab To The Diagnostician’s Bench.​​
Date: May 20, 2020​​​ | 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. (Central Time) ​​

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Why is this important?

New molecular assays are being developed every year to detect pathogens of significance. Many of these assays may be an improvement on previous protocols and stand to benefit the scientific and diagnostic community as a whole.

With the ever-increasing number of assays available for specific pathogens, this creates an opportunity to initiate working relationships between researchers and practitioners to produce robust assays that fit the needs of both.

During the development process, inclusion of practitioners to assist in validation and verification of new molecular protocols prior to publishing improves the potential for adoption by a larger community of scientists by providing perspective and evaluation of possible pitfalls encountered in real-world scenarios.

 Join us in discussing:

  • Benefits of creating robust, validated, and standardized assays through collaboration
  • How to include practitioners in your development process
  • How to engage with NPDN Protocol and Validation committee outreach efforts

Audience participation and suggestions are highly encouraged to improve discourse.

Speaker 1: John Bonkowski

Bonkowski_John_100x150.jpgOriginally from Delaware, John completed his Bachelor’ of Science in Plant Science at the University of Delaware before moving to Florida to pursue a doctoral degree in the Doctor of Plant Medicine Program at the University of Florida. While at UF, he worked as an assistant diagnostician at the UF Plant Diagnostic Center. After graduating, John accepted a position at the Missouri Department of Agriculture as a Plant Health Specialist, where he worked primarily as a plant diagnostician at the MO-Dept. of Ag Plant Pathology Lab, but also performed inspections in nurseries and agronomic fields for phytosanitary certification. As of May 15th 2019, John has been working at the Purdue University Plant and Pest Diagnostic Laboratory as a Plant Disease Diagnostician where he works alongside Dr. Tom Creswell in diagnosing plant disease and disorder samples that are sent to the PPDL and providing extension outreach concerning disease diagnosis and management.

Speaker 2: James Woodhall

Woodhall_James_100x150.jpgJames leads the plant pathology research and extension program at the University of Idaho’s Parma Research and Extension Center, as well as overseeing the Plant Diagnostic Lab. His research program characterizes plant pathogens and developing new diagnostic methods for diseases across a range of crops, including the use of spore trapping for the early warning of potato and sugar beet diseases. James is co-chair of the NPDN Protocols and Validation Committee and member of the NPPN Proficiency Committee. Prior to moving to Idaho, James was based at Fera in York, UK.