with a goal of improving disease prevention and limiting the progression of diseases
Applying best microbiological methods and practices—including purchasing appropriate equipment
Using database networks such as FoodNet and PulseNet to identify foodborne diseases related to food production in Iran
In addition, looking forward to future joint workshops in Iran, several suggestions were made about strengthening the exchange of information at such workshops. The suggestions included the following:
Incorporating into the formal workshop experiences from field visits and the conclusions of interdisciplinary discussions with experts in related fields. This could involve including reports on site visits in the United States, followed by planning for future collaboration between the United States and Iran.
Integrating additional scientific disciplines, including basic sciences in fields such as chemistry. As noted by several Iranians, the basic sciences have in many ways been segregated from medical science in recent years. Thus, work may be needed to convince Iranian leaders to adequately integrate these fields once again.
Developing programs and strategies to bring together the natural sciences and the medical sciences. This would be consistent with efforts being made in both countries to integrate medical research training on a broad basis.
Participants expressed interest in the exchange of ideas, information, and experience among Iranian and U.S. colleagues on a variety of topics. These topics include the following:
Conducting well-designed studies to obtain the type of data that will inform strategies for the prevention of foodborne illness
Establishing an effective foodborne disease surveillance system and outbreak investigation program
Reporting on relevant clinical trials
Several strategies were suggested for facilitating collaboration between the countries. These included the following:
Arranging for student exchanges and faculty visits. The National Academies or the U.S. Department of State may be able to help facilitate faculty visits, but neither is involved in student exchanges.