By transparently connecting the food safety community of Federal, State, and Academic researchers, and policy makers to a single access place, we can foster collaboration and create relationships beyond what could be achieved by working alone. PATRN was born of the following concerns:
1· Surveillance and Outbreak investigations involve a discordant variety of data types about food-borne pathogens. 2· Outbreak investigations are time sensitive and require that scientists make public health decisions using science-based knowledge.
The PATRN system will help to better ensure a timely, coordinated, and efficient food emergency response by FDA, other government agencies, the Food Emergency Response Network (FERN) laboratories and international partners which are associated with the FDA’s Food Protection Plan.
Many different data types, such as sequences, phenotypes, biomarkers, geo-temporal features, etc. will be seamlessly assimilated into the system. Data will mainly originate from expert-curated publications and submissions by surveillance/outbreak activities of a collaborative network of food safety scientific groups. PATRN will provide computational tools and expert support for data analysis in an integrated way.