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Inbred animals face greater threat from changes to environment

Animals that are inbred make mistakes in response to changes in their surroundings, which threatens their survival, research has found.

Gene-edited pigs are resistant to billion dollar virus, finds Roslin Institute study

Scientists have produced pigs that can resist one of the world’s most costly animal diseases, by changing their genetic code.

Report on the Edinburgh Infectious Diseases Annual Symposium 2018

Edinburgh Infectious Diseases hosted their seventh annual symposium last month, in the convival surroundings of the Informatics Forum at the University of Edinburgh.

Study published on current uptake of best practice principles of worm control on British farms

New study by the Moredun Research Institute examines how livestock farmers procure anti-helmintic drugs for their animals and identifies gaps in advice provision.

Lung study points to therapies for chronic coughing disease

Fresh insights into a potentially life-threatening lung disease that causes persistent coughing could pave the way for new therapies.

Experts meet to discuss control of ovine pulmonary adenocarcinoma

“Doing nothing is not an option” was the unanimous opinion of vets, farmers and sheep health experts discussing control of ovine pulmonary adenocarcinoma at the Moredun Research Institute, Edinburgh on Tuesday 5 June 2018.

The BSI Comparative and Veterinary Immunology Group relaunches with symposium and logo competition

CVIG is an affinity group of the British Society for Immunology and aims to bring together veterinary, human and mouse immunologists and provide a forum for discussion, collaboration and exchange of ideas.

HIV study reveals new group of men at risk of infection

A group of men who may be underestimating their HIV risk has been identified in a new study. Public health messages should be targeted specifically at this neglected group, suggest researchers who carried out the work.

Students from University College of South Denmark visit Edinburgh

Edinburgh Infectious Diseases was delighted to host a recent visit for a class of 27 students of Biomedical Laboratory Science from the University College of South Denmark in Esbjerg.

Many congratulations to 2018 Ker Memorial Prize Winner Rodrigo Bacigalupe

Edinburgh Infectious Diseases is delighted to announce that the winner of this year's Ker Memorial Prize for the best PhD thesis in Infectious Diseaes at the University of Edinburgh has been awarded to Dr Rodrigo Bacigalupe.

UK’s top doctors back school musical in bid to inspire thousands of children to battle superbugs

The Chief Medical Officers for Scotland and England are urging schools across the UK to raise awareness of superbugs by putting on a free musical about the need to keep antibiotics working.

Many congratulations to Prof Keith Matthews newly elected to fellowship of the Academy of Medical Sciences

Keith Matthews and trypanosomes
Prof Keith Matthews in the School of Biological Sciences is among 48 of the UK’s world leading researchers elected to join the prestigious Fellowship of the Academy of Medical Sciences.

Malaria: a sticky problem at the Edinburgh International Science Festival

Researchers from Alex Rowe’s lab in the School of Biological Sciences went to the Edinburgh International Science Festival in April 2018 to talk about their research on severe malaria.

Malaria study reveals gene variants linked to risk of disease

Many people of African heritage are protected against malaria by inheriting a particular version of a gene, according to a large-scale study by the University’s School of Biological Sciences.

PARAGONE’s Third Principal Consortium Meeting Córdoba, March 2018

Attendees at PARAGONE third network meeting
The PARAGONE Consortium is funded by Horizon 2020 to develop vaccines in globally-important livestock parasite infections. The third meeting of the consortium was held in Córdoba, Spain on 20-22 March 2018.

New gene study highlights threat of ash dieback

A disease that has devastated ash trees across Europe developed from just one or two sources of fungus on imported ash trees, shows a large-scale genetic study involving University of Edinburgh researchers.

Under-fives should be priority for snail fever therapy, study finds

Group of happy young African children
Pre-school children in sub-Saharan Africa should be tested regularly for a common infection known as snail fever. Tests would reduce the spread of the disease while promoting childhood health and development.

Experts’ chicken study may lead to improved safety in food

Free range chickens
Scientists at the Roslin Institute are leading research to minimise the spread of bacterial diseases such as E.coli in eggs.

Antibiotic-resistance gene goes from pig farms to patients worldwide

The mcr-1 gene, that confers resistance to antibiotics of last resort, has been tracked from its origins on Chinese pig farms to hospital patients worldwide in a new study involving researchers from University College London, University of Edinburgh and Peking University People's Hospital.

Casting call for AMR musical - The Mould that Changed the World

Robin Hiley and his team at Charades Musicals are looking for passionate amateur singers who are working or studying in infection, healthcare or healthcare associated professions to form the chorus for their Edinburgh Fringe 2018 musical production.

Applications now open for 2018 Moredun Foundation Award Scheme

The Moredun Foundation Award Scheme offers a fantastic opportunity for individuals to pursue a short term project to broaden their education and experience in areas relating to livestock health and welfare and the agricultural industry.

Education essential in fight against rabies, expert says

Rabies education in schools could play a more prominent role in the fight against the disease, a study by the University's Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies suggests.

Meal times may be key to managing malaria, parasite study shows

A mosquito after taking a blood meal
Malaria infections might be brought under control by managing the eating habits of infected people or animals, according to a new study.

DNA study of cow stomachs could aid meat and dairy production

Meat and milk production from cattle could one day be boosted, thanks to DNA analysis of the microbes in cows’ stomachs. The research has been led by the University’s Roslin Institute and Scotland’s Rural College.

New insight into how the body ‘gobbles up’ asthma-inducing cells

Researchers in the MRC Centre for Inflammation Research look into potential novel therapy for treating allergy-induced lung diseases.

Surgical infections linked to drug-resistant bugs, study suggests

People having surgery in low income countries are more likely to develop an infection than those in wealthier nations, which may be linked to drug-resistant bacteria, research suggests.

Novel sequencing approach to study Salmonella survival in cattle

Researchers have developed a new sequencing method to study the survival of different Salmonella serovars simultaneously in cattle.

Breeding quirks of head lice offer insight into effective treatments

The findings could inform new ways to target both head and body lice, by exploiting how genes that help the insects resist treatment are transferred through generations.

New funding to help detect redworm parasites in horses

The Moredun Research Institute has successfully obtained new research funding from the Horse Trust to complete the development of a blood based test for the detection of cyathostomins (small redworms) in horses.

£3.8m investment brings pioneering lung imaging devices closer to clinic

Novel technologies being developed by the Proteus team
A £3.8 million funding boost will advance the development of next generation medical devices that monitor disease deep inside the lungs.

Pesticide poisoning focus for $1.3m bid to cut rural suicides

Research to prevent suicides from pesticide poisoning in low and middle-income countries has received a $1.3m boost. The study has been carried out by the University’s Centre for Pesticide Suicide Prevention.

Flu study seeks volunteers in hunt for genes linked to severe cases

Volunteers are being invited to take part in a flu study to understand why some people are more susceptible to the virus than others.

Gene experts set to tackle pest control

Experts at The Roslin Institute are to investigate how genetic techniques could be applied to help control pest species.

Many congratulations to winners of the 2017 University of Edinburgh Chancellor's Awards

View of the Old College of the University of Edinburgh
The University has honoured six staff members with 2017 Chancellor’s Awards for their teaching and research excellence and impact, including Edinburgh Infectious Diseases members Professors Francisca Mutapi and Devi Sridhar.

A roadmap to revitalise research and innovation in Zimbabwe

With the impending efforts to rapidly rebuild Zimbabwe through economic, technological and social transformation, a revitalised and strategic research and innovation thrust is required.

New approaches for breeding resistance to Infectious Salmon Anaemia virus

Norwegian salmon
Roslin Institute scientists are using genome editing technology to prevent a devastating disease in salmon aquaculture.

New immune defence mechanism could pave new way to treat allergies

Scientists have made a fundamental discovery about how our body’s immune system clears harmful infections.

Edinburgh researchers lead quest in worms to find asthma therapies

Worms could prevent asthma and offer the hope of a cure to the 5.4 million people in the UK with the condition, according to a breakthrough study funded by Asthma UK.

Launch of new Africa-led research unit Tackling Infection to Benefit Africa - TIBA

Millions of people could benefit from a new study that is seeking novel solutions to the problems of infectious diseases and emerging epidemics in Africa.

UK-China alliance with University of Edinburgh creates $1bn biomedical campus

A new $1 billion campus near Shanghai, which involves the University of Edinburgh, was officially opened on Saturday 21 October 2017 as part of an innovative UK-China education partnership.

The first ever global Zoonotic TB roadmap launched with input from Edinburgh researcher

A roadmap to combat Zoonotic Tuberculosis was launched in October 2017 at the Union World Conference on Lung Health in Mexico.

Parasite study paves way for therapies to tackle deadly infections

Fresh insight for researchers in the School of Biological Sciences into how a harmful parasite harnesses the energy it needs to function, could point towards therapies to prevent potentially fatal diseases.

Researchers in Edinburgh part of £2 million award to tackle widespread African cattle disease

Scientists are beginning a £2 million project to better understand a livestock disease that causes widespread economic hardship in sub-Saharan Africa.

Study shows sleeping sickness parasite ‘social behaviour’ may affect disease spread

A new study is the first to show that Trypanosome parasites, which cause sleeping sickness, communicate across species in ways that could affect disease spread and severity.

£5.5m initiative bids to boost farm livestock health in Africa

Edinburgh veterinary experts are delivering a £5.5 million initiative to improve the health and productivity of farmed animals in sub-Saharan Africa.

New immune study points to new ways of treating inflammatory lung disease

Fresh insight into how the immune system keeps itself in check could lead to new ways of fighting chronic lung disease, according to research by the University of Edinburgh’s MRC Centre for Inflammation Research.

Researchers at Edinburgh Napier University have found pollution can make you prone to infection

Air pollution could make you more vulnerable to infection, scientists at Edinburgh Napier University have revealed.

Psychologists shows pro-vaccine messages can boost belief in MMR myths

A study by Edinburgh psychologists suggests that current strategies for correcting misinformation about the dangers of vaccinations have the opposite effect and reinforce ill-founded beliefs.

New study shows babies’ colds can be prevented by ‘friendly’ bacteria

Researchers based at the University of Edinburgh's Medical Research Council Centre for Inflammation Research have found that bacteria living in the nose and throat could be key to warding off childhood infections.

Garfield Weston Foundation to support researching tackling antibiotic resistance

Experts are to tackle one of the biggest health challenges facing society - the ability of common infections to resist drug treatment - in a new facility being created at the University's King's Buildings campus.

Large study of Bovine tuberculosis reveals extensive disease diversity in Cameroon

Researchers at the University of Edinburgh have carried out largest study to date of the prevalence and spread of Bovine tuberculosis in Cameroon, West Africa.

Experts at Edinburgh University urge action to cut child deaths from Respiratory Syncytial Virus

Vaccines to combat a virus that can lead to fatal lung infections are urgently needed to help prevent child deaths worldwide, according to research by the University’s Usher Institute.

Impact of protective bacteria linked to infection route, finds new study from the University of Edinburgh

The benefits of protective bacteria – which safeguard organisms from further disease without causing harm – depend on how subsequent infections enter the body.

Oyster farming to benefit from new genetic screening tool developed at the Roslin Institute

Oyster farmers are set to benefit from a new genetic tool that will help to prevent disease outbreaks and improve yields.

New study points to new therapies for life-threatening lung disease ARDS

Edinburgh scientists have pinpointed a chemical signal that worsens inflammation linked to a life-threatening lung condition.

£10m investment in Roslin Technologies set to boost impact of animal science innovations

Innovations that improve the health of farmed animals and raise agricultural productivity will be brought to market with the support of a £10 million investment.

Members of Moredun Research Institute help launch the SEFARI Centre for Knowledge Exchange & Impact

Businesses, charities, communities and policy-makers will benefit from easier access to environmental and agricultural research carried out in Scotland, thanks to a collective launched on 29 March 2017.

Work from the Roslin Institute shows gut macrophage dysregulation key to Inflammatory Bowel Disease

An international study led by scientists at The Roslin Institute highlights gut macrophage dysregulation as a key process leading to Inflammatory Bowel Disease.

New musical theatre show to spread message about antimicrobial resistance in schools

A researcher at the University of Edinburgh is to develop a brand new musical for primary schools charting the story of antibiotics and the rise of antimicrobial resistance.

Meriem El Karoui wins £955K from The Wellcome Trust to study how antibiotic resistance emerges

Many congratulations to Meriem El Karoui in the School of Biological Sciences, who has won a £955K Wellcome Trust Investigator Award in Science.

Gene-edited pigs produced at the Roslin Institute show signs of resistance to major viral disease

Scientists at the University of Edinburgh's Roslin Institute have produced pigs that may be protected from an infection that costs the swine industry billions each year.

Migration routes hold key to spread of avian influenza, global study finds

Free range chickens
Monitoring the migration routes of wild birds could help to provide early warning of potential bird flu outbreaks, say experts from the University of Edinburgh.

Andrew Rambaut awarded the 2016 Chancellor's Research Award

Many congratulations to Professor Andrew Rambaut in the School of Biological Sciences who was awarded the 2016 Chancellor's Research Award.

Researchers find skin’s own defences point towards new eczema therapies

Structure of human skin
The body’s own natural defences could be harnessed in a potential therapy for a common skin condition, research suggests.

Africa Week at the University of Edinburgh highlighted infectious disease research

Africa Week 2016 banner
Africa Week was a week long celebration of the wealth of activities focusing on Africa at the University of Edinburgh, running from 3 – 8 October 2016.

Roslin researchers receive £725K grant to investigate of Salmonella infection in cattle

Edinburgh Infectious Diseases scientists at the Roslin Institute and Zoetis Inc., formerly the animal health business unit of Pfizer Inc., have announced a collaboration for research into Salmonella in cattle.

£790K Scottish Enterprise Proof of Concept grant awarded for antiviral therapy

Edinburgh Infectious Diseases members have been awarded a £790K Proof of Concept grant from Scottish Enterprise to study host-targeted microRNA manipulation as an antiviral therapy.

New study from Edinburgh researchers shows that leprosy bacteria can promote host cell reprogramming

A discovery about the way in which bugs spread throughout the body could help to develop stem cell treatments.

Launch of Aquila BioMedical announced by the Edinburgh BioQuarter

The Edinburgh BioQuarter has recently announced the launch of Aquila BioMedical, a specialised contract research organisation that provides novel technologies to the pharmaceutical industry for drug discovery and development.