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2017 news

2017 news from Edinbugh Infectious Diseases.

The following news articles were published in 2017:  

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.

£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.

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.