Edinburgh Infectious Diseases is the organisational hub for infectious disease scientists in Edinburgh.
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Our mission is to:
- Represent the strengths of infectious disease science in Edinburgh through our symposia, workshops, outreach activity and internet profile;
- Maintain a strategic overview of infectious disease research in Edinburgh, to maximise synergy between established activities and promote new avenues for investigation;
- Foster infectious disease teaching and training at all levels within the University, including the development of new postgraduate initiatives.
Organisation of Edinburgh Infectious Diseases:
Edinburgh Infectious Diseases brings together over 130 Principal Investigators and over 700 active researchers across the spectrum of infectious disease science and clinical medicine at Edinburgh; while most Edinburgh Infectious Diseases members are based at one of the three larger sites (King's Buildings, Little France and the Roslin Institute), significant numbers are located at other centres including the Western General Hospital, Teviot Place and associated bodies such as the Moredun Institute.
Edinburgh Infectious Diseases is funded by contributions from the University Colleges of Science and Engineering, Medicine & Veterinary Medicine and Humanities and Social Science. It is run by a 10-member Executive Committee drawn from across the various sites, and administered by a full time Executive Manager.
World leading standard
By a number of measures the University of Edinburgh is one of the leading world universities.
- In the QS World University Ranking 2013/2014 results just released, the University of Edinburgh is ranked 5th in the UK, and has now risen to 17th in the world in the for research and teaching.
- In the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) 90% of research output from the School of Biological Sciences was rated of international standard, and 15% was classed as 'world-leading' in its originality and significance, ranking Edinburgh 2nd of UK universities.
- The 2008 RAE results ranked the Schools of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine as top in the UK with ~ 70% of research rated as 'internationally excellent' or 'world leading'.
- In the calendar year to the end of July 2012, Edinburgh Infectious Diseases members have been awarded ~£27M in competitive grants, accounting for more than 10% of the University of Edinburgh's research income.
There have been major new initiatives in infectious disease across the University and associated Institutes. Edinburgh now hosts one of the greatest critical masses of infectious disease researchers in the UK, and indeed globally.
Day-to-day research and teaching of infectious diseases is carried out within specialised units in individual locations. The focus of Edinburgh Infectious Diseases is on long-range and strategic issues affecting infectious disease research, promoting high-level collaboration and cohesion between basic, clinical and veterinary scientists, together with leaders in key disciplines such as genomics, genetics, immunology, cell biology and epidemiology.