Congratulations to Vincenzo Lorusso on award of prestigious travel grant from Society for Tropical Veterinary Medicine

Many congratulations to PhD student Vincenzo Lorusso in the Divison of Pathway Medicine on winning the Norval-Young award from the Society Tropical Veterinary Medicine.

The highly prestigious Norval-Young award is made every two years to coincide with the Society for Tropical Veterinary Medicine (STVM) biennial conference.  The prize will allow Vincenzo to attend the STVM meeting on Ticks and Tick-Borne Pathogens in Cape Town, South Africa in August this year, at which he will give a presentation on his work. 

Vincenzo has just completed his PhD thesis on the the Epidemiology and control of cattle ticks and tick-borne infections in Central Nigeria, working with Sue Welburn and Kim Picozzi in the Division of Pathway Medicine, University of Edinburgh.

L:  Amblyomma variegatum adult male; M:  tick on the Fulani cattle studied by Vincenzo; R:  Vincenzo Lorusso

Before coming to Edinburgh to start his PhD in January 2010, Vincenzo qualified as a veterinarian at the University of Bari, in Italy.  Alongside his PhD, he carried out a Residency for the European Veterinary Parasitology College which allowed him to take specific training in both clinical and laboratory parasitology under the supervision of Sue Welburn in Edinburgh and Domenico Otranto at the University of Bari.

To read more about Vincenzo's work on ticks in sub-Saharan Africa please follow the link below

Norval-Young award

The Norval-Young award was established to honour the memory of 2 distinguished researchers and teachers who made enormous contributions to the present understanding of tick-borne diseases in the tropics. 

  • Dr. Andy Norval was a native of Zimbabwe who spent most of his career studying the ecology and epidemiology of ticks and the pathogens they transmit.  He eventually became a member of the faculty at the University of Florida, Gainesville where he maintained an extensive graduate programme. 

  • Dr Alan Young spent most of his working life in East Africa at Muguga, the Kenya Agricultural Research Institute and later at the International Laboratory for Research on Animal Diseases (ILRAD).  He became the world's leading authority on theileriosis and East Coast fever. He provided much support and encouragement to many postgraduate students and young scientists who worked in his training programs. 

Both of these scientists were dedicated to student participation, encouragement and support and it is to these ideals that the Norval-Young Award was created.

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