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15 Mar 2016

Drs. Teuta Pilzota and Meriem el Karoui, memebrs of Edinburgh Infectiious DIseases in the School of Biological Sciences, have recevied a prestigious Brain Mercer Feasibility award from the Royal Society.

The Brian Mercer Feasibility...

7 Mar 2016

Babies at risk of a serious viral lung infection could be helped by a therapy based on the body’s natural immune defences.

Scientists from Edinburgh Infectious Diseases have found that a compound produced by the body’s immune system...

29 Feb 2016

Luciana Brondi from the Centre for Population Health Studies at the University of Edinburgh was interviewed in Sptunik Radio's Brave New World programme on the current Zika virus outbreak.

The programme entitled "The Truth About the Zika...

22 Feb 2016

Researchers have made an advance in the fight against a deadly virus that affects pigs.

A team at the University of Edinburgh's Roslin Institute used advanced genetic techniques to produce pigs that are potentially resilient to African Swine...

15 Feb 2016

Bovine tuberculosis (TB) is one of the biggest challenges facing the cattle farming industry today, particularly in the West and South West of England.

The current 'test-and-slaughter' policy has failed to constrain the spread of bovine TB....

12 Feb 2016

Edinburgh University's Infectious Diseases Society is launching an exciting series of lectures on neglected tropical diseases to run February and March 2016.

The series kicks off on Monday 29 February with Dr Jenna Fyfe from the Division of...

10 Feb 2016

Pregnant women should be at the centre of new efforts to control one of Africa’s deadliest diseases, experts say.

A form of sleeping sickness - which threatens around 70 million people - can spread to a child if its mother experiences stress...

12 Jan 2016

The world’s first vaccine for a disease that causes misery for millions in Africa could be tested within five years.

Edinburgh researchers have taken a major step towards developing a vaccine against river blindness, also known as...

11 Jan 2016

Edinburgh scientists have helped pinpoint world regions most at risk of bat viruses spilling over into the human population. 

West Africa, sub-Saharan Africa and South East Asia are most at risk from bat viruses...

11 Jan 2016

The eating habits of mothers may be key to keeping wild animal populations steady, suggests a new study from Tom Little's lab in the School of Biological Sciences at the University of Edinburgh.

The discovery shows that the food intake of...

7 Jan 2016

A team at the Roslin Institute, University of Edinburgh, are using advanced genetic techniques to engineer pigs that are more resilient to a deadly virus infection.

Researchers aim to assess whether changing the pigs’ genetic code at a...

18 Dec 2015

The Roslin Institute receives BBSRC funding to develop strategies to reduce infections in farmed animals, control foodborne diseases and minimise antibiotic use in the food chain.

Professor Mark Stevens and collaborators at the London School...

17 Dec 2015

We are delighted to announce that Professor Ross Fitzgerald will become the new Director of Edinburgh Infectious Diseases from January 2016.

15 Dec 2015

The annual Recognising Excellence awards in the School of Biological Sciences were presented by Head of School Professor David Gray at a special reception on Monday 14 December 2015. 

23 Nov 2015

Efforts to tackle challenges faced by livestock farmers in developing countries have been boosted by a £10 million research award.

9 Nov 2015

Thousands of lives in Africa have been saved by an initiative to help eradicate sleeping sickness.

Cases of acute sleeping sickness among people in rural Uganda fell by 90 per cent after researchers prevented transmission to humans by...

28 Oct 2015

Two students from the 2015 / 16 Infectious Diseases Honours course have recently returned from summer placements at the Leiden University Medical Center.

22 Oct 2015

Professor Keith Matthews, Director of the Centre for Immunity, Infection and Evolution at the University of Edinburgh has been made a laureate of the Sanofi - Institut Pasteur Awards for 2015.

8 Oct 2015

We are delighted to announce the “Making an Impact on Policy" workshop being organised by the Excellence with Impact committee at the University of Edinburgh Business School on Tuesday 10 November 2015.

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30 Sep 2015

Recent developments in surveillance technology could enable a swifter, more effective response to potentially deadly outbreaks of disease, a study has found.

The Ebola crisis has highlighted a need to bolster global surveillance and enhance...


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