Sue Welburn's work on sleeping sickness features in list of top 20 impact stories in REF2014

The work of Professor Sue Welburn to eliminate sleeping sickness, is featured in a top 20 list of UK-wide impact stories submitted to the 2014 Research Execise Framework (REF).

The UKCDS is a group of 14 UK government departments and research funders working in international development.  It selected the top 20 stories for their list from over 6975 case studies that were submitted for the REF, choosing the ones that represented the most impressive examples of UK research contributing to development.

Sue is Professor of Medical and Veterinary Epidemiology in the Division of Infection and Pathway Medicine at the University of Edinburgh.  Her work in Uganda has had a major impact on the battle to eliminate sleeping sickness by reducing the number of disease-causing parasites in cattle. 

Through a single injection of trypanocide and by regular insecticide spraying to prevent re-infection, researchers found they could eliminate the parasite in cattle, thereby reducing onward spread to humans. 

These results led to the development of a government supported programme to mass-treat affected cattle, which in turn has contributed to a 90% reduction in the cases of sleeping sickness since 2006, and improved the health and livelihoods of many millions of people.

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