New Grant Awarded to Dr Jayne Hope to prevent spread of TB

Roslin researcher Dr Jayne Hope has received five-figure funding for her research contributing to the protection of cattle from tuberculosis. The incidence of TB in cattle is increasing rapidly resulting in major economic losses and increasing human health risks from this zoonotic disease.


 

Neonatal immunity

Dr Hope has received a grant worth more than £91,000 from the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) for her project exploring the role for innate immune cell interactions in BCG vaccinations.

In neonatal calves, BCG vaccination provides them with protection for at least 12 months against the M. bovis strain of tuberculosis.  Why neonates are protected more effectively than adults is a major area of research.

This research, co-supervised by the Moredun Research Institute’s Professor Gary Entrican, will help inform understanding of this issue.

This BBSRC grant was one of 43 awarded to the College of Medicine & Veterinary Medicine in October 2011.

 

 

 

 

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