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Researchers in the University of Edinburgh's Usher Institute to lead €29m research grant that will assess risk posed by deadly lung infections

Experts in the University’s Usher Institute are leading a €29 million research consortium to investigate serious lung infections that particularly affect babies and older adults.

The research aims to improve the management of Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) infections, which are estimated to affect more than 30 million children under five each year.

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Gut cells are gatekeepers of infectious brain diseases, finds new study from the Roslin Institute's Neil Mabbott

Fresh insights into infectious brain conditions help to explain why some people – and animals – are more at risk than others.

The study reveals how prion diseases – which include variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (vCJD) in people and bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) in cows – can infect the gut if contaminated meat has been eaten.

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Infections that pose greatest pandemic risk identified by experts from the Roslin Institute and School of Biological Studies

Experts at the University of Edinburgh have pinpointed more than 30 infections that are likely candidates for the next major pandemic.

The diseases include MERS coronavirus, relatives of the Ebola virus and several mosquito-borne viruses.  The team used a method that already predicted the threat of both the Ebola and Zika viruses before they emerged to cause major epidemics.

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