A large delegation from The Pirbright Institute will be flying the flag for great British science this week, at the biggest ever entomology conference.
Researchers at The Pirbright Institute have developed a field test to diagnose African horse sickness, which is reliable, fast and simple to use.
African horse sickness (AHS) is a viral disease that infects all equine species and is often fatal in horses and mules. It has become economically significant within the last century; with outbreaks impacting on the Iberian and Arabian Peninsula, the Middle East, the Indian subcontinent and North Africa.
Scientists discover maleness gene in malaria mosquitoes, opening the way for genetic control of the disease
Scientists, led by Dr Jaroslaw Krzywinski, Head of the Vector Molecular Biology group at The Pirbright Institute have isolated a gene, which determines maleness in the species of mosquito that is responsible for transmitting malaria.
Scientists at The Pirbright Institute are confident they have identified a safe and effective vaccination strategy for African horse sickness virus (AHSV) – the battle is now to build a business case persuasive enough to encourage a manufacturer to develop it and finally bring it to market.
The Pirbright Institute has signed an international partnership agreement with IZSLER(1), the leading Italian animal disease research body, to jointly produce cutting edge diagnostic kits for foot-and-mouth disease (FMD).
A new study from a team at The Pirbright Institute, has enabled scientists there to better understand H9N2, a form of avian flu which poses risks to both poultry and human health.
The mapping and analysis of the antigenicity1 of H9N2 avian influenza virus, will guide surveillance and ensure vaccines are more effective; helping prevent serious outbreaks.
Insecticide treated nets offer significant protection for stabled horses from Culicoides biting midge attacks, new research shows
Insecticide treated nets (ITNs) can offer valuable protection to horses from Culicoides biting midges, which can transmit the devastating African horse sickness virus (AHSV), a new study by scientists at The Pirbright Institute has shown.
The Veterinary Vaccinology Network will be holding its Annual Conference from 5th – 6th January 2016, at the Manchester Conference Centre. The event will explore themes centred on fundamental science as well as presentations from funders and industry.
The network conference will provide an opportunity to hear from leading experts in vaccinology as well as networking with research scientists, industrial partners and policy makers.
Key themes for discussion will include:
Scientists have developed a new methodology to produce a vaccine for foot-and-mouth disease virus (FMDV). Because the vaccine is all synthetic, made up of tiny protein shells designed to trigger optimum immune response, it doesn’t rely on growing live infectious virus and is therefore much safer to produce.
New swine influenza project to better understand virus transmission and develop new control strategies
The Pirbright Institute in Surrey has been awarded £4.4M to work on a new collaborative long-term study on the transmission of swine influenza. The BBSRC Swine Flu Dynamics project is a five-year project which as well as researching virus transmission will also assess the effectiveness of different control strategies for the disease to improve animal health and help protect the UK economy.