IAH and collaborators in the University of Edinburgh have uncovered a window of opportunity when it is possible to identify cattle infected with foot-and-mouth disease virus (FMDV) before they become infectious and/or show signs of having the disease. They have published their findings in the journal Science*. IAH experts along with colleagues at Defra (Department for Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs) are now assessing if this window of opportunity can be exploited to reduce the number of animals that are culled during an outbreak.
On Thursday 17th March the IAH, in collaboration with BBSRC, hosted a Networking Event "Protecting UK livestock from the threat of viral disease" at Church House, Westminster.
The purpose of the event was to share knowledge and facilitate partnerships for action across the animal health research, livestock and poultry sectors.
Speakers and guests were representative of the IAH and other UK research leaders, the UK livestock and poultry sector, animal health industries and Government. Speakers in the afternoon session were:
The Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) and the Institute for Animal Health have announced the appointment of the new Director for the Institute. Prof John Fazakerley, a leading researcher in virology, will join IAH as its new Director from 1 June 2011 from his current post at The Roslin Institute, University of Edinburgh.