Dr Holly Shelton joined The Pirbright Institute in 2011 and progressed to Group Leader in 2016. Dr Shelton leads the Influenza Viruses group which is working to understand how genetic changes in avian influenza viruses can alter disease severity, ease of transmission and the species they can infect.
One Health Day, celebrated on 3 November each year, raises awareness around the need for research to join across many disciplines to solve the world’s critical health challenges. The One Health agenda advocates that scientists consider how animal, human and plant health are interlinked and to apply a holistic approach to tackle emerging infectious disease, antimicrobial resistance, climate change and pollution.
The flu season is upon us, but how much do you know about avian influenza? Do you know how to protect the birds you keep against infection? Find out the key facts about flu, why the disease is so hard to prevent, and what scientists at The Pirbright Institute are doing to understand more about avian influenza viruses to help prevent the disease in poultry.