Minister for Universities and Science, David Willetts, will announce at 1500hrs BST today (24 May 2012) that The Pirbright Institute has been awarded £38M of strategic investment from the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC). This investment will enable the Institute to maintain its status as a world-leading centre for virology doing work that protects livestock from economically important diseases such as foot-and-mouth, bluetongue, and Marek's disease.
A talented early career researcher was awarded the Walter and Dorothy Plowright Young Researchers Prize for veterinary research on Friday (27 April 2012) during the 425th meeting of the Veterinary Research Club in Pirbright at the Institute for Animal Health.
When microscopy had its first heyday in the 17th Century, it opened up a new world of cells, plant structures and the complexity of human physiology; the microscope led the discoveries and sparked a revolution in science. Now is the time that bioimaging is having, perhaps, a second bite at the Enlightenment cherry. Where, in the past, we have relied on biochemistry, biophysics and cell biology to answer questions about the lifecycles of viruses, we are now in a position to go directly to an animal cell and look inside at what is happening in powerful detail.