The Pirbright Institute has accepted the charges brought against the Institute for breaches of its Specified Animals Pathogens Order (SAPO) licence issued by Defra. The prosecution was conducted by the HSE who act as agents for Defra for these purposes. The Institute was fined £22,000. No issue of human health was involved
Monday 7 April is World Health Day with a focus on vector-borne diseases
The Pirbright Institute, funded by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Centre (BBSRC), has a major programme of research on virus vector-borne diseases. This includes diseases of animals and diseases of humans. Diseases under study include tick-borne encephalitis, chikungunya, Rift Valley fever, bluetongue, African horse sickness, African swine fever, Schmallenberg and Nairobi sheep disease.
The Pirbright Institute has been awarded an Athena SWAN Bronze Award demonstrating its commitment to the Athena SWAN principles. The Athena SWAN Awards recognise success in developing employment practices to further and support the careers of women in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine (STEMM).