The Pirbright Institute, a world-leading centre of excellence in research and surveillance of virus diseases of farm animals and viruses that spread from animals to humans, announces the appointment of Professor Vince Emery as the Chair of the Trustee Board.
Professor Emery has been on Pirbright’s Trustee Board for the last three years and takes on the role of Chair following the passing of Professor John Stevenson earlier this year.
Professor Emery has had a distinguished research career, with a long-standing interest in using an interdisciplinary approach to understanding viral infections in immunocompromised hosts such as transplant patients or those with HIV.
In addition to being the chair of Pirbright’s Trustee Board, Professor Emery is President of the University of Hertfordshire’s branch campus hosted by the Global Academic Foundation in Egypt and Emeritus Professor of Translational Virology at the University of Surrey.
Professor Emery is also a Deputy Director of a UCL led consortium called i-sense (www.i-sense.org.uk) which has been supported by over £14 million from Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) grants, amongst others and focuses on developing novel sensing methods for infectious diseases.
Professor Vince Emery said: “It is a great honour to have been appointed Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Pirbright Institute. Having been a member of the Board for 3 years I have seen the fantastic work that the Institute does in the virology, immunology and epidemiology of animal viruses, contributing to the UK national capability, but also internationally, in applying cutting-edge research to prevent and control viral disease, protecting animals and human health and the economy. The Board, under my leadership, will ensure the Institute continues to go from strength to strength and remains a world leading centre of excellence in research and surveillance of farm animals and viruses that spread from animals to humans.”
Professor Bryan Charleston, Director of the Pirbright Institute, said: “I look forward to working with Professor Emery and the rest of the Trustee Board to ensure the Institute continues to deliver excellent science, remain financially sustainable and operate safely as a major hazard site.”
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About The Pirbright Institute
The Pirbright Institute is a world leading centre of excellence in research and surveillance of virus diseases of farm animals and viruses that spread from animals to humans. Based in the UK and receiving strategic funding from the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) part of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), the Institute works to enhance capability to contain, control and eliminate these economically and medically important diseases through highly innovative fundamental and applied bioscience.
The Institute is an independent company, limited by guarantee and a registered charity, governed by a Board of non-executive Trustee Directors.
With an annual income of £37 million from grants and commercial activity, and a total of £43.7 million strategic investment from BBSRC UKRI during 2021-2022, the Institute contributes to global food security and health, improving quality of life for animals and people.
For more information about The Pirbright Institute see: www.pirbright.ac.uk
The Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) is part of UK Research and Innovation, a non-departmental public body funded by a grant-in-aid from the UK government.
BBSRC invests in world-class bioscience research and training on behalf of the UK public. Our aim is to further scientific knowledge, to promote economic growth, wealth and job creation and to improve quality of life in the UK and beyond.
Funded by government, BBSRC invested £451 million in world-class bioscience in 2019-20. We support research and training in universities and strategically funded institutes. BBSRC research and the people we fund are helping society to meet major challenges, including food security, green energy and healthier, longer lives. Our investments underpin important UK economic sectors, such as farming, food, industrial biotechnology and pharmaceuticals.
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