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To establish an internationally outstanding centre for cross-disciplinary research across the broad scope of infectious disease, capturing the full potential for synergy between molecular, genetic, mathematical and evolutionary biologists in addressing the major challenges in global health today.

Scientists secure £25.7m to create powerhouse of research

A £25.7 million funding boost will advance biological research and aid the quest for new therapies to treat damaged tissues.

The investment by the UK Government will enable the University of Edinburgh to create a new biology complex with world-leading laboratory space for 350 researchers and to establish a new Centre for Tissue Repair.

21st European Meeting for PhD Students in Evolutionary Biology

Registration is now open for EMPSEB21: 21st European Meeting for PhD Students in Evolutionary Biology.

It’s organised by the University of Edinburgh, but will take place at the University of Stirling between 8-12th September 2015.

Cattle parasite study suggests new ways to combat infectious diseases

Herds of African cattle could hold the secret to fighting parasitic diseases – such as malaria – in people, research suggests. 

A study has found that cows are protected from a parasite that causes deadly East Coast Fever if they have been infected with a closely related but milder species of the parasite in early life.

Parasite infection poses a greater risk for African under-fives

Children under five living in sub-Saharan Africa are at greater risk than older children of developing a long-term parasitic disease, research suggests. 

Infants experience significantly greater exposure to the parasitic worms that cause the chronic disease schistosomiasis, a study shows.

David Gray elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh.

The names of 56 distinguished individuals elected to become Fellows of the Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE) are announced today.
Spanning the arts, business, and science and techno logy sectors, they join the RSE in its work to place the advancement of learning and useful knowledge at the centre of public life in Scotland.

CIIE Visitor: Professor Christopher Hunter

As part of our Visiting Scientists Scheme CIIE will be hosting a visit from Professor Christopher Hunter from Department of Pathobiology,
University of Pennsylvania.

Professor Hunter will spend a week in Ashworth Laboratories, starting on Monday, 23rd February.

Co-infected plant hosts cause more severe epidemics

CIIE's Pedro Vale and colleagues from the University of Helsinki have found that plant hosts co-infected with more than one pathogen strain result in more severe epidemics than plants infected with only one strain.

The work was carried out in collaboration with Anna-Liisa Laine and her research group at University of Helsinki, who have been studying the interaction between the host plant ribwort plantain, Plantago lanceolata, and its powdery mildew pathogen across hundreds of populations.

Princess Anne opens the CIIE-Wolfson laboratories

On January 16th 2015 Princess Anne, Chancellor of the University of Edinburgh, visited the Centre for Immunity, Infection and Evolution.

During her visit, the Princess unveiled a plaque to commemorate the opening of the Centre for Immunity, Infection and Evolution Wolfson Laboratories. Accompanied by Professor Sir Timothy O’Shea, Principal of the University, and The Rt. Hon. Donald Wilson, Her Majesty’s Lord Lieutenant of the City of Edinburgh, the Princess toured the new laboratories funded with support from the Wolfson Foundation.

CIIE/ASCUS micro-residency starts in Ashworth Laboratories

A new exciting arts and science project teaming up mixed media artists with researchers in infectious diseases starts at the Centre for Immunity, Infection and Evolution, in Ashworth Laboratories, University of Edinburgh in January. This project has been organised in collaboration with ASCUS Art & Science.

For the micro-residency our artists will spend fourteen days of contact time mingling with the Ashworthians; they will be attending seminars and symposia, visiting labs, discussing the science and socialising during coffee breaks and happy hours. The micro-residencies will end in March culminating in an exhibition at the Edinburgh International Science Festival 2015 (EISF).

Research rankings reaffirm Edinburgh’s place as global leader

The University of Edinburgh’s position as one of Britain’s leading research universities – and Scotland’s top-ranked research institution – has been reaffirmed by the results of the 2014 UK Research Excellence Framework (REF).

The results reveal that 83 per cent of the University’s research activity is in the highest categories – 4* and 3*– which are classified as ‘world leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’.