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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.

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’.

Mark Woolhouse comments on epidemics management in Science

Prompted by the recent Ebola press conference held by UN, World Bank and WHO, Mark Woolhouse, Patrick Drury and Christopher Dye comment on the ways of modern outbreak management in their editorial published in Science last week.

They note that in addition to strengthening the response to outbreaks it’s important to work on global surveillance and detection at the very early stages of the epidemics when it is easier to contain.

Melissa Ward featured on UoE Alumni website

CIIE Fellow, Dr Melissa Ward has been featured on University of Edinburgh Alumni website.

Dr Ward has joined the Centre in March 2014 to work on epidemiology and genetics of bacteria and antibiotic resistance. In 2014 she has been awarded Sir Henry Wellcome Postdoctoral Fellowship by the Wellcome Trust to extend her research in the field for another 4 years.

Trojan horse tactic gives parasites edge over immune systems

Parasites use Trojan horse subterfuge to suppress the immunity of their victims when causing infection, according to a study.

The finding, which shows a new trick parasites can play, paves the way to possible treatments for infectious diseases and allergies.

CIIE Winter Symposium: A Global Perspective on Emerging Infectious Diseases

We are pleased to announce that the CIIE Winter Symposium A Global Perspective on Emerging Infectious Diseases  will be held on Wednesday, 21st January 2015 in Lecture Theatre 3, Ashworth Laboratories, University of Edinburgh.

This will be an all-day event.

CIIE funds in action in Busia

CIIE funds are being used to upgrade the Busia laboratory facility on the Kenya-Uganda border.

In early 2015 the lab will be engaged in a new project to set up an integrated surveillance system that covers both the human and livestock populations in the region.

MRSA bugs linked to livestock are found in hospitals, study finds

Some MRSA bugs in UK hospitals can be traced back to a type of bacteria found in farm animals, a study suggests.

A strain of drug-resistant bacteria carried by some livestock – the MRSA strain Staphylococcus aureus CC398 – has also been found in patients, researchers say.

ASCUS/CIIE micro-residency

We are pleased to announce the new ASCUS micro-residency programme at the Centre for Immunity, Infection and Evolution.

Scientists have made progress in understanding how pathogens cause disease, escape our immune defences and spread in populations. However pathogen evolution threatens this progress, generating drug resistance, rendering vaccines ineffective and allowing invasion of new hosts and populations.

Vultures wait for eagles to find food, then swoop in, study shows

Vultures track scavenging birds of prey to lead them to food, then swoop in large groups to steal it, a study of birds in Kenya shows.

The new research into vultures, which eat only dead animals, shows that they take their cue from tawny and steppe eagles.

Social networking is key to helping bugs spread, study shows

Fresh discoveries about how bacteria co-operate with each other when causing infection could help scientists identify animal diseases that might transmit to people.

Bugs that can co-operate best with each other are most likely to be able to jump to new species, including humans, a new study shows.