Welcome to Immunity, Infection and Evolution!

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.

Luke McNally in Café Scientifique

CIIE's Luke McNally will be speaking at Edinburgh's public engagement event at the Filmhouse, on the evenin g of 9th May. The talk entitled Are we more microbe or human? starts at 8.30 p.m.

New paper from CIIE members

A paper on innovative approaches to manage disease without traditional antibiotics will be published in Evolution, Medicine, and Public Health.

It's an outcome of CIIE Symposium and has five current or former CIIE authors. The paper is available online as an early view.

CIIE Visitor: Frank Møller Aarestrup

As part of our Visiting Scientists Scheme CIIE is hosting a visit from Professor Frank Aarestrup, head of Genomic Epidemiology at National Food Institute, Technical University of Denmark.

On 21st March 2016 at 3.35 p.m. in Lecture Theatre 3, Ashworth Labs our visitor will give a seminar entitled "Global infectious disease surveillance - why and how?"

£200m European loan set to enhance Edinburgh’s global standing

Ambitious plans to transform the University of Edinburgh's campuses will be boosted by a £200million loan from the European Investment Bank (EIB) announced on Tuesday.

The loan, together with £100m from a US investment fund, will provide £300m of new investment capacity to support a range of building and refurbishment projects over the next 10 years. The investment will strengthen Edinburgh's reputation as a global leader in education and research.

Job opportunity for PDRA(s) at CIIE

CIIE is currently looking to attract dynamic and enthusiastic researchers, eager to operate at the interface between disciplines (e.g. infection biology, immunology, evolutionary biology, ecology, epidemiology and mathematical modelling) to create new research paradigms to tackle infectious diseases.

With the recent success in funding applications by our current CIIE PDRAs, we now have the opportunity to support 1 or 2 additional CIIE PDRAs for up to 12 months (i.e. until early 2017).

Mothers’ appetites can keep size of wild animal groups in check

The eating habits of mothers may be key to keeping wild animal populations steady, a study suggests.

The discovery shows that the food intake of mothers – which impacts on the appetite of their offspring – protects animals from periods of population boom and bust.

Study charts hotspots for bat virus

Edinburgh scientists have helped pinpoint world regions most at risk of bat viruses spilling over into humans.

West Africa, sub-Saharan Africa and South East Asia are most at risk from bat viruses leading to new emerging diseases in people, according to the new global map.

Professor Keith Matthews awarded Sanofi Pasteur mid career award

CIIE Director, Professor Keith Matthews has been awarded a €75,000 prize recognising his research into the parasite that causes sleeping sickness.

The prize is one of four given annually by French company Sanofi and the Institut Pasteur, which recognise major contributions in the service of health. His award is given in the mid-career category.

Latest technology could help curb repeat Ebola crisis, experts say

Recent developments in surveillance technology could enable a swifter, more effective response to potentially deadly outbreaks of disease, a study has found.

The Ebola crisis has highlighted a need to bolster global surveillance and enhance the capability to react appropriately to further outbreaks, experts say.

Announcing a new Wellcome Trust funded 4yr PhD programme in Edinburgh “Hosts, Pathogens & Global Health”

The School of Biological Sciences in partnership with the Centre for Immunity, Infection and Evolution and Edinburgh Infectious Diseases has been awarded a new 4 yr PhD programme by the Wellcome Trust.

The programme in "Hosts, Pathogens and Global Health" will start in September 2016 with the deadline for application on 7 December 2015 this year.