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.

CIIE Visitor: Professor Kristian Andersen

As part of our Visiting Scientists Scheme CIIE will be hosting a visit from Professor Kristian Andersen from The Scripps Research Institute, La Jolla, California.

On 11th June 2015 at 2 p.m. in Lecture Theatre 3, Ashworth Labs our visitor will give a seminar entitled "Genomic insights into the 2014-2015 Ebola epidemic".

€9 million award for parasite vaccine research

CIIE members based at Moredun Research Institute have been awarded an EU Horizon 2020 grant of just under 9 million euros to work on parasite vaccines. 

The project, PARAGONE (vaccines for animal parasites), led by CIIE translational facilitator Professor Jacqui Matthews, brings together 17 scientific and industrial partners from across the globe to develop novel vaccines for multicellular parasites.

Shetland pony midge study offers clues to curbing allergies

Shetland ponies’ immune response to insect bites is helping scientists understand how people could be prevented from developing allergies.

The horse immune system can respond to midge bites in a way that prevents – rather than triggers – allergic reactions, researchers say.

Gene study helps explain Legionnaires’ probe complications

Genetic research helps to explain why tracing the source of an outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease that claimed four lives has proven to be more complicated than scientists hoped.

A DNA study of bacteria samples taken from patients infected during the 2012 outbreak in Edinburgh shows that it was caused by several subtypes of the bacteria.

CIIE/ASCUS Project at Edinburgh International Science Festival

We are pleased to invite you to the preview/art launch of How the Light Gets In, an exhibition of works by international artists intrigued by light in all its form and facets, co-curated by ASCUS Art & Science. The preview will take place on Friday, 3rd April, 7-9 p.m. in Summerhall.

The exhibition includes Parallel Perspectives, a group exhibition featuring four artists who were hosted at CIIE.

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.