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.

The Princess was introduced to work focused on next generation sequencing technologies (Prof Mark Blaxter), developing drugs for sleeping sickness (Dr Achim Schnaufer) and Schistosome control (Dr Francisca Mutapi). Professor David Gray, Head of the School of Biological Sciences, and Professor Keith Matthews, Director of CIIE led the tour of the labs.

In his speech thanking the Princess and other guests, Professor Matthews overviewed the ambitions of the Centre, highlighting how CIIE works to catalyse interdisciplinary research into infectious diseases.

 

Photos: Susan McGinley

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