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.

Superbug study reveals how E. coli strain acquired deadly powers

A strain of E. coli became a potentially fatal infection in the UK around 30 years ago, when it acquired a powerful toxin, a gene study has revealed.

The discovery helps to explain outbreaks of severe food poisoning that began in the 1980s.

CIIE Winter Symposium: Circadian Rhythms in Health & Disease

We are pleased to announce that the CIIE Winter Symposium Circadian Rhythms in Health & Disease will be held on Friday, 11th December 2015 in Lecture Theatre 1, Ashworth Laboratories, University of Edinburgh.

This will be an all-day event.

Three workshops on ‘A Guide to Successful & Responsible Publishing’ were held in Zimbabwe during July 2015

The series of workshops was led by three academics from the Universities of Edinburgh and Zimbabwe, and Africa University, and aimed to inform researchers about Successful and Responsible Publishing. 

The workshops, supported by PLoS journals and University of Edinburgh’s Centre for Immunity and Infection Research, were a huge success, drawing over 160 participants; 68 participants attended the workshop at Africa University, 38 at the event held in the Bronte Hotel, Harare, and 60 came to the University of Zimbabwe.

CIIE Visitor: Prof Ruth Ley

As part of our Visiting Scientists Scheme CIIE will be hosting a visit from Ruth Ley (Cornell).

On Tuesday 21st July 2015 at 12 p.m. in Lecture Theatre 3, Ashworth Laboratries, Ruth will give a seminar entitled: "The gene-microbe link".

Dr Melissa Ward takes part in the 65th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting

CIIE and Sir Henry Welcome Fellow, Dr Melissa Ward is taking part in the 65th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting taking place from 28th June to 3rd July 2015.

65 Nobel Laureates and 650 young researchers will participate.

CIIE Visitor: Dr Bill Nelson

As part of our Visiting Scientists Scheme CIIE will be hosting a visit from Dr Bill Nelson from Queens University, Canada.

On 24th June 2015 at 2 p.m. in Lecture Theatre 3, Ashworth Labs our visitor will give a seminar entitled "How life-cycles can drive population dynamics"

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.