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.

CIIE Visitor: Professor Christopher Hunter

As part of our Visiting Scientists Scheme CIIE will be hosting a visit from Professor Christopher Hunter from Department of Pathobiology,
University of Pennsylvania.

Professor Hunter will spend a week in Ashworth Laboratories, starting on Monday, 23rd February.

Co-infected plant hosts cause more severe epidemics

CIIE's Pedro Vale and colleagues from the University of Helsinki have found that plant hosts co-infected with more than one pathogen strain result in more severe epidemics than plants infected with only one strain.

The work was carried out in collaboration with Anna-Liisa Laine and her research group at University of Helsinki, who have been studying the interaction between the host plant ribwort plantain, Plantago lanceolata, and its powdery mildew pathogen across hundreds of populations.

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.

CIIE/ASCUS micro-residency starts in Ashworth Laboratories

A new exciting arts and science project teaming up mixed media artists with researchers in infectious diseases starts at the Centre for Immunity, Infection and Evolution, in Ashworth Laboratories, University of Edinburgh in January. This project has been organised in collaboration with ASCUS Art & Science.

For the micro-residency our artists will spend fourteen days of contact time mingling with the Ashworthians; they will be attending seminars and symposia, visiting labs, discussing the science and socialising during coffee breaks and happy hours. The micro-residencies will end in March culminating in an exhibition at the Edinburgh International Science Festival 2015 (EISF).

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.