Social networking is key to helping bugs spread, study shows

Fresh discoveries about how bacteria co-operate with each other when causing infection could help scientists identify animal diseases that might transmit to people.

Bugs that can co-operate best with each other are most likely to be able to jump to new species, including humans, a new study shows.

£7.7 Million awarded for African Sleeping Sickness research

In recent months, three major grants have been awarded to support the combat against the parasite responsible for African sleeping sickness


Pedro Vale's recent awards

CIIE Felow, Pedro Vale, has recently received two prestigious awards.

New Personal Chair in Evolutionary Parasitology from CIIE

Member of CIIE's Internal Steering Group Sarah Reece has been promoted to a Personal Chair in Evolutionary Parasitology in recognition of her achievements.

CIIE-supported phylogenetics workshop in Kenya

On 16-17 June 2014, CIIE supported phylogenetic analysis workshop took place at the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) in Nairobi, Kenya, in conjunction with the Urban Zoonoses project.

CIIE members join the Royal Society of Edinburgh

Three CIIE PIs attended a Fellowship enrolment event at the Royal Society of Edinburgh on May 19th 2014.

Professors Judi Allen, Mark Blaxter and Keith Matthews all attended the event held at the Royal Society of Edinburgh.

CIIE's and Berlin Research Consortium for Parasite Infection's symposium

On 14th May 2014 CIIE hosted a one-day symposium on the interdisciplinary study of pParasite Infections. It was organised in collaboration with the Berlin Research Consortium for Parasite Infection.

The symposium addressed the topic of parasite infections - from experimental models to natural systems and concentrated on various new options for controlling parasitic diseases.

Francisca Mutapi to give RSE School Talks

Francisca Mutapi will be giving talks as part of the Royal Society of Edinburgh’s series of School Talks.

Dr Mutapi’s talks will be on the subject of parasitic worms, their impact on children’s health in Africa and the work dr Mutapi's group is doing in collaboration with the World Health Organisation and the Ministry of Health in Zimbabwe to combat the infections in children. The talks will be given as part of health and education range of topics being offered by the Royal Society of Edinburgh.

New class of drug could curb antibiotic resistance, study suggests

A new type of drug could help to combat growing antibiotic resistance, a study finds. 

Medicines that stop bacteria from harming their hosts, rather than kill them, could prevent bugs from evolving resistance to drug treatments, a review of research in the field suggests. 

Parasites in humans influence each other via shared food sources

Humans are often infected by parasites, sometimes even several species at a time. Such co-infections are more difficult to treat if the parasites interact with each other.

An ecologist from the University of Zurich and his international team have compiled a list of the numerous possibilities as to how parasites can interact: They are most likely to do so indirectly via the food source they share.

Interpreting bacteria’s complex language could aid infection fight

Efforts to combat bacteria’s growing resistance to antibiotics could be helped by a key discovery about the complex processes that enable bugs to thrive. 

A new study reveals that bacteria talk to one another using a form of communication that shows striking similarities with human language, but uses chemical signals instead of words. 

Two CIIE papers in Trends in Parasitology's Top 10 in 2013

Two papers authored by CIIE members were voted among the 10 most noteworthy in 2013 by the Editorial Board of Trends in Parasitology.

All Top 10 articles are available on the journal website till the end of March.

Five CIIE members announced new RSE Fellows

The names of the 53 distinguished individuals elected to become Fellows of the Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE) were announced at an RSE Ordinary Meeting on Monday 3 March 2014.

Members of CIIE are strongly represented in the new cohort of Fellows of the Royal Society of Edinburgh. Out of 53 new Fellows announced, 5 are members of CIIE: Judi Allen, Mark Blaxter, Keith Matthews, Andrew Rambaut and Peter Simmonds.

CIIE Spring Symposium: Parasite Infections - From Experimental Models To Natural Systems

We are pleased to announce that the CIIE Spring Symposium Parasite Infections - From Experimental Models To Natural Systems organised in collaboration with Berlin Research Consortium for Parasite Infection will be held on Wednesday, 14th May 2014 in Lecture Theatre 1, Ashworth Laboratories, University of Edinburgh.

This will be an all-day event.

Common form of malaria has its roots in Africa, study shows

The most widespread form of human malaria originated in Africa – not Asia as was previously thought, new research suggests.

A study of malaria parasites from African primates has enabled researchers to unravel the evolutionary origins of the disease, and could have important implications for efforts to eradicate malaria from human populations.