Africa’s food requirements, along with its population, are growing fast. Three research programmes ask how a better understanding of viruses, parasites and the spread of disease can pave the way to improving agricultural yields.
Many of the major new outbreaks of disease, particularly in Africa, are so-called zoonotic infections, diseases that are transmitted to humans from animals. The Ebola virus, for example, which recently killed over 11,000 people across Africa, was most likely transmitted to humans from fruit bats.
We were very sad to hear that Professor Sir Patrick Sissons died earlier this week. Patrick was Head of the Clinical School as Regius Professor of Physic for 7 years up until 2012.
Developing an integrated management-based approach for surveillance and control of zoonoses: South East Asia Pig & Poultry Partnership
Professor Duncan Maskell is leading an international, interdisciplinary consortium from Myanmar, Vietnam and the UK, to develop an integrated management-based approach for surveillance and control of zoonoses in emerging livestock systems in South East Asia.
A group from the University of Cambridge, led by Professor James Wood, Department of Veterinary Medicine, is to be part of a 5-year research project “Ethiopian Control of Bovine Tuberculosis Strategies” (ETHICOBOTS) awarded to a consortium of researchers in Ethiopia and the UK, consisting of epidemiologists, geneticists, immunologists, and social scientists.
The annual multidisciplinary series hosted by Darwin College will examine the topic “Plagues” in the broad context of a disease or calamity of proportions that cause high morbidity or mortality with lasting impact on populations. The speakers will delve into plagues of the past, present and consider future threats to all populations that inhabit the earth.
Cambridge researchers are working with leading Georgian scientists to address key questions about the ecology and evolution of avian flu.
A collaboration between scientists in Cambridge, Oxford and New York has determined the structure of a crucial Trypanosome receptor. The findings, published recently in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences have revealed the structure of a crucial receptor found on the surface of trypanosome.
A newly designated Collaborating Centre at the University of Cambridge will support the World Health Organization (WHO) in detecting and responding to major epidemic- and pandemic-prone diseases.
Cambridge scientists join major international push to maximise bioscience research that helps world's poorest farmers
Researchers in the Department of Plant Sciences at the University of Cambridge have been awarded two grants geared towards managing crop disease from the BBSRC-led programme called 'Sustainable Crop Production Research for International Development' (SCPRID).
Congratulations to Liam Hurst and Adele Wang, winners of our Cambridge Infectious Disease Science Writing Competition
Cambridge Infectious Diseases has become a key partner in an innovative, multidisciplinary £3.2m research consortium exploring the connections between ecosystems, health and poverty in Africa.
In study published in the New England Journal of Medicine, Cambridge researchers demonstrate that whole genome sequencing can provide clinically relevant data on bacterial transmission within a timescale that can influence infection control and patient management.
The University of Cambridge's wide-ranging and long-term strategy of engagement with African higher education institutions moved into its next phase following the recent announcement of a $1.2 million grant by the Carnegie Corporation of New York and a $1 million grant by The Alborada Trust.