The Pirbright Institute, formerly known as the Institute for Animal Health, is a world leading centre of excellence in research and surveillance of virus diseases of farm animals and viruses that spread from animals to humans. Based in the UK and receiving strategic funding from the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), the Institute works to enhance capability to contain, control and eliminate these economically and medically important diseases through highly innovative fundamental and applied bioscience. With an annual income of over £25 million from grants and commercial activity, and a total of £76.9 million strategic investment from BBSRC during 2011-12, the Institute contributes to global food security and health, improving quality of life for animals and people.
In the context of changing environments and an increasing human population, understanding and controlling virus diseases of livestock and viruses that spread from animals to humans will promote global health and wellbeing and economic and food security.
Research and surveillance to prevent virus diseases of livestock and virus transmission from animals to humans
Staff involved in the project: Drs Linda Dixon, Chris Netherton, Charles Abrams. Postdoc employed for 3 years Dr Ana-Luisa Reis. 1 year Undergraduate to be appointed.