Policy and strategy
Our research has provided an evidence base for policymakers. This has helped the discussion and implementation of both national and international policy, providing the roadmap for future decision-making that will improve both human, animal and environmental health. In several cases our researchers have been directly responsible for articulating policy within policymaking forums.
Other ways in which our research is used is to inform specific strategies of regional or national government, large public bodies such as the NHS or statutory bodies. These help define the operational allocation of services, with benefits to professional practice and wider society.
National and International policy
Thu, 17 Mar 2016 16:45:00 GMT
Our rabies research team have played important roles in international development, leading directly to major changes in policy, influencing decisions made by government health and veterinary authorities internationally.
Thu, 17 Mar 2016 11:59:00 GMT
Between 2009 and 2013 our rabies research team played an integral role in the design and ongoing evaluation of canine vaccination programmes to eliminate a rabies epidemic on the island of Bali. These campaigns controlled the spread of rabies in dogs and reduced the incidence of human deaths by over 90% compared with the incidence before the campaigns started.
Fri, 18 Mar 2016 10:57:00 GMT
Our research has developed a revised surveillance model for bovine tuberculosis (bTB) that underpins a new Scottish Government policy on bTB testing in Scotland. This has exempted 30% of Scottish herds from routine testing, with savings to Government of £150,000/year and a further £100,000 across the farming industry.
Fri, 18 Mar 2016 09:41:00 GMT
Our research has developed therapies which are used nationally to prevent psychosis relapse and promote emotional recovery, and has supported the design of local mental health services for people suffering from psychosis.
Fri, 18 Mar 2016 10:07:00 GMT
Up to a quarter of Europe’s marine renewable energy potential is in Scottish waters, but harnessing wind, wave and tidal energy must be sensitive to Scotland’s significant seabird populations. Research from our College is used by industry stakeholders to identify and preserve the conservation status of seabird species most susceptible to such developments.
Fri, 18 Mar 2016 15:47:00 GMT
Our research is driving the concept of personalised in-vitro fertilisation (IVF) therapy and outcome prediction, informing national clinical guidelines and defining patient access to treatment and regulatory policy for all UK IVF units. This research has also increased availability of accurate, personalised information to IVF patients worldwide, enabling informed treatment choices and enhancing quality of life.
Tue, 29 Mar 2016 16:13:00 BST
Approximately 25,000 people in the UK die each year from thromboembolism - blockage to a blood vessel caused by a dislodged blood clot. The condition affects 1 in 100,000 women of childbearing age and causes one-third of all maternal deaths.
Fri, 18 Mar 2016 09:45:00 GMT
In the UK, men who have sex with men (MSM) are at highest risk of HIV. Dr Lisa McDaid of the MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit, in the Institute of Health and Wellbeing, has conducted the Gay Men’s Sexual Health Survey every three years since 1996. They collect information on the sexual behaviours, prevention and testing of 1,500 gay and bisexual MSM in gay commercial venues in Glasgow and Edinburgh.