Key collaborators

United Kingdom

Moredun Research Institute (MRI): The MRI is an independent research organisation established with the aim of improving the health and welfare of livestock in Scotland. We have a long-standing memorandum of understanding with MRI, with many close collaborations and three joint appointments (Professor Julie Fitzpatrick, Professor David Smith, Professor Ruth Zadoks). A senior member of University of Glasgow staff has a seat on the board of MRI, Professor Eileen Devaney.

Pirbright Institute: A BBSRC-funded institute with a focus on viral livestock diseases, and is the world reference laboratory for foot-and-mounth disease (FMD). We have a long and productive history of collaboration, particularly in FMD virus blue-tongue virus, which has been supported by several jointly held grants from the BBSRC, DEFRA and Wellcome Trust. Pirbright and the University of Glasgow share several PhD students (5 currently, and 2 graduated since 2008), a Visiting Research Fellow to Pirbright (Dr Richard Reeve) and Postdoctoral Research Associates. The collaborations on FMD virus include the first application of high throughput sequencing to FMDV, the description of within-host viral diversity, molecular epidemiology of transmission, and the reconstruction of transmission trees from genetic and epidemiological data.

Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC): SRUC is the home of much of Scotland’s capacity in agricultural research. We have several effective collaborations with SRUC within the area of production animal health and welfare. Examples of effective collaboration include the Scottish Government advisory consortium on animal disease (EPIC); PARABAN, a knowledge exchange project on the management of bovine Johnes disease; sub-acute rumen acidosis; humane euthanasia of poultry; acute phase proteins as indicator of pig health status.

Mill Hill: Research on human influenza is conducted in collaboration with WHO Collaborating Centre for Reference and Research on Influenza at the MRC National Institute for Medical Research, Mill Hill, where Institute staff and students are regular visitors. The Director of the Centre, John McCauley, is a Visiting Professor in the CVR.


Tanzania: A significant proportion of the research activity in BAHCM is based in Tanzania, in close collaboration with Tanzanian research institutes including the Tanzanian Wildlife Research Institute (TAWIRI) and the Nelson Mandela African Institute of Science and Technology (NM-AIST). NM-AIST provides a valuable partner for One-Health science, given its proximity to a range of unique ecosystems and range of local agro-ecosystems.

Afrique One: The Wellcome Trust African Institutes Initiative has funded Afrique One for which University of Glasgow researchers serve as northern partners. The consortium comprises 11 African institutions from 6 different countries in east and west Africa. Six of the Institutions are from Tanzania.

Paul Allen School of Global Animal Health: BAHCM staff work closely with the Paul Allen School of Global Animal Health at Washington State University (WSU) in Pullman. Joint research in Tanzania is supported by two NSF-BBSRC grants, an annual seminar given at WSU by a Glasgow researcher, and sabbatical visits.