World Leading Research and Surveillance at The Pirbright Institute

May 19, 2015

The Pirbright Institute is a world leading centre of excellence in research and surveillance of viral diseases of farm animals and viruses that spread from animals to humans. This article summarises the research taking place at the Institute which is based upon a combination of fundamental and applied bioscience and which utilises unique biological and physical resources. Dr Emma Fishbourne details some of the virus diseases we are currently working on including diagnosis, host-pathogen interaction and vaccine development, and highlights the impact of our science across the globe on animal and human health.   ...

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Exploring Human and Animal Microbiota in Health and Disease

May 19, 2015

Growing body of evidence shows that our microbial population plays a role in health and disease. As the sequencing methods are rapidly developing and improving, it is essential to have state-of-the-art bio-informatic platforms and expert knowledge that allow for comprehensive visualization and biological interpretation of the massive datasets. Future studies focusing on microbiota interaction with the host and effect on animal host physiology, leave room for exploration and new discoveries within this dynamic field of research. Dr Sabina Lukovac from NIZO shows, how it will help to identify novel biomarkers and aid in development of new therapeutic strategies. ...

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Keeping Your Farm Water Safe and Fresh

May 19, 2015

Water quality is a major issue for all species – animals and plants can go for several days without food, but cannot last long without access to water. This makes water the number one nutrient in all diets – although it is frequently neglected and taken for granted. As such the quality and safety of water is essential in maintaining animal health. Lucy Waldron of LWT Animal Nutrition Ltd discusses why using an effective disinfectant and water sanitiser on farm or with various animal enterprises is important in maintaining animal health, productivity and welfare.   ...

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Accurate Early Markers of Renal Damage for Veterinary and Research Use

May 19, 2015

The assessment of renal function in small animals is of interest both to veterinary practitioners and research organisations, especially those investigating the possible effects of drugs developed for humans or companion animals, which might be destructive for kidneys. For veterinarians, one primary concern is the early diagnosis of chronic kidney disease (CKD), defined as primary renal disease present for an extended period of time. Sam Williams and Ludovic Pelligand from Delta Dot studies this casus, presenting clinical trials data and the importance the earliest-possible identification.   ...

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