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' Leprosy in red squirrels - discovery of a wildlife reservoir for a human disease'

' Leprosy in red squirrels - discovery of a wildlife reservoir for a human disease'

Event Date
13 January 2017 - 12:00 to 13:00
Location
SCRM building - Large Seminar Room
Speaker Name
Prof Anna Meredith
Speaker Organisation
Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, Roslin Institute, University of Edinburgh

Professor Anna Meredith is a personal Chair of Zoological and Conservation Medicine at the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, Roslin Institute, University of Edinburgh. Her research interests lie at the interface between human, animal and ecosystem health (One Health), with a focus on infectious diseases of wildlife and the conservation of UK wildlife. Her recent discovery published in Science -  Red squirrels in the British Isles are infected with leprosy bacilli which is similar to those that have afflicted disability and disfigurement on humans for centuries, and how red squirrels might have acquired the disease from medieval leprosy in UK, has made headlines around the world. Her seminar will be of general interest and is an example of how scientific discoveries with impact can arise from the most unexpected sources and disciplines.