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The original ADRA bus. Two men stand next to it, wearing wellies
A black and white photo from around the 1930s of a scientist wearing a lab coat, sat at a bench looking through a microscope
The ADRA bus behind a tent with a sign saying "Animal Diseases Research Association"
An ADRA stand in a field with men standing around outside it, wearing suits

2020 is the year we celebrate Moredun's centenary.

From our humble beginnings in the 1920s as the Animal Diseases Research Association based in Moredun, Edinburgh, to the major research hub we are today at the foot of the Pentland hills, our ethos has remained the same: to work in direct partnership with the farming community and address their needs with regards to livestock health and welfare.

These pages will collate all of our news, events and exciting projects surrounding our centenary year.




1st September: "Moredun Foundation’s 100 years of research into livestock diseases" - Article published in Sept/Oct issue of Edinburgh Life Magazine

27th August: An innovative approach to Equine Grass Sickness research as a new Fellowship is funded

3rd July: OnFARM podcast special chats to Moredun

16th January: Professor Julie Fitzpatrick talks to BBC Scotland about Moredun's centenary

Upcoming events

Check back here for updates about our upcoming Centenary events.

Research Fellowships


In our Centenary year we are very keen to fund raise to develop new opportunities for early career researchers with a passion and interest in finding new solutions to combat livestock disease through research, innovation and knowledge exchange.

We will be setting up various initiatives to help us towards this goal and if you would like to help or find out more about the project please do get in touch with us at: Lee.Innes@moredun.ac.uk or info@moredun.org.uk

More information about Moredun's Research Fellowships

Centenary film



Outreach bus and mobile laboratory


** The bus was originally scheduled for completion in March 2020. However, this has now been pushed back due to Coronavirus restrictions. We hope to see it completed by October 2020.**

Follow our progress on our blog: The Moredun Bus: Science in the Field

When Moredun was first established in the 1920s, some of the work was carried out on board a refurbished bus that housed a mobile laboratory. The bus became something of an iconic image for Moredun over the years, and so we are pleased to announce that it is making a comeback in celebration of our Centenary in 2020... With a few updates!

The new bus will be used for outreach events where mobile technology will be taken out to the field, onto the farm and into schools. Our aim is to educate the wider public about our research and to promote the benefits of raising livestock with a high level of health and welfare.



News sheets


In celebration of 100 years of research and education, we are making some of our news sheets publicly available that would normally only be accessible to paying members of the Moredun Foundation:

Sustainable parasite control: Test, don't guess!

Parasite infections are an economic as well as an animal health and welfare concern in livestock systems. Many are endemic in the UK, and in this factsheet we explore the control of three major parasites: liver fluke, roundworm and sheep scab, focusing on their sheep and cattle hosts.


Equine Grass Sickness: A research update and look to the future

Grass Sickness is a devastating disease of horses, ponies and donkeys in which there is damage to parts of the nervous system which control involuntary functions, producing the main symptom of gut paralysis. The Moredun Foundation Equine Grass Sickness Fund (EGSF) is the only registered charity in the UK raising funds specifically for research into Grass Sickness.