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Collaboration

Moredun recognises the importance of collaboration in order to encourage innovative science and therefore strives to enhance current partnerships with organisations both in the UK and worldwide as well as continually looking to identify new opportunities for international collaboration.

Further information about a range of different collaborative partnerships can be found below:

AgResearch

Moredun was proud to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with AgResearch, the largest Crown Research Institute (CRI) in New Zealand, in 2008.

Moredun has had many links with AgResearch over the years, especially in projects relating to important roundworms in sheep. The Hopkirk Institute, which is part of AgResearch in New Zealand used the Moredun Research Institute as a blueprint for its own organisational structure.

There are important similarities between Scotland and New Zealand, including a relatively small geographical area and a low human population density. Very significantly, grazing livestock, and especially sheep, remain important to the agricultural sector and to the national economy.

This MoU will allow new opportunities to work together to fulfil the aims of both Institutes: AgResearch – “Farming and Food” and Moredun Research Institute -  “To control and prevent infectious diseases of livestock”.

The MoU has led to significant collaboration between the two organisations already: a senior scientist has been appointed in a joint project to investigate potential vaccines for Johne’s disease and a PhD student has been appointed to look at the problem of anthelmintic resistanc

Easter Bush Research Consortium

The Easter Bush Research Consortium (EBRC) brings Moredun together with the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, The Roslin Institute of the University of Edinburgh, and the Animal Science researchers of the Scottish Agricultural College.

The partnerships and expertise within the EBRC provide major opportunities for the application and exploitation of research.

For more information please visit the EBRC website.

Edinburgh Napier University

Moredun has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Edinburgh Napier University that will see greater collaboration between the institutions' researchers.

The two institutes have already worked together on a number of projects – from examining farmers’ attitudes to emerging livestock diseases such as the Schmallenberg virus to testing vaccines to combat parasites.

New strands of research will also focus on land management issues, specifically with regard to livestockhealth and long term food security, and understanding the sociological implications of new policy and uptake of new interventions.

The MOU was signed in November 2014.

Heriot Watt University

Scientists from Moredun and Heriot Watt University meet regularly to discuss and explore opportunities for interdisciplinary collaborations.

Moredun’s expertise in disease pathogenesis, control and management coupled with Heriot Watt’s strength in modelling, engineering and technology makes for an exciting partnership and one of great potential and benefit. 

Collaborations will help fulfil the need for effective and timely diagnostics and therapeutics, ultimately enhancing Moredun’s work towards safeguarding animal health and welfare.

Midlothian Science Zone

The Moredun Research Insitute sits within a unique alliance of science and technology centres known as the Midlothian Science Zone.  The Midlothian Science Zone is a world-leading centre of science and research excellence on the outskirts of Edinburgh; where world-renowned research institutes combine with a leading world-ranked research university to give the region its well-deserved global influence in many disciplines, including animal health, life sciences, biotechnology, agri-tech and aquaculture. The partnership provides a supportive community and offers access to knowledge and expertise, resources and facilities, new technologies, accommodation and services, business support and networks.  Its main objective is to foster a One Health community, increasing levels of collaboration between academia and business whilst raising the profile of world-leading research and access to state-of-the-art facilities.

Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine

In October 2012 Moredun Research Institute, Scotland, and Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine (RUSVM), St. Kitts, entered into a new partnership to foster scientific research collaborations and provide education and training opportunities for veterinary students and research scientists in endemic and exotic zoonotic diseases.

RUSVM is located in St. Kitts, an island in the Eastern Caribbean region, which provides novel opportunities for collaborative research in focused areas, such as public health and epidemiology, zoonotic infections and parasitic diseases. RUSVM’s island location and innovative curriculum incorporates technology and simulations to provide veterinary students with a unique backdrop for developing exciting research experiences.  The university’s research focuses on wildlife and marine conservation medicine, as well as, trends in infectious and zoonotic disease patterns in developing countries.

“I am delighted that Moredun Research Institute and Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine have consolidated their partnership with the aim of training research scientists and veterinary students in the increasingly important area of animal health and global food security,” said Professor Julie Fitzpatrick, scientific director of Moredun Research Institute. “Working together on infectious diseases in Scotland and in St. Kitts allows transfer of skills and technologies to address the challenges of feeding the nine billion people estimated to exist in 2050.”

“This new partnership supports our commitment to developing a sustainable international research program and places Scotland at the centre of this. The research opportunities presented by our location in a developing country in the Caribbean are tremendous. We want to concentrate our research efforts on areas of relevance and strategic importance to the global livestock industry, as well as improving human lives,” said Professor Elaine Watson, dean of RUSVM. “I believe that the Moredun in particular, and Scotland in general, with its highly developed network of scientists working on veterinary diseases, can make a real difference to global animal and human health and welfare, and food security. The Caribbean, with its strategically important location on the doorstep of the developed world, and St Kitts with its island environment and genetically distinct species, together provide an excellent model for detection and study of patterns of disease."

Moredun is world renowned for its research on the prevention and control of infectious diseases of farmed livestock and has current research programmes on molecular diagnostics, zoonoses and parasitic diseases, which will benefit from this new interaction.

Professor Jacqui Matthews with Moredun, commented, “We are delighted to embark on this exciting new collaboration with colleagues at Ross University which we anticipate will further our joint interests in promoting the health and welfare of farm livestock through education and targeted research.”

Professor Rosina (Tammi) Krecek, associate dean for research at RUSVM added, “We are in a unique geographic location where little is known about the pathogens of domestic animals, wildlife and humans. Partnering with Moredun provides opportunities to build capacity in the region while harvesting the low-hanging fruits of pathogen discovery.”

Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine (RUSVM), founded in 1982, is committed to educating career-ready veterinarians to serve society’s needs in the 21st century, admitting more than 400 students per year. More than 90% of the students are from North America, but the school is now actively encouraging student applicants from the UK. RUSVM students complete their academic program on a technologically-advanced campus in St. Kitts, West Indies, before completing the final clinical year of the program in one of the over 20 AVMA-accredited U.S. veterinary schools affiliated with RUSVM.

RUSVM has focused research programs in public health and epidemiology with an emphasis on parasitic and infectious diseases, conservation medicine, and environmental health. RUSVM is accredited by the St. Christopher & Nevis Accreditation Board and the American Veterinary Medical Association to offer the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree program. The RUSVM Veterinary Teaching Hospital is accredited by the American Animal Hospital Association. For more information about RUSVM, please visit their website

University of Glasgow

In May 2006, Moredun and the University of Glasgow entered into a Memorandum of Understanding that built on over four decades of research collaboration between the two organisations.

Based around the activities of The Faculty of Veterinary Medicine at the University’s Garscube Campus and Moredun’s facilities at Pentlands Science Park, the agreement signalled an important new phase in the relationship, promoting specific areas for joint research as well as shared resources in key areas.

Under the terms of the MoU both organisations agreed to fund and encourage collaborative research and the focus for this research has so far included food borne pathogens, OPA and nematode vaccine research.

In 2012, the Glasgow School of Veterinary Medicine celebrates 150 years of veterinary excellence.   

University of Stirling

Moredun’s Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Institute of Aquaculture (IOA) at the University of Stirling was signed in 2009. The IOA has an international reputation for delivering solutions for infectious disease problems of fish. 

It was apparent that there are extremely complimentary skills and expertise resident in both organisations. The purpose of this MoU is to strengthen current joint programmes of collaborative research and to stimulate new collaborations that will provide added value to research within Scotland and the UK. The concept behind this interaction is to intensify collaborative research and attract additional research funding to two leading research organisations.

General Objectives

  • To build on existing links between the Institutes;
  • To identify the major scientific areas, disciplines or topics of respective or mutual interest;
  • To strengthen and encourage communication and collaboration between the Institutes, especially in the areas of mutual concern and benefit;
  • To exchange information and documentation which will be of value to each Institute in identifying areas of mutual interest and in assisting participants in this exchange;
  • Seek new funding opportunities that might be attracted by the collaboration.

Research Objectives

  • To promote the advancement of science, technology and human learning through the undertaking of collaborative research on topics of mutual interest and expertise;
  • To stimulate contacts between researchers in the two institutes and the formation of research linkages and groups;
  • To encourage researchers in each organisation to seek funding for the support of collaborative research;
  • To improve research communications through the exchange of publications, documents and materials, and the joint organisation of conferences and seminars.

 

VetBioNet

Moredun is a partner in VetBioNet which aims to reinforce the cooperation between Europe’s leading high-containment research infrastructures to advance research on epizootic and zoonotic diseases and to promote technological developments.

The VetBioNet project was launched in April 2017 and brings together an international network of 30 partners from the academic and private sectors.The project is co-ordinated by INRA in France, and has received 10 Mio € of funding from the European Commission for a project period of 5 years.

VetBioNet was established as a multidisciplinary network in response to the unpredictability and speed of the transboundary spread of emerging epizootic and zoonotic diseases which necessitates transnational cooperation between academic institutes, industries, international One Health organizations and policy makers, in order to tackle present and future animal and public health threats.

The activities of the VetBioNet infrastructure project will include:

-  Joint Research Activities related to the prevention and control of animal infectious diseases.

-  Networking Activities to foster cooperation between project partners and to forge cooperative relationships with other European or international research initiatives, industrial stakeholders, international organizations and policy makers.

-  Transnational Access Activities to provide access to the high-containment facilities and technical resources of the consortium. This free-of-charge access will be provided to researchers or enterprises for projects related to specific epizootic and zoonotic diseases.

For more information visit the VetBioNet website.