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BBSRC has co-funded one of eight new grants through the international Ecology and Evolution of Infectious Diseases (EEID) programme. EEID supports efforts to understand the underlying ecological and biological mechanisms behind human-induced environmental changes and the emergence and transmission of infectious diseases.

A report published today finds that public and charitable funding for health research in the UK has continued to increase in the last five years, with almost £130M more spending in real terms. However the rate of increase has slowed considerably, with a compound annual growth rate of 8.2% between 2004/05 to 2009/10 in comparison to just 1.4% between 2009/10 and 2014.

BBSRC-funded scientists at Imperial College London have exposed a chink in the armour of disease-causing bugs, with a new discovery about a protein that controls bacterial defences. Bacteria react to stressful situations – such as running out of nutrients, coming under attack from antibiotics or encountering a host body’s immune system – with a range of defence mechanisms.