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BBSRC funds international disease transmission study

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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.

As well as BBSRC support EEID is co-funded by the USA’s National Science Foundation (NSF), National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).

This year, the programme has awarded eight new grants totalling $18M. BBSRC is co-funding the Vector Behaviour in Transmission Ecology (VectorBiTE) Research Coordination Network, a collaboration between the University of South Florida, Pennsylvania State University, Standford University and Imperial Collage London, which aims to understand disease vector behaviour and life history in disease transmission dynamics.

The BBSRC contribution will be £499,290 awarded to Dr Lauren Cator, Imperial College London with $493,468 awarded to Dr Leah Johnson, University of South Florida, from NIH.

Professor Melanie Welham, BBSRC Executive Director, Science, said: "Global uncertainties can present new challenges, and scientific research helps us to prepare for our future. The health of our livestock, plants and crops is dependent on improved knowledge of infectious diseases. This new funding will help us respond more rapidly and effectively to emerging threats, and to safeguard health and food security."

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