Tag Archives: Research

Better health services rest on building trust among healthcare workers

A health system that communities experience as uncaring and unaccountable undermines and ultimately destroys trust in the health system. The most visible signs of a dysfunctional health system are the performance of its healthcare workers, specifically those working at the interface with communities. This includes nurses, doctors and community health workers. Over time, South Africa has witnessed more and more… Read More »


The world’s first comprehensive, evidence-based regional assessment of biodiversity and ecosystem services for Africa compiled by over 100 leading experts, including CSIR biodiversity experts, across 45 countries was approved by the governments of 129 member nations. The Africa regional assessment was approved during the sixth session of the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) in… Read More »

To the heart of matter

Particle physicist Dr Sahal Yacoob is one of five UCT researchers who received Claude Leon Merit Awards in 2017. These awards recognise meritorious scholarly work by early-career academics in natural sciences, medical sciences (excluding clinical research) and engineering. The award will support his research on the Higgs boson, the elusive particle that gives matter mass, and the mysterious… Read More »

Single vaccine developed for avian flu and duck enteritis

For the first time, researchers led by Professor Munir Iqbal at The Pirbright Institute have been able to insert protective avian influenza virus genes into the duck enteritis virus (DEV) vaccine by using a method of CRISPR/Cas9 gene editing that allows higher rates of gene insertion. This makes the process more efficient and the resulting vaccine virus is able to protect… Read More »

Dr. Kevin King is first author on a new published paper titled Detrimental effect of systemic vascular risk factors on brain hemodynamic function assessed with MRI.

Dr. Kevin King is first author on a new published paper titled Detrimental effect of systemic vascular risk factors on brain hemodynamic function assessed with MRI.  The work found low brain blood flow was associated with high triglyceride levels.  They confirmed the decrease in blood flow was due to a vascular disease by also showing that there was greater… Read More »

Workshop on methods for research in agricultural markets ends

The Institute of Statistical, Social and Economic Research, ISSER in collaboration with the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) has organized a 3-day capacity building workshop for postgraduate students pursuing programmes within the social science disciplines and Agriculture in the country. It was on: Methods for research in agricultural markets and run from 15th to 17th January, 2018 at the Balme… Read More »

Bugs and beasties spread diseases at Innovate Guildford

On Saturday 17 March 2018, Pirbright’s team of Bug Busters were at Innovate Guildford showcasing the Institute’s research on genetic engineering and how the technology can be used help fight devastating diseases spread by mosquitoes. Innovate Guildford is a science and arts festival promoting the work of pioneering organizations that are right on Guildford’s doorstep. Companies majoring in… Read More »

ICS Video Games Competition

For three consecutive years, the Faculty of Informatics and Computer Science at the BUE has organized a contest to choose the best video games, where the students of the third year have designed 40 video games, using the latest technology in dual-& three-dimensional design programming, through the design and programming material. The systems that were used in the… Read More »

Director of world-leading Institute appointed to government research review panel

Global expert on foot-and-mouth disease and Director of The Pirbright Institute, Dr Bryan Charleston, has been selected to sit on the Research Excellence Framework 2021 sub panel to oversee Agriculture, Veterinary and Food Science. The Research Excellence Framework (REF) is used to assess the research carried out across UK higher education institutions, with the aim of providing accountability for public… Read More »

NDV entry into dendritic cells through macropinocytosis and suppression of T lymphocyte proliferation

Newcastle disease virus (NDV) causes major economic losses in the poultry industry. Previous studies have shown that NDV utilizes different pathways to infect various cells, including dendritic cells (DCs). Here, we demonstrate that NDV gains entry into DCs mainly via macropinocytosis and clathrin-mediated endocytosis. The detection of cytokines interferon-gamma (IFN-gamma), tumor necrosis factor-alpha (TNF-alpha), interleukin-12 (IL-12), interleukin-4 (IL-4)… Read More »