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‘Outstanding scientist’ made Roslin Institute director
Prof Eleanor Riley
Prof Riley will take up her new post later this year.
Professor Eleanor Riley succeeds David Hume
 
The Roslin Institute has appointed Professor Eleanor Riley as its new director, after Professor Hume stepped down in January.

Prof Riley is currently professor of infectious disease immunology at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. She will take up her new post later this year.

Commenting on her appointment, Prof Sir John Savill, head of the University of Edinburgh’s College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine, said: “Professor Riley is an outstanding, internationally respected scientist. She brings an impressive track record in leading major multi-partner projects in the UK and abroad.

“We are confident that her visionary leadership will cement the Roslin Institute as a global research leader in human and animal health.”

Prof Riley has a background in veterinary medicine, human infectious diseases and global health, and can boast more than 30 years’ of experience of research in the UK and Africa.

She graduated from the University of Bristol with degrees in Cellular Pathology and Veterinary Science. Following that she trained in Veterinary Pathology at Cornell University and completed a PhD in Immunology and Parasitology from the University of Liverpool.

After five years working with the Medical Research Council Laboratories in The Gambia, she joined the University of Edinburgh’s Division of Biological Sciences as a Wellcome Trust senior research fellow in 1990.

She became a professor of infectious disease immunology at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in 1998, and led the school’s department of immunology and infection from 2001 to 2013.

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New app to improve street dog welfare

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 A new free app will support vital work in clinics caring for stray dogs around the world, experts say. Created by the University of Edinburgh, the tool allows vets to track the wellbeing of dogs going through catch-neuter-return schemes, which are common in countries with large numbers of strays.

Vets say the welfare of individual dogs can be overlooked during the process of capture, transport or surgery. The app, piloted across Asia and Africa, helps staff to monitor welfare, spot signs of distress and develop strategies to improve care. It was launched at BSAVA Congress on Friday 6 April.  

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Environment secretary Michael Gove said: “This service will be instrumental in improving traceability and providing guarantees to consumers about the origin of their food. NFU President Minette Batters, among others, has helped lead the way on this, showing how it will drive a progressive and vibrant livestock industry once we leave the EU.”