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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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Practices urged to support #vets4vultures

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 Veterinary professionals are being urged to take part in the #vets4vultures online fundraising campaign. Vultures are persecuted throughout the world and numbers of some species have fallen by 99.9 per cent in recent years. Wildlife Vets International rescue and rehabilitate the birds of prey, as well as training local vets. However, the charity needs to raise £18,000 for its conservation plans to go ahead next year.

It has been selected for The Big Christmas Give Challenge, which goes live on 28 November. To help practices encourage clients to get involved, there is an online promotional pack containing resources for websites and social media platforms.

For more information emailinfo@wildlifevetsinternational  

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Avian flu text alert service launched in Northern Ireland

A new text system to alert bird keepers to the threat of avian flu has been launched in Northern Ireland. The service will enable bird keepers to take action to protect their flock at the earliest opportunity.

Keepers who have already provided NI's Department of Agriculture with a valid mobile number have automatically been subscribed to the service and notified by text. Bird keepers who have not yet received a text should text ‘BIRDS’ to 67300 to register.