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    The University of Surrey is a leading University located within the county town of Guildford, Surrey in the South East of England, UK.

    One of the most significant infrastructure developments by the University has been the Surrey Research Park, which was opened by HRH The Duke of Kent in 1985. The Park accommodates more than 100 companies, which employ 2,500 staff engaged in research and development activities, many of which relate closely to the work of the University’s faculties.

    In the 2000s, the University expanded to a new campus at Manor Park. Connected to the main campus by a network of footpaths and cycle paths, Manor Park is now home to a large area of student accommodation, as well as Surrey Sports Park and the School of Veterinary Medicine.

    Since 2000, our estate has been transformed through a £400 million building development and improvement programme – on top of this has come a further investment in the form of a new £45 million School of Veterinary Medicine and £70 million support for the 5G Innovation Centre, one of the world’s first research centres dedicated to mobile communications and future internet technologies.

    The University of Surrey maintains a strong standing position in the top 20 of UK Higher Education institutions, and we were delighted to have been named University of the Year in The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2016.

    The Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences (FHMS) comprises four schools: School of Biosciences and Medicine, School of Health Sciences, School of Psychology and School of Veterinary Medicine. The four schools all work together under a ‘One Health’ vision to provide interdisciplinary research and teaching in human and animal health. One Health is a concept that promotes the connection between the health of humans, animals and ecosystems, and this vision began with the launch of our pioneering School of Veterinary Medicine in 2014.

    The School of Veterinary Medicine, delivers an integrated training programme for veterinary students through a distributed model of clinical education. The school also hosts a large group of PhD students and runs a post-graduate studies in Veterinary Microbiology. Furthermore, the department of Pathology and Infectious Diseases (PID) brings together a multidisciplinary team of veterinary surgeons, microbiologists, pathologists and immunologists to understand host pathogen interactions and AMR in animals and humans. Faculty members’ research activities extend beyond school boundaries, with national and international collaborations in a broad range of fields.

    Our infectious diseases research aims to advance knowledge in all aspects of veterinary medicine and education, with particular focus on:
    Pathogen behaviour in the host and environment, with a particular focus on critical and emerging zoonotic diseases including Rabies, parasites, Campylobacter, E. coli, Brachyspira, Bluetongue, Classical Swine Fever, PRRS, Schmallenberg, Staphylococcal infections and Tuberculosis.

    Understanding how pathogens are transmitted and controlled including, environmental survival, vector biology, wildlife reservoirs and biofilms in intensive farming units and processing plants. The close proximity and shared posts with the Animal Health and Veterinary Laboratories Agency and the Pirbright Institute provide excellent collaborative opportunities for interdisciplinary research.

    The response of the immune system to pathogen challenge and how it can be modulated to help control infectious diseases. In particular, we are interested in the molecular dissection of the immune response to viral infections to better inform vaccine design. The role of the normal flora in modulating responses to pathogen challenge is also an area of interest with a number of projects exploring the metagenome of animals and humans in health and disease.

    Pathogen evolution and understanding the molecular basis of pathogenesis. The department works closely with the bioinformatics and genetics groups for these studies. The department has a strong focus on antimicrobial resistance including the emergence of antimicrobial resistance and how it influences pathogen fitness and the development of novel control strategies including vaccines and probiotics.

    Veterinary epidemiology and the nature of threats to health in animal and human populations. This includes, for example, research to understand factors that increase the risk of disease and of mechanisms associated with disease transmission or investigation of the emergence of antimicrobial resistance.

    Key contacts

    Institute contacts
    Name Contact email Representative
    Roberto La Ragione r.laragione@surrey.ac.uk Institute Representative
    Chris Proudman c.proudman@surrey.ac.uk Scientific Representative
    Vince Emery v.emery@surrey.ac.uk Scientific Representative


    Useful links

    Website: https://www.surrey.ac.uk/

    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/school/university-of-surrey/

    Twitter: Follow us @UniOfSurrey

    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/uniofsurrey/?hl=en

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