Back with the Vampires in Peru

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Happy Halloween from all at the CVR! About this time last year in 2016 we made an episode of Contagious Thinking (which I encourage you all to have a listen to/see link at the end) about vampire bats and the deadly rabies virus that they can carry and spread across Latin America. Vampire bats can… Continue reading

All about antivirals – the Arbidol story

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In this episode of Contagious Thinking Elihu and Connor talk with Steve Polyak from the University of Washington in Seattle USA about how some drugs stop viruses from infecting us. In particular we chat about his work on a drug Arbidol that can block many viruses and is actually an over-the-counter medicine in Russia and… Continue reading

3D influenza models from the Glasgow School of Art

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This week the Glasgow School of Art will be holding its 2017 Graduate Degree Show, including work from students completing an MSc in Medical Visualisation and Human Anatomy in a course run jointly with the University of Glasgow. One of these students is Naina Nair, who put her training in medical visualisation to use in… Continue reading

How to catch a pig and its viruses in Uganda

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In the latest episode of Contagious Thinking, join CVR PhD student Jack Hirst and postdoc Connor Bamford as they chat with Dr Charles Masembe (follow him on Twitter:@cmasembe10) about his work on some of Africa’s most important animal viruses. Charles works currently on a virus called African swine fever virus (ASFV), which causes a deadly disease in… Continue reading

World Mosquito Day/Week – Part VII

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Akira JT Alexander, Research Assistant, INFRAVEC2 Tell me about your background? My research has always been focused on interactions and sensing, in particular within host pathogen interactions. I have a BSc in Plant Science from Edinburgh University where I studied developmental switching in response to nutrient deprivation in the well-known plants, Fungi. I have an… Continue reading

World Mosquito Day/Week – Part V

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Emilie Pondeville – Research Associate, Kohl Lab Tell me about your background and why you got into this field of research? During my Masters and PhD studies, I worked with the fly model Drosophila and also the Anopheles mosquitoes that transmit malaria to humans.  In a different way to the fruit fly, female mosquitoes need a ‘blood-meal’… Continue reading

World Mosquito Day (week) Part II

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Maria Vittoria-Mancini – Research Assistant, Sinkins Lab Tell me about your background? I did my PhD in Italy at the University of Camerino, where I studied bacterial symbiosis in Anopheles mosquitoes, and how these mutual and natural associations can be applied in vector (insect host) control strategies. During this time, I performed field studies in… Continue reading