The Moredun Foundation, the governing body of Moredun Research Institute, awarded an honorary fellowship to Dr Hugh Reid at its AGM on September 8.

The Moredun Foundation, the governing body of Moredun Research Institute, awarded an honorary fellowship to Dr Hugh Reid at its AGM on September 8.
 
Dr Reid worked at Moredun Research Institute just outside Edinburgh for more than 33 years. He retired as head of virology in 2002 but remained at Moredun working as a research fellow overseeing the TSE research programme until retiring from this post earlier this year. He was awarded an MBE in 2002 in recognition for his services to animal health.
 
Dr Hugh Reid. Image courtesy Moredun.While at Moredun Dr Reid produced nearly two hundred refereed publications, over seventy of which relate to louping-ill virus on which he is the acknowledged world expert. Dr Reid has also published widely and is renowned internationally for his knowledge of Malignant Catarrhal Fever (MCF) a disease of deer, cattle and antelopes. He has also made a significant contribution to our understanding of orf virus of sheep.

In the last ten years Dr Reid won funding to assemble a first class team at Moredun to tackle urgent issues concerning BSE. This important project has enhanced Moredun’s reputation internationally as well as answering vital scientific questions needed by the farming and industry and government.
 
John Ross, chairman of the Moredun Foundation, praised Dr Reid for his contribution, not just to the work of Moredun, but to the global livestock industry. He said: “Hugh Reid is one of the most outstanding veterinary scientists of his generation. While his career has been spent unravelling the complexities of viruses of veterinary importance, he has made a much wider contribution in terms of ecology, land use and animal welfare.”
 
Prof Julie Fitzpatrick, director of Moredun Research Institute added: “Dr Reid’s scientific career has been exceptional. He has always been generous with new ideas to help solve any research or diagnostic problems. His contribution to the development of Moredun has been immense and he has fostered collaboration in veterinary virology and made exceptional contributions to the health and welfare of farmed livestock.”

Image courtesy Moredun
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