Moredun Research Institute has joined forces with Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine to foster scientific research collaborations and provide education and training opportunities.
Moredun Research Institute has joined forces with Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine (RUSVM) in St Kitts, West Indies.
It is hoped the new partnership will help foster scientific research collaborations and provide education and training opportunities for veterinary students and research scientists in endemic and exotic zoonotic diseases.
RUSVM is based on St Kitts, an island in the eastern Caribbean, which provides opportunities for collaborative research in areas such as public health and epidemiology, zoonotic infections and parasitic diseases.
The university’s research focuses on wildlife and marine conservation medicine as well as trends in infectious and zoonotic disease patterns in developing countries.
Elaine Watson, dean of RUSVM, said the new partnership supported the school’s commitment to developing a sustainable international research program, while placing Scotland at the centre of this.
Prof Watson said: “The research opportunities presented by our location in a developing country in the Caribbean are tremendous. We want to concentrate our research efforts on areas of relevance and strategic importance to the global livestock industry, as well as improving human lives.”
“I believe that the Moredun in particular, and Scotland in general, with its highly developed network of scientists working on veterinary diseases, can make a real difference to global animal and human health and welfare, and food security. The Caribbean, with its strategically important location on the doorstep of the developed world, and St Kitts with its island environment and genetically distinct species, together provide an excellent model for detection and study of patterns of disease.”