From today (Oct 4, 2012) the Institute for Animal Health will be known as The Pirbright Institute. The change in name and branding is said to mark “the beginning of a new era” for the organisation.
The Institute for Animal Health has been renamed The Pirbright Institute today (October 4, 2012).
This change in name and branding is said to mark a new phase in the 100 year history of the organisation, which is a world leading centre for surveillance and research in virus diseases of livestock and viruses that spread from animals to humans.
Director John Fazakerley said: “We are undergoing major redevelopment to create a state-of-the-art institute at Pirbright. Work is well under way and today marks the beginning of a new era for us.”
Despite the name change, Prof Fazakerley says the organisation will continue the excellent work of the Institute for Animal Health to deliver better understanding and control of virus diseases of livestock and viruses that spread from animals to humans.
He explained: “Our vision remains that, in the context of changing environments and an increasing human population, the knowledge generated from our work, and practical applications of our science, will promote global health and wellbeing and economic and food security.”
Prof Joe Brownlie, chair of the institutes trustee board, said: “Working on emerging and exotic diseases both nationally and internationally, it is in the nature of our institute to be constantly evolving.
“At present we are undergoing a radical change to focus on viral infections and deliver world class research on a new single campus at Pirbright.
“The new name, The Pirbright Institute, is a timely and exciting way to mark this transition and we can now look forward to the completion of major changes at the institute over the next few years.”
- For further details, visit the institute’s website, which can now be found at www.pirbright.ac.uk.