Sandy Trees, senior vice-president of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS), has been invited to give the prestigious McCall Lecture at the University of Glasgow’s School of Veterinary Science on November 8.
Sandy Trees, senior vice-president of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) and professor of veterinary parasitology at the University of Liverpool, has been invited to give the prestigious McCall Lecture at the University of Glasgow’s School of Veterinary Science on November 8.
Entitled “Human river blindness, cows and some remarkable bacteria”, Prof Trees’ lecture will highlight the links between bovine onchocerciasis and human river blindness in sub-Saharan Africa, human and animal health. It will focus on a severely debilitating disease which has been the focus of control efforts for many years.
Prof Trees said: “Human River Blindness is not zoonotic, however, the human Onchocerca worm is transmitted by a blackfly species which also feeds on cattle. This species of blackfly also carries at least one of the several bovine Onchocerca species which can infect cattle.”
Using the bovine infection several key research findings have been made of relevance to human river blindness. In particular, tetracycline antibiotic treatment has been found to kill adult Onchocerca worms in cattle. Prof Trees will focus on this discovery, as well as existing research into the relationship between the host, worms and bacteria, and the implications for controlling human river blindness.
Prof Trees was invited to deliver the lecture by Prof Stuart Reid, who said: “Sandy is a role model for the next generation of veterinary surgeons […] His talk promises to be entertaining, educational and inspirational – attributes that are most fitting tributes to James McCall, Glasgow Vet School’s founder.”
The lecture will take place at 3pm on November 8 in the Robertson Trust Lecture Theatre at the Beatson Institute for Cancer Research, Glasgow. It is open to the public; however, it would be helpful if those planning to attend could contact Caroline Hutchinson at Glasgow University (0141 330 5704 or Caroline.Hutchinson@glasgow.ac.uk) in advance.