APHA Lead Scientist and world-renowned virologist Dr Sharon Brookes is co-directing a new network linked to our expanding Coronavirus programme. Find out how APHA will provide crucial advice to stakeholders, policy makers and key international bodies in this exciting new initiative.
APHA is building increasingly more sophisticated tools to integrate full genome sequences with epidemiological information enabling visualisation of how disease is spreading. In this two-minute read, learn about how APHA is using this technology in practice.
Bovine Tuberculosis (bTB) is an infectious disease of cattle. It is one of the most significant animal health challenges that England faces today, costing taxpayers more than £100 million each year. In 2020 alone, more than 27,000 cattle had to be slaughtered to curb its spread.
Marking this year’s Asian Hornet Week, National Bee Unit Inspectors Meg Seymour and Gordon Bull talk of their experiences with Asian hornets as we encourage you to look out for these invasive insects during their peak nest activity in September.
Friday 20th August is World Mosquito Day which is observed annually to mark the 1897 British discovery that female mosquitoes can transmit malaria to humans. In this blog, we hear from Luis Hernández-Triana and Suzanna Bell, APHA Discipline Champions and experts in the field of Vector Borne Diseases, as they tell us more about APHA’s work on this fascinating specialist area.
It is that time of year again when APHA produces a formal review of its science, this year looking back over 2020. Read on for some of the highlights and link to the full report.
In this science blog we look at what bovine tuberculosis is (bTB) and why we need to eradicate it.
Today, 12 July, marks the start of Bees’ Needs Week. This year, Avril Earl talks about how she became a Seasonal Bee Inspector and why she loves her job.
The 6th of July marks World Zoonoses Day - an opportunity to raise awareness of those diseases that affect both humans and animals. The origin of diseases has been on everyone’s mind over the past 18 months, particularly those that cause epidemics. Here Dr. Nick Johnson of the newly formed Vector-Borne Diseases group within APHA’s Virology Department discusses what a zoonosis is and what APHAs role is in responding to them.
In this blog Graham Smith, Lead Scientist for Wildlife, describes how APHA has been involved in developing new technology to help experts and the general public monitor mammal populations across Europe, and how you could get involved to build the database of wildlife records.
On the 22 June Defra published the refreshed Defra Group Research and Innovation Interests document with input from APHA and other Defra Group Public Sector Research Establishments. Learn more about this key document and APHA’s involvement.