The bird ‘flu risk to the UK has resulted in APHA confirming a record high number of cases this winter season. We have a major emergency impacting all corners of the UK: learn how we have ramped up to meet the demand and support swift control plus what you can do to help slow the spread of this disease.
Professor Ian H Brown, OBE, MIBiol PhD
Professor Ian Brown is Acting Deputy Director of Science at Animal and Plant Health Agency - Weybridge and Director of EU/OIE/FAO International Reference Laboratories for Avian Influenza, Newcastle Disease and Swine Influenza.
Ian provides a broad range of disease consultancy at both national and international level on all the aforementioned diseases, specialising in laboratory application as relevant to disease control. His specific research interests include the epidemiology, pathogenicity, transmission and infection dynamics in relation to the control of influenza in animal hosts.
Ian holds a visiting Professorship position in Avian Virology at the University of Nottingham.
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