United Kingdom Center of Excellence

United Kingdom

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The Pirbright Institute

Pirbright Laboratory
Ash Road
Pirbright, Surrey, England  GU24 0NF

Center Director: Dr. Bryan Charleston

The Pirbright Institute is a world leading centre of excellence in research and surveillance of virus diseases of farm animals and viruses that spread from animals to humans. We receive strategic funding from the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), and work to enhance capability to contain, control and eliminate these economically and medically important diseases through highly innovative fundamental and applied bioscience. The Institute employs around 450 staff plus research students and visiting scientists. and has recently moved to one campus in Pirbright, Surrey, where investment by BBSRC has resulted in a redevelopment of the site and the construction of a high level biosecurity facility – the BBSRC National Virology Centre: The Plowright Building and a containment level two facility, The Jenner Building.
The Pirbright Institute provides the UK with capacity to predict, detect, understand and respond to the threat and potential attack of serious viral diseases of livestock and viruses that spread from animals to humans. These viral diseases may not be present in the UK (endemic) and only circulating abroad (exotic).The Institute’s science strategy is delivered through three strategic programmes: Avian Viral Diseases; Livestock Viral diseases and Vector-borne Viral Diseases.

Center Director: Dr. Massimo Palmarini
Member Researchers: David Bhella, Chris Boutell, Andrew Davison, Rob Gifford, Sheila Graham, Margaret Hosie, Ed Hutchinson, Ruth Jarrett, Alain Kohl, John McLauchlan, Pablo Murcia, Arvind Patel, Daniel Streicker, Emma Thomson, Brian Willett, Sam Wilson

The MRC-University of Glasgow Centre for Virus Research (CVR) represents the UK’s largest grouping of human and veterinary virologists. More than 20 principal investigators and their associated teams make up the research core of the CVR creating a critical mass of researchers dedicated to the study of human and animal viral diseases. We carry out multidisciplinary research on viruses and viral diseases, translating the knowledge gained for the improvement of health and benefit of society. Research at the CVR spans molecular, structural and cellular levels through to the individual host and affected population, thus integrating molecular and structural virology, cell biology, pathogenesis, epidemiology and mathematical modelling. Our research covers emerging viruses including arboviruses, innate and intrinsic immunity to virus infection, hepatitis C virus, viruses and cancer, structural virology, viral genomics and bioinformatics.