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1 Taking Stock of the Links between Research and the Land Professions - A View from a Research Institute Julie Fitzpatrick Director of the Moredun Research Institute, Chair in Food Security, University of Glasgow 1 st May 2014

2 Moredun’s History Animal Diseases Research Association 17 th March 1920 at the Highland and Agricultural Society Professor S.H Gaiger, Glasgow Veterinary College – Braxy, lamb dysentery, scrapie, louping ill “My flocks feed not, My ewes breed not, My rams speed not. All is amiss: What can be the cause of this?” The Shepherd’s Lament, Richard Barnfield, 16 th century

3 The Moredun Foundation Mission: “Promoting animal health and welfare through research and education” 1920

4 The Moredun Group Moredun Research Institute Moredun Scientific Ltd The Moredun Foundation Pentlands Science Park

5 The Moredun Group Owned and Governed by Farmers and Vets Public Private Partnership Cost and Responsibility Sharing

6 Moredun Scientific Moredun Research Institute Large animal accommodation High security unit, including small animal containment BBSRC valuation (2009) - £100m

7 Moredun Research Institute Mission: “To lead in livestock health solutions for global food security”

8 Moredun Research Institute

9 HostEnvironment Pathogen Livestock Science Vaccines Diagnostic Tests Disease Control Programmes

10 www.moredun.org.uk Vaccines Development of vaccines for 11 diseases Parasites, protozoa, bacteria, viruses Native protein, recombinant Mucosal, systemic Correlates of protection Adjuvancy, delivery technologies

11 www.moredun.org.uk Diagnostics Sheep scab Subclinical Johne’s OPA Mastitis strains Food-borne pathogens Schmallenberg virus Surveillance Serological PCR/RT-PCR In vitro hybridisation MLST VNTR Pyrosequencing

12 www.moredun.org.uk Disease Control Parasitology Bacteriology Virology Epidemiology Surveillance Proteomics Bioinformatics Genetics Reproductive diseases Respiratory diseases Skin & mammary gland diseases Diseases of the nervous system Environment & waterborne diseases Diseases of the gut Parasitic worms

13 Knowledge Exchange The Moredun Foundation One of Scotland’s largest charities 12,600 members Moredun members (farmers and vets) AHDA (animal health product distributors) NSA/NBA XLVets; Westpoint Two way flow of information and prioritisation of research targets Discussion on best methods of KE SRUC, QMS, other levy boards, other organisations

14 Knowledge Exchange News-sheets (quarterly) Moredun Magazine Open days Special events Scotsheep, Agri-Scot Public engagement Roadshows Translation of strategically relevant research into practice Outputs, outcomes and impact Products – tools and plans Ethos is “Prevention is better than cure”

15 Engaging the Communities Moredun Foundation Boards – Regional reps are decision makers Regional Boards – Vets, advisors, farmers, landowners Diseases/research that matter to that region Specialist speakers – Within or outwith Moredun Links with levy boards (i.e. added value) – QMS, Dairy Co, HCC Links with national bodies or companies – NFUS – Feed merchants – Abattoirs – CAMERAS (advises on research priorities)

16 Knowledge Exchange Who is the customer? Scientific community Conferences, peer-reviewed publications Data must be robust before being translated “End-users” – farmers and vets Multiple formats Continued professional development accredited Politicians Face to face meetings Policy makers Policy briefs Science-led policy not policy-led science General public Demonstrations and debates Who conducts the KE? Scientists, vets and farmers Incentives for participation Budget allocation Promotion and bonuses Carrot or stick? It’s not for everyone Enthusiasm, dedication, interest Horses for courses Don’t put square pegs in round holes Vets 15 (12 active in research and surveillance) Professional interest, breadth, focus, trusted, evidence-based To vet – To subject to thorough examination or evaluation To doctor – To tamper with; to falsify Measure the impact

17 Ruthin Liver Fluke Control in Sheep and Cattle Tuesday 12 th November 2013 Coleg Cambria, Llysfasi

18 Plus some “open” questions

19 ENLIGHTENMENT

20 Public Debates on Food Security – Edinburgh, Aberdeen and Dundee

21 What Else has Moredun Learned? Take the water to the horse – Local events work for farmers Don’t make KE presenters feel exposed – Local vets support scientists (biologists) Local vets and advisors get the “right” people there – Don’t preach only to the converted (ie Moredun Foundation members) Keep messages simple and repeat take home messages at the end of all presentations Try different times of day for different audiences Avoid major sporting events, especially Rangers v Celtic matches Have a free bar....

22 www.moredun.org.uk Acknowledgements Moredun Staff Scientific and Farming Collaborators – national and international Scottish Government QMS, Eblex, BPEX, HCC Defra BBSRC Commercial companies


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