We work closely with colleagues in basic science, medical and veterinary institutions on a range of zoonotic and emerging disease projects. An important underlying theme is that of “One Health” considering human and animal disease in a common framework. In Liverpool, we are part of the Institute of Infection and Global Health.
In East Africa, we are affiliated to the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) and Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI), and jointly with these organisations, we operate two major study sites, in western Kenya and in the city of Nairobi, investigating zoonotic pathogens. We liaise closely with the Government of Kenya Zoonotic Disease Unit (ZDU), a One Health focussed structure which creates an interface between our scientific work and policy.
Our Flagship Projects
1. Zoonoses in Livestock in Kenya (ZooLinK): The goal of the ZooLinK project is to enable Kenya to develop an effective national surveillance programme for zoonoses (infectious diseases acquired through contact with animals or their products). Learn more about this project
2. Pathogens and Disease ecology in bats: This project will examine bats and rodents from around households in western Kenya for known and emerging zoonotic pathogens. Learn more about this project
3. Urban Zoo project: “Epidemiology, ecology and socio-economics of disease emergence in Nairobi.” This project is focused around the important question of pathogen emergence, and the role of urbanisation in the emergence of zoonotic pathogens. Learn more about this project
4. PAZ Project : This project deals with zoonotic infections amongst livestock and the farmers who keep them in Western Kenya. Learn more about this project