Welcome to the Zoonotic and Emerging Diseases research group (ZED group), led by Prof Eric Fèvre. Our website aims to provide an outline of the work in our collaborative team. We are based jointly between the Institute of Infection and Global Health, University of Liverpool, and the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), in Nairobi-Kenya, with a significant focus of research activity operating from our field laboratory in Western Kenya as well as in collaborating laboratories, particularly at the Centre for Microbiology Research, Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI) and the Department of Veterinary Public Health, University of Nairobi At ILRI, we are integrated in to the Agriculture Associated Diseases component of the CGIAR Research Program on Agriculture for Nutrition and Health (A4NH).
The research in our team consists of a combination of field based epidemiology activities involving animals and humans, laboratory bench work particularly in pathogen diagnostics, pathogen typing and pathogen genetics studies, and data driven epidemiological analyses of large datasets. We study a range of epidemiological issues revolving around domestic livestock, peri-domestic wildlife and humans, in particular the epidemiology of zoonotic and emerging/re-emerging diseases. We have significant research projects on-going on co-infections with zoonoses, on elucidating the epidemiology and societal impacts of specific zoonotic pathogens, on pathogen transmission along livestock value chains, as well as activities on pathogen discovery in various reservoir species. We are involved in studies to both develop and apply tools for measuring the burden of infectious diseases in humans. We work with a range of local and international partners, and are involved in research projects based in Africa, Asia and Europe at present.