Soulsby Fellow Vito Colella takes to the water in Cambodia

anthelmintic doses administered in community dogs

Vito Colella, 2020 Soulsby Fellow, writes: “I just returned from Cambodia where we found a surreal scenario with some villages completely flooded. So we had to go by boat from stilt house to stilt house to perform our field effectiveness study. We terminated all the rounds of interventions with >4,000 anthelmintic doses administered since 2019 in community dogs. We can’t wait to analyse the results!!! Special thanks to our collaborators at the Ministry of Health and Royal University of Agriculture in Cambodia, and to all the people of Kampong Chhnang province for their amazing hospitality”

Research into zoonotic diseases funded by One Health fellowships

Soulsby Foundation funds research into nutrition, zoonotic and emerging disease and antimicrobial resistance.

Doctors and veterinarians working across a wide range of One Health issues have been awarded fellowships to enable them to progress their research. The fellowships are awarded by the Soulsby Foundation – a charity that supports early career researchers working on One Health projects.

Five fellowships, in total worth £50,000, have been awarded to support research into the risks of cross-species disease transmission, including identifying emerging disease, disease surveillance, malnutrition and antimicrobial resistance in the poultry food chain. This makes a total of nearly £200,000 awarded by the Foundation over the past five years.

Researchers in cross-species disease transmission awarded One Health fellowships

Soulsby Foundation funds research into human and animal viruses, cross-species disease transmission and treatment for snake bites.

Doctors and veterinarians working across a wide range of One Health issues have been awarded fellowships to enable them to progress their research. The fellowships are awarded by the Soulsby Foundation – a charity that supports early career researchers working on One Health projects.

Four fellowships, in total worth £40,000, have been awarded to support research into the risks of cross-species disease transmission, the impact of climate change on disease vectors, and much needed therapy for a neglected but common tropical disease. This makes a total of nearly £140,000 awarded by the Foundation over the last four years.

WOHC2020 Opening Ceremony Soulsby Lecture & Fellows

The Soulsby Foundation was invited to open the World One Health Conference 2020.

Here you can see the Fifth Soulsby Lecture delivered by Dr William (Billy) Karesh, meet some Soulsby Fellows and learn about the work of the Foundation from the Chair, Dr Judy MacArthur Clark.

Lord Soulsby included in the Oxford Dictionary of National Biographies

We’re immensely proud that the Oxford Dictionary of National Biographies (Oxford DNB) has included a biography of Lord Soulsby as one of just 241 people who died in 2017.

The Oxford DNB is the national record of over 60,000 men and women who have shaped British history and culture, worldwide, from the Romans to the 21st century.

Inclusion is by invitation and Lord Soulsby’s biography provides an affectionate as well as a factual report of his life and his inspirational impact. It covers his entire life from his boyhood in Cumbria, through his academic career in the UK and the USA, and concluding with his political career as a member of the House of Lords.

The article is freely available to read on this link.

Soulsby Foundation chosen to open 6th World One Health Congress 2020

The Soulsby Foundation was chosen by the One Health Platform to open WOHC2020 (https://worldonehealthcongress.org/) on 30th October 2020. The Congress, which was to have been held in Edinburgh, was instead being run virtually between 30th October 2020 and 3rd November.

Following a brief welcome message, Soulsby Foundation Chair Judy MacArthur Clark introduced the 5th Annual Soulsby Lecture entitled “Global diplomacy and security: One Health in the 21st century” which was presented by Dr William Karesh of the EcoHealth Alliance in New York.

After the lecture, Katrina Soulsby Bulloch, Lord Soulsby’s daughter, spoke ardently about the Foundation’s Fellowship programme and of her father’s passion for One Health. In addition, each of the ten Soulsby Fellows had prepared a one-minute video describing their project and the impact that being a Soulsby Fellow was having on their careers.

Judy MacArthur Clark closed the session by encouraging the 1700-strong global audience to be inspired by these videos and to either apply for a 2021 Fellowship or to make a donation to support the work of the Foundation.

The videos prepared by Katrina and all the Soulsby Fellows can be viewed by following this link.

6th World One Health Congress 2020

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Transmission of schistosomes

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Cyclic reemergence and geographical spread of Rift Valley fever

I am an infectious diseases epidemiologist and a one health expert undertaking a one health postdoctoral fellowship at the School of Public health at University of Nairobi in collaboration with the university of Liverpool under the HORN project. I am also visiting scientist at ILRI One Health Center.  

Cambodia and the continuum between animals, people and the environment

Welcome to the first of a new series of blog posts, as I document my mission to explore the diversity of zoonotic parasites in regions of the Asia Pacific alongside investigation into how to better control the diseases they cause.