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.
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 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 Soulsby Foundation has recently been awarded a grant by the Alborada Trust (http://www.alboradatrust.com/) of £25,000 each year for the next five years (2020-24). The Trustees plan to match this funding each year which will allow the Foundation to distribute around £50,000 on Fellowships each year.
The Foundation has received 26 applications for the 2020 Fellowships, a significant increase on last year, so this additional funding is most welcome.
The successful Fellows will be announced in June at the World One Health Congress in Edinburgh.
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