April 8, 2019, by Paul H
We are all in it together
It’s a small world. Far from taking 80 days to circumnavigate the globe it can now be done in less than 80 hours, at least if you are Steve Fossett and have the support of Richard Branson! Increase in global travel is just one of the factors that can lead to the emergence of new diseases around the world. The increasing world population creates an increased pressure on this fragile planet that we call home. The demand for food and natural resources is greater than ever. Climate change is a generally accepted phenomenon now and looks to be radically changing local weather patterns in addition to the increase in global temperatures. All of these factors can increase the likelihood of new diseases emerging or the increase in global spread of disease, in both humans and animals.
The One Health approach recognises that the health of humans and (other) animals is closely linked. Many diseases that we currently worry about so much in humans have origins in animals: Ebola, rabies, influenza to name just a few. Working in multidisciplinary teams is more important than ever if we are to understand and control these diseases and improve the quality of life for humans and animals throughout the world.
Researchers at the University of Nottingham with expertise in human or animal viruses have been working strategically together for a number of years under the banner of “One Virology”. Together, we have expertise and research experience in diverse areas of virology. By working more closely together we can combine our skills to gain a better understanding of the behaviour of a range of important virus diseases of importance to both man and animals.
This Blog will highlight areas of current interest, our research projects and provide commentary on hot topics within the media.