Insights Wales: Zoonosis & OneZoo

Dr. Beth Mansfield | 10/04/2024 13:00 – 14:00

About the Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT)

Our transdisciplinary and cross council (NERC/BBSRC/MRC) funded OneZoo Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) will equip the next generation of world-leading scientists with the skills and insight necessary to tackle current and future zoonotic threats ( £7.2 million was awarded to create the OneZoo CDT with an ultimate aim to design successful, innovative environmental prevention and control strategies, as zoonotic drivers need to be understood through an integrated systems approach. Our award-winning educators and experts in zoonotic diseases and environmental sciences, from Cardiff University, Aberystwyth University, Queen’s University Belfast, and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, will work collectively, fostering creation of the CDT research community. Our students will build an in-depth understanding of the connectivity between key drivers of pathogen host shifts, spillover and onward transmission; exploring pathogen, environmental and human societal processes that can promote zoonotic disease and form the basis of integrated solutions. All projects must demonstrate a strong environmental component and should address at least one of these three key challenges in identifying environmental drivers of, and solutions to, infectious diseases: 1) Disease Preparedness, 2) Disease Transmission and 3) Disease Control.

About the Speaker

Beth gained her PhD in Biomedical sciences from Cardiff University where she discovered a novel mechanism underpinning how our lungs sense and respond to the often polluted world around us and how we can potentially target this mechanism with a new treatment for a range of lung diseases. Alongside her role as the manager of OneZoo, she is a post-doc in Professor Jo Cable’s lab at Cardiff, leveraging her PhD findings to better understand the mechanisms behind environmental drivers of infectious diseases.

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