The Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies/The Roslin Institute
As a RCVS recognised Specialist in Feline Medicine, I am interested in all aspects of feline internal medicine. However, I have particular interests and welcome discussion into the possibility of working (including postgraduate qualifications) on the following areas:
1) All aspects of mycobacterial infections in cats and dogs including, aetiopathogenesis, epidemiology, clinical signs, diagnostics, therapeutic protocols and prognostic indicators. I maintain the national data-base for cases of feline tuberculosis and non-tuberculous mycobacterial infections in cats (in collaboration with AHVLA, Prof J Hope, and the Roslin Institute). Other feline infectious diseases including Tritrichomonas foetus, Ehrlichia, Neorickettsia, Anaplasma species, Rickettsia species, haemoplasmas, Bartonella species, and Toxoplasma (in collaboration with Prof. M. Lappin, University of Colorado). I also have interests in newly emerging infectious or potentially zoonotic diseases in cats, and the role of cats as sentinels of infection. Current staff include PhD students Conor O’Halloran and Jordan Mitchell (funded by BBSRC-CASE and BBSRC-DTP).
2) The Feline genome project in collaboration with Dr J Schoenbeck and Prof R Mellanby, Roslin Institute. Current staff include Research Assistant Jenni Irving-McGrath (funded by Hills Pet Nutrition).
3) Gerontology include multicentre studies looking into aging changes in feline brains, in collaboration with Dr. E. Head of Sanders-Brown Center on Aging, University of Kentucky , Sir Prof Simon Lovestone, University of Oxford, and Prof F. Gunn-Moore, University of St Andrews; and large epidemiological studies looking at the prevalence and development of cognitive dysfunction syndrome in cats, with Dr Sarah Caney and Vicky Halls. Current staff include PhD student Lorena Sordo Sordo (funded by CONACYT).