Dr Mark Bronsvoort

The Roslin Institute

Research Interests

The group currently works on a number of infectious disease projects in Africa, as well as the UK. One of the main areas of interest is the foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) epidemiology in endemic countries, with on going work on diagnostic test evaluation, modelling surveillance, molecular epidemiology and phylogeography and evaluation of surveillance activities. We collaborate with Mission Rabies and World Veterinary Services providing technical epidemiological support for vaccination and neurtering programmes in Malawi and India. We are part of a Scottish Consortium providing expert advice and technical support to the Scottish Government on exotic disease outbreaks and I lead the surveillance topic within this pregramme. I also have been working on bovine tuberculosis epidemiology in Cameroon and the United Kingdom, looking particularly at diagnostic test performance, coinfections with liver fluke and using molecular epidemiological tools to understand transmission and spread. Finally I am also a programme coordinator for the Centre for Tropical Livestock Genetics and Health (CTLGH) focusing on identifying and exploiting genetic variation in disease resistance and tolerance to improve disease control in Africa.


The group has a number of active collaborations including:

International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) – Kenya

Onderstepoort Veterinary School – South Africa

Institute for Animal Health (IAH) – UK

Institute for Research in Development (IRAD) - Cameroon

Makerere University Veterinary School - Uganda

Mission Rabies Charity - United Kingdom

World Veterinary Services - United Kingdom

University of Buea - Cameroon

University of Calibar - Nigeria

The Tuberculosis Reference Laboratory, Bamenda - Cameroon


Selected Publications

  • Paul R. Bessell, Kate R. Searle, Harriet K. Auty, Ian G. Handel, Bethan V. Purse, Mark Bronsvoort. 2013. Epidemic potential of an emerging vector borne disease in a marginal environment: Schmallenberg in Scotland. Scientific Reports Vol: 3. More»
  • Mark Bronsvoort, Samuel Thumbi, Jane Poole, Henry Kiara, Olga Tosas, Ian Handel, Amy Jennings, Ilana Conradie van Wyk, Mary Ndila, P. G. Toye, Olivier Hanotte, J Coetzer, Mark Woolhouse. 2013. Design and descriptive epidemiology of the Infectious Diseases of East African Livestock (IDEAL) project, a longitudinal calf cohort study in western Kenya. BMC Veterinary Research Vol: 9 Pages: 171. More»
  • F. Scolamacchia, I.G. Handel, E.M. Fevre, K.L. Morgan, V.N. Tanya, B.M.D.C. Bronsvoort. 2010. Serological Patterns of Brucellosis, Leptospirosis and Q Fever in Bos indicus Cattle in Cameroon. PLoS ONE Vol: 5. More»
  • Ian G. Handel, Kim Willoughby, Fiona Land, Bronwyn Koterwas, Kenton L. Morgan, Vincent N. Tanya, Barend M. deC. Bronsvoort. 2011. Seroepidemiology of Bovine Viral Diarrhoea Virus (BVDV) in the Adamawa Region of Cameroon and Use of the SPOT Test to Identify Herds with PI Calves. PLoS ONE Vol: 6 Pages: -. More»