The Roslin Institute

The Roslin Institute aims to improve the lives of animals and humans through world class research in animal biology.

The Institute was formed in April 2008 when the Roslin Institute integrated into the University of Edinburgh and became affiliated with the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies.

The principal objectives of The Roslin Institute are:

  • Improved animal health and welfare through knowledge of genetic factors affecting resistance to disease
  • Improved sustainability of livestock production systems and food supply chains by understanding the biological, economic, environmental and social factors that apply, and their interactions
  • Improved food safety by understanding interactions between disease causing organisms and animals
  • Improved human health through an understanding basic mechanisms of health and disease through comparative biology of animal species, and also by identifying new and emerging zoonoses and by understanding how pathogens might cross from animals to humans
  • Improved quality of life for animals by studying the mechanisms and behaviours associated with optimising their environment and life experiences