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Queen's Anniversary Prize

Professor Anton Muscatelli, Principal of the University of Glasgow, accepts the award from Queen Elizabeth. Also shown are Professor Rowland Kao, Director of the Boyd Orr Centre, with The Duke of Edinburgh.

The University of Glasgow was awarded the Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education for the achievements of researchers at its Boyd Orr Centre for Population and Ecosystem Health. The award was presented at an honors ceremony at Buckingham Palace on February 27, 2014. Dr. Guy Palmer, representing the Paul G. Allen School for Global Animal Health, attended the Queen's Anniversary Prize dinner at Guildhall at the request of the Principal of the University of Glasgow, Professor Anton Muscatelli. The Allen School has several projects conducted in collaboration with the Boyd Orr Centre addressing the health of ecosystems that include humans, domestic animals and wildlife.

The complex and multi-disciplinary research conducted by the Boyd Centre, often described by the term ‘One Health’, has relevance for many of the major human and animal health challenges that we face today, including vector-borne and zoonotic diseases, transboundary animal diseases and antimicrobial resistance. The awards committee highlighted research case studies at the Boyd Orr Centre that included foot-and-mouth disease, bovine tuberculosis and rabies. Projects in collaboration with the Allen School include rabies work in the Serengeti, research on antimicrobial resistance in Tanzania, and the economic impact of foot-and-mouth disease and malignant catarrhal fever.

Rowland Kao, Director of the Centre, said: “While traditional epidemiology has been successful in studying and controlling many infectious diseases, it is typically focused on solving single disease problems via relatively simple direct measures. Many of the world’s most serious infectious diseases are embedded in diverse and complex ecosystems and cannot be effectively addressed in isolation. Our Centre is committed to breaking down traditional boundaries across academia and promoting new research partnerships that have a direct and positive impact on communities around the world.”

John Boyd Orr was a visionary researcher, decorated war veteran, Nobel Peace Prize winner, political idealist and activist, and devoted supporter of the University of Glasgow. After fighting in World War I he led the Rowett Institute for Research in Animal Nutrition, which conducted world-leading research in the interwar years. During World War II John Boyd Orr's work became progressively more involved in policy development as his own research highlighted the massive problems of malnutrition in Britain during the 1930s, and the increasingly serious food shortages that arose during the Second World War. His international work on food supply and nutrition led to his nomination to be the first Director General of the Food and Agriculture Organization in 1945 and in 1949 he was ennobled and awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

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