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The Pirbright Institute

The Institute for Animal Health (IAH), an institute of the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), is a unique national centre that works to enhance the UK capability to contain, control, and eliminate viral diseases of animals through its highly innovative fundamental and applied bioscience. We thereby support the competitiveness of UK livestock and poultry producers, and improve the quality of life of both animals and people. One of our strengths is that we study infectious diseases in the natural, farm animal hosts - cattle, poultry, sheep and pigs. A video about the work of the Institute can be seen on the BBSRC's website.

The Institute is currently situated on two campuses, Pirbright Laboratory in Surrey and Compton Laboratory in Berkshire. The process of transferring Compton Laboratory activities to Pirbright is underway.

We contribute to both national and international food security by the global reach of our world-class bioscience and expert advice. This is in the context of the ever-changing nature of viral disease threats stemming from the globalisation of trade, environmental change and expanding human and animal populations. Viral diseases cause severe negative impacts on the health of livestock, food availability and the prosperity of farmers and their rural communities - global problems that require global solutions.


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