Tag: animal health

  • Agricultural innovation and academic-industry interactions

    Uncategorized | Jackie Hunter

    One of the best bits of my job is visiting researchers across the range of biosciences in the BBSRC portfolio. This week I went to Harper Adams University in Shropshire and had a fabulous time seeing the range of basic and applied research that they are undertaking. There is no doubt of the need for innovation in the agri-food chain to drive productivity, not just in the sector but for the UK. This was emphasised at the launch of Defra’s consultation on a 25 year strategy for food and farming by the Minister, George Eustice MP. Harper Adams is very well placed to be part of driving that innovation. […]

  • Research, Innovate, Grow

    Uncategorized | Jackie Hunter

    The last few weeks have been important for UK science. I was heavily involved working with a team across the Research Councils to stage the RCUK Research, Innovate, Grow event that was held on 2 July in Westminster. The aim of this event was to showcase the exciting research that the Research Councils invest in from both an academic and industrial point of view, identify key areas of focus and issues to address going forward. There were some really excellent talks including from speakers representing AstraZeneca, Rolls Royce, the Farr Institute, EMBL-EBI, Synthace, the High Value Manufacturing Catapult and Innovate UK. […]

  • Back to blogging! New Bioscience for Health strategic publications

    Uncategorized | Jackie Hunter

    Well it’s good to be back blogging after purdah and holidays – I can definitely recommend the beaches of Brittany although perhaps not in May if you want to be guaranteed perfect weather! Just before purdah started BBSRC published two important documents in Bioscience for Health. The first was a strategic research framework in Bioscience for Health, 2015-2020 (PDF). This framework will be a living document, responsive to emerging opportunities for excellent research and innovation but does provide a set of long term goals for our research portfolio in this area. It links with our ambitions for the new centre for food and health at Norwich where we plan some very exciting science in many areas including the microbiome and its role in health and disease. Within the Bioscience for Health Strategy there are four challenge areas: lifelong health, nutrition for health, one health and biotechnology for health. […]