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Prof Alan Radford BSc, BVSc, PhD, MRCVS

Professor in Veterinary Health Informatics Infection Biology

Research

Small Animal Infectious Diseases

Alan's has two main interests in his research career. The first stems from his PhD and is on the genetic diversity and evolution of pathogens, especially viruses. Techniques used include large scale population sampling, robust phylogeny, as well as next generation sequencing, and these are used to monitor the spread of pahrogens locally, nationally and internationally, and to understand their evolution. Recent projects include canine parvovirus, canine coronavirus and feline calicivirus.

Research Interest 2

In working with these pathogens, Alan became aware of a distinct gap in knowledge concerning how common these pathogens are in veterinary practice, and whether some outbreaks of disease were being missed. This led Alan and colleagues to develop an interest in using big data to survey animal diseases, and ultimately to the establishment of SAVSNET (SAVSNET.co.uk), that aims to improve the care of animals by identifying significant trends in the diseases seen by vets in practice.

Research Grants

Can the SAVSNET informatics systems be used to improve signal identification and reporting of adverse drug reactions?

DEPARTMENT FOR ENVIRONMENT, FOOD AND RURAL AFFAIRS (UK)

January 2018 - February 2022

An assessment of feline calicvirus antigen evolution over time

MSD ANIMAL HEALTH (UK)

September 2017 - December 2018

Pathogen discovery in feline respiratory and gastrointestinal disease

BRITISH VETERINARY ASSOCIATION ANIMAL WELFARE FOUNDATION (UK)

July 2018 - March 2020

Feline dermatology

CEVA SANTE ANIMALE S.A. (FRANCE)

December 2016 - August 2019

Small Animal Veterinary Surveillance Network

BIOTECHNOLOGY & BIOLOGICAL SCIENCE RESEARCH COUNCIL (BBSRC)

August 2016 - April 2020

Infectious disease outbreak detection and characterization using a combination of real time disease surveillance and modern sequencing technologies: a pilot study

PET PLAN CHARITABLE TRUST (UK)

December 2015 - November 2017

Targeting health informatics research to promote canine welfare research, surveillance and education

BRITISH SMALL ANIMAL VETERINARY ASSOCIATION (UK)

September 2018 - April 2019

2014 allocation - Wellcome ISSF non clinical fellowships

WELLCOME TRUST (UK)

May 2015 - October 2018

Health Protection Research Unit: Emerging Infections (including zoonoses) and Biological Threats.

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH (UK) (NIHR)

April 2014 - March 2020

Sequence Analysis of Feline Calicivirus Isolates from Cats with Lymphoplasmacytic Gingivitis Stomatitis Complex.

BRITISH SMALL ANIMAL VETERINARY ASSOCIATION (UK)

December 2000 - November 2001

Molecular epidemiology and spatial distribution of feline calicivirus in the UK.

PET PLAN CHARITABLE TRUST (UK)

May 2005 - April 2007

A study on the prevalence and risk factors for feline chronic gingivostomatitis (FCGS).

CAT WELFARE TRUST (UK)

September 2004 - May 2008

Fully Integrated, real-time detection, diagnosis and control of community infection outbreaks.

WELLCOME TRUST (UK)

April 2013 - July 2018

Molecular epidemiology of feline calicivirus infection in complex multi-cat households.

PET PLAN CHARITABLE TRUST (UK)

September 2001 - August 2004

Characterisation of the feline major histocompatability complex using a new molecular method - reference strand-mediated conformational analysis.

BRITISH SMALL ANIMAL VETERINARY ASSOCIATION (UK)

April 2002 - March 2003

A re-evaluation of the role of known and yet-to-be identified pathogens in infectious respiratory disease in dogs and cats, and how they relate to existing MSD vaccine antigens.

INTERVET INTERNATIONAL BV (NETHERLANDS)

November 2012 - August 2017

The feline leucocyte antigen complex: breed variability and association with susceptibility to feline infectious peritonitis.

PET PLAN CHARITABLE TRUST (UK)

June 2000 - December 2001

Temporal and spatial distribution of feline calcivirus strains in the UK

BRITISH SMALL ANIMAL VETERINARY ASSOCIATION (UK)

June 2006 - May 2007

A study investigating feline respiratory disease.

BLUE CROSS (UK)

January 2003 - December 2004

National surveillance of antimicrobial consumption and resistance in companion pet animals.

DEPARTMENT FOR ENVIRONMENT, FOOD AND RURAL AFFAIRS (UK)

June 2014 - March 2019

What, where and weather? Integrating open-source taxonomic, spatial and climatologic information into a comprehensive database of livestock infections.

BIOTECHNOLOGY & BIOLOGICAL SCIENCE RESEARCH COUNCIL (BBSRC)

December 2012 - November 2013

Antigenic diversity of Anaplasma phagocytophilum during recurrent bacteraemia in sheep.

BIOTECHNOLOGY & BIOLOGICAL SCIENCE RESEARCH COUNCIL (BBSRC)

March 2005 - February 2008

The epidemiology of campylobacter infection in dogs in the context of the risk of infection to humans.

DEPARTMENT FOR ENVIRONMENT, FOOD AND RURAL AFFAIRS (UK)

July 2005 - November 2009

Veterinary Pathogen Genomics – One Genome for every 50 years of the RCVS Trust

ROYAL COLLEGE OF VETERINARY SURGEONS TRUST FUND

July 2008 - June 2011

Contact-network studies between dogs, and between dogs and humans.

VETERINARY LABORATORIES AGENCY (UK)

October 2004 - April 2008

Somatic mutations in feline hyperthyroidism.

PET PLAN CHARITABLE TRUST (UK)

March 2003 - September 2004

Vacation Scholarship.

SOCIETY FOR GENERAL MICROBIOLOGY

May 2001 - July 2001