News and events
Our latest research
We've published lots of exciting work this year: on the population genetics of liver fluke, immune responses of cattle naturally infected with liver fluke and a review paper identifying what questions remain unanswered in liver fluke research. You can see a list of our latest publications here
Increasing the resilience of dairy farming
Scientists within the liver fluke group are part of a new project to make the UK dairy industry more sustainable and resilient by assessing how changes in managing the environment might affect disease risk. You can read more about this project here.
Mapping drug resistance genes in liver fluke
Jane Hodgkinson has been awarded funding by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council to continue her work to identify the gene (or genes) responsible for triclabendazole resistance. You can read more about this project here.
We recently ran a public engagement event at the World Museum, Liverpool. The event, "Snail Detective" taught children how to identify snails using a specially designed "Snail Guess Who". We also took along some of the snails from our Galba truncatula lab colony for them to meet
Our latest research
We've had a bumper crop of papers published recently: the Fasciola hepatica genome, the epidemiology of F. hepatica in high yielding dairy herds, the ploidy of F. hepatica, and the use of models to assess the future climate suitability for liver fluke, as well as the impact a vaccine may have on the control of liver fluke. Read more here
Improving control of liver fluke
Professor Diana Williams was interviewed by EBLEX and discussed research for which the ultimate aim is to create bespoke liver fluke control programmes for beef and dairy farmers without relying solely on drugs. You can watch the interview here
Tackling the burden of cattle disease
Scientists within the liver fluke group at Liverpool are collaborating with the farming industry on a four-year research programme to improve the detection and control of liver fluke. Read more and listen to Professor Diana Williams discussing the project on BBC Radio 4 here
From lab to launch
PhD student and veterinarian Nicola Beesley has produced pictures for an art exhibition inspired by her work with liver fluke. She uses microscopic images to observe and count chromosomes in the reproductive cells of the liver fluke. Read more
WAAVP is coming to Liverpool
The 25th WAAVP International conference is coming to Liverpool in 2015 and members of the Institute will be heavily involved. Watch this space for more details as organisation progresses!
Professor Diana Williams has been awarded £45,068 from the Daphne Jackson Memorial Fellowship Trust. This is a scheme that helps those with a background in science, technology or engineering return to work after a career break. Dr Heather Imrie will be working with Diana to look at the effect of fluke infection on macrophage responses to mycobacteria.
A fluke theme at BAVP
Professor Diana Williams will be speaking at the British Association for Veterinary Parasitology’s annual meeting in December. This year the topic for discussion is fluke and along with Professor Williams, talks will also be given by Dr C Ollerenshaw and Dr Philip Skuce, all three are renowned for their work on liver fluke.
BSP Autumn Symposium
Professor Diana Williams and Dr Jane Hodgkinson spoke at the British Society for Parasitology’s Autumn Symposium, which was held at the University of Liverpool’s Ness Gardens in September 2013. The symposium focused on new diagnostic tools and detection techniques for infectious diseases.
A trip down under for WAAVP 2013
Members of the liver fluke group attended the 24th International Conference of the World Association for the Advancement of Veterinary Parasitology (WAAVP) in Perth, Australia (25-29 Aug).
Farm walking and fluke talking
Professor Diana Williams recently gave a talk to farmers about managing liver fluke infection in organic dairy herds, and took part in a farm walk, as part of a special event organised by the Soil Association and dairy company Arla. Read more
New review published
Dr Jane Hodgkinson has written a review for a Special Edition of Parasitology discussing the failure of past approaches in understanding drug resistance in liver fluke and highlighting the new approach being used by the Liver Fluke group to identify the genes involved in triclabendazole resistance.
Engaging Liverpool with liver fluke!
PhD students from the liver fluke group took part in a food-safety themed public engagement event held by the Institute of Infection and Global Health at World Museum Liverpool. They developed interactive activities and displayed posters of their research at the event which was visited by more than 800 people. Read more
Workshop held to identify research needs
In March 2013 we held a workshop as part of the COWS (Control of Worms Sustainably) initiative, to bring together funders, such as BBSRC and DEFRA, with pharmaceutical industry, major producers, vet practices, farmers, and leading supermarkets to identify and prioritise research needs that will lead to improved control of fasciolosis. Read more