One Health Models of Disease: Science, Ethics and Society


  • Prof Ross Fitzgerald

    University of Edinburgh

Project summary

Technological advances in genome editing and animal bioscience have potential to have a huge impact on society and for the design of ‘One Health’ models of neurodegenerative, cardiovascular, developmental and infectious diseases of humans and animals. Such models can transform our approach to pathogenesis, helping to develop therapies or preventive measures. However, there is little or no opportunity for graduate student training at the intersection of human and veterinary medicine. Scientists require training in bioethics and social science to allow them to appreciate the ethical and societal implications of these new approaches. This programme will address this need by combining core training in experimental techniques, bioethics and social sciences relating to One Health, with rotation research projects and internships with academic, industrial, policy and stakeholder organisations, alongside the main PhD project. 

Students on this programme will be supervised by world-leading life scientists addressing important diseases of humans and animals, and social scientists and bioethicists conducting research into the social and ethical dimensions of 21st century science.