Edge Hill announces
partnership with Colombian University
EDGE Hill University will undertake a £149,000, 2 year
research partnership, with Colombia's University of Antioquia, focused on
addressing the growing world wide issue of insecticide resistance in mosquitoes.
The grant for the project was awarded by the British Council on behalf of the
Newton Fund, part of the UK's Official Development Assistance programme which
sees the UK use its strength in research and innovation to promote the economic
development and social welfare of partner countries. The study will span 8 regions of Colombia and will focus on the Aedes aegypti mosquito, the same species of mosquito implicated in the spread of
Zika virus in South America.
Dr Clare Strode from Edge Hill University's Biology Department is a recognised
expert in the field of insecticide resistance and said that mosquitoes are
becoming increasingly resistant to insecticides due to genetic mutations.
Dr Clare Strode commented:- "Traditionally, mosquito populations have been
controlled through the use of four approved classes of insecticides. However,
mosquito populations are becoming increasingly genetically resistant to
insecticides and once they become ineffective, there are no other insecticides
to replace them with. The aim of this study is to collect mosquitoes to test
their reaction to insecticides and where resistance is present, understand the
genetic profile of these mutated mosquitoes. We can then use this information to
make recommendations for controlling the mosquito population in the 8 at risk
focus regions of the study." she said.
Dr Strode's Colombian research partner, Dr Omar Triana Chavez from the
University of Antioquia is a recognised specialist in epidemiology and vector
biology across South America and said that dengue is having a crippling effect
on poor communities.
Dr Strode said that:- "There are approximately 100,000 cases of dengue
reported across Colombia each year. With such a high morbidity and mortality
rate, the disease imposes severe economic hardships on families in poor
communities. With no vaccine available, we have to reduce the mosquito
population by protecting people from being bitten and detect dengue cases early.
Unfortunately the growing issue of insecticide resistant mosquitoes is making it
more difficult to control the disease. The agreement between Universidad
de Antioquia and Edge Hill University will be an opportunity and a challenge to
hopefully decrease the effects of dengue in Colombia."
The Aedes aegypti mosquito is traditionally a City dwelling insect that can
breed in a mere cap full of water. It is responsible for the spread of Zika
virus, dengue fever and chikungunya; none of which can be prevented or treated
with a vaccine.
Summer Youth Festival at
REVITALISE Sandpipers in Southport held its
very own festival, on Wednesday, 27 July 2016.
The Summer Youth Festival was the highlight of Youth Week at the popular respite
Holiday Centre, on Southport's Marine Lake and recreated the authentic festival
experience on a small scale, complete with a main stage, beer tent, chill out
zone and even a campsite!
The Centre's guests and volunteers were entertained by acts including singer Dan
Morrison and the Jibba Jabbaz under 10's dance crew, together with surprise turns
from among the Centre's staff and volunteers.
The event also featured a colour blast zone, a beer tent that was sponsored by Southport
Brewery, a food and drink area and a chill out zone with yoga sessions.
Cathedral wins Getty Foundation grant
LIVERPOOL Metropolitan Cathedral has been
awarded a £138,000 grant from the Getty Foundation to fund conservation and
repair works to the Grade II* listed cathedral. Architects Purcell are leading
the project, which will include a programme of research and conservation to the
'crown of glass', the cathedral's distinctive lantern.
The lantern is a highly significant piece of pioneering 20th Century design
which utilised an innovative mix of stained glass fragments supported by epoxy
resin, known as 'dalle de verre'. It was designed and made by artists John Piper
and Patrick Reyntiens, who also collaborated on the new Coventry Cathedral. For
the restoration work, it is vital to preserve as much existing material as is
technically possible. The project team has already undertaken extensive analysis
and testing to understand the condition and stability of the glass and resin.
The next steps are to introduce environmental and water monitoring systems,
upgrade all of the maintenance access locations to facilitate internal
inspections and to prepare sample panels for laboratory testing. Purcell's
heritage experts have also produced a conservation statement for the funding
application and are planning to produce a conservation management plan for the
Lead architect at Purcell, Matt Dyer, commented:- "The Getty Foundation is
such a renowned organisation and to be awarded this grant as part of their 'Keeping it Modern'
scheme is an honour. Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral is an exemplar building
demonstrating innovative and unique 20th Century architecture, and the
preservation of the building and the lantern is of the highest importance. I
look forward to implementing the money from the grant to ensure that future
generations will be able to enjoy and appreciate the building as we do."
Canon Anthony O'Brien commented:- "On behalf of the Metropolitan Cathedral
we are very grateful and honoured to receive this grant from the Getty
Foundation. Not only will this provide valuable financial assistance for
research into the best methods of conserving dalle de verre glass that forms
such an important part of the architectural design of our Cathedral but our
research and trials will also be of assistance to other buildings with similar
problems as ours. This award gives international recognition to the
architectural significance of our Cathedral as 1 of the exemplary buildings of
the 20th century."
The programme of investigation and testing will commence shortly, with trial
repairs to be undertaken in the next 12 months.