Legacy of Liverpool academic who found link between malaria and mosquitoes to live on in £23m university base
Source: Liverpool Echo
The legacy of a Liverpool academic who discovered the link between malaria and mosquitoes will live on at a new £23m university base.
Liverpool University formally unveiled the cutting-edge Ronald Ross building at its Institute of Infection and Global Health yesterday.
Based in Crown Street and a stone’s throw from the Royal Liverpool Hospital, the new building is named after Sir Ronald Ross.
In 1902, while working as a lecturer at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, he was the first Brit to win the Nobel Prize for Medicine.
Sir Ronald, who became Professor of Tropical Medicine at Liverpool University the following year, was behind research which traced the mechanism by which malaria is transmitted to man by the anopheles mosquito for the first time.
The discovery helped to eradicate malaria in temperate climates and saved millions of lives.
Yesterday his proud grandson David Ross formally opened the multi-million pound building, which marks the first phase of a £70m investment in facilities at the Institute of Infection and Global Health.
It contains specialist technology and facilities to further research in areas as diverse as genomics – the study of genetics – and diseases like tuberculosis and HIV.
Mr Ross said: “It is wonderful to see my grandfather’s legacy recognised in this way.
“I am delighted that Liverpool maintains its focus on tropical diseases and continues to invest in this important area 100 years after my grandfather carried out his research here.
“The establishment of the Institute of Infection and Global Health and the opening of this new facility will ensure that Liverpool remains at the forefront of research into infectious diseases.”
Research at the Institute includes overseas collaboration with the Indian Institute of Science and the National Institute of Mental Health and Neuroscience in Bangalore.
The partnership is aimed at supporting the vaccination of more than 50m people against a brain infection called Japanese encephalitis which annually affects thousands of Asian children.
Research at the Institute also includes a £5m project focused on reducing campylobacter – an infection in chickens.
The team is working with major UK food retailers to reduce bacterial infections in chickens and slash food poisoning cases in humans.
Vice-Chancellor Professor Sir Howard Newby said: “This £23m development is an excellent example of the university’s commitment to helping solve some of the most pressing global health problems.”
[Image: David Rossopens new Ronald Ross Building at Liverpool University]
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