About Us

Aims of UK-ICN

  • To provide a community gateway, including a network of networks with the inclusion of UK and international bodies (FAO/WOAH/WHO)
  • To facilitate and co-ordinate interactions between members, especially at the animal-human-environment interface
  • To foster cross-fertilisation of ideas, providing expert perspectives to identify knowledge gaps
  • Create research opportunities and build an evidence-based road map for one-health
  • Ensure the longevity of coronavirus research after the impetus of SARS-CoV-2 has reduced
  • Disseminate and preserve knowledge to better combat future emerging coronaviruses

Research Themes

UK-ICN activities will be led by our multidisciplinary partnership of the following co-directors spanning five distinct themes.

One Health and Zoonoses

led by

Professor James Wood
University of Cambridge


Surveillance; Detection and Characterisation

led by

Dr Sharon Brookes
The Animal and Plant Health Agency

Countermeasures and Interventions

led by

Dr Erica Bickerton &
Dr Dalan Bailey
The Pirbright Institute

Behaviour and Social Policy

led by

Professor Lisa Boden & Prof. Hayley MacGregor
The University of Edinburgh & institute of development studies

SARS-CoV-3 and the Future

led by

Professor Paul Digard
The Roslin Institute

Expected Οutputs

  • Better understanding of ecologies at the animal-human-environment interface
  • Enhanced understanding of coronaviruses and intervention tools
  • Increased integration of human-veterinary coronaviruses research and innovation capacity and capability
  • Networking through a range of virtual and in-person events directed at various levels, including workshops and symposia
  • Identification of research gaps and future priorities
  • A roadmap for future priorities and potential policy paper

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