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Prof George Gunn

Research Interests

George Gunn

I am an SRUC Professor of Population Medicine and Zoonoses, an SRUC Research Team Leader and Head of Veterinary Epidemiology based at SRUC, Inverness.

My current focus includes livestock disease control with an overarching interest in population medicine and the dynamics of infectious inter-herd diseases and zoonoses. Uniquely I use my background in large animal veterinary practice combined with experience working alongside livestock keepers with outbreak investigation studies and clinical pathology expertise to investigate how effective disease control should best be implemented. It was my increasing involvement in academia that led to a team moving from SAC Consulting to SRUC Research in 2005: the balance away from consultancy in favour of research.

A project manager working at national and international levels, I am a past Director of the EPIC partnership and part of the management teams for the concluding EC ParaTB Tools Project and Defra surveillance review. I have extensive experience of working with industry and helped initiate several cattle disease programmes, including HI-Health, PCHS and Cattle Health Certification Standards (CHeCS).

I am increasingly involved in senior level policy development. With others I have pioneered new approaches which combine epidemiology with socioeconomic factors to examine how infectious diseases fit within the biological, economic and social context of farming and the food marketing chain. I am also part of STOC free

I am called upon for national and international consultancies. I am a visiting professor in Veterinary Epidemiology at the University of Glasgow;. To add to this I frequently act as an external examiner - for example at institutions including the Universities of Surrey, Edinburgh and Utrecht.

I am regularly invited to speak at international meetings and conferences and have:

  • Personal Chair in Population Medicine and Zoonoses
  • MSc Analytical Epidemiology, University of Guelph
  • MRCVS BVMS University of Glasgow

Research Projects

Expertise and specialising in:

  • Population medicine, active surveillance and clinical pathology
  • Outbreak investigation, observational studies, research project management, zoonotic disease and data analysis

I am also part of STOC free.

Selected Publications

  • Humphry, R. W., Reeves, A., and Gunn, G. J. (2018). Strategies for screening young stock for antibodies - optimising numbers to test, cut-points & predictive values for bovine viral diarrhoea virus.
  • Alyson S. Barratt, Matthieu H. Arnoult, Bouda Vosough Ahmadi, Karl M. Rich, George J. Gunn, Alistair W. Stott (2018). A framework for estimating society's economic welfare following the introduction of an animal disease: The case of Johne's disease.
  • Correia-Gomes, C., Eze, J. I., Borobia-Belsue, J., Tucker, A. W., Sparrow, D., Strachan, D., and Gunn, G. J. (2017).  Voluntary monitoring systems for pig health and welfare in the UK: comparative analysis of prevalence and temporal patterns of selected non-respiratory post mortem conditions. Preventive Veterinary Medicine 146 (2017) 1-9
  • R.W. Humphry, J. Evans, C. Webster, S.C. Tongue, G.T. Innocent, G.J. Gunn (2017). An empirical comparison of isolate-based and sample-based definitions of antimicrobial resistance and their effect on estimates of prevalence.
  • M.K. Henry, S.C. Tongue, J. Evans, C. Webster, I.J. McKendrick, M. Morgan, A. Willett, A. Reeves, R.W. Humphry, D.L. Gally, G.J. Gunn, M.E. Chase-Topping (2017). British E coli O157 in cattle study (BECS): to determine the prevalence of E coli O157 in herds with cattle destined for the food chain. Volume 145, Issue 15, November 2017. Pp. 3168-3179
  • Carla Correia-Gomes, Madeleine K. Henry, Harriet K. Auty and George J. Gunn (2017). Exploring the role of small scale livestock keepers for national biosecurity.

Prof George Gunn

Team Leader/Head of Veterinary Epidemiology

Address: Future Farming Systems
Epidemiology Research Unit
Plot 10, An Lòchran
Inverness Campus

Telephone: 01463 246066

Fax: 01463 236579