I am a veterinary epidemiologist with interests in the dynamics, impacts and control of livestock diseases, particularly vector-borne diseases and zoonoses. I qualified as a vet from University of Liverpool in 2004 and after a stint in general practice moved to University of Edinburgh for a PhD on the epidemiology and ecology of vector-borne zoonoses in Tanzania.
In 2011 I started at the SRUC Epidemiology Research Unit in Inverness as an EPIC fellow, working particularly on outbreak response and policy liaison. In 2020 I moved to University of Glasgow where I am a senior lecturer in the Institute of Biodiversity, Animal Health and Comparative Medicine. I continue to be involved in EPIC and co-lead topics 1 and 3.
My main areas of research in EPIC are:
I am a diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Public Health. I also continue to be involved in other projects on vector-borne zoonoses, both in Scotland (Lyme disease) and in Tanzania (trypanosomiasis).
A Tool for Prioritizing Livestock Disease Threats to Scotland. P.R. Bessell, H.K. Auty, H. Roberts, I.J. McKendrick, B.M.C. Bronsvoort and L.A. Boden
EPIC, Scottish Government's Centre of Expertise in Animal Disease Outbreaks: A Model for Provision of Risk-Based Evidence to Policy. LA. Boden, S. Voas, D. Mellor and H. Auty
The Risk of Foot and Mouth Disease Transmission Posed by Public Access to the Countryside During an Outbreak HK Auty, D Mellor, GJ Gunn, LA Boden
Assessing the Economic Impact of Vaccine Availability When Controlling Foot and Mouth Disease Outbreaks. T Porphyre, KM Rich, HK Auty
Animal Health Surveillance in Scotland in 2030: Using Scenario Planning to Develop Strategies in the Context of “Brexit”. LA Boden, H Auty, A Reeves, G Rydevik, P Bessell, IJ McKendrick
Vulnerability of the British swine industry to classical swine fever. T Porphyre, C Correia-Gomes, ME Chase-Topping, K Gamado, HK Auty, I Hutchinson, A Reeves, GJ Gunn, MEJ Woolhouse
Assessing the potential for Bluetongue virus 8 to spread and vaccination strategies in Scotland. PR Bessell, KR Searle, HK Auty, IG Handel, BV Purse, BM Bronsvoort
Scenario planning: The future of the cattle and sheep industries in Scotland and their resiliency to disease. LA Boden, H Auty, P Bessell, D Duckett, J Liu, C Kyle, A McKee, L Sutherland, J Reynolds, BM Bronsvoort, IJ McKendrick
Scenario planning as communicative action: Lessons from participatory exercises conducted for the Scottish livestock industry. DG Duckett, AJ McKee, L Sutherland, C Kyle, LA Boden, H Auty, PR Bessell, IJ McKendrick
Using national movement databases to help inform responses to swine disease outbreaks in Scotland: the impact of uncertainty around incursion time. T Porphyre, LA Boden, C Correia-Gomes, HK Auty, GJ Gunn, MEJ Woolhouse
Epidemic potential of an emerging vector borne disease in a marginal environment: Schmallenberg in Scotland. PR Bessell, KR Searle, HK Auty, IG Handel, BV Purse, BM Bronsvoort
Impact of temperature, feeding preference and vaccination on Schmallenberg virus transmission in Scotland. PR Bessell, HK Auty, KR Searle, IG Handel, BV Purse, BM Bronsvoort
How commercial and non-commercial swine producers move pigs in Scotland: a detailed descriptive analysis. T Porphyre, LA Boden, C Correia-Gomes, HK Auty, GJ Gunn, MEJ Woolhouse
Working at the science-policy interface. L Boden, H Auty, P Goddard, A Stott, N Ball, D Mellor
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