BU academics research featured in The Times Higher Education

Posted on Tuesday, September 2 2014

Researchers from Bournemouth University have made links between the changes in weather patterns to an infectious disease, as reported in The Times Higher Education (THE) magazine.

Their extensive research has led them to believe that the El Nino Southern Oscillation Phenomenon (an unusual climate pattern) could be the cause of Buruli ulcer, an infectious bacterial disease that affects thousands annually in French Guiana.

Aaron Morris, the lead investigator of the team and a PhD student studying at Bournemouth, has stated in the article that the research is β€œvital in understanding how climate change will affect the dynamics and emergence of pathogens in the future.”

The team hope this research will allow them to predict the outbreaks of the disease by observing the weather patterns.

By Charlotte Cranny-Evans

Charlotte is a graduate of Budmouth College in Weymouth, who is working at Bournemouth University in the Press and PR Department. She joined BU on a Sir Samuel Mico Scholarship, which provides 10 students from the college with work experience for four weeks over the summer.