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This Zika collection find really brings to light how involved the University of Glasgow has been in Zika work from the beginning." About Professor Alexander Haddow Alexander John Haddow (1912-1978) is a graduate of the University and was Professor of Administrative Medicine from 1971 to 1978.
He graduated MB, Ch B in 1938 and worked as a junior research fellow for three years before going to Africa as an entomologist at the Yellow Fever Research Institute in Entebbe, Uganda.Haddow also graduated from the University DSc in 1957, with the thesis: 'Studies on the natural history of yellow fever in East Africa, with notes on other insect-borne infections' and with an MD in 1961, with the thesis: 'Circadian rhythms in the biting diptera: a factor in the transmission of insect-borne disease'.He was Director of the Institute from 1953 to 1965 and was awarded a CMG for his work there in 1959.Haddow returned to Glasgow in 1965 as Senior Lecturer in Epidemiology and Director of the Cancer Registration Bureau for the West of Scotland.It's been particularly interesting to read work on Zika – which he doesn't view as a particular threat at that time." Today the University of Glasgow continues to undertake significant research into the Zika outbreak, including studying the virus, working on vaccines and examining the links between Zika and Guillain-Barre syndrome.Moira Rankin, senior archivist, said: "This is one of the most exciting discoveries we have made in the archive.
We always knew we had some of Alexander Haddow's materials, but we didn't realise the amount of Zika related content that was in there.
"It's been a particularly interesting and important find given the university's current involvement in Zika virus research.
The papers, which include hand-drawn graphs, annotated mosquito catch tables and slides depicting the forests in Uganda, where the virus was originally found, previously belonged to Professor Alexander Haddow – a key member of the investigative team who originally discovered the Zika virus.
The find, hailed as one of the most exciting discoveries in the university's archives, has revealed details of the first time researchers found the Zika virus in mosquitos.
The Alexander Haddow Zika Collection includes: Professor Haddow donated the contents of his own personal archive, which also includes papers on yellow fever and his own sketches on Scottish art motifs along with papers relating to his study of traditional Scottish Music, to the university at the end of his life.
Eleanor Tiplady, who is carrying out a three month internship during her Immunology Ph D supported by the BBSRC (Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council) in order to study the Haddow archives, said: "We have been amazed by the caliber and volume of material we have found in the Haddow archive." "His work for the Yellow Fever Research Institute led him to study many viruses, including Zika.