Mark's areas of expertise include preventive veterinary medicine, epidemiology and control of infectious diseases of ruminant livestock, and veterinary public health, both in the UK and internationally, focussing particularly but not exclusively on vector-borne and parasitic disease.
He has conducted research in the field of international animal health, including zoonotic diseases, and held a number of large collaborative grant awards. His main research interests are diagnosis, epidemiology and control of diseases of farmed livestock of economic importance. Three major research themes have included control of neglected zoonotic diseases, integrated control of vector-borne diseases and trypanocidal drug resistance. Earlier research focused on the epidemiology and control of major vector-borne protozoan diseases of livestock, including tropical parasites such as trypanosomiasis and tick-borne diseases.
He is a Board Member and Co-Director of the Food Security and Land Research Alliance among the Universities of Bath, Bristol, Cardiff, Exeter and Rothamsted Research. A particularly important focus for the activity of the Alliance is the Rothamsted Research - North Wyke Farm Platform in Devon, a state of the art research facility for farm scale research on biophysical processes that influence agriculture and the environment, and a key node in the Global Farm Platform network.
Mark also leads the Food Security theme within the Cabot Institute. An major new initiative within this theme is the development of the Global Farm Platform for sustainable ruminant production, which is an international network supported by the Worldwide Universities Network and the Global Innovations Initiative. The Global Farm Platform was created to promote understanding of the role of grazing ruminant livestock production as a key component of global food security in a world challenged by population growth, climate change and ecosystem degradation. The ethos of this work is set out in the position paper 'Steps to Sustainable Livestock' and correspondence 'Intensive farming: When less means more on dairy farms' published recently in Nature.
Interfaces between One Health and Food Security research within and beyond the University of Bristol are shown diagrammatically below.
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Mark Eisler BA, Vet MB, MSc, PhD, MRCVS, DipEVPC, Chair in Global Farm Animal Health at the University of Bristol, qualified as a veterinary surgeon at the University of Cambridge in 1984, obtained an MSc in Tropical Veterinary Science at the Edinburgh Centre for Tropical Veterinary Medicine (CTVM) in 1988, and a PhD on African bovine trypanosomiasis at the University of Glasgow in 1994. He was a foundation diplomate of the European Veterinary Parasitology College at its inception in 2003.
Mark has worked in general veterinary practice, in the UK State Veterinary Service, in universities, research institutes and international agencies, and has over twenty years experience working in veterinary medicine in the UK and international contexts. From 1994-2001 he was a Visiting Epidemiologist based at the International Livestock Research Institute in Nairobi conducting collaborative research with universities and research institutes across sub-Saharan Africa.
He now conducts research at the interface of One Health and Food Security, both in the UK and internationally, and teaches epidemiology and control of infectious, parasitic and zoonotic disease on the BVSc curriculum, the BSc in Veterinary Nursing and Bioveterinary Science and the MSc in Global Wildlife Heath and Conservation. He leads the Food Security theme within the Cabot Institute for Environmental Uncertainty, is a Board Member of the Food Security and Land Research Alliance and co-leads the Global Farm Platform, an international network created to promote understanding of the role of grazing ruminant livestock production as a key component of global food security in a world challenged by population growth, climate change and ecosystem degradation.
Mark teaches veterinary medicine at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, including supervision of numerous PhD students. Previously he led the development of the University of Edinburgh’s highly successful online distance learning Masters programme in International Animal Health and he is currently contributing to the development of Masters programmes in Bristol. He currently teaches epidemiology and control of infectious, parasitic and zoonotic disease on the BVSc curriculum, the BSc in Veterinary Nursing and Bioveterinary Science and the MSc in Global Wildlife Health and Conservation.
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