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Parasitology. 2017 Oct;144(12):1590-1601. doi: 10.1017/S0031182016002080. Epub 2016 Nov 23.

The remarkable Dr Robertson.

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Institute of Infection, Immunity and Inflammation, University of Glasgow,Glasgow G12 8QQ,UK.


Muriel Robertson (1883-1973) was a pioneering protozoologist who made a staggering number of important contributions to the fields of parasitology, bacteriology and immunology during her career, which spanned nearly 60 years. These contributions were all the more remarkable given the scientific and social times in which she worked. While Muriel is perhaps best known for her work on the life cycle and transmission of the African trypanosome, Trypanosoma brucei, which she carried out in Uganda at the height of a major Sleeping Sickness epidemic, her work on the Clostridia during the First and Second World Wars made significant contributions to the understanding of anaerobes and to the development of anti-toxoid vaccines, and her work on the immunology of Trichomonas foetus infections in cattle, carried out in collaboration with the veterinarian W. R. Kerr, resulted in changes in farming practices that very quickly eradicated trichomoniasis from cattle herds in Northern Ireland. The significance of her work was recognized with the award of Fellow of the Royal Society in 1947 and an Honorary Doctorate of Law from the University of Glasgow, where she had earlier studied, in 1948.


Bodo caudatus ; Clostridium spp.; Trichomonas foetus ; Trypanosoma spp.; Muriel Robertson; Parasitology; Protozoology; University of Glasgow; immunology; life cycle

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