Current Research Projects

Cryptosporidium speciation protocol for use in Water Laboratories

This is a collaborative project administered by the Water Research Foundation in the USA. It aims to develop and document an analytical method for distinguishing between Cryptosporidium species found in water samples. It is intended that this method should be simple, yet robust and easily adapted for use within a typical water laboratory that currently analyses water samples for Cryptosporidium oocysts.

Lead in Drinking Water

The Drinking Water Quality Regulator for Scotland has established a project to develop a policy for the reduction of exposure to lead in drinking water. The project will look to identify enablers and strengthen or introduce mechanisms with a range of stakeholders and influencers for the removal of lead service pipes and plumbing.  Click here for Lead information

Verifying The Effectiveness of Water Treatment for Toxoplasma

A project by Moredun Research Institute to:

1.  develop/refine a method to detect the presence of T.gondii  oocysts from drinking water in order to confirm if oocysts are being removed effectively at Scottish Water treatment plants.

2.  address whether oocysts are present in Scottish raw and final waters, the effectiveness of individual water treatment plants and whether any oocysts detected were viable and therefore present any public health risk.

Research Summary and Full Report can be found below:

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