Award for Exmouth retired doctor’s Zika virus research
PUBLISHED: 10:58 13 February 2018 | UPDATED: 10:58 13 February 2018
Dr Ian Logan, aged 71, from Brixington, Exmouth, will this month travel to China to The Institute of Zoology - one the world’s most prestigious scientific research centres – to receive an award because Ian’s research of the Zika virus has been officially adopted by The World Health Organisation,
A retired doctor from Brixington’s research of the Zika virus has been officially adopted by The World Health Organisation, earning him an award.
Dr Ian Logan, aged 71, of Parkside Drive, Exmouth, will this month travel to China to The Institute of Zoology - one the world’s most prestigious scientific research centres – to receive the award.
During the latest epidemic in South America, when the disease caused deformities in unborn babies of pregnant women, Ian researched the DNA of the Zika virus and wrote a paper which was published in the Zoological Research journal; The World Health Organisation used Ian’s article as part of its official guidance about Zika disease.
Ian said: “The work is collaborative; ideas and inspiration bounce across the globe between like-minded researchers; it will be an honour to work with some of these folks in China.”
Ian’s senior school years were spent in Switzerland. He gained his qualifications in medicine at Sheffield University and worked in Lincoln and Birmingham. He retired to Exmouth with his wife, Mary, in 2007.
Mary said she was ‘very proud’ of her husband’s achievements and award recognition.
Areas of research carried out by Ian are ‘complex and specialised’; they include genome sequencing -where DNA is used to trace existing medical problems back to their origin in earlier eras of human history, reproduction and evolution.
Some of his recent work into mitochondrial diseases, particularly concentrating on blindness in young people, is regarded by Chinese researchers, and others, as ‘ground-breaking’ and ‘world-leading’.
Ian also has a keen interest in family history and uses his knowledge across the world to advise on the results of on-line family tree and ancestry DNA tests.
Find out more about Dr Ian Logan’s research at www.ianlogan.co.uk