National Avian Research Facility (NARF)

National Avian Research Facility (NARF)

The National Avian Research Facility (NARF) was founded in 2013, and provides the UK with a national resource for the study of avian biology, genetics, infection and disease. Its mission is to improve bird health and welfare, in particular of chickens, through research into host-pathogen interactions, avian physiology, developmental biology and genetics, utilising state-of-the-art technologies to include transgenics and bioinformatics. The NARF was established through a partnership between The Roslin Institute and The Pirbright Institute, and was facilitated through £14M of financial support from the University of Edinburgh, BBSRC, Roslin Foundation and Wellcome Trust. This financial support allowed the new state of the art facility in Easter Bush to be built which consists of two research units, one a conventional poultry unit and the other a high biosecurity specific-pathogen free (SPF) unit. The facility houses a number of specialist inbred and outbred lines of White and Brown Leghorn, Light Sussex, Rhode Island Red or Silkie origin that are used to support on-going research, as well as a variety of transgenic chicken lines and other bird lines presenting with a variety of phenotypes.

More information can be found at: http://www.narf.ac.uk/