Dr Ruth Wonfor BSc, MSc, PhD

Dr Ruth Wonfor

Lecturer in Animal and Equine Science

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Profile

I obtained a BSc(Hons) in Equine and Human Sport Science in 2011 and MSc in Animal Science in 2013 from Aberystwyth University. Following on from this, I went on to complete a PhD in bovine reproductive immunology and endocrinology in 2016, investigating the immune modulatory role of preimplantation factor in the bovine endometrium. Within my PhD research I utilised in vitro tissue and cell culture models to investigate immune and endocrine responses. Whilst writing my PhD, I spent some time working as a Teaching Assistant in IBERS. After completion of my PhD, I worked as a Knowledge Exchange Fellow in IBERS as part of the Knowledge Exchange Hub and alongside Farming Connect to disseminate scientific research into the agricultural industry. Through this role I wrote a number of technical articles on a wide range of Animal Science topics, as well as being involved in the development of several EIP Operational Groups in Wales.

Teaching

Research

My research interests broadly lie in animal health and subsequent effects on production, with a focus on dairy cow reproductive diseases. I also have an interest in knowledge exchange in the agricultural industry.

Publications

2017

Wonfor, R., Natoli, M., Rose, M., Nash, D. 2017. Effects of preimplantation factor on interleukin-6 and prostaglandin F2a and E2 in the bovine endometrium. Theriogenology 102 pp. 174-182. 10.1016/j.theriogenology.2017.08.001

Wonfor, R., Natoli, M., Shah, I., Beckmann, M., Nash, R.J., Nash, D. 2017. Anti-inflammatory properties of an extract of M. ilicifolia in the human intestinal epithelial Caco-2 cell line. Journal of Ethnopharmacology 10.1016/j.jep.2017.08.006

Wonfor, R. 2017. Improving dietary nitrogen use in dairy cattle: reducing protein intake in growing heifers – can we maintain production performance? Other Cadair

Wonfor, R. 2017. Twinning in suckler herds – could it be a useful system for increasing profitability? Other Cadair

Wonfor, R. 2017. The effect of alternative bedding materials on sheep behaviour and welfare. Other Cadair

Wonfor, R. 2017. Improving lamb survival. Other Cadair

Wonfor, R. 2017. Ectoparasites of sheep: Sheep Scab. Other Cadair

Wonfor, R. 2017. Knowledge exchange in agriculture to help combat climate change. Part 2: Mechanisms and considerations to make a lasting behaviour change. Other Cadair

Wonfor, R. 2017. Knowledge exchange in agriculture to help combat climate change. Part 1: Utilising an understanding of perceptions, attitudes and motivations to instigate a lasting behaviour change. Other Cadair

Wonfor, R. 2017. Feed efficiency in ruminants: Impacts on production and the environment. Other Cadair

2016

Clamp, R., Creevey, C., Natoli, M., Barnea, E.R., Nash, D., Rose, M. 2016. Interaction of preimplantation factor with the bovine global endometrial transcriptome. British Society of Animal Science Annual conference. Cadair

Wonfor, R. 2016. Sustainable production in the uplands: The Brignant plots at Pwllpeiran. Other Cadair

Wonfor, R. 2016. Parasite Control: Liver Fluke. Other Cadair

Wonfor, R. 2016. Seasonal reproduction in ewes – how to manipulate the breeding season. Other Cadair

Wonfor, R. 2016. Roundworms and anthelmintic resistance. Other Cadair

Wonfor, R. 2016. A European approach to facing the challenges of climate change in ruminant agriculture. Other Cadair

Wonfor, R. 2016. Rumen fluke in cattle: Future research perspectives in IBERS. Other Cadair

Wonfor, R. 2016. Preparing a winter feed budget. Other Cadair

Wonfor, R. 2016. Improving piglet survival: a management approach from breeding to farrowing. Other Cadair

Wonfor, R. 2016. Improving piglet survival: a nutritional approach from the sow to piglet. Other Cadair

Wonfor, R. 2016. Using dairy cow behaviour for early detection of disease. Other Cadair

Wonfor, R. 2016. Selective dry cow therapy – what is it and should I use it on my farm? Other Cadair

2015

Clamp, R., Natoli, M., Barnea, E.R., Nash, D., Rose, M. 2015. Effect of preimplantation factor in an in vitro model of bovine E. coli endometritis. Proceedings of the British Society of Animal Science. Cadair

Clamp, R., Natoli, M., Barnea, E.R., Rose, M., Nash, D. 2015. Effect of preimplantation factor in response to a LPS challenge on bovine endometrial IL-6 secretion and expression. International Conference on Biology and Pathology of Reproduction in Domestic Animals. Cadair

2014

Clamp, R.E., Paddison, J.S., Nash, D.M., Rose, M.T., Barnea, E. 2014. Effect of pre-implantation factor on the secretion of prostaglandin F2α and prostaglandin E2 from bovine endometrial tissue following a lipopolysaccharide challenge in vitro. BSAS Annual Conference 2014, 29-30 April 2014. Cadair

2013

Clamp, R., Paddison, J., Rose, M., Nash, D., Barnea, E.R. 2013. Effect of pre-implantation factor on the secretion of prostaglandins from bovine endometrial tissue following a lipopolysaccharide challenge in vitro. Endometritis as a cause of infertility in domestic animals. Cadair