Hugh W. Ferguson BVM&S, PhD, Dipl., ACVP, MRCVS, FRCPath

Director, Pathobiology
Director, Marine Medicine Program

Email: hferguson@sgu.edu 
Web: www.sgu.edu 
Tele: (473)-444-4175 ext. 3675 
Fax: (473)-439-5068




Areas of Interest

Comparative pathology, pathophysiology, and defence mechanisms in lower vertebrates, especially fish.



Brief Bio

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Born in Co. Down, N. Ireland, and schooled in England and Scotland, Hugh W. Ferguson graduated from the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, Edinburgh, Scotland in 1972. Following a PhD in the reticulo-endothelial system of fish at the Institute of Aquaculture, University of Stirling, Scotland, funded by a Wellcome Fellowship, he spent a year as Head of the Pathology Department at the Ministry of Agriculture Fisheries and Food's Fish Diseases Laboratory, Weymouth, Dorset, England. He then went to the Veterinary Research Laboratory, Stormont, Belfast, for 4 years before moving to Ontario Veterinary College in 1979, where he sat his pathology boards and rose to become full professor in the Pathology Department. He was recruited back to Stirling, Scotland in 1998 as Chair of Diagnostic Pathology and Microbiology. He consults and teaches internationally and is author and co-author of almost 200 scientific papers, most of which concern diseases and disease processes in fish, and he is author and editor of a new edition of the standard textbook Systemic Pathology of Fish (Scotian Press, 2006). Hugh left Stirling at the end of 2009, and has just accepted a position as Professor in Pathobiology and Director of the Marine Medicine Program, School of Veterinary Medicine, St. George’s University, Grenada, W. Indies.

Selected Publications

Delannoy CMJ, Houghton J, Fleming N, & Ferguson H.W. 2011. Mauve stingers (Pelagia noctiluca) as carriers of the bacterial fish pathogen Tenacibaculum maritimum. Aquaculture 311:255-257

Marcos-Lopez, M., Waltzek T.B., Hedrick, R.P., Baxa, D., Garber, A., Liston, R., Johnsen, E., Forward. B, Backman, S. &Ferguson, H.W.  2011. Characterization of a novel alloherpesvirus from Atlantic cod (Gadus morhua) J. Vet. Diagn Invest.

Williams, C.F., Poddubnaya, L.G., Scholz, T., Turnbull, J.F. & Ferguson, H.W.  2011.  Histopathological and ultrastructural studies of the tapeworm Monobothrium wageneri (Caryophyllidea) in the intestinal tract of tench Tinca tinca. Diseases of Aquatic Organisms 97:143-154.

Ferguson, H.W., Delannoy, C.M.J., Hay, S., Nicolson, J., Sutherland, D. & Crumlish, M. 2010. Jellyfish as vectors of bacterial disease for farmed salmon(Salmo salar).  J. Vet. Diagn. Invest, 22: 376-382.

Selected Projects

Ferguson, HW with co-recipients Drs. Crumlish, Turnbull, Shinn and Thompson. 2001-03. £150,000.00 from DFID (UK). Risk issues and management strategies for Bacillary Necrosis Disease (BNP) and other factors for Pangasius spp. farming in the Mekong Delta, Vietnam. 

Ferguson, HW with co-recipient Prof. A. Adams. 2005-07. £94,000.00 from SARF for research into cardiomyopathy syndrome (CMS) and other heart diseases in Atlantic salmon.

Ferguson, HW with co-recipients Drs. J. Turnbull and M. Crumlish. 2005-2008, £100,000.00 for research into summer enteritis syndrome of rainbow trout

Ferguson, HW. 2007-2008. £54,000.00 from industry sources for research into Red Mark Syndrome/Strawberry Disease in rainbow trout.

Ferguson, HW as Co-recipient (as named collaborator) with various researchers in Norwegian Veterinary College, and other Norwegian institutions. 2008-2011, NK6,000,000.00 from Norwegian research council plus industry sources (Marine Harvest). Cardiomyopathy syndrome: A multi-task approach to reduce losses and improve knowledge.