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We belong to the VISAVET Research Centre from the Complutense University of Madrid (UCM). We work in research and teaching on animal infectious diseases.

  • El principal objetivo de VACDIVA es resolver el problema de la Peste Porcina Africana (PPA) en Europa y en los países afectados, desarrollando vacunas seguras y efectivas para cerdos domésticos y jabalíes, tests de diagnóstico y herramientas para estrategias de control y erradicación en Europa
  • Somos Laboratorio de Referencia de la Organización Mundial de la Sanidad Animal (OIE) en Peste Porcina Africana (PPA) y Peste Equina Africana PEA.
  • Realizamos el diagnóstico de los principales virus que afectan a las abejas, siendo pioneros en el desarrollo y puesta a punto de nuevas técnicas para su estudio.
  • La investigación epidemiologica de la Peste Porcina Clásica y Africana (PPC y PPA) son dos de nuestras prioridades.
  • En SUAT trabajamos en la aplicación de la termografía a la sanidad animal, especialmente ventajosa en animales en libertad y de zoo.

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Preventing pandemics using a One Health approach

Jonna MazetProfessor Jonna Mazet will present this seminar entitled "Preventing pandemics using a One Health approach" the 17th June at 16:30 am at the Hall of Degrees of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine in the Complutense University.

Jonna Mazet, DVM, MPVM, PhD, is a Professor of Epidemiology and Disease Ecology and Director of the One Health Institute in the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine where she focuses on global health problem solving, especially for emerging infectious disease and conservation challenges. Dr. Mazet is active in international One Health research programs, especially disease transmission among wildlife, domestic animals, and people and the ecological drivers for disease emergence. Currently, she is the Global Director of a $175 million viral emergence early warning project, named PREDICT, that has been developed with the US Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Emerging Pandemic Threats Program. She has recently been elected to the US National Academy of Medicine in recognition of her successful and innovative approach to emerging environmental and global health threats.

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II Workshop on "Modellings and Simulation of Epidemics"

Epidemics are one of the most important concerns of the governments, Human and Animal Health authorities and Society in general. During the last years the appearance and diffusion of emerging and re-emerging diseases such as VIH, SARS, H1N1 influenza, Nipah virus, Ebola, bluetongue, ASFV or AHSV has promoted the development of simulation models aimed to facilitate the complex decision making process to control and eradicate disease.
The aim of this workshop is to organize an exploratory meeting about new challenges in the modelling and simulation of Epidemics (for human or/and animals), with senior and junior experts invited by the Organizing Committee.

They will present their research in the field and there will be a round table discussing about new challenges.

Sharing and developing of new ideas and the promotion of new collaborations will be the final goal of the event.

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V International Veterinary Congress

José Manuel Sánchez-Vizcaíno during the V International Veterinary Congress at MoscowProf. Sánchez-Vizcaíno participated in the "V International Veterinary Congress: One world, One health" celebrated in Moscow during the 22nd, 23rd and 24th April.

During the event he moderated de conference “Current issues in industrial pig breeding” and the “Panel discussion on African swine fever”, where gave the conference “Eradication of African swine fever”.


Franz J. Conraths seminar

Franz J. ConrathsFranz J. Conraths will give a talk entitled "Epidemiological analysis of outbreaks of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza, subtype H5N8, in Germany" next thurday 16th of April at 10:30 am in the Veterinary Medicine Faculty of the Complutense University organised by the SUAT team.

Head of the Department of Epidemiology of the Friedrich-Loeffler-Institut, Federal Research Institute for Animal Health, Greifswald-Insel Riems. Germany
Deputy of the president of the Friedrich-Loeffler-Institut
Extramural professor, Free University of Berlin, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine 

Professional training:
Studies in Veterinary Medicine at the Free University of Berlin (1978-1983)
Doctoral thesis/PhD in Veterinary Virology (1986, Free University of Berlin)
Habilitation in Parasitology (1996, Justus-Liebig-Universität Giessen)
Venia legendi in Epidemiology and Animal Disease Control (1999)

FLI maintains an epidemiological advisory group that investigates disease outbreaks together with the local veterinary authority. In the case of H5N8, the advisory group was involved in the epidemiological work-up of all outbreaks in Germany and cooperated with colleagues in the UK, the Netherlands and Italy on the epidemiology of H5N8 in Europe.

Almudena Sánchez Matamoros PhD defense

Almudena Sánchez Matamoros read her PhD Thesis entitled "Epidemiological evolution and control of African horse sickness" on 26 February 2015, obtaining the highest qualification cum laude.

The SUAT group gives you the most sincere congratulations

Defensa de Tesis de Almudena Sánchez Matamoros

Almudena Sánchez Matamoros PhD

Tesis Doctoral deAlmudena Sánchez MatamorosOn Thursday 26th of February, Almudena Sánchez Matamoros defend her PhD thesis with European Mention "Evolution and epidemiological control of African Horse Sickness " directed by Prof. José Manuel Sánchez-Vizcaíno, Dr. Eva Martinez and Dr. Iglesias. Deborah Kukielka Zunzunegi.

The event will take place at 16.30 in the main building of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine of the Complutense University.

Phd Summary

New agreement between Complutense University of Madrid (UCM) and Sardinian Government to provide scientific and Technical support to eradicate African Swine Fever on the island

La UCM firma un convenio con el gobierno de Cerdeña para darle apoyo científico y técnico en la erradicación de la Peste Porcina Africana en la islaThe project will be carried out by the research team SUAT-VISAVET led by Prof. José Manuel Sánche-Vizcaíno. The new eradication plan, expected to be the final after 30 years of presence of the disease in Sardinia, has received the green light from the European Union which has financed it with €1.08million as initial funding. The project will be coordinated by the Directorate General of the Presidency of the Region, which includes the Health, Agriculture and Environment departments, and will be supported by the international experts: Alberto Laddomada (EU Dirtectorate General of Health and Consumers) and Prof. José Manuel Sánchez-Vizcaíno (Visavet Resarch Center, UCM).

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