On April 16th our dear friend Isabel passed away in the Bordet Institute of Brussels after a long struggle against cancer. Isabel died as she lived, working and fighting until the last moment for European research in animal health.
Isabel was a remarkable person of immense generosity, extraordinary manners and great passion. With her death, we lose a strong advocate for European research. For over 15 years, she acted as a major bridge within the scientific community linking different European research teams and establishing connections with scientists from America, Asia and Africa. She helped to improve the level of European veterinary science by creating a strong European network of veterinary scientists in a very competitive environment. She was an enthusiastic supporter of the “One Health” vision and of the role of the veterinary profession in fighting neglected diseases and poverty.
All who had the fortune to meet and work with her are deeply saddened by her passing .We have lost an excellent professional and a great friend of animal health research. Isabel has been a tremendous example to veterinary scientists worldwide and a precious acquaintance for all who have been fortunate to work with her.
We have received numerous expressions of condolences from many countries around the world. All praise Isabel's excellent work to improve animal health research in Europe; her broad vision for the future to advance science; her ability to support the resolution of major health problems; her unconditional support of young researchers; her ability to build bridges of communication and cooperation with other research groups within and outside the European Union. Isabel was always ready to offer advice and help selflessly and generously to all who asked. We all agree that Isabel was, above all, a warm hearted and caring person who always demonstrated outstanding professionalism and dedication to her work.
SUAT research team signed the first twinning agreement between OIE certified laboratories.
On April 1, 2011 began the agreement between the research group led by Prof. JM Sanchez-Vizcaino (reference laboratory of the OIE for African Swine Fever and African Horse Sickness) and the NationalVeterinary Research Institute for Virology and Microbiology (NRIVVaM) in Russia.
This twinning project will seek to improve the diagnostic capabilities of NRIVVaM in African Swine Fever at a level comparable to the standards of the OIE RL.
From the 5th to 7th of May the Spanish Association of Equine Veterinary Specialists organized the Annual AEVEE Congress 2011 in Segovia. Professor José Manuel Sánchez-Vizcaíno participated with the oral comunication: "Present situation of West Nile Virus", sponsored by Pfizer .
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The first Tissue Bank in the Mediterranean fauna contains 500 samples.
L'Oceanogràfic and the Animal Health group of the Complutense University impulse the Marine Animal Health program.
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On Wednesday 27 April in the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Irene Iglesias Martin defended the PhD thesis "Modelo de difusión de la Influenza Aviar Altamente Patógena".
Directed by Ana de la Torre and José Manuel Sánchez-Vizcaino.
The SUAT goup gives you the most sincere congratulations!
Scientists predict a spate of strandings in the coming months.
Specimens that have arrived dead to the Valencian coast are newborn and young.
Source & pic: Levante Mercantil Valenciano