Next 14th of June 2017 (12.00 at the Veterinary Faculty UCM), Mar Melero will defend her PhD thesis entitled "New advances in the diagnosis of diseases in marine mammals", directed by Prof.Dr. José Manuel Sánchez-Vizcaíno Rodríguez.
Marine mammals have long been considered good indicators of marine ecosystem health because they have long lifespans; blubber stores that can serve as depots for chemicals and toxins and some species occupy a high trophic level. In addition to this, many species reside along coasts; human activities like fishing and maritime traffic affect them, and they are vulnerable to many infectious diseases. Some of these have implications for human public health and others may serve as indicators of environmental distress syndrome. Furthermore, marine mammals are very charismatic animals, and thus provide great social interest, and their conservation has repercussions for many other species that share their environment. All of these reasons make the study of diseases of marine mammals not only very important, but also urgent, as many species of marine mammals are currently endangered.
The main objective of this doctoral thesis, is to expand the current knowledge of marine mammals’ health through the development and application of tools for early diagnosis and the study of the infectious agents. The work performed in this thesis have been included in five research articles published in scientist journals with international impact and in a draft that is currently in preparation. The latter describes the systematic determination of herpesvirus in all the sampled tissues from cetaceans stranded in the Valencian Community over a period of three years.
Next Thursday, April 20th, Professor José Manuel Sánchez-Vizcaíno will partipate in this international congress at Ufa (Russia), organiced by the Russian Ministry of Agriculture, with two lectures: One health: a personal view and African swine fever: an update.
Understanding African Swine Fever infection dynamics in Sardinia using a spatially explicit transmission model in domestic pig farms
New research article published in Transboundary and Emerging Diseases.
From the year 2011 the research group SUAT-VISAVET, directed by the Prof. José Manuel Sánchez-Vizcaíno, from the Veterinary Faculty of the UCM, carries out the research Project “Sanidad Marina” (Marine Animal Health) together with the Fundación de las Artes y las Ciencias de Valencia, and Avanqua Oceanogràfic-Ágora.
In 2016 Prof. José Manuel Sánchez-Vizcaíno was nominated as trustee of “FUNDACIÓN OCENAOGRÀFIC DE LA COMUNITAT VALENCIANA”; and he has renew this position this year.
This project arises from the collaboration in recent years between VISAVET Health Surveillance Centre (Complutense University) and the Oceanographic. The aim is to improve the health of the Mediterranean marine fauna and, by extension, the preservation of the marine ecosystem in general.
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Prediction of Pig Trade Movements in Different European Production Systems Using Exponential Random Graph Models
New open access article published in Frontiers in Veterinary Science journal.
New research article published in Emerging Infectious Diseases journal.
New research published in Acta Tropica.
Professor José Manuel Sánchez-Vizcaíno will participate in the XVII Porcino Forum with the presentation "Epidemiological and pathological situation in Europe". The technical day will be held in Madrid on Thursday 9 February.
Press interview in "El Mundo" newspaper with Professor José Manuel Sánchez-Vizcaíno