On 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.
Prof. José Manuel Sánchez-Vizcaino, will participate in the Center for Animal Disease Modeling and Surveillance (CADMS) seminars at the University of California in Davis with the Master Lecture: "ASF: The main threat of the global pig industry. A view of its present and future".
Date: February 19th.
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
The 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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The next 16th of December at 12:30pm there will be a conference on innovation in research for Animal Health. (Advances in R&D) entitled "Globalization and Animal Health - Public Health" organized by the Campus of Excellence of the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria.
African Swine Fever epidemiology and laboratory transfer from the OIE Reference Laboratory Universidad Complutense de Madrid and China
The OIE Reference Laboratory for ASF directed by Prof. J.M. Sánchez-Vizcaíno has received Dr Li Lin and Dr Jinming Li from the China Animal Health and Epidemiology Centre in Qingdao, P.R. China for a two week training in ASF epidemiology and laboratory techniques. Dr M. Martinez, in charge of the ASF epidemiology programme, will train Dr Jinming Li together with Mr. E. Fernández and Dr I. Iglesias. Dr E. Nieto, in charge of the ASF laboratory programme, will train Dr Li Lin together with Ms. C. Jurado and Ms. B. Rivera. We welcome our Chinese colleagues very warmly and wish them a pleasant and fruitful stay with us!
From left to right: Dr.M.Martinez and Dr.Jinming Li (ASF Epidemiology), Prof. J.M.Sánchez Vizcaíno, and Dr. Li Lin and Dr.E.Nieto (ASF Laboratory). Photo by B.Rivera.
The Community of Madrid has awarded funding for this Program in the area of Agrifood and Biotechnology coordinated by the VISAVET Centre of Complutense University.
The act of granting Programs Activities R & D Technology from 2014 to 2018 was held at the Real Casa de Correos in Madrid on Wednesday, October 22nd and was chaired by the Community of Madrid President, Ignacio Gonzalez, the Education, Youth and Sports Councillor, Mrs. Lucia Figar, and Education, Youth and Sports Deputy Councilor Mrs. Alicia Delibes.
The Adavance Technnologies in Health Surveillance (ATHS) programme proposes the application of emerging technologies in the agrifood area to improve the quality and food safety together with the eficiency in agricultural and livestock production, following the recomendations by the FAO, European Union and WHO for next decades. The programme framework covers the whole food chain according to the approach “from the farm to the fork. ”.
The ATHS consortium is a multidisciplinary team of 13 complementary research groups leaders in Public and Animal Health, Food Safety and Environment. They belong to five of the most renowned Spanish scientific institutions (Universidad Complutense Madrid (UCM), Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM), Instituto Nacional de Investigación y Tecnología Agraria y Alimentaria (INIA), Instituto de Salud Carlos III (ISCIII) y Centro de Investigaciones, Energéticas, Medioambientales, y Tecnologías (CIEMAT).
On thursday November 6th Victor Rodríguez Prieto defend his Doctoral Thesis entitled "New epidemiological and diagnostic tools for the study of the interaction between domestic and wild animals" directed by José Manuel Sánchez-Vizcaíno and Joaquín Goyache Goñi.
Date: November 6th, 12.30 am.
Venue: Sala de Grados, Veterinary Faculty of the Complutense University of Madrid
Wildlife diseases have become increasingly important due to the role of wild animals in infections of major impact on animal and public health, as well as in environmental management. The scenario where wild animals inhabit has changed in recent years, mainly due to anthropogenic factors, which have promoted the creation of situations of interaction between wildlife and domestic animals and/or humans. Considering this human-domestic-wildlife interface (HDW interface) when managing infectious diseases is the best way to cost-effectively allocate resources and achieve an adequate health status.
This thesis entitled New epidemiological and diagnostic tools for the study of the interaction between domestic and wild animals intends to develop, integrate and apply different epidemiological and diagnostic methods focused on various infectious diseases used as a model to study the Spanish HDW interface. Its aim is to cover various types of diseases (i.e. new, exotic and endemic diseases) as well as several hosts (i.e. wild ungulates, wild birds and zoo animals). The work developed in this thesis consists of six papers published in journals of international impact and one in preparation, describing epidemiological models, diagnostic methods, immunological studies and experimental challenges, all of them preceded by an extensive literature review.
The articles included in this thesis describe methods and results that are innovative in the field of infectious diseases and wildlife. They also serve as a model for other diseases, wild species or regions with similar epidemiological features. All the issues raised in this thesis can have direct application to surveillance and control of diseases in wild populations, especially those transmitted in the HDW interface, whose inclusion in comprehensive plans for health management is becoming increasingly paramount.