SUAT TEAM

SUAT team

The SUAT team is a group dedicated to the Viral Immunology and Preventive Medicine Service at the VISAVET Health Surveillance Centre belonging to the Complutense University of Madrid

Main researches are focused in the diagnosis of animal viruses and epidemiological analyses of disease risk of introduction, risk of spread and early detection. Important scientific publications reinforce theses researches on different diseases such as Foot-and-Mouth Disease, West Nile, Avian Influenza, African Swine Fever, Classical Swine Fever, African Horse Sickness, Bluetongue, etc. And several collaborations were carried out jointly along these works with different partnerships such as OIE, FAO, OIRSA, DG SANCO, EFSA, etc.

In addition, SUAT team is the Reference Laboratory for the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) for African Swine Fever and African Horse Sickness. 

Professor José Manuel Sánchez-Vizcaíno

José Manuel Sánchez-Vizcaíno - Sanidad AnimalJosé Manuel Sánchez-Vizcaíno Rodríguez was born in Murcia in 1951. He received his Licentiate and PhD at the Veterinary Faculty of the Universidad Complutense. Subsequently, he conducted his post-graduate studies in animal immunology and virology at Cornell University in New York. Upon returning to Spain he joined the National Institute of Agricultural and Food Research (INIA, Instituto Nacional de Investigaciones Agrarias y Alimentarias) performing the following functions: Researcher (1978-1980), Chief of Research Projects (1980-1985), Chief of the Animal Virology Department (1985-1988), Chief of the Animal Health Department (1988-1993) and Chief of the Animal Health Research Center (CISA, Centro de Investigacion en Sanidad Animal) (1993-2002).

Since the year 2002 he has been a Professor of Animal Health at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid, carrying out his teaching and research in the Department of Animal Health at the Veterinary Faculty.

The Scientific contributions of Professor Sanchez-Vizcaino have notably contributed to the control and eradication of various animal diseases, among them the African Swine Fever, African Horse Sickness and Classical Swine Disease. All of that thanks to the development of new methods and fast and sensitive diagnostic reagents, new epidemiologic strategies as well as the development of new vaccines. 

He has more than 200 research publications in high international impact journals. He is the author of various chapters in books with international prestige (African Swine Fever and Diseases of Swine, African Horse Sickness in the OIE Terrestrial Manual, Trends in Emerging Viral Infections of Swine…) and digital courses dedicated to immunology and infectious diseases as well as sanitary simulations. He has directed a great number of research projects and doctoral theses about infectious animals diseases. He obtained the National Swine Research Prize ANAPORC in 1990, the International Swine Prize “PORCO BRAVO in 1999”, the First Prize on Swine Health and Production ( Produccion Animal 2000) and the Animal Health Prize 2007 “Los mejores de La Verdad 2007” .

Dr. Sánchez-Vizcaíno has been awarded with the “Encomienda de Numero de la Orden del Merito Agrario” (03/12/99) and with the “Encomienda de Numero de la Orden del Merito Alimentario”) (05/05/03), as well as "Cruz del Mérito Militar con distintivo blanco" (03/01/03) for his contributions in animal health and in controlling infectious diseases. He was recently awarded with the Merit Medal from the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE), as international recognition to his outstanding services to veterinary science (24/5/09), and has been awarded Doctor “Honoris Causa” by the University of Murcia (22/04/10); furthermore he has been nominated “2013 George C. Poppensiek Visiting Professor in Global Animal Health” by the Cornell University (09/2013).

Since 1990 Professor Sánchez-Vizcaíno has collaborated with the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) and with the FAO in various health missions for controlling infectious diseases and for technological transference in several European countries, in America and Africa. He has participated in many national and international scientific commisions.

  • Member of the Scientific Committee of the Istituto Zooprofilattico Sperimentale della Sicilia (IZS Sicilia) (2015 to present)
  • Member of the European Union Community Veterinary Emergency Team 2009 (2009)
  • Scientific Committee of the Spanish Agency of Food Safety (AESA) (2003-2008)
  • Scientific Committee of the animal health and wellness commission of the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) (2003-2006)
  • Assessing Scientific Committee of the Public Health Institute of the Madrid Community (2002 to present)
  • Member of the National Committee of the Health Alert System (2001 to present)
  • OIE expert on African Swine Disease (1991 to present)

He is a member of several scientific societies. His current scientific interest is centered in the study of animal infectious diseases and particularly in the development of new diagnostic techniques and new strategies for its control by means of analyzing the risk and development of epidemiologic models as well as establishing networks for sanitary monitoring.

He belongs to various Scientific National and International Societies and has been the President of the Scientific Swine Production Association (ANAPORC).

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Researchers

Luis Enrique Martín Otero

Licenciado en Veterinaria por la Universidad Complutense de Madrid en el año 1976 con calificación de Sobresaliente.

Trabajó durante cuatro años en el Servicio de Virología e Inmunología del Instituto Nacional de Investigaciones Agrarias del Ministeriode Agricultura Pesca y Alimentación.

Veterinario Militar por Concurso Oposición en el año 1977.
Diplomado en Microbiología y Análisis Clínicos por el Ministerio de Defensa en el año 1982.
Diplomado en Microbiología e higiene y Sanidad Ambiental por el Ministerio de Defensa en el año 2003.
Diplomado en Sanidad por la Escuela Departamental de Sanidad de la Comunidad Autónoma de Aragón en el año 2003.
Doctor en Veterinaria por la Univesidad Complutense de Madrid en el año 1991.

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PhD position collaborators

Marta Martínez Avilés

Marta Martínez Avilés

Marta Martínez Avilés graduated as a veterinarian in the Faculty of Veterinary Sciences of the Universidad Complutense de Madrid, where she also obtained in 2010 her PhD. She has joined our team as a post-doc to investigate better ways to integrate risk-based surveillance systems into current policy programs in animal health.

Her professional career took off in 2002 when she worked as an official veterinarian in the United Kingdom. Her training in veterinary epidemiology was enhanced with the fulfillment of the MSc in Veterinary Epidemiology (RVC & LHSTM, University of London, 2005), which included the involvement in a project on the development of a model to improve the control of peste des petits ruminants at CIRAD, a French research centre working with developing countries on agricultural and development issues. She then returned to Madrid to combine her work as a veterinary epidemiologist at the Animal Health Surveillance Centre (VISAVET) of the Faculty of Veterinary Sciences of the Universidad Complutense de Madrid, and at the Animal Health Research Centre (CISA) of the National Institute for Agricultural and Food Research and Technology (INIA), with a PhD.

From 2006-2010 she explored tools to assess the risk of occurrence and spread of several OIE listed diseases, particularly viral infections including vector-borne diseases or those with wild animals’ implication, like avian influenza, African swine fever, bluetongue, African horse sickness, Crimean-Congo haemorrhagic fever, Rift Valley fever or West Nile fever. Those risk assessments could then be applied in insurance systems as well as a planning and evaluation tool in surveillance and control plans at the local, national and regional level.

After she completed her PhD thesis “Assessment of the risk of introduction of highly pathogenic avian influenza in Spain through migratory wintering birds” with the maximum qualification and a European Mention, she moved to New Zealand for one year where she was involved in the development and teaching of a EU-World Bank-co-funded online MSc in Biosecurity and One Health for vets and medics from South Asia at Massey University.

Finally, she has spent the last two years (2011-2013) in Paris, France, at the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) where she coordinated the activities of the Scientific Commission for Animal Diseases which involved disease prevention and control strategies as well as science-informed policy decisions. She was also involved in activities related to the control of rabies and other zoonoses that involved collaboration with the public health sector.

Beatriz Martínez López

Beatriz Martínez López

DVM by the University Complutense of Madrid (UCM) (2004), Master in Preventive Veterinary Medicine (MPVM) by the University of California (2007), and PhD in Epidemiology and Preventive Veterinary Medicine in the UCM (2009). Currently, she is a researcher in the group leaded for Jose Manuel Sánchez-Vizcaíno, which belongs to the VISAVET group of the UCM and holds the OIE-reference labs for African Swine Fever and African Horse Sickness. Since 2009, she is also an Associate Profesor of Epidemiology in the University Cardenal Herrera-CEU of Valencia. She has been involved in more than 18 European and National projects and contracts, participated in more than 46 oral presentations and 10 posters in Congresses and conferences and, produced more than 36 publications (including papers, monographs, books and proceedings).

Her main research has been focus to applied quantitative risk analyses, Social Network Analysis and spread models for the evaluation of the potential entrance, spread and control of foot-and-mouth disease, classical swine fever, bluetongue, African Horse Sickness and African Swine Fever into Spain and the European countries.

 

Deborah Kukielka Zunzunegui

Deborah Kukielka Zunzunegui

Licenciada en Veterinaria por la Universidad Complutense de Madrid, obtuvo su doctorado ‘Cum Laude’ y con mención europea en el año 2010. Su tesis se centró en el desarrollo de métodos de diagnóstico molecular para detectar virus ARN y en el estudio de su epidemiología molecular. Posteriormente, desarrolló una estancia postdoctoral en el hospital Monte Sinaí de Nueva York donde trabajó con el virus de la gripe. Ha desarrollado además estancias en centros de investigación de gran prestigio internacional como el Centro Nacional de Enfermedades Animales (NADC/USDA), perteneciente al Departamento de Agricultura de los EEUU, y en la unidad de virología de la Universidad de Ciencias Agrícolas (SLU,Uppsala, Suecia), centro de referencia de la OIE para el diagnóstico biotecnológico de enfermedades infecciosas veterinarias.

Actualmente también es profesora de Microbiología en la facultad de Farmacia de la Universidad CEU-San Pablo (Madrid).

PhD position

José Ángel Barasona

José Ángel Barasona

DVM by the University of Cordoba in 2009, and Master´s Degree in Basic and Applied Research in Hunting Resources by the University of Castilla-La Mancha (UCLM) in 2010. He joined the Health and Biotechnology group of the Research Institute of Wildlife (SaBio-IREC) with a predoctoral grant (FPU-MECD) and worked as PhD and post-doc researcher between 2010 and 2017 in this group. In 2015, he obtained the International Doctorate mention for his PhD thesis entitled "Epidemiology and prevention at the sanitary interaction between domestic and wild ungulates" by the UCLM.
His research interests have been focused mainly on understanding the factors underlying the shared diseases affecting humans, domestic animals, wildlife and environment. Currently, he is joined the Complutense University of Madrid (Department of Animal Health; SUAT-VISAVET) with a postdoctoral contract “Juan de la Cierva” (MICINN), and is focused on the ecology and the sanitary aspects of the spatial-temporal interactions among wild ungulates and extensive livestock, using the most innovative technologies from a multidisciplinary perspective (diagnosis, molecular biology, genetic, environmental microbiology, farm biosecurity, unmanned aircraft systems, biologging telemetry, GIS, proximity contact recording).

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Eduardo Fernández Carrión

José Ángel BarasonaEduardo Fernández Carrión has a bachelor degree in Mathematical Sciences and a PhD in Statistical-Mathematical Methods for Data Processing (UCM). He joined the Veterinary Sanitary Surveillance Centre in 2013 (VISAVET-UCM), and since then, he worked in SUAT team headed by Prof. Sánchez-Vizcaíno.
His main line of research focuses on the development of mathematical models in veterinary epidemiology. However, all works require the application of knowledge in various statistical-mathematical disciplines such as time series, spatial analysis, differential equations, stochastic processes, Monte Carlo methods, Bayesian statistics, classification techniques, automatic learning, Risk analysis, optimization, decision methods, tests, survival analysis, etc. And, depending on study requierements, these works involve new developments in different languages ​​such as Matlab, R, C ++, Python, SAS, ArcGIS, SPSS, Java, etc.
As an added value, Eduardo is continuously in contact with the research groups MOMAT (School of Mathematics at UCM, Mathematical Models in Science and Technology: Development, Analysis, Numerical Simulation and Control) and ILSA (Computer Science School at UCM, Implementation Of Language-Driven Software and Applications) for collaborations in new mathematical and technological developments.

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Master and PhD students

Cristina Jurado Díaz

Cristina Jurado Díaz

She graduated in Veterinary Science at the Complutense University of Madrid (2009-2014). She participated as an intern during her senior year and in September 2014 she has joined our research group.

Her research is focused on laboratory and epidemiology study of African swine fever.

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Sandra Barroso Arévalo

Sandra Barroso Arévalo

She has a degree in Veterinary medicine from the Complutense University of Madrid (2009-2014). She has joined our team since February 2015 to start her doctoral studies.

Her research is focus on the molecular study on viral diseases of bees, as well as its epidemiology and other factors that cause the “Colony collapse disorder”.

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Cecilia Aguilar Vega

Cecilia Aguilar Vega

Graduated with degree in Veterinary Medicine from the University Complutense of Madrid (2011-2016). Cecilia joined the SUAT team in September 2016 and was an intern with us during the last two years of her studies.

Her field of research focuses on the molecular study of the bluetongue virus, in addition to the spatial epidemiological analysis of the disease.

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Laboratory Technicians

Belén Rivera Arroyo

Belén Rivera ArroyoShe was born in Madrid in 1983. In 2002 she finished her Superior Technical studies in Clinical Diagnostic Laboratory, specializing in the field of Hematology. She made her internship in the emergency clinics of Hospital de Mostoles. Subsequently she obtained the title of Nurse Assistant and made her internship in the Hospital de Alcorcon.

She joined the team of Jose Manuel Sanchez Vizcaino in October 2004 and is currently working in the diagnosis of the main Bee viroses and of other infectious animal diseases (management of techniques such as PCR, ELISA, and CELULAR GROWTH among others) as well as management and laboratory administration.

She has experience in working methodology in High-level Biological Security NSB3 Laboratories.

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Rocío Sánchez García

She was born in Madrid in 1984. She finished her Superior Technical Laboratory studies in 2004. She did her internship in the General Hospital Nr. 12 in October.

In 2005 she received the Finnova scholarship at the laboratories for infectious diseases in the Department of Animal Health.

In July 2006 she joined the team of Professor Jose Manuel Sanchez-Vizcaino working in the diagnosis of infectious diseases in bees and swine as well as general maintenance of the laboratory, cellular growth techniques and molecular techniques (PCR, electrophoresis, etc….)

 

 

 

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Management and administration

Raquel Vargas Álvarez

She was born in Barcelona in 1979.  She is Master in Project Management and Superior Technician in Travel Agencies.  Since the year 2000 and until mid 2007 she worked in different tourism sector companies , specializing in the management of business travels, organization of national and international conventions and events.

In June 2007 she joined the team of Professor Jose Manuel Sanchez-Vizcaino as Project Manager and Chief Secretary.  Since then she has managed more than 20 research projects, both national and European (VI and VII Frame Program), and has coordinated the organization of international and national events, courses, and congresses.

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External Collaborators

  • Dra. Marisa Arias (Centro de Investigación en Sanidad Animal, CISA-INIA, España)
  • Dr. Sándor Bélak (Universidad de Uppsala, Suecia)
  • Dr. Fernando Esperón (Centro de Investigación en Sanidad Animal, CISA-INIA, España)
  • Prof. Antonio Fernández (Universidad de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, España)
  • Dr. Daniel García Párraga ( L'Oceanogràfic de Valencia, España)
  • Prof. José Carlos Gómez-Villamandos (Universidad de Córdoba, España)
  • Dr. Christian Gortazar (IREC - Univ. Castilla la Mancha)
  • Hank Harris (Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa, USA)
  • Dr. Frank Koenen (Veterinary and Agrochemical Research Center, CODA-CERVA-VAR, Bélgica)
  • Dra. Deborah Kukielka Zunzunegui (Universidad San Pablo CEU, Madrid) 
  • Prof. Javier Lucientes (Universidad de Zaragoza, España)
  • Dra. Marta Martínez Avilés ( EpiCenter, Massey University, New Zeland)
  • Prof. Carlos Martins (Universidad de Lisboa, Portugal)
  • Prof. Miguel Ángel Miranda (Universidad Illes Balears, España)
  • Prof. Jorge Moreno (Universidad de Uppsala, Suecia)
  • Dra. Mª Jesús Muñoz (Centro de Investigación en Sanidad Animal, CISA-INIA, España) 
  • Dr. Carlos Pérez (Centro Nacional de Supercomputación, BSC, España)
  • Dr. Andrés M. Pérez (Universidad de Davis, USA)
  • Prof. Dirk Pfeiffer (Royal College of Veterinary Medicine, United Kingdom)
  • Prof. Francisco Puerta (Centro Apícola Andaluz, Universidad de Córdoba, España)
  • Dra. Polly Roy (London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicne, United Kingdom)
  • Dr. Pedro José Sánchez-Cordón (Universidad de Córdoba, España)
  • Dra. Ana de la Torre (Centro de Investigación en Sanidad Animal, CISA-INIA, España)
  • Dr. Alfonso Torres (Universidad de Cornell, USA)
  • Dr. Stephan Zientara (French Agency for food Safety, AFSSA, Francia)
  • Jeffrey Zimmeman (Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa, USA)

Internal students and stays

Internal students

  • Anastasia Pickford
  • Annye Clarissa Ruiz Ulloa
  • Raquel Sánchez García
  • Mª Luisa Cárdenas Rondón
  • Carlos Serna Bernaldo
  • Ana Santamaría Páez
  • Ignacio Vargas Castro
  • Cristian Rodríguez Pacheco
  • Alejandro del Pozo López
  • Laura Falcó González
  • Irene García-Millán Rodríguez
  • Mónica Caridad Benito Torrecilla

Stays

  • Paige Morrison
  • Nicola Bruno Scorovich

Work performed

  • Cadenas Fernández E., Barasona JA. (2018). "¿Cuál es el problema de la PPA en Europa?¿Cómo será su futuro inmediato?". XIII Congreso Nacional Investigación para Estudiantes Pregraduados en Ciencias de la Salud. XVII Congreso de Ciencias Veterinarias y Biomédicas. Madrid.
  • Masía Mejias AL., Barasona JA. (2018). "El reto de desarrollar una vacuna frente al virus de la peste porcina africana: fracasos y oportunidades". XIII Congreso Nacional Investigación para Estudiantes Pregraduados en Ciencias de la Salud. XVII Congreso de Ciencias Veterinarias y Biomédicas. Madrid.
  • Vargas Castro I. (2018). “Análisis virológico en delfines varados en la Comunidad Valenciana entre 2012-2017”. Premio como mejor comunicación científica. XIII Congreso Nacional Investigación para Estudiantes Pregraduados en Ciencias de la Salud. XVII Congreso de Ciencias Veterinarias y Biomédicas. Madrid.
  • Herbert J. (2018). “Brucella spp. detection in stranded cetaceans on the valencian and cantabrian coast beteween 2016-2017”. XIII Congreso Nacional Investigación para Estudiantes Pregraduados en Ciencias de la Salud. XVII Congreso de Ciencias Veterinarias y Biomédicas. Madrid.
  • Rowe C. (2018). “A review of the health and risk factors of honeybees in Spain and the UK”. XIII Congreso Nacional Investigación para Estudiantes Pregraduados en Ciencias de la Salud. XVII Congreso de Ciencias Veterinarias y Biomédicas. Madrid.
  • Kdyraliyeva A. (2018). “Danger of African Swine Fever to domestic pigs and wild boar in the Russian Federation”. XIII Congreso Nacional Investigación para Estudiantes Pregraduados en Ciencias de la Salud. XVII Congreso de Ciencias Veterinarias y Biomédicas. Madrid.
  • García Mesa E. (2018). “Marcadores tempranos como clave en la despoblación de las colmenas”. XIII Congreso Nacional Investigación para Estudiantes Pregraduados en Ciencias de la Salud. XVII Congreso de Ciencias Veterinarias y Biomédicas. Madrid.
  • Muñoz Munuera L. (2018). “Análisis virológico en cetáceos en cautividad y en estado libre ¿hay diferencias epidemiológicas?”. XIII Congreso Nacional Investigación para Estudiantes Pregraduados en Ciencias de la Salud. XVII Congreso de Ciencias Veterinarias y Biomédicas. Madrid.
  • Cadenas Fernández E. (2018). "¿Cuál es el problema de la PPA en Europa?¿Cómo será su futuro inmediato?". XIII Congreso Nacional Investigación para Estudiantes Pregraduados en Ciencias de la Salud. XVII Congreso de Ciencias Veterinarias y Biomédicas. Madrid.
  • Masía Mejias AL. (2018). "El reto de desarrollar una vacuna frente al virus de la peste porcina africana: fracasos y oportunidades". XIII Congreso Nacional Investigación para Estudiantes Pregraduados en Ciencias de la Salud. XVII Congreso de Ciencias Veterinarias y Biomédicas. Madrid.

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Were SUAT

and always will be... 

Susana Cámara Susana
Cámara
Fernando Esperón Fernando
Esperón
Belén Rodríguez Belén
Rodríguez
Mª Carmen Bulboa Mª Carmen
Bulboa
Ana Isabel de las Heras Ana Isabel
de las Heras
Fernando Sánchez-Vizcaíno Fernando
Sánchez-Vizcaíno
Ana Cristina Pérez de Diego Ana Cristina
Pérez de Diego
Xiaoyu  Guo Guo
Xiaoyu

Facundo Linares Facundo
Linares
Victor Rodriguez Prieto Víctor
Rodríguez Prieto
Lina Mur Gil Lina
Mur Gil
Deborah Kukielka

Deborah
Kukielka Zunzunegui

Beatriz Martinez Lopez Beatriz
Martínez López
Almudena Sánchez Matamoros Almudena Sánchez Matamoros Elvira Nieto Pelegrín Elvira
Nieto Pelegrín
Marina Vicente Rubiano Marina
Vicente Rubiano
Mar Melero Asensio Mar
Melero Asensio
Consuelo Rubio Guerri Consuelo
Rubio Guerri