Animal diseases have a major economic impact on modern societies, due to animal losses, severe decrease in animal productivity and wellbeing, trade embargos and costs with implementation of control and eradication measures. Therefore, the aim of this thematic line is to investigate the most important aspects of animal health with a strong interdisciplinary approach, in the perspective of prevention, detection and control of animal disease and veterinary public health.
Research in this thematic line will be essentially carried out in 3 laboratories: Microbiology and Immunology, Infectious Disease and Epidemiology, and Parasitology .
Microbiology and Immunology laboratory tasks
Primarily involved in the study of small animal viral, inflammatory and oncogenic diseases as models to assess novel immunology based therapeutic strategies. Antimicrobial resistance and virulence mechanisms of emerging bacterial isolates will also be addressed.
Infectious Disease and Epidemiology Laboratory Tasks
This lab will be involved in the development of risk-based surveillance strategies for infectious diseases and antimicrobial resistance, including development of sensitive diagnostic molecular methods and implementation of animal health information systems. Characterization of pathogen/host interactions in African Swine Fever is a long term ongoing effort.
Parasitology lab tasks
Their tasks are the development and characterization of new therapeutical protocols against canine leishmaniosis, development and characterization of novel approaches to control helminthic diseases and study of insect vectors and their control.