Viral comments (37): A WHO action plan not to end up between a rock and a hard place.

Since 2015, the World Health Organization (WHO) has been developing and polishing a “tool” (risk assessment committees of experts based on the available information) to try to identify those diseases that represent (or will represent) a risk to public health due to its epidemic potential and against which there are no countermeasures or these are considered insufficient.

Aedes aegypti detection in Fuerteventura, Canary Islands

At the beginning of December 2017, the Ministry of Health of the Canary Islands Government, through its General Department of Public Health, detected some specimens of the mosquito Aedes aegypti in an urban area, Las Granadas , in the Puerto del Rosario on the island of Fuerteventura.

IRTA-CReSA signs up for ESCOLAB and Brain Awareness Week

ESCOLAB is an initiative of the Barcelona City Council to bring research closer to students of all ages with the aim of motivating them to face their professional trajectory towards research, innovation and technology.

IRTA-CReSA collaborates with EFSA, the European Food Safety Authority, in two risk assessment projects

Two Partnering Grant Projects, in which IRTA-CReSA participates have been recently awarded by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA). EFSA’s Partnering Grants aim to build risk assessment capacity by transferring knowledge and expertise between two or more organizations in Member States.

Do you need a BSL3 facility to study a zoonosis or an OIE notifiable disease? A new call is open to fund your experiment in our center!

IRTA-CreSA is a member of the VetBioNet network, a Veterinary Biocontained facility Network for excellence in animal infectious disease research and experimentation.  

Bovine tuberculosis: Challenges and controversies (II). Biological and non-biological context.

A few weeks ago, we wrote a post on this blog where we remarked that one of the key points to address the control of bovine tuberculosis is the complexity of its epidemiology, as it involves a multi-host system. Therefore, the solutions will require control measures for all the reservoirs of the disease.

IRTA-CReSA will investigate a possible relationship between cases of sporadic Creutzfeldt Jackob disease and prion diseases of goats and sheep

The State Program for the Promotion of Research, Scientific and Technical Excellence, State Subprogram of Knowledge Generation, within the framework of the State Plan for Scientific and Technical Research and Innovation 2013-2016 of the Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness (MEIC) has resolved to estimate the partial (a 56%) funding of the project presented by IRTA-CReSA with the title: “Study of a possible causal relationship between cases of sporadic Creutzfeldt Jackob disease and Scrapie of small ruminants“. Reference AGL2017-88353-P.

2nd Prize for the best idea for RES-KIT: a field tool for detecting multiresistant bacteria.

Laila Darwich and I (Lourdes Migura-Garcia), researchers from IRTA-CReSA have participated together with researchers from CSIC and UAB in the course organized by the “Parc de Recerca de la UAB” (PRUAB) named  Generation of Ideas Programme. With our novel idea RES-KIT, our team has been awarded the second price.

Viral comments (36): WHO consultative meeting on high/maximum containment laboratories networking.

Laboratories of high biocontainment (BSL3) and maximum biocontainment (BSL4) worldwide represent the highest levels of biological containment, offering great protection for the user, the sample and the environment.

Bovine tuberculosis: Challenges and controversies (I). A shared disease.

Over the last 100 years developed countries have carried out numerous and expensive actions for the control of tuberculosis in people and livestock with variable results depending on the case.