Author Archives: Joaquim Segales

Visiting the Shanghai Academy of Agricultural Sciences

On 15th June 2018, Dr. Joaquim Segalés, researcher at IRTA-CReSA and associate professor of UAB, visited the Institute of Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Science of the Shanghai Academy of Agricultural Sciences, SAAS (Shanghai, China). This institute, led by Dr. Huili Liu, is mainly engaged in research and technology developments such as breeding new species and hybridity advantages utilizing pig and poultry, forage feeding, livestock and poultry epidemic disease prevention, and environment protection.

#ESPHM2018 a sucessful edition

The 10th European Symposium of Porcine Health Management (ESPHM) was held in Barcelona (Spain) between May 9th and 11th, 2018. The meeting was attended by a total of 1,906 delegates, including regular, exhibitor and press ones, from 55 different countries from all around the globe. The symposium was a great success in attendance and from organizational issues, and numerous positive comments were received during and after its celebration.

Pig health: Promoting health rather than treating disease

Joaquim Segalés, researcher at IRTA-CReSA and associate professor at UAB, has participated in the co-authorship of the book “Pig health”, together with an international team of swine health and production experts.

See you in Barcelona at the next European Symposium of Porcine Health Management

Next year’s edition of the European Symposium of Porcine Health Management will be held in the city of Barcelona on May 9-11 2018.  The organising committee is entirely composed of IRTA-CReSA and UAB Veterinary Faculty researchers.

Global Virus Network, we continue working to overcome the viruses

The 9th international meeting of the Global Virus Network –GVN took place the past 9-27 September 2017 in Melbourne, Australia.

What impact does research in animal health have in society?

On Monday 25th July I participated as a speaker at the 1st Conference on Social Impact of Science, held in Barcelona, ​​specifically in the historical building of the University of Barcelona in Plaça Universitat. It is the first time a conference of this kind has been organized and with the participation, direct or indirect, of up to three Nobel Prize awardees. It was a very rewarding experience, because I was invited to the Combat diseases section to discuss the social impact of research in animal health.

Senecavirus A: an emerging pig infection causing vesicular disease and piglet mortality?

Senecavirus A (SVA) is the only member of the genus Senecavirus within the family Picornaviridae. This virus was discovered as a serendipitous finding in 2002 and has been proposed for use as an oncolytic virus to treat different types of human tumors.

What is the use of animal health?

Since the domestication and breeding of animals, man has had the need to alleviate the suffering and loss of animals (and therefore food) caused by diseases, lesions and accidents. This basic concept is the equivalnet of our modern understanding of animal health, especially that related to the health of animals destined for human consumption.

Although investing in science is investing in the future… Who pays for it?

It has been years since I worked for more than a year in the United States of America. I performed my professional activity in the Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory at the University of Minnesota. In the beginning I was completely shocked to see the great number of diagnostic tests that the people working there were performing in cases that, to my humble opinion, it was not necessary.

CReSA and the fire department

Una visió simplista interpretaria que els bombers són aquells que s’encarreguen d’extingir incendis. No obstant, els incendis són accidents i, per tant, no són la regla, sinó l’excepció de la vida del dia a dia. Aleshores, aquesta versió simple podria continuar amb tota una sèrie de qüestions… I què fan la resta del temps? Val la pena mantenir un parc de bombers si la major part del temps no fan la feina que els ha originat? I si en temps de crisi reduïm el nombre dels parcs de bombers?