Doctoral thesis on African swine fever

Next February 20th 2013, Anna Lacasta Marín (PhD student of the CReSA) will carry out the lecture and defense of her research work entitled "New advances in the development of vaccines against African swine fever", directed by Drs. Fernando Rodríguez and Francesc Accensi.

The lecture will take place February 20th at 12:00 h in the Graduation Hall of the Faculty of Biology at the Universitat de Barcelona (UB).

African swine fever (ASF) is one of the most important swine diseases, causing huge economic losses in the affected countries. The absence of an effective vaccine against ASF complicates the control of the disease and this is why an effective diagnosis and the massive euthanize of the infected or challenged animals are the only alternatives. This last measure is totally unacceptable in the poorest countries of the Sub-Saharan Africa or the Caucasus, where the disease is expanding, which presents a risk of spreading to the rest of the world.

So, it is completely necessary to obtain an effective and safe vaccine against ASF, just like a better understanding of the mechanisms involved in protection is of vital importance. The research work focuses, precisely, in these two aspects, identifying new vaccine strategies and potentially protective antigens, and deepening the knowledge of the immune response associated with pathogenesis and protection. There is no doubt that the findings will help to carry out the rational design of a totally effective and safe vaccine against an infection as aggressive as ASF is.

To contact the directors of the research work:

Dr. Fernando Rodríguez González
Researcher in charge of the line "Pathogenesis and prophylaxis of Asfavirus infections"
Telephone no.: +34 93 581 45 62
Fax: +34 93 581 44 90

Dr. Francesc Accensi Alemany
Researcher of the line "Pathogenesis and prophylaxis of Asfavirus infections"
Telephone no.: +34 93 581 44 94
Fax: +34 93 581 44 90

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