David Solanes takes part in a training course on biosafety at the University of Medicine in Galveston, Texas

Invited by the Director of Institutional Biocontainment Resources, Professor Miguel A. Grimaldo, the Head of IRTA-CReSA Technical Services and responsible of the Biocontainment Level 3 Unit, David Solanes, has attended an advanced training course on biosafety and biocontainment. The course took place in the Keiller building facilities of the Galveston National Lab at the University of Texas Branch in Galveston, Texas (United States), from 6 to 10 June 2016.

Group photo at Galveston National Lab (Keiller Building).

Construction and maintenance of biosafety levels 3 and 4 laboratories, together with decontamination of residues, have been some of the issues that have been addressed in this theoretical and practical course. It has taken place in an international reference center for research with level 4 pathogens such as MERS-coV,  Ebola etc. It has recently remodeled a laboratory to investigate Zika virus.

Members of the Brazilian government also attended this international course, along with biosafety responsible staff from reference centers in Spain, such as Gonzalo Pascual from CISA, National Research Institute and Agricultural and Food Technology (INIA) and Iñaki Echeverria, Coordinator the General Research Services (SGIker).

This biosafety expert meeting on the subject in the American center has also been a first approach to discuss criteria in the areas of biosafety and biocontainment between Europe and the United States. These aspects will undoubtedly be considered during the next biosafety congress of the Spanish Association biosafety Biosafety (AEBIOS), to be held on 17-18 October in Bilbao.

To contactat with IRTA-CReSA head of technical services:

David Solanes 
Email: david.solanes@irta.cat 
Phone: +34 93 467 40 40
Campus UAB, Edifici CReSA s/n,  08193  Bellaterra (Cerdanyola del Vallès) Spain

About IRTA:

IRTA is a research institute devoted to R+D+I in a variety of agri-food areas, such as vegetal production, animal production, food industries, environment and global change, and agri-food economy. The transfer of scientific advances contribute to the modernization, competitiveness and sustainable development of agriculture, food and aquaculture sectors, the supply of healthy and quality foods for consumers and, consequently, improving the welfare of the population. IRTA is assigned to the Departament d’Agricultura, Ramaderia, Pesca i Alimentació (DARP, Department of Agriculture) of the Generalitat de Catalunya (Government of Catalonia).

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