Spongiform Diseases Unit (PRIOCAT)
  • The PRIOCAT Laboratory currently focuses its research activities on the pathogeny of prionic and neurodegenerative diseases of animals and places an emphasis on the techniques of prionic protein detection.

  • PRIOCAT collaborates with the Health Department and with the Agriculture, Food and Rural Action Department of the Generalitat of Catalonia as the laboratory of reference in the diagnosis and confirmation of agents of animal Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathies (TSE) in Catalonia, that is, bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) and scrapie.

  • The brain of ruminants throughout the entire Catalan geographic area are analyzed with fast tests (ELISA) and confirmed with histological and immunohistochemical techniques of dubious positive results of the tests are performed at this laboratory.


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