The ParaFishControl consortium gathers 29 partners comprising public and private partners with crosscutting complementary skills from 13 European countries: Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Norway, Spain, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom.

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Danmarks Tekniske Universitet Veterinary (DTU Vet) encompasses all infectious animal diseases in farm livestock and companion animals.

DTU Vet covers all disciplines relating to infectious diseases: pathology, bacteriology, virology, parasitology, immunology, vaccinology and serology, as well as epidemiology and risk assessment. As well as fulfilling an educational and communication role, DTU Vet is involved in research and innovation, diagnostics, monitoring, advisory services and risk assessment, and the production of vaccines and sera for infectious animal diseases. DTU Vet carries out basic and applied research aiming to control and prevent infectious animal diseases, including exotic virus diseases such as viral haemorrhagic septicaemia (VHS), infectious hematopoietic necrosis (IHN) and infectious salmon anaemia (ISA) in fish.

DTU Vet participates in ParaFishControl through the fish diseases group in Section for Virology. DTU Vet is responsible for the laboratory component of the Danish veterinary contingency plan on the management of outbreaks of serious infectious animal diseases (including fish) in Denmark. DTU Vet is the National- and the EU reference laboratory for fish diseases and the OIE reference laboratory for VHS. DTU Vet have approximately 180 staff, working in two departments: Virology (Lindholm), and Veterinary Diagnostics and Research (Copenhagen).

Role in the project:

DTU plays a significant role in research on host-parasite interaction (WP1) and in development and assessment of diagnostic tools and methods (WP4) and is in addition involved in WP3 on prophylactic measures and it is WP5 leader.

Key persons involved:

  Prof. Niels Jørgen Olesen, DVM, is employed at the Division for Fish Diseases at DTU Vet since 1982 and as a Senior Research Scientist since 1990. Professor since 2011. Head of the European Union Reference Laboratory for Fish Diseases and OIE Reference Laboratory for VHS since 1996. Research tasks: leader or part of approx. 27 research projects, primarily concerning VHS and other viral diseases in fish but also on parasitic and bacterial diseases and on fish immunology.
  Niccoló Vendramin, Veterinarian, DVM, is employed at the Division for Fish Diseases DTU Vet since 2012. Previously employed at the national reference laboratory for fish disease at IZSVe, Padova, Italy (2010-2012). Postgraduate diploma with specialization in aquaculture, fish disease and hygiene of fish products (2012).
  Dr. Lone Madsen, DVM, PhD is employed at Division for Fish Diseases DTU Vet since 2010. Lone Madsen has worked with fish diseases (bacterial diseases, infection models, shellfish diseases) since 1994 and has a PhD degree in fish diseases (2001). 

Dr. Tine Moesgaard Iburg, Veterinarian, DVM, PhD, Employed at the National Veterinary Institute, Technical University of Denmark, Division for Fish Diseases, since 2015. Previously employed at the National Veterinary Institute in Sweden (2011-2015), University of Copenhagen in Denmark (1998-2011), National Veterinary Institute for Virus Research, Denmark (1995-1998), and National Veterinary Laboratory (1994-1995). Specialized in veterinary pathology.

  Dr. Susie Sommer Mikkelsen, Molecular Biologist, Employed at DTU Veterinary Institute, Technical University of Denmark, Division for Fish Diseases, Frederiksberg, since 2012. Previously employed at Aarhus University, Institute for Medical Microbiology and Immunology as a Research Assistent. PhD degree in virology from Aarhus University at the Faculty of Health in 2009. Research tasks at DTU Vet includes implementation and optimization of molecular assays, sequence analysis and molecular tracing of fish pathogens.    
  Prof. Niels Lorenzen works at the Danmarks Tekniske Universitet. He leads WP5. He has 26 years of research experience in fish diseases. He has authored/co-authored >70 publications published in international reviewed journals. Niels Lorenzen has a strong experience with EU projects and has been coordinator of the FP6 project IMAQUANIM (“Improved immunity of aquacultured animals"). He works on immunology and microbiology with emphasis on host-pathogen interactions at the molecular level, application of recombinant protein technology for identification of protective epitopes and vaccine development and use of infection models in fish for testing of general and applied prophylactic and therapeutic concepts.



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