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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CONTACT PERSON: Dr. Csaba Szekely

The Hungarian Academy of Sciences (MTA) is the most important and prestigious learned society of Hungary. Its main responsibilities are to support and represent various scientific fields and to distribute scientific results.

MTA participates in ParaFishControl through the Fish Pathology and Parasitology Research Team, Institute for Veterinary Medical Research (IVMR). IVMR is one of the four Institutes of CAR (Centre for Agricultural Research) focusing its research on bacterial viral and parasitic diseases and on zoonoses of animals using classical microbiological, pathological and molecular approaches. The majority of projects are basic research projects, with emphasis on molecular and genetic aspects. In the Institute, fish parasitological research dates back 55 years, and for 37 years this research has been conducted by a dedicated team. During this time major parasitic diseases of the common carp and other cultured and wild fishes (Chinese carps, European catfish, pikeperch) were studied. Studies on coccidian and myxozoan infections have been particularly successful. The MTA team involved has expertise to carry out scientific research in fish parasites, pathology, diagnostics, systematics, life-cycles, evolution and epidemiology, and food safety in relation to emergent food-borne fish parasites.

Role in the project:

MTA is one of the contributors in the project and will have a transversal participation in most of the Work Packages. MTA will have a special contribution to Ichthyophthirius multifiliis, Sphaerospora molnari, Thelohanellus nikolskii, T. hovorkai, T. kitauei, Contracoecum spp., Opisthorchis spp., Metagonimus spp. and Apophallus spp. related research.

Key persons involved:

Szeekely  Dr. Csaba Székely, scientific adviser, the coordinator from MTA, is the head of the Fish Pathology and Parasitology Research Team at IVMR CAR HAS. He has 30 years of research experience in fish parasitology and has more than 106 impacted scientific publications, 3 English and 6 Hungarian book chapters and 1 University textbook chapter (IF: 108, 2028 citations, Hirsch index: 25). His research focuses mainly on freshwater fish parasites, particularly myxozoans, nematodes, mainly on myxozoan life cycles, host-parasite relationships and pathology. He has experience in EU projects and since 2011 he acts as expert on evaluation EU proposals.
Molnar Dr. Kálmán Molnár, emeritus scientific adviser, is the founder Fish Pathology and Parasitology Research Team in IVMR and has an international reputation in the field of fish parasitology. His research topics focussed on myxozoans, coccidians, nematodes, monogeneans, trematodes and all the actual fish parasitological problems appeared in freshwater ecosystems. He has co-authored 243 scientific papers, 8 books and 15 book chapters (IF: 130, 3285 citations, 29 Hirsch index).
Cech  Dr. Gábor Cech, research associate, head of the Molecular Laboratory in the Fish Pathology and Parasitology Research Team, has 10 years of research experience on molecular biology of bacteria, annelids, myxozoans and trematodes. He has participated in several national fish parasitological projects. He has published 30 scientific articles (IF: 34, 184 citations, Hirsch index: 8).
Sellyei Dr. Boglárka Sellyei, research associate, has 11 years experience on molecular biology of bacteria including fish bacteria (IF: 16, 72 citations, Hirsch index: 5). She is participating in the short term in-vitro culture of I. multifiliis and treatment experiments in this project. 
Borzak Réka Borzák, PhD student, junior researcher, working on myxozoans and I. multifiliis in the project.
Varga Ádám Varga, MsC, research assistant will assist in project-related tasks.




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