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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The Institute of Aquaculture (IoA), University of Stirling (UoS) is internationally recognised for research and post-graduate training, and is a world leader in fish health management. It is an EU designated Large Scale Facility and regularly provides advice to the Scottish Government. It was a major contributor to the SEERAD “Strategic Framework for Scottish Aquaculture” and the EU “Strategy for the sustainable development of European Aquaculture". The IoA has evolved with the aquaculture industry and its research output contributes directly to improved fish survival and increased productivity. IoA works with all sectors of the aquaculture industry and is part of the Marine Alliance for Science & Technology for Scotland and the new Scottish Aquaculture Innovation Centre (SAIC). It is a world leader in fish parasitology, immunology, vaccinology, health management, nutrition, reproduction and genomics. The Parasitology and Fish Immunology Groups at IoA are internationally renowned for their work on host-pathogen interactions, vaccine development and development of immunodiagnostic tests. The Fish Immunology Group is a member of the Scottish Fish Immunology Research Centre (with Partner 15) with support from the Scottish Higher Education Funding Council to promote collaborative research in fish immunology in Scotland. The IoA’s Genetics and Reproduction Group has global recognition and a proven track record in fish stock management, manipulation of physiology, endocrinology and molecular studies in a range of commercial fish species as well as expertise in husbandry and use of wrasse for sea lice management.

Role in the project:

UoS will lead WP3 on Prophylactic Measures and will also participate in other WPs (1, 5, 6, 7and 8). UoS will mainly focus on the development and testing of a vaccine to prevent Amoebic Gill Disease in Atlantic salmon, including the testing of various adjuvants and novel delivery methods.

Key persons involved:


Prof. James Bron has more than 26 years’ experience in aquatic parasitology, particularly focusing on parasites of farmed fish, and heads the Parasitology Group. He has led and participated in numerous UK funded projects and has published widely (over 80 publications) on host-pathogen interactions using image analysis, transcriptomics and bioinformatics.


Prof. Alexandra Adams has more than 25 years’ experience in vaccine development and heads the Aquatic Vaccine Unit. This research group focuses on vaccine development, host-pathogen interactions, and development of novel diagnostic tests. She has been PI in various EC (e.g. IMAQUANIM, TARGETFISH) and UK funded research programmes on parasitic, viral and bacterial diseases and has published widely (over 140 publications) on fish vaccine development and host-pathogen interactions.


Dr. Kim Thompson is the Senior Immunologist in the Aquatic Vaccine Unit and has over 20 years’ experience in fish immunology. She has published widely (over 90 publications) on the effects of immunostimulants and feed additives on the immune system and disease resistance, as well as vaccine development and host-pathogen interactions. She has been a partner in numerous EC (e.g. IMAQUANIM, TARGETFISH) and UK funded projects.


Prof. Herve Migaud leads the Reproduction Team in the Genetics and Reproduction Group. He has 15 years of research experience in fish reproductive physiology, endocrinology, genetics, larviculture, welfare in a range of fish species and has expertise on the use of wrasse as cleaner fish. He has been PI in many large FP6 and FP7 EC projects (Pubertiming, Codlight-Tech, Reprofish, Prospawn, Larvanet, ARRAINA) and was the coordinator of the Salmotrip project.


Dr. Michaël Bekaert is an experienced bioinformatician using the latest genomic and system biology approaches to retrieve trait associated markers, transcriptome variations between populations, gene duplication and loss in fish metabolic network and evolutionary costs of polyploidy. He is a partner in several EC (e.g. AQUATRACE, DISCOGNOSIS) and UK funded projects.


Dr. John Taggart has over 30 years of experience in genetics / genomics studies, mainly studying fish species. Work has encompassed development of DNA markers, population genetics, behavioural genetics of spawning, DNA profiling to identify families and individuals, genome mapping, QTL studies and the design, construction and application of Atlantic salmon microarrays. Led UK components of the EU-funded SALMAP and SALGENE projects, which laid the foundations for Atlantic salmon genomics and transcriptomics and was involved in other EU funded projects including BASSMAP and GEL (Genetic enhancement of lobsters). Dr Taggart will conduct the microarray analysis of host-parasite interactions for Paramoeba perurans, causative agent for amoebic gill disease (AGD) in farmed Atlantic salmon."




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