Establishing Day 0 is a crucial step in disease control and elimination programs and should be carefully performed by swine health professionals.
University of Minnesota. United States
Maria Pieters was born in Venezuela, where she obtained her degree in Veterinary Medicine/Science from the Universidad Central de Venezuela (Maracay, Aragua) in year 2003. After obtaining her degree, María worked at the Swine Diagnostic Laboratory (EDV) before entering the career program at the University of Minnesota (St. Paul, MN), where she obtained her PhD in Veterinary Medicine/Science in 2008. During her doctorate María had, as her tutors, Dr. Carlos Pijoan and Thomas Molitor. In year 2008 she started working at the Institute for Genomic Biology at the University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign, IL) for the obtaining of her post-doctorate degree at the Institute for Genomic Biology.
Dr. Pieters is, currently, a researcher pertaining to the swine group at the University of Minnesota, where she works, specifically, at the Veterinary Population Medicine Department and the Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory. Her current fields of research are Swine Health, with a special focus on bacterial respiratory diseases, the development of diagnostic systems against pathogenic mycoplasmas that affect animals and the studies on the persistence of this microorganism in the affected animals, the role of the immune response, epidemiology, the control of the eradication of pathogenic Mycoplasmas, and the study of the intestinal microbiota as a modulator of the immune response.
Updated CV 18-Aug-2013
No single strategy will confer total protection. A well-orchestrated combination of various methods adjusted to a single production unit or system will be needed.
Recent reports still show high prevalence of the pathogen in most pig producing countries.