Dr. Joaquim Segalés has been appointed Director of the Centre de Recerca en Sanitat Animal (CReSA) by the Patronate of the centre, gathered in session on 17th of April, 2012. He substitutes Dr Mariano Domingo Álvarez who has directed the center since it was created 12 years ago.
CReSA is a public foundation created by the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) and the Institut de Recerca i Tecnologia Agroalimentàries (IRTA) for animal health research, and is one of the research centers in the CERCA system of the Generalitat de Catalunya. Currently, the center has 118 highly specialized collaborators, and 38 of them are investigators.
Dr Joaquim Segalés Coma
Dr Segalés is Associate Professor of the Departament de Sanitat i Anatomia Animals of the UAB Veterinary School and also researcher of the CReSA. Likewise, he has been in charge of the subprogramme of research at CReSA on endemic viral diseases during the last two years. After getting a PhD on Veterinary Sciences, Dr Segalés obtained the Diplomate status by the European College of Veterinary Pathologists (2000) and later by the European College of Porcine Health and Management (2004).
His wide experience on research has been principally focused on viral swine diseases, especially on porcine circovirus type 2 (PCV2) infections. Dr Segalés has more than 200 scientific papers (SCI), more than 240 communications and 50 conferences at national and international congresses, has directed 11 PhD theses and has been awarded with 3 research awards on animal health. Moreover, he teaches at different courses and masters, is reviewer in multiple scientific journals and national projects, and member of several scientific committees.
The CReSA, a standard-setting research centre unique in Catalonia
The CReSA is a public foundation created by the UAB and the IRTA focused on research, technological development, studies and education in the sphere of animal health, in collaboration with the UAB, IRTA, other academic and research institutions, and the private sector. The CReSA works to improve animal health and the quality and safety of animal products destined for human consumption. The researchers carry out investigations into innovative and effective vaccines; they study epidemiology, immune response and pathogenic mechanisms, assess risks for human health and develop standardized models of infection and diagnostic techniques. The work of these highly qualified professionals is expressed in a technological offer and services that, combined with the cutting edge infrastructures, make up a standard-setting research centre.
Located at the campus of UAB, CReSA has technologically advanced facilities for making the studies, with two clearly differentiated areas: level 2 biosafety laboratories and level 3 biocontainment unit. This biocontainment unit enables the research team to carry out research into pathogenic agents listed as diseases notifiable to the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE).