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VetBioNet: a network to fight animal infectious diseases

Posted: 19 January 2017 Last update: 13 April 2017

The VetBioNet project (Veterinary Biocontained facility Network for excellence in animal infectiology research and experimentation) seeks to strengthen the present European capacity and competence to meet the challenges of emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases in animals.

The network

The establishment of this network will involve 30 partners and will have the duration of 5 years (starting date: March 2017). The project is funded by the INFRAIA-2016-1 call of the Horizon 2020 program of the European Union, project number 731014.

To achieve this goal VetBioNet will:

  • establish a comprehensive network of pre-eminent European BSL3 infrastructures, international organizations and industry partners dedicated to advance research on epizootic and zoonotic diseases and to promoting technological developments;
  • facilitate Transnational Access (TNA) to the infrastructure resources of the network, including BSL3 animal experimental facilities and laboratories, technological platforms, and sample collections;
  • harmonise best rractices and promote the use of global standards in European BSL3 infrastructures;
  • enhance the preparedness of the major European BSL3 research infrastructures to accelerate the respond to (re)emerging epizootic and zoonotic threats.

IZSVe involvement

The Istituto Zooprofilattico Sperimentale delle Venezie involvement will mainly be devoted to the research and study of fish viruses, thanks to the experienced gained through the activities carried out by the Aquatic animal virology department.

It will also make available its experimental aquarium, which is authorized by the Italian Ministry of Health for working with fish pathogens (virus, bacteria and fungi) to Transnational Access.

For further information

Please contact: Dr. Anna Toffan | atoffan@izsvenezie.it

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