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Giovanni Cattoli was appointed Health Director of the Istituto Zooprofilattico Sperimentale delle Venezie (IZSVe) in September 2023.
He graduated in veterinary medicine in Bologna, where he also obtained a PhD in Epidemiology and zoonoses control. After a three-year period in the Netherlands working as a University Researcher, in year 2000 he joined the Virology Laboratory of the IZSVe and immediately focused on avian influenza, expanding his research interests over time to other areas such as rabies, swine flu and fish diseases. He also actively participated in numerous international cooperation missions, especially in Africa and Asia.
From 2011 to 2015 he was Director of the SCS5 – Virology, Research and Innovation Health Structure of the IZSVe. From 2013 to 2015 also acting Director of the SCS6 – Experimental Virology Health Structure. This structures included several national and international reference laboratories for animal and zoonotic diseases, including the WOAH and FAO reference laboratory for avian influenza and Newcastle disease.
Since 2016 he worked as Laboratory Head at the Animal Production and Health Laboratory, Joint FAO/IAEA (UN-International Atomic Energy Agency) Centre of Nuclear Techniques in Food and Agriculture (Austria). Here Dr. Cattoli led an international team focused on research and technology transfer applied to the control of transboundary animal diseases and zoonoses, as well as on animal genetics for improved livestock production and disease resistance. He also coordinated the global network of veterinary laboratories in Africa and Asia (VETLAB Network) aimed at international veterinary cooperation, and initiatives to promote international research on zoonoses. He is author and co-author of more than 390 scientific publications.