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Terregino Calogero

Calogero Terregino | Istituto Zooprofilattico Sperimentale delle Venezie Role Director
Department SCS5 – Research and innovation
SCS6 – Virology
National reference centre for avian influenza and Newcastle disease
Phone +39 049 8084377

Professional profile

Calogero Terregino is currently head of the Diagnostic virology laboratory at the OIE/FAO and National reference laboratory for Newcastle disease and avian influenza. He graduated in Veterinary medicine and obtained his PhD from the University of Bologna. He is also Specialist in Management and infectious diseases of poultry, rabbit and game birds.

He has managed several experimental research programmes on the pathogenesis of avian influenza in avian and mammilian species and on the use of vaccines to increase the resistance of domestic birds to viral infections. He manages surveillance activities for avian influenza and West Nile Disease in wild birds.

His research interests pertain diagnosis of poultry diseases; disease control and prevention strategies; pathogenesis of avian influenza in different species of domestic birds and mammals (swines and ferrets); evaluation of vaccines for poultry; eco-epidemiology of avian influenza and West Nile Disease in wild birds. He is currently involved in research projects on the pathogenesis of infections caused by influenza viruses and efficacy of vaccines for avian influenza, infectious bronchitis and Newcastle disease in collaboration with international research centres, such as  CODA-CERVA, (Belgium); Central Laboratory for Evaluation of Veterinary Biologics CLEVB, (Egypt); Kimron Veterinary Services, Israel; Glasgow University (UK) and in the context of international projects: FP7-PREDEMICS; FP7-FLUPIG; EMIDA Era-Net –NADIV.

In addition, he is involved in the management of epidemic emergencies and surveillance of viral diseases in poultry, wild birds and equines implemented by the National Health Service. He has travelled extensively to deliver training and specialist advise to foreign countries on the use of diagnostics and infectious disease control strategies by appointment of international organizations such as the FAO and OIE.

To date, he is author or co-author of over 200 publications including peer-reviewed manuscripts, proceeding of conferences and abstracts. Here below is a selection of publications.


  • Bonfante F, Fusaro A, Zanardello C, Patrono LV, De Nardi R, Maniero S, Terregino C (2014), Lethal nephrotropism of an H10N1 avian influenza virus stands out as an atypical pathotype. Vet Microbiol. 2014 Aug 19. pii: S0378-1135(14)00361-7. doi: 10.1016/j.vetmic.2014.07.023. [Epub ahead of print].
  • Terregino, C., Aldous, E. W., Heidari, A., Fuller, C. M., De Nardi, R., Manvell, R. J., Beato, M. S., Shell, W. M., Monne, I., Brown, I. H., Alexander, D. J., and Capua, I. Antigenic and genetic analyses of isolate APMV/wigeon/Italy/3920-1/2005 indicate that it represents a new avian paramyxovirus (APMV-12). Arch. Virol. 158:2233-2243. 2013.
  • De Benedictis, P., Mancin, M., Cattoli, G., Capua, I., & Terregino, C. (2012). Serological methods used for rabies post vaccination surveys: An analysis. Vaccine, 30(38):5611-5. doi:10.1016/j.vaccine.2012.06.089.
  • Terregino C., Toffan A., Cilloni F., Monne I., Bertoli E., Castellanos L., Amarin N., Mancin M., Capua I. (2010). Evaluation of the protection induced by avian influenza vaccines containing a 1994 Mexican H5N2 LPAI seed strain against a 2008 Egyptian H5N1 HPAI virus belonging to clade 2.2.1 by means of serological and in vivo tests, Avian Pathology – Pathology, Volume 39 Issue 3, 215.
  • Fusaro A., Monne I., Cattoli G., De Nardi R., Salviato A., Moreno Martin A., Capua I., Terregino C. (2010). Gene segment reassortment between Eurasian and American clades of avian influenza virus in Italy. Arch Virol. – Vol. 155 (2010), pp 77-81
  • Terregino C., De Nardi R., Nisi R., Cilloni F., Salviato A., Fasolato M., Capua I. (2009). Resistance of turkeys to experimental infection with an early 2009 Italian human influenza A (H1N1) virus isolate. Eurosurveillance, Volume 14, Issue 41, 15 October 2009
  • Terregino C., Beato M.S., Bertoli E., Mancin M., Capua I. (2009). Unexpected heat resistance of Italian low-pathogenicity and high-pathogenicity avian influenza A viruses of H7 subtype to prolonged exposure at 37°C. Avian Pathology 38(6): 519-522.
  • Terregino C., Toffan A., Beato M.S., De Nardi R., Vascellari M., Meini A., Ortali G., Mancin M., Capua I. (2008). Pathogenicity of a QX strain of infectious bronchitis virus in specific pathogen free and commercial broiler chickens, and evaluation of protection induced by a vaccination programme based on the Ma5 and 4/91 serotypes. Avian Pathology (October 2008) 37(5), pp. 487-493.
  • Guberti V., Scremin M., Busani L., Bonfanti L., Terregino C. (2007). A simulation model for low-pathogenicity avian influenza viruses in Dabbling Ducks in Europe. Avian Diseases, Vol. 51, pp.275-278.
  • Terregino C., De Nardi R., Guberti V., Scremin M., Raffini E., Moreno Martin A., Cattoli G., Bonfanti L., Capua I. (2007). Active surveillance for avian influenza viruses in wild birds and backyard flocks in Northern Italy during 2004 to 2006. Avian Pathology (August 2007), 36(4), pp. 337-344

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