Research projects in progress

In this page you can find titles and information on the research projects in progress funded by the Italian Ministry of Health and lead by the Istituto Zooprofilattico Sperimentale delle Venezie (IZSVe). The main international projects funded by other organizations in which the IZSVe is involved are also listed.

If you want to read about other projects lead by the IZSVe or in which the IZSVe was involved in the last years go to to the page Research projects archive.



Research projects funded by the Italian Ministry of Health

Research project IZSVe 01/20
The golden hamster (Mesocricetus auratus) as an animal model for the use of monoclonal antibodies for therapeutic purposes to treat zoonotic infectious diseases

Research project IZSVe 02/20
Identification and characterization of the microbiological hazard associated with the ingestion of microplastics through the consumption of filter-feeding bivalve molluscs

Research project IZSVe 03/20
Noroviruses in swine populations: development of identification and characterization methods to face the emerging risk of animal-human recombination

Research project IZSVe 04/20
Genomic analysis and molecular, phenotypic and clinical validation of NF-kB pathway mutations in dog diffuse large B-cell lymphoma

Research project IZSVe 05/20
Development of a Machine Learning algorithm for choosing a vaccine protocol against Newcastle disease based on the antigenic distance between vaccines and field strains

Research project IZSVe 06/20
Evaluation of Epidemiological Cut Offs (ECOFF) for the execution of the Minimal Inhibitory Concentration (M.I.C.) against the main bacterial pathogens of fishes

Research project IZSVe 07/20
Effect of psychosocial and cultural determinants of food choices on the development of effective risk communication interventions with a focus on scientific uncertainty

Research project IZSVe 08/20
Tick-borne zoonoses: rapid identification, genotyping and drug-sensitivity assessment of Borrelia spp. in a highly endemic area of north-eastern Italy

Research project IZSVe 09/20
Application of new generation sequencing technologies (NGS) for the identification and characterization of emerging pathogens and Apis mellifera symbionts in Italy in order to increase the knowledge of bees’ transcriptome

Research project IZSVe 10/20
Use of the genomic characterization of Streptococcus suis to optimize the efficacy of stable vaccines in intensive pig farms

Research project IZSVe 11/20
Geographic profiling and field operations tools to support the prevention and repression of malicious poisoning in animals

Research project IZSVe 12/20
AeGIS – A GIS-based approach for the integration of geographical, environmental, personal and health data to support epidemiological activities in trout farming.

International projects

EuropeAid FOOD/2019/410-957 “LIDISKI Project”
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H2020 “EVA-GLOBAL – European Virus Archive GLOBAL”

H2020 “PathoGelTrap – New Blue Revolution through a pioneering pathogen-trapping technology”

H2020 “h-ALO – Photonic system for adaptable multiple-analyte monitoring of food-quality”

NP/EFSA/BIOCONTAM/2020/01 “Expert assistance on drafting the EU One Health 2019 Zoonoses report – Salmonella”

OC/EFSA/BIOCONTAM/2020/03 “Provision of support to EFSA and to ECDC in the production of the EU One Health Zoonoses report and of online interactive One Health data visualising dashboards and story maps”

Agreement between FAO and IZSVe for the provision of “Laboratory services” – PO Number 345340 – attività per la FAO per influenza aviaria, malattia di Newcastle e rabbia

Sub-Grant Agreement between OIE and IZSVe “GeoZone: Development of a standard for the collection and sharing of zone geographic component”

Other projects

Cariparo 2020 – Gi-Covid. The hidden replication of SARS-CoV-2 in the gastrointestinal system – novel perspectives into virus transmission and therapeutics

Cariparo 2020 – RESPOND. Cell shielding to REduce Sars-cov sPreading intO humaN body


Research projects funded by the Italian Ministry of Health

Research project IZSVe 01/19
Development of an eco-epidemiological approach aimed at understanding the biotic and abiotic dynamics underlying the biosynthesis of tetrodotoxins in bivalve molluscs from the Upper Adriatic

Research project IZSVe 02/19
Biological hazards deriving from anthropogenic pressure in agriculture: emerging risks in food and feeds

Research project IZSVe 03/19
Insects as a model for overcoming the use of vertebrates in scientific research: studies of pathogenicity and antimicrobial activity in Galleria mellonella and Tenebrio molitor species

Research project IZSVe 04/19
Evaluation of Mycoplasma synoviae strains using the MLVA method and creation of a database to understand the epidemiology thereof. Validation of the method and evaluation of an open access software systems for a univocal denomination and classification of the strains.

Research project IZSVe 05/19
Study of the ecological determinants of Echinococcus multilocularis at the margin of its distribution as a tool for risk-based surveillance and the prevention of transmission to humans

Research project IZSVe 06/19
Serology investigation to understand lyssavirus eco-pathology in European bats

Research project IZSVe 07/19
Application of innovative technologies to the development of a vaccine for the bovine species against botulinum and field evaluation of its effectiveness

Research project IZSVe 08/19
PFAS and emerging contaminants in food: development and validation of an analytical and IT platform as a tool for a more effective assessment of consumers’ exposure

Research project IZSVe 09/19
Source tracking of new microbiological markers for the identification of fecal contamination in filter-feeding bivalve molluscs

Research project IZSVe 10/19
Third-generation sequencing: development of innovative strategies for the identification and characterization of priority viruses for the poultry sector

Research project IZSVe 11/19
Study of the role of non-aquatic wild birds in the transmission of viral diseases to domestic birds

Research project IZSVe 12/19
Zoonoses in shelters for dogs and cats: study and development of an integrated strategy (epidemiology, social research, training and risk communication) for an effective health management

Research project IZSVe 13/19
In vitro and in vivo characterization of IHNv with different pathogenicity

Research project IZSVe 14/19
Genomic and phenotypic analysis of oral melanoma in dogs: liquid biopsy as a prognostic and therapeutic monitoring tool in an outbred and immunocompetent model


Research projects funded by the Italian Ministry of Health

Research project RF-2018-12366604
PRoSPECT: Predicting Salmonella Pathogenic Potential to Enhance Targeted Control Strategies
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Research project SG-2018-12365617
3R4Rabies: An innovative way to replace in vivo experiments for rabies diagnostic interlaboratory trials with sustainable in vitro systems
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Research project IZSVe 01/18
Chemical risk in molluscs: a multidisciplinary approach to assess the presence of emerging contaminants and protect the consumer

Research project IZSVe 02/18
Polyphasic typing of Lactococcus garvieae and Yersinia ruckeri for the production of a bivalent stabulogenous vaccine to contain lactococcosis and red mouth in salmon trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss)

Research project IZSVe 03/18
Development of a biosensor for rapid identification of broiler batches positive for Campylobacter spp.

Research project IZSVe 04/18
Identification and characterization of hepatitis E virus in food of animal and vegetable origin and evaluation of pig breeding as potential source of environmental contamination

Research project IZSVe 05/18
Study of the interaction between intestinal microbiota and Giardia duodenalis in dogs and the influence of antiparasitic treatment and the use of probiotics in the diet

Research project IZSVe 06/18
Development of a probabilistic model for the determination of the risk of biting / aggression events by dogs at home

Research project IZSVe 07/18
Study of the potential spread of influenza viruses through movements of residential wild ducks

Research project IZSVe 08/18
Comparison between vespertilio major (Myotis myotis) and the common serotin (Eptesicus serotinus) as potential reservoir of European bat lyssavirus 1 (EBLV-1)

Research project IZSVe 09/18
DNA vaccination against Novirhabdoviruses: an effective and innovative tool to improve health and well-being in Italian trout farming

Research project IZSVe 10/18
Ethnography and behavioral nudges as a means to define factors that help the consumer’s implementation of correct food handling practices at home and development of an effective risk communication strategy

Research project IZSVe 11/18
Development of a predictive microbiology model based on the integration of metatassonomy and metabolomics to study the dynamics of relations between the resident microbial community and contaminants in raw milk cheeses

Research project IZSVe 12/18
Microplastics in food. Development and validation of analytical methods for their determination and identification in food and application to real samples

Research project IZSVe 13/18
Detection and simultaneous typing of avian mycoplasmas using liquid-based arrays

Research project IZSVe 14/18
Positive emotions in the donkey: facies and posture as emotional state indicators

Research project IZSVe 15/18
Swine flu: antigenic determinants of viruses circulating in the Triveneto Region to appropriately control animal infections

Research project IZSVe 16/18
S. aureus and S. pseudintermedius in the human-animal interface: evaluation of the presence of genetic elements implicated in the pathogenicity

Research project IZSVe 17/18
Integrated diagnostic approach for the detection, biomolecular characterization and determination of the antibiotic resistance profile of Erysipelothrix rhusiopathiae in pigs regularly slaughtered in the North-East of Italy


Research projects funded by the Italian Ministry of Health

Research project IZSVe 01/17
Can we reduce the consumption of antimicrobials to produce food? Monitoring of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) and improvement of prevention systems as a mean to reduce antimicrobials use and contain AMR in industrial breeding

Research project IZSVe 02/17
Using the network of veterinary diagnostic laboratories to study the origin of high-priority hospital infection agents for WHO: Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Acinetobacter baumannii and Klebsiella pneumoniae

Research project IZSVe 03/17
Evolutionary path of the USUTU virus in endemic areas of north-eastern Italy and assessment of the risk of transmission to humans through blood transfusion

Research project IZSVe 04/17
Study on the interaction among pathogens, bivalve molluscs and environment in the Venice lagoon: a contribution to investigate what caused the decline of clam production

Research project IZSVe 05/17
Evaluation and distribution of environmental risk determinants for canine Leptospirosis

Research project IZSVe 06/17
Risk factors linked to the alpine multispecies farming system in the fight against CAEV in the province of Bolzano

Research project IZSVe 07/17
Study of influenza viruses in wild birds and identification of virus reservoirs by developing molecular tests applied to environmental samples

Research project IZSVe 08/17
Evaluation of antimicrobial resistance in Pasteurella multocida and Streptococcus suis isolated during pig respiratory pathology: biofilm expression, MIC determination, MBEC and effect of sub-MIC concentration of enrofloxacin, tilmicosin and ceftiofur

Research project IZSVe 09/17
Development of new chemical methods based on omic techniques to differentiate between of frozen / thawed and fresh fish products and ensure consumer’s safety

Research project IZSVe 10/17
Development of innovative protocols based on multiresidual and multiclass methods for the screening of antibiotics in feeds and animal tissues along the supply chain

Research project IZSVe 11/17
New toxins in the dish: development and validation of analytical methods for the determination of plant toxins potentially present in food and application to real samples

Research project IZSVe 12/17
Development of an effective and modern platform for the identification, differentiation and characterization of Bacillus cereus isolates in vegetables and ready meals

Research project IZSVe 13/17
Standardization of biomolecular methods for the detection and identification of fungal pathogens to be applied to cytological preparations, to formalin-fixed and / or paraffin-embedded samples in veterinary mycology diagnosis

Research project IZSVe 14/17
Study of consumers’ risk perception associated to animal welfare in intensive breeding and development of an effective communication strategy

Research project IZSVe 15/17
Emotional interaction between the horse and the man in the Animal assisted interventions (AAIs): physiological and behavioural components

Research project IZSVe 16/17
Alternative systems for breeding meat rabbit: economic, health, welfare assessment and consumer perception.

Research project IZSVe 17/17
Animal poisoning: untargeted toxicological diagnostics and spatial epidemiology to promote measures for the prevention and repression of malicious acts.