The ParaFishControl consortium gathers 29 partners comprising public and private partners with crosscutting complementary skills from 13 European countries: Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Norway, Spain, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom.

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CONTACT PERSON: Dr. Birgit Oidtmann

As an Executive Agency of the Secretary Of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, the Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (CEFAS) is a multidisciplinary scientific research and consultancy centre specialising in fisheries science, management and marine monitoring and assessment and aquatic animal health. The organisation provides its services to a large number of UK and international public and private sector clients, including Defra, the Environment Agency, and the European Commission. The CEFAS Weymouth Laboratory (Aquatic Health and Hygiene Division) deals with aquatic animal disease, including statutory responsibilities as well as a wide portfolio of research and commercial contracts. The CEFAS teams hold expertise to carry out scientific research in:

  • Epidemiology and risk analysis including scenario tree mapping;
  • In vitro and in vivo culture of pathogens and challenge with fish parasites: Taxonomy, genomics and expression analysis, diagnostics including histopathology and molecular confirmation;
  • Fungal, oomycete, amoeboid and myxozoan parasites: Developmental biology, systematics, evolution and epidemiology;
  • Aquatic product efficacy and safety testing.

Role in the project:

CEFAS is the leader of WP6 (Risk Analysis) and also has participation in several of the other WPs (1, 3, 4, 5, 7 and 8). CEFAS will contribute to work on Tetracapsuloides bryosalmonae, Paramoeba perurans, Ichthyophthirius and Saprolegnia parasitica, in particular developing improved diagnostics, optimised culture and challenge systems and developing and testing novel therapeutants for amoebic gill disease (AGD) and PKD.

Key persons involved:

  Dr. Birgit Oidtmann, Dr. VetMed, leads WP6. She has more than 20 years research experience in aquatic animal diseases (diagnostic test development, molecular biology, epidemiology, and fish challenge studies). She is World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) expert for crayfish plague (caused by Aphanomyces astaci) and has a large experience in management of research projects. She has published almost 50 papers in peer review journals.
  Dr. Stephen Feist has 35 years of experience in the field of fish pathology with particular expertise in histopathology, ultrastructure, host-pathogen interactions and protistan pathogens. He has over 120 peer reviewed publications and several book chapters. Current H-factor is 24. He is the contact for the OIE Collaborating Centre for Information on Aquatic Animal Disease and National Reference Laboratory (NRL) Director for Anisakis and leads the government funded programme of work on emerging disease.
  Dr. Richard Paley is an experienced researcher and diagnostician for fish diseases. Lab. Manager for UKAS and GLP accredited services; experienced molecular biologist and virologist; Cefas, Defra and Commercial contract manager. He is involved in all aspects of fish disease research and diagnostics from development and implementation of diagnostic methods in an accredited environment, to research on pathogenesis of and resistance to diseases and research on new and emerging microbial and parasitic diseases. Since 2006 he has represented the UK at the annual National Reference Laboratory meetings on fish diseases. He has participated in numerous national and EU funded projects.



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