CONTACT PERSON: Prof. Marco Galeotti
TELEPHONE: +39 0432 558594
The University of Udine was founded in 1978 and currently performs academic courses and research activities in the fields of Agriculture, Economics, Engineering, Law, Modern Languages, Educational Sciences, Humanities, Medicine and Surgery, Veterinary Medicine and Mathematical, Physical and Natural Sciences. The University is actively involved in student and staff exchange as well as in projects with other universities within EU and non-EU countries. The present number of students enrolled at the University is approximately 17,000. The Veterinary Pathology Division is a research unit operating within the Dept. of Food Science of Udine University. It acts either in the field or by laboratory procedures aimed to investigate the aetio-pathogenesis and the prevention of diseases affecting farmed fish. The most important target species under research are currently rainbow trout, sea bass and gilthead sea bream.
Up to now, the studies regarded the macroscopic and histological evaluation of lesions provoked by the pathogens, the progression of the infection/disease, the isolation and identification of etiological agents, the inflammatory and immune response to the pathogens, the development and assessment of procedures aimed to the prevention of these diseases. The Division moreover manages a diagnostic service for fish farms, fish feed producers and private owners. It collaborates with fish farms (rainbow trout and marine fish hatcheries/on-growing plants) in Italy and Europe.
Role in the project:
UNIUD is parasite leader for Amyloodinium ocellatum and will have a transversal participation in several WPs. UNIUD will provide a contribution related to A. ocellatum, E. leei, and S. chrysophrii host immune response and development of an alternative/novel therapy.
Key persons involved:
Prof. Marco Galeotti. Full professor in Veterinary General Pathology and Anatomopathology at the Dept. of Food Science of the University of Udine. Parasite leader (Amyloodinium ocellatum), supervisor and coordinator of UNIUD. He has 20 years of research experience in fish diseases and more than 60 scientific papers, monographs and book chapters. He is diplomate at the European College of Veterinary Pathology. His research focuses on freshwater/marine fish diseases, fish immunology and histopathology. He has a relevant experience as coordinator of National and EU projects, since 1996.
Dr. Donatella Volpatti. Senior scientist in Veterinary General Pathology and Anatomopathology at the Dept. of Food Science of the University of Udine. She has experience on the study of fish immune response against infectious agents and after the application of vaccination or immunostimulation protocols. She has co-authored over 20 scientific papers, monographs and book chapters. She participated in several national and EU-funded projects.
Dr. Paola Beraldo. Senior scientist on Parasitology and parasitic diseases at the Dept. of Food Science of the University of Udine. Her research topics are parasitology, histology and diagnosis of diseases in Mediterranean aquaculture. She has co-authored over 20 scientific papers, monographs and book chapters. She leads research activities and a diagnostic service at UNIUD and participated in some national and EU-funded projects. She is secretary of SIPI (Società Italiana di Patologia Ittica).
Dr. Elena Galletti. Researcher on Infectious diseases of domestic animals at the Dept. of Food Science of the University of Udine. She has experience on application and setting up of PCR, Real-time PCR, PCR RFLP techniques for the diagnosis of infectious diseases in farmed mammalians and fish. She has co-authored over 10 scientific papers.
Chiara Bulfon. Technician. Study of sea bass immune response and setting up of cell culture propagation of A. ocellatum. In vitro assessment of plant extracts activity against the protozoa or as immunomodulators.
Michela Massimo. PhD student. Contribute to in vitro/in vivo propagation of A. ocellatum. In vitro assessment of plant extracts activity against the protozoa or as immunomodulators. Definition of in vitro/in vivo infection protocols with A. ocellatum in sea bass. Study of eziopathogenesis in sea bass and A. ocellatum biology. Participation to the epidemiological investigation on A. ocellatum.