Isabel Minguez-Tudela passed away on April 16th 2011, aged 55 after a long battle against cancer.
Isabel was a senior scientific officer at DG Research and Innovation of the European Commission in Brussels. She was Spanish, trained as a veterinarian and obtained a PhD in Animal Virology in Madrid. She served in the field of Agriculture and Biotechnology for 20 years, managing dozens of EU research projects on animal health including BSE, Avian Influenza, African Swine Fever, Arbovirus infections, Swine Flu, Foot and Mouth disease, Rabies and many other topics.
Isabel was a fighter. She fought for creating a strong European network of veterinary scientists in a very competitive environment. She was an enthusiastic supporter of the "One Health" vision and of the role of the veterinary profession in fighting neglected diseases and poverty.
Above all, Isabel was a very special friend. She was always available to give us guidance and advice, listen to our frustrations and smile at the challenges of life.
Isabel has been an example for veterinary scientists worldwide and a precious acquaintance for all who have been fortunate to work with her. Her dedication, generosity, intuitive capacities and inner strength will remain with us forever. All who have met her will never forget the sparkle in her eyes and her encouraging and engaging smile.
Our most sincere condolences are for her husband and daughters.
We are collecting "Words for Isabel" at http://www.vigilanciasanitaria.es/en/new/in_memoriam_isabel_minguez_tudela.php . We intend to collect all the words of condolences and friendship in a virtual book for Isabel's family and friends. Please, find the time to post your words.
Ilaria Capua and Jose Manuel Sánchez-Vizcaíno
Avian influenza and Newcastle disease workshop, VLA, UK
In response to requests, a training programme will be held at VLA-Weybridge from 7th to 18th February 2011 for participants from EUNRLs. The five participants, from Germany (1), Hungary (1), Poland (1) and Romania (2), will receive two weeks training in diagnostic techniques in two modules; the first week will focus on conventional virological methods and the second on molecular- based methods. The programme is a balance of key lectures and practical application with strong influence on the latter and group discussion. It will be concluded by interactive lectures on avian influenza and Newcastle disease virus nucleotide sequencing and phylogenetic analysis.
A article describing the FLUTRAIN project has been published in the latest edition of the Projects magazine. You can read it at http://www.projectsmagazine.eu.com
FLUTRAIN has developed an E-learning course to train candidates in Avian influenza diagnostics and disease management skills. The first of these courses is planned for September 2011. Please revisit this website for updates.
From the 4th to 15th of October, 2010, IZSVe hosted Dr Julian Tumbarski of the National Diagnostic Research Veterinary Medical Institute, Bulgaria for training in AI and NDV diagnosis.
On the 16th June 2010 a meeting was held at the Istituto Zooprofilattico Sperimentale delle Venezie, Legnaro, Italy to discuss international cooperation and assistance in the management of transboundary infectious diseases of animals. A list of recommendations for consideration when planning or implementing future training activities were drawn up.
A copy of these recommendations is available here.
Training in Avian influenza
In February 2010, Dr Sead Hadziabdic of the Veterinary Faculty of Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina was hosted at the Dutch National Reference Laboratory in Leylstad for a two week training course in Avian influenza diagnostics.
Avian influenza Workshop Nigeria
A workshop on Avian influenza was held at the National Veterinary Research Institute (NVRI), Vom, Plateau State, Nigeria from the 2nd to 5th of November, 2009. Participants from Benin (1), Burkina faso (1), Burundi (1), Cameroon (1), DR Congo (1), Ethiopia(1), Kenya (2), Mali (1), Mozambique (1), Namibia (1), Nigeria (5), Senegal (1), Sudan (2), Zambia (1) and two FAO representatives attended. Lectures were given by experts from FLUTRAIN Consortium Institutes (e.g. IZSVe, VLA, CVI, VAR, DTU and SVA)
A workshop on AIV sequencing, phylogeny and bioinformatics was held at the OIE Collaborating Centre for biotechnology-based diagnosis of infectious diseases in veterinary medicine (http://www.sva.se/oie-cc) at the National Veterinary Institute (SVA) and the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) in Uppsala, Sweden, between May 26th-29th.
The workshop was organized as part of the EU funded project ConFluTech and was co-financed by FLUTRAIN. Fifteen colleagues from 12 countries including Bulgaria, Germany, Hungary, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Macedonia, Namibia, Syria, Turkey, Ukraine, and Rumania participated in this very focused and hands-on workshop.
Between April 19th-29th 2009, a group of Swedish experts, within the FLUTRAIN consortium, conducted a laboratory training at the Central Veterinary Laboratory (CVL) in Teko, Sierra Leone, financed by the Swedish Reference Group for Animal Health in collaboration with FLUTRAIN, FAO and IAEA. The training, with participants from the CVL and from Njala University focused on the diagnosis of avian influenza, Newcastle disease and PPR, as well as basic bacteriological techniques, and included lectures and practical hands-on exercises.
The group of participants together with the head of the CVL in Teko, Dr M. Barrie, in front of the main laboratory building.