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Health emergency and environmental health

Research staff
The current alert for Covid-19 caused by the transmission of a virus or disease from animals to humans (zoonosis) is not unusual, what is unusual is the size it has had on the entire planet. Zoonosis has always existed. However, global changes on our planet, mainly global warming, the destruction and modification of natural habitats and the movement of people and goods, increase the frequency of transmission of animal diseases to people and as a result of likelihood of them becoming pandemics. The seminar aims to reflect on the problem in the hands of experts from the Biodiversity Research Institute and the Institute of Nutrition and Food Security of the University of Barcelona.

Should there be surveillance and monitoring of emerging zoonoses that can be pandemic?

Should we assume that from now on there will be epidemics that will affect us worldwide?How can we work or prevent these outbreaks within environmental / planetary health?

Can epidemic outbreaks condition the social dynamics and long-term genetic and demographic viability of human populations? Have we learned anything from epidemic outbreaks such as Ebola?

If bats are reservoirs of viruses and are immune to them, could we extract a possible vaccine from them?

Dr. Jordi Serra Cobo: Eco-epidemiologist and global health specialist. He works on the relationship between the alteration of natural environments and the loss of biodiversity and the emergence of epidemics. Barcelona University. IRBio-Biodiversity Research Institute.

Dr. José Domingo Rodríguez Teijeiro: Professor of Zoology at the University of Barcelona, ​​leads the consolidated research group on Conservation of Biodiversity, Ecology and Animal Behavior. He is working on the socio-biological aspects behind the infection of great apes by the Ebola epidemic in the Republic of the Congo, how the population is evolving and how population decline has affected the African jungle ecosystem. IRBio-Biodiversity Research Institute.

Dr. Albert Bosch:
Professor of Microbiology at the University of Barcelona, ​​leads the consolidated research group on Enteric Viruses. Expert in the study of human viruses in the digestive tract, viral safety studies, and stands out for the lines of research promoted in the fields of environmental microbiology and biotechnology. INSA-Institute of Nutrition and Food Safety.

And with a surprise guest:
Dr. Magdalena Bermejo: Director of the International Network of the Field Station in Central Africa, financed by the Plattner Foundation and the United Nations for the Environment (Spain-LifeWeb-UNEP). Expert in primate behavior in different National parks and Wildlife Reserves of the Democratic Republic of Congo. Study of the modes of transmission of the Ebola virus (2003-2006) in the population of gorillas and chimpanzees of Congo, financed by the United Nations for the Environment.

Dra. Rosina Gironès: Professor of Microbiology, directs the Laboratory of Viruses Contaminating Water and Food (VIRCONT). Dean of the Faculty of Biology of the University of Barcelona. IdRA-Water Research Institute.

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