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Animal Health Research Centre

Description The Animal Health Research Centre (Centro de Investigación en Sanidad Animal, CISA), part of the National Institute for Agricultural and Food Research and Technology (INIA), Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness, is a multidisciplinary research centre created in 1993 to expand the actions of the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food in the field of animal health. CISA is a centre for research and surveillance focused on the prevention, diagnosis and control of emerging, re-emerging and transboundary infectious diseases of livestock with economical and sanitary impact, including zoonoses, that may cause restrictions in trade and a serious impact on public health and food security. Its primary mission is to promote advanced research, technology development, cooperation with national and international bodies and technology transfer in the area of animal health, following the strategic priorities agreed by organisations and national and international forums of relevance in the area. CISA is designed in three different work areas: biosecurity (biosafety levels 3 and 3+), environmental health and administration. BSL3 animal facility is part of the focal points in Spain to work with high risk biological agents. Researchers from other institutions and pharmaceutical companies make use of the animal facility to develop specialised BSL3 in vivo experiments. Main activities:  Research in animal science at the highest level.  Activities such as national reference laboratory in Spain and Europe in various diseases of great public health importance.  Collaborative activities and services to various public, private, national and international entities, in the field of research and development in animal health.  Active collaboration with the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Environment, giving support in certain tasks of the National Reference Laboratories.  Repository of biological materials useful for Spanish research in animal health.  Activities of national and international cooperation including organizing training courses, workshops stays and scientific-technical organization of interlaboratory testing, evaluation and validation of diagnostic and vaccine technologies, technology transfers.
URL http://wwwsp.inia.es/Investigacion/centros/cisa
Status Operational since 1993
Scientific Domains Biological and Medical Sciences
RI Categorization Research Facilities
Location Carretera de Algete a El Casar, Valdeolmos (Madrid), 28130, Spain
MERIL URL http://portal.meril.eu/meril/view/facilitys/15301