Spain Center of Excellence


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Severo Ochoa Center for Molecular Biology (CBMSO), Madrid

C/Nicolas Cabrera 1
Cantoblanco (Campus UAM)
28049 – Madrid

Center Director: Dr. José Felix de Celis
 Researchers: Esteban Domingo, Luis Menendez Aris, Antonio Alcamí, José María Almendral, Encarnación Martínez-Salas, Mauricio G. Mateu, Francisco Sobrino

Originally founded in 1978 as Spain’s only non-university biological research facility, the Severo Ochoa Center for Molecular Biology (CBMSO) serves as home to several scientific departments such as cell biology, immunology, virology, molecular neurobiology and genome dynamics and function. It currently is the only center in modern Spain at which a Nobel Prize winner has worked and the only one where two members of the American Academy of Sciences currently work. It also has more EMBO members than any other Spanish institution and several of its scientists have been awarded various national and international prizes.

Centre De Recerca En Sanitat Animalas (CReSA) at the Universitat Autonoma de Barcelone (UAB)

IRTA Torre Marimon
08140 Caldes de Montbui

Center Directors: Drs. Joaquim Segalés and Natàlia Majó
Member Researchers: Francesc Accensi, Albert Bensaid, Núria Busquets, Javier Collado, Ayub Darji, Laila Darwich, Ivan Díaz, Mariano Domingo, Llilianne Ganges, Gerard Martín, Marga Martín, Enric Mateu, José Ignacio Núñez, Sonia Pina, Joan Pujols, Fernando Rodríguez, Rosa Rosell, Marina Sibila, Júlia Vergara, Enric Vidal

The Centre de Recerca en Sanitat Animal (CReSA) is the animal health research program of the Institut de Recerca i Tecnologia Agroalimentàries (IRTA), a public company of the Autonomous Government of Catalonia (Spain). CReSA is located at the campus of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB), working in a new and technologically advanced building with conventional laboratories as well as biocontainment with level-3 biosecurity (BSL3) laboratories and animal facilities. The mission of CReSA is to contribute to the advancement of scientific and technical knowledge on animal health by means of research, knowledge transfer and services to public and private bodies. The long term objective is to globally improve all aspects of animal health that influence the agri-food sector and public health. CReSA researchers’ expertise includes pathology, immunology, bacteriology, virology, entomology, epidemiology and molecular biology, as well as disease animal models. Viral research is focused on endemic and exotic viruses affecting mainly livestock (swine, ruminants and poultry) and occasionally wildlife. Zoonotic viruses including animal influenza viruses, West Nile virus, Rift Valley fever virus and MERS-coronavirus are nowadays significant poles of research.