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CReSA High Biosafety Laboratory (CReSA)
Identification
Hosting Legal Entity
Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB)
Location
Edifici CReSA-Campus Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Bellaterra (Cerdanyola del Vallés), Barcelona, PO: 08193, Catalunya (Spain)
Structure
Type Of RI
Single-sited
Coordinating Country
Spain
Status
Status
Current Status:
Operational since 1999

Timeline:
Being upgraded since 2006
Contacts
Contact Person
Segalés i Coma Joaquim
Position:
Director
Scientific Description
The Centre de Recerca en Sanitat Animal (CReSA) is a public foundation focused on research, technological development, studies and education in the sphere of animal health, in collaboration with other academic and research institutions, and the private sector. Created in 1999 by initiative of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) and Institut de Recerca i Tecnologia (IRTA), the members of Patronate are (2012): UAB; IRTA; DAAM (Departament d'Agricultura, Ramaderia, Pesca, Alimentació i Medi Natural); ECO (Departament d'Economia i Coneixement); MAGRAMA (Ministerio de Agricultura, Alimentación y Medio Ambiente). The CReSA unites the human potential for research in animal health of both founding institutions, and takes advantage of a new technologically advanced building, with level-3 biocontainment (BSL3). The CReSA works to improve animal health and the quality and safety of animal products destined for human consumption. The researchers carry out research into innovative and effective vaccines; they study epidemiology, immune response and pathogenic mechanisms, assess risks for human health and develop standardized models of infection and diagnostic techniques. Besides matters of scientific interest, the studies carried out at the CReSA have different implications for consumers, producers and regulatory institutions. CReSA, from the very beginning was broadly opened to contract with animal health related private companies. The CReSA also conducts actions for the Government of Catalonia. Commissioned by the Department of Agriculture, Food and Rural Action, the Centre has established plans for the monitoring and control of different diseases. It also collaborates with the Department of Health in the diagnosis of spongiform diseases and in the training and assessment of slaughterhouse vets.

RI Keywords
Biocontainment, Animal facilities, Vector competence, GLP and GCP animal field studies, BSL3 sorting, Entomological studies
Classifications
RI Category
Environmental Health Research Facilities
Animal facilities
Safety Handling facilities
Scientific Domain
Biological and Medical Sciences
ESFRI Domain
Health and Food
Services
Biocontainment Unit

Fully equipped Animal biosafety level 3 boxes for experimentation with BSL3 bacteria and viruses.

Viral Validation Unit

Viral validation studies on processes and products.

Animal field studies

Animal field studies under GLP and GCP regulations.

Entomological Services

Entomological and vectorial competence studies.

BSL3 Cytometer Unit

FACSAria sorter inside ABSL3 facility to handle and sort cells infected with BSL3 pathogens.

Equipment
BSL3 Cytometer Unit

FACSAria sorter inside ABSL3 facility to handle and sort cells infected with BSL3 pathogens.

Biocontainment Unit

Fully equipped Animal biosafety level 3 boxes for experimentation with BSL3 bacteria and viruses.

Collaborations
Networks
EDENext
ENIVD
European Network for Animal Disease and Infectiology Research Facilities (NADIR)
EPIZONE European Research Group (ERG)
Impact
Societal Grand Challenges
Food security, sustainable agriculture, marine research and the bio-economy
Health, demographic change and well-being
Date of last update: 17/03/2017