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Mariana Ionita graduated in Biology (in 1997) at the University from Bucharest and in Veterinary Medicine (in 2008) at the University of Agronomical Sciences and Veterinary Medicine of Bucharest, Romania. She obtained her PhD in 2004 on the ecology of ticks in Romania. Mariana has received training in Parasitology at the Gluck Equine Research Center (Kentucky), in Saint Paul Island (Alaska) and in San Miguel Island (California). Since 2013, Mariana is Associate Professor at the Department of Parasitology and Parasitic Diseases & Animal Biology, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine of Bucharest (Romania). In 2015, she passed the board examination of the European Veterinary Parasitology College (EVPC). Currently, ecology of ticks and tick-borne diseases and molecular detection of tick-borne pathogens in the diverse tick fauna in Romania, as well as other vector-borne diseases are the main her research interests. She is also interested in studying the anthelmintic resistance and control of equine parasites. About the EVPC training, Mariana says: "Following the EVPC residency represented certainly a way to expand the knowledge and experience in the field of Parasitology, but more than that for me it was the chance to meet other parasitologists and to make new friends. Even more, for me it was a great honor to meet and have Prof. Kurt Pfister as tutor and I am grateful to him for giving me this chance."
Vincenzo Lorusso qualified as a veterinarian in April 2009 at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine in Bari. He then worked for approximately a year as a research collaborator at the Unit of Veterinary Parasitology and Parasitic Diseases, headed by Prof Domenico Otranto, mainly on ticks and vector-borne diseases, including those of zoonotic relevance.
Between 2010 and 2013, he carried out his PhD at the University of Edinburgh, UK, on the ‘Epidemiology and Control of Cattle ticks and tick-borne infections in Nigeria’, in the group led by Prof Sue Welburn and Dr Kim Picozzi. Alongside his PhD research, he was involved in the field activities of the ‘Stamp Out Sleeping Sickness (SOS)’ Programme in Uganda.
In October 2013, he joined the veterinary pharmaceutical company Vetoquinol as Scientific Manager for Global Research in Parasitology. In January 2016, Vincenzo was appointed Honorary Research Fellow of the University of Salford, UK, where he supervises PhD students investigating tick ecology and the epidemiology of tick-borne infections in livestock in sub-Saharan Africa.
Vincenzo is a Diplomate of the European Veterinary Parasitology College (EVPC), since 2015, and according to Vincenzo the obtainment of the EVPC board by exam is a guarantee of broad-spectrum expertise in Parasitology, providing professional credibility (thus opportunities!) in both industry and academia.
Emmanuel Liénard is EVPC Diplomate EVPC since January 2014, after obtaining his vet degree at the National Veterinary School of Nantes, and his PhD in Parasitology at the University of Reims Champagne-Ardenne. Emmanuel is also Diplomate of the Institut Pasteur and University Paris-Diderot in Advanced Immunology in Paris.
Emmanuel held several positions and is currently Associate Professor at the ENVT in Toulouse. Emmanuel teaches parasitology (clinical and practical training, lectures) and general and specialized zoology (mainly pisciculture and major fish diseases) for vet students until master degree. His main research topics focus on cattle besnoitiosis (epidemiology, transmission, diagnosis and control), insecticide efficiency assessments and arthropod-borne transmission prevention.
Emmanuel says his EVPC residency has covered most fields of the parasitology (including unusual hosts), from basic to advanced knowledge. This training certainly helps his current teaching activities at ENVT. It has also allowed him to create a network with colleagues from other countries, which constitutes a great support to his research.
Barbara Hinney is diplomate of the EVPC since 2016, after a residency supervised by Prof. Dr. Joachim and external training under Prof. Dr. Clausen, Berlin, Germany; Prof. Dr. Edwin Claerebout, Ghent, Belgium; Prof. Dr. Laura Kramer, Parma. She also participated at the summer course of Prof. Dr. Otranto in Bari, Italy. She currently works as research assistant at the Institute of Parasitology in Vienna and is head of the diagnostic laboratory. Besides diagnostic services she is involved in teaching, clinical trials and projects in applied parasitology with special focus on protozoal infections of companion animals. Barbara obtained het vet degree from the University of Leipzig in Germany and joined the institute of parasitology and tropical veterinary medicine in Berlin to obtain her PhD on the theme "Prevalence of helminths in horse farms in the federal state of Brandenburg and risk factors for a high endoparasitic burden.
After her graduation as a veterinarian in June 2007 at the National Veterinary School of Toulouse, France, Emilie Bouhsira worked as a study officer at the unit Vectors/Vector-borne-diseases of the same school. Since then Emilie has been involved in clinical trials aiming at determining the efficacy of new ectoparasiticidal products against arthropods of veterinary and zoonotic importance such as: sandflies, mosquitoes, fleas and stomoxes. She also acquired expertise in insect rearing. Meanwhile, Emilie conducted her PhD at the same laboratory on the “Role of Ctenocephalides felis in the transmission of Bartonella sp. and way of control of this arthropod pest”, under the supervision of Prof Michel Franc and Dr Emmanuel Liénard.
Emilie followed the standard residency program of the EVPC from November 2009 to November 2012 and qualified as a diplomate in November 2014.
Since January 2015, Emilie is an Associate Professor in Parasitology and Parasitic Diseases at the National Veterinary School of Toulouse and her research topics are mainly centered on Bovine Besnoitiosis (epidemiology, transmission and control) and on efficacy determination of ectoparasiticides and prevention of transmission of arthropod-borne pathogens.
For Emilie, following the residency program and passing the EVPC examination has been a way to broaden her knowledge in general parasitology and therefore acquire more confidence for giving lectures to students.
Emanuele Brianti graduated in Veterinary Medicine in 2002 at the University of Messina; he did his PhD studies in the same institution from 2004 to 2008. He started an EVPC alternative training program in 2011 and got his Diploma after sitting the exam in 2015. Currently, he holds the position of associate professor of Veterinary Parasitology at the University of Messina.
His major research interests are epidemiology and control of vector-borne diseases in animals with a particular focus on those underestimated or emerging and of zoonotic concern. In this field he has carried research projects on the control ectoparasites in animals and in the prevention of some vector-borne diseases such as leishmaniosis. He has conducted studies on not very well-known filarioid species of animals and investigated the role of ixodid ticks as vectors of these nematodes. Part of his research activity has been also dedicated to the study of feline lungworms. Thanks to his research new species of metastrongyloid lungworms have been re-discovered as agents of disease in both domestic and wild cats.
Emanuele feels that the whole process to get the EVPC Diploma helped his growth as veterinary parasitologist significantly. He says: 'I really enjoyed it, even the exam, at the end, is a nice memory; it gives you the perception of how wide the field of veterinary parasitology is and how much there is to learn. This is a field I would recommend to all young colleagues.'
Katja started her career at the University of Veterinary Medicine where she obtained her degree in Veterinary Medicine along a Bachelor’s degree in Biomedicine and Biotechnology. She was an Erasmus student in León, Spain and additionally she did a Master’s Degree in Wildlife Management at Lincoln University in New Zealand.
After her PhD in the field of genetics she started as Postdoc fellow and EVPC-Resident at the Institute of Parasitology, University of Veterinary Medicine, Vienna, Austria. As part of her training she was visiting Veterinarian with Prof. Lluis Ferrer at TUFTS University, Prof. Stephen White at University of California Davis (UC Davis), Dr. Pie Müller at the Swiss Tropical Public Health Institute (Swiss TPH) and with Dr. Kathiravan Periasamy at the Animal Health Laboratory, IAEA, United Nations.
Katja completed her clinical Veterinary work at the Dermatology Clinic, Small Animal Internal Medicine, University of Veterinary Medicine, Vienna, Austria.
Katja was granted several prices and awards (e.g. Merial Clinical Research Award, Innovation Award, Vetucation Award) thereby recognizing her dedication for Veterinary research and teaching. She successfully managed third-party-funded projects and is author of numerous publications on vector-borne-diseases, parasitic skin diseases and tropical Veterinary diseases. As expert in parasitology she was invited speaker in several international conferences and meetings.
Upon completion of her EVPC Residency, Katja has started as Scientific and Product Manager for Bayer Animal Health focusing on Parasitology and Dermatology. Katja lives in Vienna, Austria with her two children, her cat Juno and her dog photogenic Filou, which you can see on the picture.
Katja says about the EVPC residency: "In my point of view Veterinary Parasitology is an extremely relevant and exciting field which spans from tiny protozoa to huge tapeworms and which affects all animal species and humans. A professional management from diagnosis to therapy and prophylaxis is absolutely essential for animal and human health. The EVPC-Residency provides excellent training opportunities for Veterinarians in academia, the public sector and the industry."
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