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Department of Epizootology and Parasitology

Scientific research activity

The scientific and research activities of the department are aimed at solving current problems of bacterial, viral and parasitic diseases of animals, including zoonoses. Problems with the occurrence of infectious and parasitic diseases are solved in a complex way - from the analysis of the epidemiological situation on farms and in the field through the isolation of microorganisms to the study of the infectious agent -host interaction by integrating the classic approaches of detection with the modern and medical research methods. Another important scientific and research activity of the workplace is the protection of productive and social animals from dangerous diseases, which contributes to a significant economic growth of breeding and improvement of animal welfare. In the case of zoonoses, the workplace contributes significantly to ensuring the public health.

Institute of Epizootology and Preventive Veterinary Medicine

Institute focuses its scientific research activities on the study of bacterial and viral diseases in animals. Part of the team focuses on the epidemiological analysis of viral infections in livestock and wildlife using molecular epidemiology methods. In the diagnostics of infectious diseases it uses the latest molecular-genetic methods, methods of identification of microorganisms, analysis of viral genomes and genetic typing of viruses. Pestiviruses, PRRSV, PCV2, lyssavirus, herpesvirus, campylobacter and enteral infections as infectious agents that infect animals and humans are particularly of concern. In addition to classical methodological approaches, the workplace also uses methods of genomics and proteomics.

Projects:
  • Operational Programme: Research and Development, code ITMS 26220120022, IINFEKTZOON – Centre of Excellence for Animal Infections and Zoonoses, Operational. Funded by the European Regional Development Fund and state budget of the Slovak Republic.
  • Operational Programme: Research and Development, code ITMS 26220120022 Centre of Excellence for Parasitology. Funded by the European Regional Development Fund and state budget of the Slovak Republic.
  • APVV-0605-12: Potentiation of vaccines against rabies and other lyssavirus infections using new type of adjuvans and investigation of selected bat pathogens in bat population. Implementation: 2013 – 2017. Principal investigator: Assoc. prof. Anna Ondrejková, PhD.
  • APVV-15-0415: Virome of gastrointestinal tract of pigs and wild boars: Identification and analysis of viral agents. Implementation: 2016 – 2019. Principal investigator: Prof. Štefan Vilček, Ing., DrSc.
  • VEGA 1/0553/15: Study of the effect of selected immunomodulatory substances in relation to therapy and prevention of infectious diseases of animals. Implementation: 2015 – 2017. Principal investigator: Prof. Jana Mojžišová, DVM, PhD, Dr. h. c.
  • VEGA 1/0483/15: In vitro immunological selection of probiotic bacterial strains for using in prevention of intestinal infectious diseases. Implementation: 2015 – 2017. Principal investigator: Prof. Mária Levkutová, DVM, PhD.
  • VEGA 1/0591/15: Study of selected pathogens in populations of insectivorous bats. Implementation: 2015 – 2017. Principal investigator: Assoc. prof. Anna Ondrejková, PhD.
  • VEGA 2/0125/15: Analysis of post-traumatic inflammatory and regenerative processes along the rostro-caudal axis of the spinal cord after administration of mesenchymal stem cells: an immunohistochemical and proteomic study. Implementation: 2015 – 2017. Principal investigator: Milan Čížek, DVM, PhD.
  • KEGA 002UVLF-4/2017: BVDV erradication programs of cattle: Transfer of knowledge on the line practice - education - practice. Implementation: 2017 – 2019. Principal investigator: Prof. Štefan Vilček, Ing., DrSc.

Institute of Parasitology

The priorities of the Institute of Parasitology in Science and Research are defined for the field of protozoology by monitoring the epizootological and epidemiological relationships of zoonotic protozoa infections and protozoa transmitted vectors. In the field of helminthology, we analyze the occurrence and spread of filariasis of carnivores as well as helminths in birds of prey in Slovakia; we monitor the occurrence of severe parasitozoonoses in wild and domestic carnivores (echinococcosis, alveococosis, toxocarosis) as well as the occurrence of tissue helminthoses (cysticercosis, trichinellosis). In the area of arachnoenthomology, we record changes in arachno-entomofauna with an emphasis on the diagnostics of hematopoietic arthropods in relation to the total global changes. We improve methodical procedures for laboratory detection of ectoparasites.

Projects:
  • VEGA 1/0455/15: Circulation of Opportunistic Parasitic Infections in Animals and Humans. Implementation: 2015 – 2017. Principal investigator: Prof. Mária Goldová, DVM, PhD.
  • VEGA 1/080/15: Study of Ecology and Epidemiological Role of Blood-Sucking True Flies (DIPTERA) in the Spread of Causative Agents of Zoonoses and Parasitic diseases in the Climatically Changing Slovakia. Implementation: 2015 – 2018. Principal investigator: Assoc. prof. Alica Kočišová, DVM, PhD.