Anna Bassols Texidò

bassolsAnna Bassols TexidòPhD, graduated in Pharmacy and holds a PhD in Biochemistry. She is a professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the School of Veterinary Medicine at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB, Spain), and the Head of the PhD Program in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology of the same University.


Her main interest lies in the relationship between stress and inflammation. In particular, she applies proteomic techniques to detect the effects of stressors, such as transport, or farm management procedures, on immunity of ruminants and pigs, aiming to identify and measure molecular biomarkers of welfare. Other fields of studies include acute phase proteins as markers on inflammation, and the impact of extracellular matrix in immunity and cancer. Recently, she has been involved in the study of the impact of stress in the central nervous system in pigs.


She is the author of 74 papers and has directed 14 Doctoral Thesis.



Trudee Fair

 fairTrudee Fair is an Associate Professor in the School of Agriculture & Food Sciences at University College Dublin (UCD), Ireland. She studied Animal Science in UCD, completing a Masters Degree under Prof Ian Gordon in the area of in vitro embryo production in cattle. She subsequently carried out the studies for her PhD under the supervision of Prof Torben Greve and Prof Poul Hyttel, in University of Copenhagen, Denmark.
Since then she has continued to work in the area of cow fertility. Her research has focused on Bovine oocyte growth and maturation and the role of the maternal immune system in cow fertility. Dr Fair was among the first to identify the precise size and morphology at which the bovine oocyte growth phase is completed, transcription ceases and developmental competence is acquired. Her group published the first details of the timing of the establishment of the maternal imprints in bovine oocytes and showed that this process can be disrupted by the cow’s metabolic status. She published the initial evidence of the impact of assisted reproductive technology on bovine embryo morphology, cryotolerance, gene expression and more recently, the methylome. Her group has characterized the expression profile of the MHC-I in bovine embryos and demonstrated that the initial bovine endometrial immune response to the presence of an embryo is an increase in macrophages and dendritic cells. Dr. Fair has published extensively and her Web of Science h-factor is 34. She has supervised numerous Masters and PhD students and Postdoctoral Fellows. She is a Management Committee Member and Work Package Leader of FP7 funded EU Cost Action 'Epiconcept'. Dr Fair is an Editorial Board Member of Reproduction and a sub-Editor of Biology of Reproduction.





Armand Sánchez Bonastre

bonastreDr. Armand Sánchez Bonastre, is full professor in Animal Sciences (Animal Genetics) at the Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona (UAB), Spain since 1996. Head of the “Molecular Genetics Veterinary Service” of UAB, and head of the research group “Molecular animal breeding in Veterinary Sciences”, whose activities focus on the application of molecular techniques to animal production, he is in charge of many projects funded by Spanish, international institutions or private companies.
Author of 152 papers published in international journals (SCI) and many internal technical reports in the field of animal genetics, given more than 150 invited talks, posters and demos outside of home institutions, and has co-organized two international and several national conferences. He has been member of the Spanish national commission for the individual evaluation of scientific activities (CNEAI) and Vicepresident of the Spanish Society of Genetics.
At present, he and his group takes part in animal genomics projects about genetic characterization of economical important traits for animal production, and in the development of analytical methods for molecular diagnosis. The research group “Molecular animal breeding in Veterinary Sciences”, is an officially recognized quality research group (Generalitat de Catalunya, 2014-SGR-1528) since 1989.
In the last 10 years the group has participated in numerous competitive projects in the frame of molecular genetics applied to animal breeding that have achieved most of their objectives and published 76 SCI articles. More focused in pig genomics, several QTL of economical importance and relevant candidate genes and markers have been described by our group and 2 patents awarded actually one of them in exploitation and licensed by UAB.
Also and as an applied result of his activity he founded in 2011 the spin-off company "Vetgenomics" the first SME participated by UAB a company of diagnostics in animal molecular genetics that actually employs 10 people.




Arturo Anadon

anadonProfessor Arturo Anadón, DVM, PhD, DipECVPT
Bachelor in Veterinary Medicine, Universidad Complutense de Madrid (Spain), with  award  for  excellence  in  professional achievement  (1971).  Doctor  in Veterinary Medicine (DVM) and PhD in Pharmacology and Toxicology (1974), Universidad  Complutense  de  Madrid.  European  Specialist  in  Veterinary Pharmacology and Toxicology (1997-). Full Professor, Department of Toxicology and Pharmacology of the Universidad Complutense de Madrid (Spain) (1982-). Fellowship of Department of Animal Pathology, Ecole Nationale Véterinaire de Toulouse  (France)  (1971-1976),  IRI  Research  Institute  Fellowship,  USA  at Medical  Research  Council,  London,  U.K.  (1979),  Visiting  Research  Fellow  at Department  of  Applied  Physiology  and  Surgical  Science,  Royal  College  of Surgeons of England, London, U.K. (1979-1981) and Visiting Research Fellow Department of Pharmacology, Royal College of Surgeons of England, London, U.K. (1981-1982). Honorary Research Scientific, Agricultural Research Council, Madrid,  Spain  (1982-).  Fellow  of  Real  Colegio  Complutense  at  Harvard University  (USA)  (2008).  Expert  and  Member  of  the  Spanish  Agency  for Medicinal Products, Madrid (Spain) (1999-) and of the Spanish Agency for Food Safety and Nutrition, Madrid (Spain) (2003-2008). Membership of the EFSA and EMA. Member of the Expert Advisory Panel on Food Safety at the World Health Organization, Geneve, Switzerland (2000-), Vice-president of the Spanish CVMP for Veterinary Medicinal Products, the Spanish Agency for Medicinal Products, Madrid, Spain (2012-). Member of the Emerging Risk Network, Spanish Agency for  Consume,  Food  Safety  and  Nutrition,  Ministry  of  Health  and  Consumer (AECOSAN)  and  EFSA  (2014-).  President  of  Consume  Section,  AECOSAN (2015-). President of the European Association for Veterinary Pharmacology and Toxicology  (EAVPT)  (2000-2009).  President  of  Alumni  Association  of  Real Colegio  Complutense  at  Harvard  (2014-).  Membre  Associé  Etranger  de l'Académie  Vétérinaire  de  France  (2001-),  Corresponding  Academician  of  the Royal National Academy of Pharmacy  (2005-), Academician and  President of the  Royal  Academy  of  Veterinary  Sciences  of  Spain  (2011-).  Corresponding Academician of the National Academy of Agronomy and Veterinary, Republic of Argentina  (2011-), Colombian  Academy  of  Veterinary  Sciences)  (2012-),
National  Veterinary  Academy  of  Uruguay  (2012-)  and  Mexican  Veterinary Academy  (2013-). General  Secretary  of  the  Iberoamerican  Association  of Academies of Veterinary Sciences (2012-).  Academician of the Royal Academy of  Spain  Doctors  (2015).  Honorary  Academician  of  the  Royal  Academy  of Veterinary  Sciences  of  Eastern  Andalucia  (2015-)  and  the  Royal  Academy  of Medicine of Santa Cruz de Tenerife (Canary island) (2015).
Professor  Arturo  Anadón  has  authored  and/or  co-authored  over  250  scientific articles on issues concerning drug disposition, pharmacodynamic/toxicodynamic of drugs and chemicals, metabolism and residues in food producing animals, in vivo and in vitro toxicology, and regulatory matters amog others. He has presented  350  contributions  in  national  and  international  conferences.  He  hasauthored  or  co-authored  140  chapters  in  books  published  by  international publishers.  He  has  been  invited  to  present  more  than  150  plenary  lectures  in national and international congresses. He has been supervisor for 35 Ph.D. and 27 Mater Degrees and is presently now supervising 5 Ph.D. students.








Ioannis Politis

 politisDr. Ioannis Politis currently serves as the Director of the Animal Husbandry and Breeding Division and he is a Professor of Nutritional and Lactation Physiology at the Agricultural University of Athens (AUA).  He completed his B.Sc. at AUA and his M.Sc. and Ph.D. (Animal Science) at McGill University, Montreal, Canada. He worked for 8 years as a Research Associate at Cornell University and later as an Assistant Professor at the University of Vermont, USA. In 2001 became a faculty member at the AUA. Between the years 2010-2015 served as the Chairman of Department of Animal Science and Aquaculture at AUA and between the years 2013-2015 he served as the Associate Dean of the School of Animal Production, Infrastructure and Environment in the same institution.   His research efforts have emphasized nutritional and endocrine regulation of mammary function and development. He has created bovine mammary epithelial and myoepithelial cell lines and he has a strong interest in identifying bovine mammary stem cells. His work has focused on genes implicated in the plasminogen activating cascade and their role in cell surface proteolysis, cell adhesion and signaling and the significance of these processes for animal nutrition (adipose tissue function; vitamin E-immune system), mammary physiology (involution) and acute and chronic inflammation (mastitis). Lately, he is trying to identify biologically active peptides (immunomodulatory and antihypertensive) mainly in ovine milk, a product of considerable economic importance for the agricultural sector of Greece.