Pork as a source of Toxoplasma gondii infection in humans: a molecular approach

Ignacio Gisbert Algaba
Faculteit Diergeneeskunde
Vakgroep Virologie, Parasitologie en Immunologie
Ignacio Gisbert Algaba was born on December 22nd 1988 in Valencia, Spain. He started his studies in the Faculty of Veterinary Sciences UCH-CEU in Valencia, Spain in September 2006. After graduating as a DVM in June 2012, he was awarded a Leonardo Grant for young graduates to obtain his first work experience as a research assistant in the Department of Veterinary Public Health at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine of Ghent University, Belgium. There, he acquired a broad knowledge in microbiology and several molecular techniques and assisted PhD students with their research in different food pathogens such as, Campylobacter, Yersinia and Salmonella. In 2014, he was enrolled as a PhD student at the Department of Virology, Parasitology and Immunology of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Ghent University in the framework of the “TOXOSAFE project” (RF 13/6274), funded by the Belgian Federal Public Service for Health, Food Chain Safety and Environment. The TOXOSAFE project was focused on multiple aspects of the natural and experimental infection with Toxoplasma gondii in pigs. As a PhD student, Ignacio performed his research at the Scientific Institute of Public Health (WIV-ISP) in Brussels. In addition to his doctoral studies, he was actively involved with the daily working of the Toxoplasmosis department at the WIV-ISP as part of the NRC for congenital diseases in Belgium. Ignacio Gisbert Algaba is an author and co-author of several publications in peer-reviewed international journals and he actively participated in national and international conferences.
Academische graad
Doctor in de diergeneeskundige wetenschappen
Taal proefschrift
Prof. Dr. Pierre Dorny. Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Ghent University Institute of Tropical Medicine, Antwerp Prof. Dr. Eric Cox Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Ghent University Dr. Ir. Stéphane De Craeye Scientific Institute of Public Health, Brussels
Prof. Dr. Richard Ducatelle Chairman of the Examination Committee Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Ghent University Prof. Dr. Daniel Ajzenberg Institut d’Epidémiologie neurologique et de Neurologie Tropicale, Université de Limoges, CHU de Limoges, France Prof. Dr. Joke Van der Giessen Rijksinstituut voor Volksgezondheid en Milieu (RIVM), the Netherlands Prof. Dr. Lieven De Zutter Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Ghent University Prof. Dr. Koen Chiers Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Ghent University

Korte beschrijving

Toxoplasma gondii is a zoonotic parasite of global interest. In humans, the majority of infections are asymptomatic or cause mild flu-like symptoms. However, infection may produce congenital disease in pregnant women and can result in severe disease in immunocompromised people. In livestock, infection with T. gondii may be associated with reproductive disorders, reduced weight gain and weak progeny, with important economic losses for producers. The consumption of undercooked meat is among the most important routes of transmission to humans. Pork is considered one of the main sources of human infection.


Maandag 15 januari 2018, 17:30
Auditorium D, Salisburylaan 133, 9820 Merelbeke

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