The major area of research are the disorders of the nervous system of domestic animals, clinical neurology being the the main object of interest. Most investigated topics are: neuroelectrodiagnostic tests, neuromuscular disorders and neurosensorial deafness.
The research activity is mainly addressed to the study of cardiac disease in domestic animals. Recently, studies are focused on cardiac remodelling in athlete dogs to evaluate the effect of endurance exercise training on the cardiovascular system. Other areas of interest are feline cardiomyopathies and cardiorenal syndrome.
The main research areas are Veterinary Clinical Neurophysiology (Electroencephalography, Evoked Potentials, Electromyography, Nerve Conduction Studies) and Veterinary Audiology.
- Epidemiology, pathogenesis, host-parasite relationships and parasitology diagnosis.
- Vector-borne disease, such Dirofilariosis (Dirofilaria immitis, D. repens) and ticks
- Food-borne diseases such Toxoplasma gondii
Research topics deal with diagnostic imaging of clinical disease of small animals and exotics. Early CT (computed tomography) diagnosis of hip and elbow dysplasia in Labrador Retriever and German Sheperd dogs, CT diagnosis and characterization of dental pathology in rodents, high definition ultrasonography and elastosonography in the study of superficial nodules/expansive mass in the dog and cat, diagnostic imaging in gender determination of exotic animals, represent the main research topics.
Local and general anesthesia for small and large animals and non-domestic animals. Animal pain: assessment of pain and pain managements in animals. Analgesia for small and large animals. Anesthesia and analgesia in laboratory animals. Small and large animals surgery.
KRAMER Laura Helen
Particula research interest is canine heartworm disease and the role of Wolbachia as a target for alternative adulticide therapy. The second major area of research concerns toxoplasmosis (Toxoplasma gondi), a very important food-borne disease with worldwide distribution, which, due to its multiple transmission routes and the severity of the induced lesions, plays a major role in public health. Prof. Kramer is conducting research on animal-to-human transmission routes, in particular from pigs to humans, and epidemiological studies to evaluate the possible infection of farmed and wild animals in the perspective of One medicine one health having Toxoplasma the cat as an intermediate host and all warm-blooded animals, including humans as possible intermediate hosts.
Porcine health management is the main area of research and predominantly Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome, Porcine Circovirus Diseases and Mycoplasma hyopneumoniae infections are investigated. In particular, the immune response upon infections and vaccinations is the focus of the research activity. Within vaccination new vaccines and innovative route of administration (intradermal and intranasal) are investigated.
MARTINI Filippo Maria
Clinical research on small animal orthopedics and traumatology.
PARMIGIANI Enrico, BIGLIARDI Enrico, BRESCIANI Carla
- Reproductionin dairy cows with particular attention to oestrus sincronisationtecniques and hypofertility problems.
- Equine reproduction, male and female.
- Small animal reproduction
- Non conventional animals reproduction
Prof. Fausto Quintavalla has always devoted mainly to the study of clinical pharmacology, which has been more concrete in the last few years towards the gastroenterological address, especially for the pet clinic, and comparative oncology.
The research activity is mainly focused on the study of congenital and acquired heart diseases in dogs and cats, and related complications. Particular interest is devoted to the study of aortic stenosis in the Boxer dog breed, predisposed to this disease. A permanent program of Boxer breed screening on national basis is underway. Other areas of interest are the cardiac-renal syndrome, and the therapy of canine Dirofilariosis.
The research of Dr. Barbara Simonazzi has developed following ophthalmology, ophthalmic and general surgery, and anesthesiology. In particular, scientific activity was primarily directed to the diagnosis and the surgical treatment of hereditary and non ereditary ocular pathologies in the dog. She also studied tears production in the horse. She also devoted his research and teaching activity to diagnostic and surgical techniques applied to ophthalmology of the domestic animals. Recent subject of study is the conjunctival microbial flora of the dog for the evaluation of bacterial resistances by the execution of conjunctival swabs in dogs with ocular and non-ocular pathologies.