Fernando Fariñas Guerrero
Fernando Fariñas is a recognised expert in the fields of clinical immunology and infectious diseases, and was based outside of Spain for a large part of his professional career. He is the founder and president of Fundación IO, an organisation dedicated to developing international projects to combat outbreaks of zoonoses and emerging infectious diseases. He holds an international diploma in tropical medicine and leprology. His work focuses primarily on the study of zoonotic diseases in the fields of infectious pathology and immunoinfectology, vaccinology, immunonutrition, auto immunity, and immunodeficiencies within the field of clinical immunology.
He is an advisor to various national and international public and private organisations, and a member of specialised study groups including immunotherapy, immunodeficiencies, and vaccinology groups, as well as various working groups focused on vector-borne infectious diseases and zoonoses. He currently coordinates the International Group of Experts on Emerging Infectious Diseases and Zoonoses and the global health group of the One Health Initiative.
He has presented his work at numerous conferences, master’s courses and specialised courses in the fields of clinical immunology, infectious diseases, and vaccinology. He is the author of several books and numerous articles in his field of expertise in both Spanish and international journals.
He currently directs the Institute of Clinical Immunology and Infectious Diseases in Málaga, and serves as president of the Spanish Ynmun Association, which studies immunological and infectious diseases. He has received numerous national and international awards.
Marisa Palmero Colado
María Luisa Palmero Colado holds a degree in veterinary medicine from the Complutense University of Madrid, Spain. She is a cofounder of and partner at the Gattos Centro Clínico Felino, a hospital for cats in Madrid. In 2016 she was awarded the title of University Specialist in Endoscopy and Minimally Invasive Surgery by the University of Cáceres at the Jesús Usón Minimally Invasive Surgery Centre. She is certified in feline medicine by the Spanish Small Animal Veterinary Association (AVEPA) (2012) and in 2011 earned her General Practitioner Certificate in Feline Practice from the European School of Veterinary Postgraduate Studies. In 2011 she enrolled in the Feline Internal Medicine course at the Centre for Veterinary Education at the University of Sydney. She is a member of the International Society of Feline Medicine, American Association of Feline Practitioners, Madrid Small Animal Veterinary Asssociation, AVEPA, and the scientific committee of GEMFE (AVEPA’s working group of specialists in feline medicine).
She teaches postgraduate students in feline medicine at CEU-UCH University, Valencia, Spain, as well as in Chile and Argentina.
She is coauthor of the book Enfermedades infecciosas felinas (Feline Infectious Diseases) which was published in 2010, and has authored clinical case reports and original articles in Spanish and international internal medicine and feline medicine journals. She has spoken at conferences in Spain and elsewhere and delivered lectures throughout Spain. Her main areas of interest are internal medicine and diagnostic imaging.
Rafael Astorga Márquez
Rafael Jesús Astorga Márquez holds a degree in veterinary medicine from the University of Murcia, Spain. He is currently professor of animal health at the University of Córdoba, where he coordinates year 5 of the Preventive Medicine and Health Policy module of the veterinary medicine degree. He has also served as Vice Dean of Students and University Extension (2006–2010) and academic secretary of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine (2010–2014). He is a corresponding academic of the Royal Academy of Veterinary Sciences of Eastern Andalusia, a diplomate of the European College of Small Ruminant Health and Management (ECSRHM), and a member of the editorial committee of the journal Producción Animal (Animal Production) since 2013.
He is a member of the AGR-256 research group (Animal Health: Disease Diagnosis and Control) of the University of Córdoba. He has authored numerous publications in technical and scientific journals, as well as JCR-indexed scientific journals, and participated in multiple Spanish and international research projects. His main lines of research are infectious diseases of domestic and wild animals, preventive medicine in companion animals, diagnosis and control of animal salmonellosis, animal health and food safety in Iberian pigs, use of essential oils as an alternative to antimicrobials, mastitis in goats, and farm biosecurity. He has been a member of the Spanish Association of Veterinary Specialists in Laboratory Diagnosis (AVEDILA) since 1997, and served as the organisation’s spokesperson from 2004 to 2009.