Centro de Estudos de Ciencia Animal

CECA’s new era vision is to be globally recognized as a reference R&D unit for risk assessment on food safety, animal health and welfare. Its ultimate objective is to protect public health, by developing activities aiming the integration of Human Medicine and Veterinary Medicine.
Biotechnology in Animal Science;
Emergent and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases;
Experimental Surgery and Regenerative Medicine

Program Review Unit 
Prof. Doutor Afonso Almeida, Professor Catedratico da Universidade de Evora;
Prof. Doutor Armando Louza, Professor Catedratico Jubilado da UT Lisboa,
Prof. Doutora Isabel Fazendeiro, Professora Catedratica Jubilada da UT Lisboa
Prof. Doutor Hercules de Moura, Senior Service Fellow, ERAT - Division of Laboratory Sciences, NCEH - M.S. F-50, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC, Atlanta, USA).

The general objectives of CECA supported research are to advance our understanding of biological systems, improve the diagnosis and control of animal diseases, including zoonosis, as well as developing knowledge-based animal system of production.
Scientific programs in CECA take into account the European and Portuguese strategic plans for agriculture concerning animal health and production. Thus, research is directed to increase the competitiveness of the livestock production system, to improve standards of animal health and welfare, to prevent and control animal pathologies.

Master goals:
Consolidation of a collaborative network & links to industry

Preliminary data on the incidence of bacteria of venereal transmission in the equine
Determination of the reproductive productivity of dairy cattle in Portugal, and identification of the main constraints to increase reproductive efficiency.
Establishment of research protocols for collection and freezing of extragonadal sperm reserves in the equine.
Schistosoma haematobium flatworms as promoter of tumorigenesis and cancer-like phenotype cells.
Monitoring and risk assessment of cryptosporidiosis and giardiasis in several watersheds in the North of Portugal and Galiza.
In 2010, a new area of scientific work was initiated: the exposure to high levels of environmental pollution (pesticides and endocrine disruptors) is known to be associated with an increased carcinogenic risk.
Antimicrobial resistance.


Acta 1/2010
Parecer de Armando Louza
Parecer de Maria Isabel Fazendeiro
Parecer de Hercules Moura
Parecer sobre o relatório de actividadess de 2010 sdf