Universitat de Barcelona (UB)
The University of Barcelona is Spain's leading research university. It publishes more research than any other Spanish institution with the exception of the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC), according to the European Commission's Third European Report on Science and Technology Indicators.
The work of the research groups is overseen by the UB's research centres and institutes, which collaborate with the leading research institutions and networks in Spain and abroad. The UB is also home to three large research foundations: the Barcelona Science Park (PCB), which houses the Institute of Biomedical Research (IRB) and the Institute for Bioengineering of Catalonia (IBEC); the August Pi i Sunyer Biomedical Research Institute (IDIBAPS); and the Bellvitge Institute for Biomedical Research (IDIBELL). The Science and Technology Centres (CCiTUB) are a group of UB centres that support research both in the university and in other public and private institutions.
Making the most of its privileged location, the Faculty of Pharmacy covers a large surface area and comfortably accommodates more than 2,000 students from diverse backgrounds each year, as it has done for over 150 years. The Faculty teaches pharmacy and food science and technology, focusing particularly on the application of these subjects in health care, and in the pharmaceutical and food sectors with close ties with local government bodies, professional associations, pharmaceutical companies and other organizations, bringing students’ educational experience closer to the real world and helping them launch successful careers. Scientific research is also a crucial activity at the Faculty, with numerous research projects of either a basic or fully applied nature regularly being carried out in its laboratories.
Euroleish.net involvement: under supervision of Dr. Montserrat Portus, the Unit of Parasitology at the Department of Health Microbiology and Parasitology of the UB will help the PhD student recruited for 2.7 project in: 1) serological detection of Leishmania infantum using an “in-house” ELISA developed at this laboratory; 2) molecular detection of L. infantum by PCR both in dog samples (blood, lymph node or bone marrow) and in phlebotomine vectors; 3) culture of L. infantum and strain identification and 4) entomological study.