The objective of the Research Unit in Epidemiology and Risk analysis applied to Veterinary sciences (UREAR-ULg) is to acquire and disseminate knowledge on epidemiology and risk analysis of diseases with veterinary interest, including emerging, vector-borne, exotic, wildlife and bee diseases as well as zoonotic diseases, with the aim to improve the veterinary public health throughout the world and to sustain livestock development and, more generally, to the benefit of humanity.
The specific research activities are development of methods: to improve clinical decision tree, to assess biosecurity level, to improve animal surveillance system, to prioritize diseases of food-producing animals and zoonosis, to improve the determination of sensitivity and specificity of tests in absence of gold standard, to improve economic estimation of losses in veterinary public health and to improve the knowledge of epidemiology and risk assessment of animal diseases including zoonosis.
Currently the main diseases studied are brucellosis, tuberculosis, leptospirosis, Q fever, Foot-an-mouth disease, African swine fever, Bluetongue, Schmallenberg, West Nile fever, Rift valley fever and bee diseases.
Equipment / technologies
Air sampler AirPort MD8 (Sartorius)
Laboratory analyses for the direct and inderect detection of different pathogens (Bluetongue virus, Schmallenberg virus, Coxiella burnetii).
Genetic characterization of the Bluetongue virus serotypes.
Genetic characterization of Coxiella burnetii
Immunohistochemistry and viral in situ detection
Geographic Information System (Q GIS®/ArcGIS)
Classification and Regression Tree analysis (Salford Predictive Modeler®)
Software: Stata.SE 14®, SAS®, R, DecisionTools Suite Industrial®
BioMérieux Award 2003 granted by an international jury for a poster entitled « Decision support tools in clinical diagnosis in cows with suspected spongiform encephalopathy », 8th Conference on Food Microbiology, 19-20 June 2003, University of Liege
Prize Bernard Fiocre of the French Veterinary Academy, 2010, for the following book: Vandeweerd J.-M., Saegerman C. Guide pratique de médecine factuelle vétérinaire. Les Editions du Point Vétérinaire, Paris, France, 2009, 193 pages
Prix Leclainche granted by the French Veterinary Academy for the following collective book: La fièvre catarrhale ovine. Guides France Agricole (éd.), Paris, France, 2009, 185 pages (coordinator : Jean-Marie Gourreau)
Prize of the Concours ordinaire of the 6th Section (2009-2010) of the Royal Academy of Veterinary Medicine. Work provided to answer the question: « On demande des recherches sur la fièvre catarrhale ovine due au virus de sérotype 8 » ; Jury : Prof. Guy Meulemans (President), Arsène Burny and Luc Willems. Prize granted the 30th of April 2011. http://www.armb.be/concours-Laureats.htm
International Travel Award from the Society for Risk Analysis (SRA) after selection to join the SRA meeting on Advancing Analysis, 8-11 December 2013, Baltimore, Maryland, USA. Invitation to present the following oral communication: a multidisciplinary and evidence-based methodology applied to animal diseases and zoonoses
International Alexandre Liautard Prize, French Veterinary Academy (2014) for the Manuel de médecine des bovins, MED’COM ed., Paris, France (coordinators: David Franco and Yvon Couture)
Most representative publications
- SAEGERMAN C., et al. The use of modelling to evaluate and adapt strategies for animal disease control. Rev Sci Tech. 2011, 30(2), 555-569 http://orbi.ulg.ac.be/handle/2268/136367
- Zanella G., Martinelle L., Guyot H., Mauroy A., De Clercq K., SAEGERMAN C. Clinical pattern characterization of cattle naturally infected by BTV-8. Transbound Emerg Dis. 2013, Jun, 60(3):231-237 http://orbi.ulg.ac.be/handle/2268/122714
- SAEGERMAN C., et al. Clinical Sentinel Surveillance of Equine West Nile Fever, Spain. Transbound Emerg Dis. 2014, doi: 10.1111/tbed.12243 http://orbi.ulg.ac.be/handle/2268/168679
- Humblet M-F., Vandeputte S., Albert A., Gosset C., Kirschvink N., Haubruge E., Fecher-Bourgeois F., Pastoret P-P., SAEGERMAN C. Multidisciplinary and evidence-based method for prioritizing diseases of food-producing animals and zoonoses. Emerg Infect Dis. 2012, 18(4), e1 http://orbi.ulg.ac.be/handle/2268/121590
- Boukary A.R., Thys E., Abatih E., Gamatié D., Ango I., Yenikoye A., SAEGERMAN C. Bovine tuberculosis prevalence survey on cattle in the rural livestock system of Torodi (Niger). PLoS One 2011, 6(9):e24629 http://orbi.ulg.ac.be/handle/2268/132506
Information updated by the researcher on 15/10/2015.
Bachir Souley Kouato
PhD students had honour 18/03/17
Postdoc or other
Dal Pozzo Fabiana