Dear colleagues
On behalf of the CIISA´s Coordination Team and Congress Organizing Commitee, it is our pleasure to welcome you to the CIISA Congress 2022 under the theme “Innovation in Animal, Veterinary and Biomedical Research”.

The Plenary Sessions feature internationally renowned keynote speakers, most of whom have ongoing collaborations with CIISA’s scientists. One speaker for each of the four sessions that constitute the scientific programme - Biomedical Sciences and Biotechnology, Animal and Food Science, Animal Health and Clinical Research. In addition to these 4 talks, there will be an “out of the box” presentation by fellow veterinarian Diogo Guerra, addressing the art and science of scientific illustration.

As in previous editions, the Oral Communications and Poster Presentation Sessions intend to showcase ongoing research, in particular from more junior colleagues. To further motivate them, awards will be conferred to the best poster and oral presentations by MSc and PhD students.

Importantly, this is the first congress we organize since AL4AnimalS – Associate Laboratory for Animal and Veterinary Sciences, has been instituted and, therefore, it includes a relevant participation of our colleagues from CECA and CECAV, to whom we extend a very warm welcome and thank for joining us.

After two years of COVID pandemic and postponed meetings, we are hoping this will be an enjoyable and fruitful meeting, that will reinforce links within AL4AnimalS and yield good ideas for future collaborations.

We are looking forward to seeing you! 

Best regards 

António Duarte, CIISA Coordinator
Esmeralda Delgado, Chairperson of the CIISA 2022 Meeting 


António Duarte
CIISA Coordinator
Esmeralda Delgado
CIISA Congress Committee

Scientific Comission

Alexandre Leitão, CIISA
Ana Colette Maurício, CECA
António Duarte, CIISA
Cristina Guedes, CECAV
Esmeralda Delgado, CIISA
Felisbina Queiroga, CECAV
Frederico Silva, CIISA
Isabel Fonseca, CIISA

José Manuel Correia Costa, CECA
José Prates, CIISA
José Santos Silva, CIISA
Luís Lopes da Costa, CIISA
Manuela Caniça, CECA
Rosa Lino Neto, CIISA
Rui Bessa, CIISA
Victor Alves, CIISA

Proceedings Book


Scientific Programme

    • 11 NOV'22

    • 08:30  |  Registration and bag collection
    • 09:00  |  Opening Ceremony
                     Chairpersons: Alexandre Leitão & António Duarte

    •                ORAL COMMUNICATIONS I

                     Afonso Basto (CIISA)
                     Impact of aging on the CD4 T cell polarization and mucosal tropism imprinted by TLR2/4-activated dendritic cells

                     Ana André (CIISA)
                     A novel rabbit VL single-domain antibody with versatile conjugation properties against canine lymphoma

                     Juliana Santos (CECA)
                     RNA as a promising molecule to treat a rare neurodegenerative lysosomal storage disorder

                     Liliana Matos (CECA)
                     A personalized antisense oligonucleotide exon-skipping therapeutic approach for Mucolipidosis II

    • 10:40  |  Coffee Break

                     Nuno Jordão (CIISA)
                     Functional impairment and antigen suppression of African Swine Fever virus ubiquitin-conjugating enzyme pI215L

                     Pedro Bule (CIISA)
                     Unconventional incorporation of the dual-binding mode in ruminal cellulosomes

                     Sofia Carvalho (CECA)
                     Modelling genetic disorders with an unexpected co-worker: the Tooth Fairy that gifts hope to both children and scientists

                     Elisabete Silva (CIISA)
                     Bovine Genital Campylobacteriosis:
                     transcriptomic signatures of endometrial epithelial cells challenged with Campylobacter fetus subsp. venerealis

    • 12:10  |  Invited Speaker: Diogo Guerra | DVM, Medical & Veterinary Illustrator


    • 12:40  |  Lunch and Poster Sessions 1 & 2
                    Chairpersons: Cristina Guedes & Rui Bessa

                    Keynote Speaker: Tiago Domingos | MARETEC/LARSyS, IST, ULisboa (1)



                    Ana Vitor (CIISA)
                    Development of a novel coating material for rumen-protected lipid encapsulation using Nannochloropsis oceanica algaenan

                    Cátia Falcão Martins (CIISA)
                    Chlorella vulgaris as ingredient in piglet diets: digestibility, microbiota and intestinal morphology studies

                    Francisco Duarte (CIISA)
                    Effects of sunflower oil infusions of Asparagopsis taxiformis on in vitro rumen methane production

                    José Santos Silva (INIAV,CIISA)
                    Haylage-based diets as an alternative to concentrate-based diets for finishing of young-bulls

    • 16:10  |  Coffee Break
    • 16:40  |  Keynote Speaker: Luís Graça | IMM–FMUL (2)


                    Maria João Fradinho
                    Is Nannochlopsis oceanica a new source of omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids for horse diets?

                    Mónica Mendes Costa (CIISA)
                    Individual carbon-oxygen lyases (EC 4.2) as a solution to disrupt Laminaria digitata and Ulva lactuca recalcitrant cell walls

                    Paula Lopes (CIISA)
                    Tissue specific variation of aquaporins and cytokines transcriptional profile in piglets under LPS challenge

                    Susana Alves (CIISA)
                    Unraveling biomarkers of trans-10 shift in ruminants: a multi-Omics approach

    • 18:20  |  End of Session
    • 19:30  |  Departure for Congress Dinner
    • 20:00 |  Congress Dinner - JOCKEY RESTAURANT - With DJ

    • 12 NOV

    • 09:30  SESSION 3 - ANIMAL HEALTH
                    Chairpersons: Isabel Pereira da Fonseca & José Correia Costa

                    Keynote Speaker: Ana Oliveira | CEB–UM (3)


    • 10:10  |  ORAL COMMUNICATIONS I 

                    Ana Sofia Soares (CECAV)
                    What lives in the fur of shelter animals? A mycological survey
                    Catarina Anastácio (CIISA)
                    Significance of uterine cytology macrophage counts on endometritis recovery in postpartum dairy cows

    • 10:40  |  Coffee Break

                    Cláudia Istrate (CIISA)
                    Structural characterization of African Swine Fever Virus nucleoprotein p10 interaction with DNA

                    Fábio Abade dos Santos (CIISA)
                    Iberian hare extinction: the foundation of a Breeding Centre in Portugal

                    Gonçalo Pereira (CIISA)
                    Circulating cell free miRNA profiles of postpartum dairy cows with subclinical endometritis

                    Joana Moreira da Silva (CIISA)
                    Carbapenemase-producing Enterobacterales clinical strains causing infections in cats and dogs

                    Juliana Menezes (CIISA)
                    Highest priority critically important antimicrobial resistance gene, mcr-1, shared within households, Lisbon, Portugal, 2018-2020

                    Patrícia Poeta (CECAV)
                    “One Health” approach to challenge antimicrobial resistance

    • 12:40  |  Lunch and Poster Session 3 & 4
                    Chairperson: Esmeralda Delgado & Luis Lopes da Costa

                    Keynote Speaker: Ana Colette Maurício | CECA - ICBAS–UP (4)



                    Ana Reisinho (CIISA)
                    Encephalitozoon cuniculi infection in pet rabbits – could it be an issue?

                    Beatriz Silva (CIISA)
                    Nanoparticulate system carrying epoetin beta as a neuroprotective agent: topical ocular administration in glaucomatous rats

                    Gonçalo Santos (CIISA)
                    Biocompatibility and tolerance of the InEye® ophthalmic insert in rabbits

                    Joana Alpoim-Moreira (CIISA)
                    Decitabine effect on collagen type I and III in TGF-β1 treated mare endometrial fibroblasts

    • 16:10  |  Coffee Break

                    Luís Maltez da Costa
                    Hip Dysplasia in a New Functional Rabbit Model: Computed Tomography Characterization

                    Mafalda Pires Gonçalves (CIISA)
                    Preliminary data on the owner’s insights for an effective weight management programme in dogs and cats

                    Maria Teresa Prego (CIISA)
                    Plasma and urinary Normetanephrines – a promising biomarker for future diagnosis of feline pheochromocytoma

                    Vera Pessoa (CIISA)
                    Comparison of Skin Allergy tests, Intradermal tests and Skin Prick tests in the characterization of Insect Bite Hypersensitivity in a population of Lusitano horses

    • 17:40  |  CIISA's Congress Awards 
    • 18:00  |  Closing Ceremony and Farewell

    •     (1) MARETEC - Marine, Environment & Technology Center, Instituto Superior Técnico, University of Lisbon
          (2) iMM - Institute of Molecular Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Lisbon
          (3) CEB - Centre of Biological Engineering, University of Minho School of Engineering 
          (4) CECA- Center of Animal Science Research, ICBAS - University of Porto School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences 

    Keynote and Invited Speakers Bio

    Luís Graça | IMM–FMUL

    Luís Graça has an MD from the University of Lisbon, Portugal, and a PhD in transplant immunology from Oxford, UK. He developed his post-doctoral research first in Oxford and later at the Institute for Child Health Research in Perth, Australia. He is currently Full Professor of Immunology and Vice-Dean at the University of Lisbon Medical School, directing a research group in Cellular Immunology at the Instituto de Medicina Molecular.
    His most significant scientific contributions have been related to the fields of transplantation and autoimmunity. Graça worked on the regulation of antibody production following vaccination and strategies to overcome transplant rejection and the induction of immune tolerance in autoimmunity and allergy. Among these topics, he has been especially interested in the biology of different types of regulatory T cells, namely T follicular regulatory cells – a cell type he co-discovered.
    Graça has collaborated with several artists, including a long-term relationship with Marta de Menezes (www.martademenezes.com), a pioneer in bioart, and possibly the artist with the mostdiverse approach within this field. Artworks developed by different artists in collaboration with the Graça Laboratory have been exhibited worldwide.
    Graça is the chair of the National COVID-19 Vaccination Technical Advisory Group, past-president of the Portuguese Society for Immunology, and past-president of the Sociedade das Ciências Médicas de Lisboa, the oldest medical society in Europe (founded in 1822).

    Affiliation: Instituto de Medicina Molecular, Faculdade de Medicina; Universidade de Lisboa, Lisbon, Portugal.

    Tiago Domingos | MARETEC/LARSyS, IST, ULisboa

    Tiago Domingos has a "licenciatura" in Physical Technological Engineering (IST), a PhD in Environmental Engineering (IST) and is an associate professor in the Scientific Area of Environment and Energy, Department of Mechanical Engineering, IST. His research is based on an integrative view of sustainability, combining fundamental research, technological development and practical application, addressing, among others, topics such as the sustainability of agri-food systems and the evaluation of rural development policies.
    He is president of MARETEC – Marine, Environment and Technology Centre, coordinator of the Master's in Environmental Engineering and coordinator of IST-Ambiente, IST's Environmental Science and Engineering Platform. He is the CEO and founder of Terraprima, considered IST Spin-Off and winner of the A World You Like with a Climate You Like Award, awarded by the European Commission in 2013 for the best climate solution in Europe.

    Ana Oliveira | CEB–UM

    Ana Oliveira has a degree in Zootechnical Engineering (2002, UTAD) and an EU degree in Engineering of Livestock Production (2001, CAH Dronten, NL). She got her MsC degree in Biotechnology (2004) and her PhD degree (2009) in Biological and Chemical Engineering, both by the University of Minho. AO is now a researcher at the Centre of Biological Engineering, from UM. During the PhD, she developed a therapeutic phage product to control Avian pathogenic E. coli in poultry, for the company (Controlvet SA) Since then, her main area of interest is phage Biotechnology applied to Animal Science. Since 2011 her research has been focused on the development of phage-based solutions to control a bacterial infection (AFB) affecting Apiculture. Besides, since 2017 she is leading another project, this time targeting post-weaning diarrhoea in swine.

    Ana Colette Maurício | CECA - ICBAS–UP

    Ana Colette Maurício has  a degree in Veterinary Medicine (1995), a PhD in Veterinary Sciences (1999, FMV-UL), and Habilitation in Veterinary Sciences (2011, ICBAS-UP). The PhD experimental work was developed at Instituto Gulbenkian Ciência (IGC), Freiburg Medicine Faculty, Germany and FCT-UNL. At the present, she is an Associated Professor with Habilitation, from the Veterinary Clinics Department (ICBAS-UP). She is a Member of the Scientific Council and of the Representatives Council (ICBAS-UP), Director of the Veterinary Sciences Doctoral Program (ICBAS-UP), Scientific Coordinator of Regenerative Medicine/ Experimental Surgery sub-unit (CECA-ICETA) and of Comparative and Translational Medicine and Biotechnology of the Laboratório Associado para Ciência Animal e Veterinária (Lab4AnimalS). For the past 15 years she coordinates a multidisciplinary research group of Experimental Surgery/Regenerative Medicine, developing biomaterials and cell-based therapies. She started working with embryonic stem cells obtained by somatic nuclear transfer for therapeutic use with Ian Wilmut´s group (Dolly's cloned sheep). Several relevant publications had been produced and conducted to the first Portuguese cloned animal and a PhD thesis. But ethical issues related to the collection and manipulation of human embryonic stem cells, even for therapeutic use is controversial. Therefore, a continued effort to identify and characterize novel stem cell populations appears critical for widespread clinical success. This effort implies in vitro studies, experimental surgery and in vivo testing, before the clinical trials and the compassive treatment in such clinical cases where the traditional and standard treatments failed. Her research groups works exactly in this direction, so she created a multidisciplinary team, including Veterinarians, Engineers, Medical Doctors that through Experimental Surgery have a crucial role in the development of new therapies, allowing a close share of knowledge between biomaterials design, development of cellular systems, and surgeons needs when related to specific clinical cases in the area of Human and veterinary Health. This group has several recent relevant publications in the research areas of tissue regeneration. In her laboratory have been working several PhD/Post-Doctoral/Master students from various countries who have acquired a high level of competence in the study of tissue regeneration. She is the supervisor of several PhD, Post-Doctoral/Master students (16 PhD thesis concluded), she is the co-author of several scientific articles and book chapters (h-index 25). She was the principal researcher of several national/international scientific projects. Editor of 4 international scientific books and inventor of 3 international patents.

    Diogo Guerra | DVM, Medical & Veterinary Illustrator

    Diogo Guerra is a medical illustrator with an atypical background. He completed a Masters in Veterinary Medicine at the University of Lisbon, and a doktorarbeit (dr med vet) in Veterinary Parasitology at the University of Zurich, Switzerland. He currently works as a freelance medical illustrator and dataviz consultant, after taking several courses in scientific illustration, painting and data visualization. He was part of the graphic department of the VetSuisse Faculty in Zurich (VETCOM) between 2014–2015, and worked as medical illustrator at the medical communications agency Medicalwriters.com between 2018–2022.
    His medical illustration portfolio combines his scientific background with the passion to visualize complex ideas – from creating anatomical and cellular illustrations for Human and Veterinary Medicine textbooks and articles, to collaborating with pharmaceutical companies, designing and optimising scientific graphs on the development and efficacy of new drugs. He also teaches workshops on visual science communication to doctors and researchers.

    Portfolio at www.diogoguerra.com.

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    Guidelines for oral and poster presentations

    Guidelines for poster presentation

    Posters for display should be prepared in portrait style with the dimensions of 100 cm height x 80 cm width. They should be hang by the authors before the beginning of the Congress. The first author should stand by the Poster during the corresponding Poster presentation session for discussion.

    Guidelines for Oral Presentations

    Presentations should be prepared in powerpoint format and saved in a Pendrive. They should be handed to the Staff member to be uploaded before the beginning of the corresponding Session.

    Presentations should last for 10 minutes, with 3 minutes allowed for questions. 


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    Faculdade de Medicina Veterinária
    Av. Universidade Técnica
    1300-477 Lisboa | PORTUGAL