The Unit previously headed by Dr GARIN-BASTUJI is dealing with the bacterial diseases of animals with a high level of risk for (human) public health and with a high economical incidence in livestock (Anthrax, Brucellosis, Chlamydiosis, Glanders, Mycobacteria and Tularaemia). The Unit’s mission is to give a scientific and technical support to national, European and international (OIE, FAO, WHO, IAEA) bodies for the implementation and evaluation of relevant regulations and standards. The Unit’s tasks are essentially those of a reference laboratory: scientific and technical expertise, identification of bacterial strains, confirmation of cases or outbreaks, organisation of proficiency ring-trials, control of diagnostic reagents and vaccines, serological expertises, training and information. In terms of research and development, the work of the Unit concerns (i) the development of molecular tools for studying the epidemiology of bacterial strains and, (ii) the development, assessment and validation of direct (molecular biology) or indirect (immunology) diagnostic tools and their insertion in a sanitary decision system validated at the epidemiological level.
Up to now, he has been expert for several national, European and international organisations (OIE, WHO, FAO, IAEA, European Commission) for the diagnosis and control of animal and human brucellosis. He has been consultant for that purpose in several countries of Europe, Northern and South Africa, South America, Middle East, Asia and Oceania. He has attended more than 70 seminars/congresses in France and abroad, and has been co-author of ca. 200 scientific and technical communications in scientific and technical meetings. He has collaborated to ca. 100 original scientific publications in peer-reviewed journals or textbooks and ca. 100 popularisation publications or reviews. He is also the author or co-author of several national/EU/OIE SOPs for the diagnosis and control of animal brucellosis and has been involved in ca. 200 national and EU expert scientific and technical opinions.
Since 2014, he has been serving as a scientific adviser, as regards, in particular, EU and international reference laboratory activities and cooperation projects. He is also the Executive Editor of the new formula of Euroreference.