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Màrius Fuentes, Department of Cellular Biology and Parasitology at the Universitat de València

Practically all of the foods that we usually eat are potential parasite vehicles, some of them with a strong pathological component, for humans. These parasites are hardly visible without the use of specific and specialized inspection techniques, especially as a consequence of their small size. These are beings that belong to different zoological groups - protozoa, helminths and arthropods - and that use very varied biological strategies to reach food. Their presence in food can be a consequence of contamination, usually of faecal origin, while others are parasites typical of animals that are part of our diet. The knowledge of these parasites, their way of transmission through food, as well as prophylactic measures are as important as unknown by consumers.

Brief Curriculum

Bachelor and Doctorate in Pharmacy from the Universitat de València (UV), 1986 and 1992. Associate Professor (1992-2000) and Full Professor (since 2000) of UV Parasitology. He has published more than 80 articles in magazines and specialty books and has participated in more than 50 conferences. Researcher in 25 I+D projects. Research stays in Europe, America and Asia. Academic positions in the Univertsitat de València: Director of the Health and Safety and the Environment Service since October 2006 and Member of the Decanal Team of the Faculty of Pharmacy from 1999 to 2006. Lines of research:

  1. Food transmission of human parasites.
  2. Application of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to the epidemiology of parasitic diseases.
  3. Parasite ecology in insularity conditions and Post-fire Regeneration Processes and other Natural Disasters.
  4. Climate Change and reintroduction of Malaria in Spain.

Key Ideas.   The alimentary transmission of parasites is quite unknown by the population in general, except the case of the Anisakis that recently has been published a lot. Unfortunately, there is no adequate didactic material, or it is very scarce, within the reach of the teaching staff.


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