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CReSA (Animal Health Research Center)


Building CReSA. Campus UAB.
08193 Bellaterra (Barcelona) Spain. 


GD Coordinates:
Latitude: 41.50517706741173
Longitude: 2.0984047651290894

GMS Coordinates:
Latitude: 41º 30′ 18,637″
Longitude: 2º 5′ 54,257″


Tel: (+34) 93 467 40 40 +Ext. 1708
Fax: 93 581 44 90

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  • 15 Biosafety Level 2 laboratories (717 m2).
  • Biocontainment Unit (4,500 m2): 6 laboratories of biosecurity level 3 and 12 independent experimental boxes suitable for housing supply animals (pigs, birds, calves, sheep, goats and rabbits), as well as wild animals (goats, birds of prey, deer, alpacas, dromedaries, etc.) and laboratory animals (rats and mice).






On 26 May 2017, the General Assembly of the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) designated the Animal Health Research Center (IRTA-CReSA) as the OIE Collaborating Center for “research and control of emerging swine diseases and re-emerging in Europe, ”with Dr. Joaquim Segalés as contact person, and OIE Reference Laboratory for Classical Swine Fever, with Dr. Llilianne Ganges as a designated expert. It was the first research center in Spain designated as a member of the OIE Center network.

The OIE is a global organization that defines Collaborating Centers as centers of expertise in a specific area of ​​expertise related to general animal health issues. In the competition for emerging and re-emerging pig diseases, IRTA-CReSA can provide international advice following the mandate and internal regulations of the OIE Collaborating Centers.

The appointment was made possible by the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, Food and Environment (Mapam), in charge of presenting the candidacy represented by Mr. Valentín Almansa (Director General of Health of Agricultural Production), Mrs. Beatriz Muñoz (Deputy Director General of Animal Health and Hygiene and Traceability) and Mr. Gregorio Torres (Delegate of the OIE Scientific and Technical Department, appointed by Mapam).



RLASB (Network of High Biosafety Level Laboratories)

The Network of High-Security Biological Laboratories (RLASB) is one of the Singular Scientific and Technical Infrastructures (ICTS) of Spain, constituted by two nodes, IRTA-CReSA and CISA-INIA. It provides open access research facilities under BSL3 conditions. ICTS are large installations, resources, facilities and services, unique in its kind, that are dedicated to cutting edge and high quality research and technological development, as well as to promote exchange, transmission and preservation of knowledge, technology transfer and innovation.

TRANSVAC: Improving and accelerating vaccine development in Europe

TRANSVAC2 is designed to accelerate vaccine development by enhancing European vaccine research and training, and increase sustainability of EC vaccine projects by implementing a permanent research infrastructure for early vaccine development. It is a collaborative infrastructure project funded by the European Commission, initially under the 7th Framework Programme (FP7) and currently under Horizon 2020. The project is a joint effort of leading European groups working in the field of vaccine development and is coordinated by the European Vaccine Initiative (EVI).


INFRAVEC2: Biological and Medical Sciences : Research Infrastructures for the control of vector-borne diseases

Infravec2 is an international and interdisciplinary research infrastructure project funded by the European Commission Horizon 2020 Research Infrastructure Program (INFRAIA). Infravec2 provides NO COST access to products and services for research on insect vectors of human and animal disease, including mosquitoes, sandflies and other flies. Infravec2 is coordinated by the Institut Pasteur, Paris, France.


Vetbionet: Veterinary Biocontained facility Network for excellence in animal infectious disease research and experimentation

The principal aim of the VetBioNet infrastructure project is to establish and maintain a comprehensive network of pre-eminent high-containment (BSL3) research facilities, academic institutes, international organizations and industry partners that is dedicated to advance research on epizootic and zoonotic diseases and to promote technological developments.