The Hydrobiological Health Department was established in IFOP as a way to face the new challenges product of Chile´s great development in aquaculture and as a way to preserve the health heritage.
This unit is formed by a multidisciplinary group of professionals and technicians, including Veterinarians, Marine Biologists, Biochemists, Microbiologists, and Aquaculture technicians, amongst others.
The departments applied research is carried out along with a public and strategic role, through the following research lines:
- Determine actions necessary to prevent, control, and eventually eradicate diseases in aquatic species.
- Conduct studies on issues of identification of pathogens and their impacts.
- Assess and develop new therapeutic approaches and conduct applied studies to support the protection of the health, genetic heritage and biodiversity.
- Develop approaches to the study of epidemiological factors and areas, and their dynamics in time and space.
- Generate relevant information for decision making on the authorization and regulation of the use of drugs and vaccines, as well as other elements that may eventually enter the aquatic environment.