ICBAS - Instituto de Ciências Biomédicas Abel Salazar

ICBAS Summer School brought together several areas around One Health

The 1st edition of the joint course between ICBAS, FCUP, i3S and CIBIO took place between July and September, with 10 participants from different areas.

The 1Health1Welfare summer school finished, promoted by the Instituto de Ciências Biomédicas Abel Salazar of the University of Porto (ICBAS), in partnership with the Faculty of Sciences (FCUP), the Institute for Research and Innovation in Health (i3S) and the Research Centre in Biodiversity and Genetic Resources (CIBIO) of the University of Porto.

The first edition of the school was attended by 10 students and researchers from different areas and sought to promote the One Health concept through a strong focus on the laboratory aspect aimed at protecting human and animal health and well-being.

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Source: Notícias UP; Image: ICBAS


Innovative food strategies to promote dog health and well-being

In Europe, the population of companion animals has been increasing. In 2020, there were around 90 million dogs in 56 million households. In Portugal, around 38% of families had dogs as companion animals, with a total population of around 2 million animals. Thus, similarly to Europe, Portuguese households already have more pets than children, being these animals considered active elements of the family.

The growing humanization of companion animals has exacerbated the concern of tutors with food quality and safety, as well as with the impact of food on the well-being and health of animals. Indeed, tutors are increasingly looking for complete compound foods that ensure the satisfaction of nutritional needs and that, at the same time, have functional effects, especially in promoting health, well-being and longevity. Furthermore, the increase in the production of compound feed to face the increase in the animal population represents an environmental impact that cannot be neglected.

All these changes have contributed to the need to develop new food strategies, as well as to identify new ingredients that are more sustainable from an environmental, economic and social point of view and with functional qualities. The Animal Science Laboratory, at ICBAS, has developed several projects to find more sustainable food strategies that contribute to the promotion of health, well-being and longevity, both for puppies and adult dogs, towards to the societal challenge of One Health.

To know more:

Mineral composition of dry dog foods: impact on nutrition and potential toxicity

Effects of diet supplementation with sodium selenite and selenium-enriched in puppies’ health performance from post-weaning to adulthood

Effects of zinc source and enzyme addition on the fecal microbiota of dogs

Contact: Professor Ana Rita Cabrita (arcabrita@icbas.up.pt)

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