PARAGONE: My First Year Experiences – Julia Natividad Hernandez Vega

My first year in PARAGONE project has been very productive, not only because of the good results we have obtained, but for my personal experience too.

Last summer, I spent a week the Moredun Research Institute in Edinburgh, where I took undertook training in recombinant vaccine preparation and administration in with Dr Al Nisbet, Dr Dan Price and Ms Mairi Mitchel.

I also had the opportunity to train in flow cytometry there with Dr Yolanda Corripio-Miyar. And of course, I went sightseeing in that beautiful city and enjoyed the wonderful views from Calton Hill.

Back in Gran Canaria, we started a Teladorsagia cicrcumcincta vaccine trial (with assistance from Al) in which we had 47 of our charming local sheep; Canarian Hair Breed (on the left) and Canarian sheep breed (on the right), which grew until they looked like ponies!

At the end of the trial, Yolanda and Dr Harry Wright from Moredun, visited to help with the sample collection, thus providing material for parasitological, immunological and next generation sequencing analysis. The results obtained so far are very interesting, yielding abundant data, which we are currently analysing.

I am looking forward to performing our next trial!