Scotland: Fish health course to be held in Stirling –

Scotland: Fish health course to be held in Stirling Published:  14 November, 2005

THE fifth in the AquaTT-led, Marie Curie funded series of high level training courses known as AQUALABS is due to be held in Stirling, Scotland in January.

‘Aquatic Animal Disease Diagnostics’ is targeted at PhD level students and early-stage researchers, and a significant number of funded places are available on the course.

Through the media of formal lectures, practical demonstrations, and case studies, the course aims to give participants an understanding of the role and context of diagnosis of aquatic animal diseases.

The integration of available investigative techniques with diagnostic pathology and epidemiology to understand and control diseases will be introduced, using specific diseases from finfish, molluscs and crustaceans as examples. Participants will be exposed to a wide range of techniques as both diagnostic and research tools using the

following case-studies Mycobacteria, Nodavirus, ISAV, Parasites and Shellfish.

The curriculum for the course includes: Context/approach to aquatic animal disease diagnosis; fundamental pathology; advanced histopathology/histochemistry; biochemical/enzyme profiles for bacterial identification; immunological tests including latex agglutination, IFAT immunohistochemistry (IHC) and ELISA techniques; molecular methods including PCR, RT-PCR and reverse cross dot blot PCR; methods for viral research/identification including cell culture and electron microscopy; numerical techniques and modelling in parasite identification/epidemiological studies; and communicating aquatic animal disease issues to the public.

The closing date for applications is December 2, 2005. Applications must be submitted before the deadline, by e-mail, to All interested parties are invited to visit today where the workshop programme and application process, including guidance notes and application form is readily available. is published by Special Publications. Special Publications also publish European Fish Trader, Fishing Monthly, Fish Farming Today, Fish Farmer, the Fish Industry Yearbook, the Scottish Seafood Processors Federation Diary, the Fish Farmer Handbook and a range of wallplanners.