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Javier Millán DVM PhD

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(Formerly "Millán Lab")

 
December, 2019- Change of Institution

The group PI has moved to Instituto Agroalimentario de Aragón (Universidad de Zaragoza-CITA) (Spain).

Some students will remain at the Universidad Andrés Bello until graduation. 

November, 2019- Attendance to meeting

Sophia recently attended the conference of the Latin American Society of Parasitologists in Panamá, where she presented a poster about neglected parasitosis of carnivores in Chile. 

Latest News

Looking for candidates

I am looking for a candidate for applying for a scholarship from the Aragon regional government to carry out the PhD thesis. More info about the scholarships here (in Spanish). European citizens/residents only.

If are interested and you fulfill the requirements, write to me to javier.millan@unizar.es

July, 2020- Latest articles published
  • Antimicrobial resistance genes in Andean foxes inhabiting anthropized landscapes in central Chile . Science of the Total Environment

  • Hemoplasmas Are Endemic and Cause Asymptomatic Infection in the Endangered Darwin's Fox (Lycalopex fulvipes) . Applied and environmental microbiology

  • Hemotropic mycoplasmas in bats captured near human settlements in Nigeria. Comparative Immunology, Microbiology and Infectious Diseases

  • An eight-year survey for canine distemper virus indicates lack of exposure in the endangered darwin’s fox (Lycalopex fulvipes). Journal of Wildlife Diseases

  • Genetic characterization of Carnivore Parvoviruses in Spanish wildlife reveals domestic dog and cat-related sequences. Transboundary and Emerging Diseases

December, 2019- Change of Institution

I moved to a new position at the Instituto Agroalimentario de Aragón (Universidad de Zaragoza-CITA) (Spain).

Some of my students will remain at the Universidad Andrés Bello until graduation. 

December, 2019- Aitor's PhD viva

Aitor succesfully passed his viva and now he holds a PhD in Conservation Medicine.

About us

We are an international group of researchers passionate about wildlife conservation and veterinary research.

Our research is focused on the study of the factors driving pathogen transmission among wild and domestic animals and humans, with special emphasis on vector-borne diseases. 

Javier Millán
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PhD Candidates

Master Students

Sophia Di Cataldo
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Fernanda Vera
Feña is enrolled in the MSc on Natural Resources at Universidad Andres Bello
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Alumni

Aitor Cevidanes
DVM PhD
Claudia Ulloa
DVM with a thesis about fox fleas
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Irene Sacrsitán
PhD in Conservation Medicine
Nina Rygh
Nina carried out her MRes thesis about fox diet in central Chile.
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Collaborators

Fernando Esperón
INIA-CISA, España
Agustín Estrada Peña
Universidad de Zaragoza
Ezequiel Hidalgo
Buin Zoo, Chile
Daniel González
Universidad de Concepción, Chile
Ananda Müller
Ross University, St. Kitts
Javier Cabello
Chiloé Silvestre/USS, Chile
Fulgencio Lisón
Universidad de Concepción, Chile
Sebastián Klarian
UNAB, Chile
Alejandro Rodríguez
Estación Biológica de Doñana, España
Marcello D'Amico
CIBIO, Portugal
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Recent Projects

We are currently or were recently involved the following funded projects:

2019-2021

Bartonella henselae in healthy and febrile naturally infected cats: Are there differences between genotypes, bacteremia and bacterial shedding?”.

Fondecyt Regular 1191462. PI: Ananda Müller.

Budget: 147,000,000 CLP (aprox 215.000 US$).

2016-2019

“Investigating cross-species transmission of vector-borne pathogens among free-ranging dogs and wild foxes in Chile”.

Fondecyt Regular 1161593. PI: Javier Millán.

Budget: 175,000,000 CLP (aprox 270.000 US$).

2016-2017

"Importance, origin and potential transmission of hemoplasma infection for the threatened Darwin's fox“. (Link).

Morris Animal Foundation. PI: Javier Millán.

Budget: 10.000 US$.

2015-2016

“Serological survey of canine distemper in the Darwin’s fox and dogs from Chiloé”.

Proyecto interno UNAB DI-778-15/R. PI: Javier Millán.

Budget: 5,000,000 CLP (aprox. 8,000 US$).

2015-2016

“Emerging pathogens at the wildlife-domestic interface: Assessing the impact of FIV and FeLV for threatened Leopardus guigna in Chile”.

National Geographic Society. PI: Constanza Napolitano.

Budget: US$ 19,920

2015-2016

“Emerging pathogens at the wildlife-domestic interface: assessing the impact of FIV and FeLV for threatened guignas (Leopardus guigna) in Chile.”

Wild Felid Research and Management Association. PI: Irene Sacristán.

Budget: US$ 5,000

2015-2017

“Emerging pathogens at the wildlife-domestic interface: Assessing the impact of FIV and FeLV for threatened guignas (Leopardus guigna) in Chile”.

Morris Animal Foundation. PI: Constanza Napolitano.

Budget: US$ 92,448 

 

Publications

Recent publications (2015-2020)

  1. Di Cataldo S. et al. 2020. Babeisa vogeli in dogs in Chile.Transboundary and Emerging Diseases

  2. Di Cataldo S, Hidalgo-Hermoso, E., Sacristán, I., Cevidanes, A., Napolitano, C., Hernández, C. V., ... & Millán J.. 2020. Hemoplasmas are asymptomatically endemic in the endangered Darwin's fox (Lycalopex fulvipes). Applied and Environmental Microbiology

  3. Cevidanes A, Esperón F, Di Cataldo S, Neves E, Sallaberry-Pincheira N, Millán J*. 2020. Antimicrobial resistance genes in Andean foxes inhabiting anthropized landscapes in central Chile. Science of The Total Environment 724: 138247

  4. Moreira‐Arce D, Silva‐Rodríguez EA, Napolitano C, D’Elía G, Cabello J, Millán J, , Hidalgo-Hermoso E, & Farías AA. 2020. A forest-specialist carnivore in the middle of the desert? Comments on Anabalon et al. 2019. Ecology and Evolution, in press

  5. Chirife AD, Cevidanes A, Millán J. 2020. Effective Field Immobilization of Andean Fox Fox (Lycalopex culpaeus) with Dexmedetomidine and Ketamine and Antagonism with Atipamezole. Journal of Wildlife Diseases 56:482-485.

  6. Hidalgo-Hermoso E, Cabello J, Vega C, Kroeger-Gómez H, Moreira-Arce D, Napolitano C, Navarro C, Sacristán I, Cevidanes A, Di Cataldo S, Dubovi E, Mathieu-Benson C, Millán J. 2020. An eight-year survey for canine distemper virus indicates lack of exposure in the endangered Darwin’s fox (Lycalopex fulvipes). Journal of Wildlife Diseases 56: 447-451.

  7. Di Cataldo S, Kamani J, Cevidanes A, E. G. Msheliza, Millán J, *. 2020. Hemotropic mycoplasmas in bats captured near human settlements in Nigeria. Comparative Immunology, Microbiology and Infectious Diseases 70:101448

  8. Calatayud O, Esperón F, Velarde R, Oleaga A, Llaneza L, Ribas A, Negre N, de la Torre A, Rodríguez A, Millán J. 2020. Genetic characterization of Carnivore Parvoviruses in Spanish wildlife reveals domestic dog and cat-related sequences. Transboundary and Emerging Diseases 67: 626-634

  9. Sacristán I, Esperón F, Acuña F, Aguilar E, García S, López MJ, Cevidanes A, Neves E, Cabello J, Hidalgo-Hermoso E, Poulin E, Millán J, , Napolitano C. 2020. Antibiotic resistance genes as landscape anthropization indicators: Using a wild felid as sentinel in Chile. Science of the Total Environment. 703: 134900

  10. Millán J, Velarde R, Chirife AD, León-Vizcaíno L. 2019. Carriage of pathogenic Leptospira in carnivores at the wild/domestic interface. Polish Journal of Veterinary Sciences 22:589-598

  11. Sacristán I, Acuña F, Aguilar E, García S, López MJ, Cevidanes A, Cabello J, Hidalgo-Hermoso E, Johnson WE, Poulin E, Millán J, Napolitano C. 2019. Assessing cross-species transmission of hemoplasmas at the wild-domestic felid interface in Chile using genetic and landscape variables analysis. Scientific Reports 9:16816

  12. Sacristán I, Sieg M, Acuña F, Aguilar E, García S, López MJ, Cevidanes A, Hidalgo-Hermoso E, Cabello J, Vahlenkamp TW, Millán J,Poulin E, Napolitano C. 2019. Molecular and serological survey of carnivore pathogens in free-roaming domestic cats of rural communities in southern Chile. Journal of Veterinary Medical Science 81:1740-174

  13. Millán J*, Cevidanes A, Sacristán I, Alvarado M, Sepúlveda G, Ramos-Mella GA, Lisón F. 2019. Detection and Characterization of Hemotropic Mycoplasmas in Bats in Chile. Journal of Wildlife Diseases 54:977-981.

  14. Cevidanes et al. 2019. First report of Straelensia cynotis Fain and Le Net, 2000 (Trombidiformes: Leeuwenhoekiidae) parasitizing Capra pyrenaica (Artiodactyla:Bovidae) with histopathological analysis. International Journal of Acarology In press

  15. Millán J, Travaini A, Cevidanes A, Sacristán I, Rodríguez A. 2018. Assessing the natural circulation of canine vector-borne pathogens in foxes, ticks and fleas in protected areas of Argentine Patagonia with negligible dog participation. Int J Parasitol Parasites Wildl. 8:63-70

  16. Millán J; Velarde R; Delicado V; Negre N; Riba A; Oleaga A; Llaneza L; Esperon F. 2018. High diversity of hemotropic mycoplasmas in Iberian wild carnivores. Comparative Immunology, Microbiology and Infectious Diseases 60: 11-16                                                

  17. Muñoz-Arnanz J, Chirife AD, Galletti-Vernazzani B, Cabrera E, Sironi M, Millán J, Attard CR, Jiménez B. First assessment of persistent organic pollutant contamination in blubber of Chilean blue whales from Isla de Chiloé, Southern Chile. Science of the Total Environment 650:1521-1528

  18. Cevidanes A, Di Cataldo S, Vera F, Lillo P, Millán J. 2018. Molecular detection of vector-borne pathogens in rural dogs and associated Ctenocephalides felis (Siphonaptera: Pulicidae) in Eastern Island (Chile). Journal of Medical Entomology 55:1659-1663.

  19. Millán J. 2018. Molecular investigation of vector-borne parasites in wild micromammals, Barcelona (Spain). Parasitology Research 117:3015-3018

  20. I. Sacristán, A. Cevidanes, F. Acuña, E. Aguilar, S. García, M.J. López, J. Millán, C. Napolitano. 2018. Contrasting human perceptions of and attitudes towards two threatened small carnivores, Lycalopex fulvipes and Leopardus guigna, in rural communities adjacent to protected areas in Chile. Journal of Threatened Taxa 10: 11566-11573. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.11609/jott.2018.10.5.11551-11702

  21. Javier Millán, Aitor Cevidanes, Andrea D. Chirife, Mónica G. Candela, Luis León-Vizcaíno. 2018. Risk factors of Leptospira infection in Mediterranean periurban micromammals. Zoonoses and Public Health DOI: 10.1111/zph.12411

  22. Aitor Cevidanes, Laura Altet, Andrea D. Chirife, Tatiana Proboste, Javier Millán. 2017. Drivers of Bartonella infection in micromammals and their fleas in a Mediterranean peri-urban area. Veterinary Microbiology. DOI:10.1016/j.vetmic.2017.03.023

  23. Ana M. Palomar, Aitor Cevidanes, Aránzazu Portillo, Gladis Kalema-Zikusoka, Andrea D. Chirife, Lourdes Romero, Jesús Muro, Lawrence Mugisha, José A. Oteo, Javier Millán 2017. High prevalence of Rickettsia spp. in dog fleas in rural Uganda. Journal of Medical Entomology 4:1076–1079

  24. Javier Millán. 2017. Comments to ‘Potential Pathogens Reported in Species of the Family Viverridae and Their Implications for Human and Animal Health’. Zoonoses and Public Health DOI:10.1111/zph.12321

  25. Alvarado-Rybak M, Solano-Gallego L, Millán J. 2016. Piroplasmida infection in wild carnivores worldwide: importance for domestic animal health and wildlife conservation. Parasites & Vectors 9:538

  26. Javier Millán, Alejandro Travaini, Stefania Zanet, Jose Vicente Lopez-Bao, Anna Trisciuoglio, Ezio Ferroglio, Alejandro Rodriguez, 2016. Detection of Leishmania DNA in wild foxes and associated ticks in Patagonia, Argentina, 2000 km south of its known distribution area. Parasites & Vectors 9(1):241

  27. Aitor Cevidanes, Tatiana Proboste, Andrea D. Chirife, Javier Millán. 2016. Differences in the ectoparasite fauna between micromammals captured in natural and adjacent residential areas are better explained by sex and season than by type of habitat. Parasitology Research 115(6).

  28. Millán J, López-Bao JV, García EJ, Oleaga A, Llaneza L, Palacios V, de la Torre A, Rodríguez A, Dubovi EJ, Esperón F. 2016. Patterns of exposure of Iberian wolves (Canis lupus) to canine viruses in human-dominated landscapes. EcoHealth 13:123-134

  29. Millán J, Proboste T, Fernández de Mera IG, Chirife AD, de la Fuente J, Altet L. 2016. Molecular detection of vector-borne pathogens in wild and domestic carnivores and their ticks at the human-wildlife interface. Ticks and Tick-borne Diseases 7:284-290.

  30. Casais R, Millán J, Rosell JM, Dalton KP, Prieto JM. 2015. Evaluation of an ELISA using recombinant Ssλ20ΔB3 antigen for the serological diagnosis of Sarcoptes scabiei infestation in domestic and wild rabbits. Veterinary Parasitology

  31. Proboste T, Kalema-Zikusoka G, Altet L, Solano-Gallego L, Fernández de Mera IG, Chirife AD, Muro J, Bach E, Piazza A, Cevidanes A, Blanda V, Mugisha L, de la Fuente J, Caracappa S, Millán J. 2015. Infection and exposure to vector-borne pathogens in rural dogs and their ticks, Uganda. Parasites & Vectors 8:306

  32. Millán J, Chirife AD, Altet L. 2015. Serum chemistry reference values for the common genet (Genetta genetta): variations associated with Leishmania infantum infection. The Veterinary Quarterly 35:43-47.

  33. Millán J, López-Roig M, Delicado V, Serra-Cobo J, Esperón F. 2015. Widespread infection with hemotropic mycoplasmas in bats in Spain, including a hemoplasma closely related to "Candidatus Mycoplasma hemohominis". Comparative Immunology Microbiology and Infectious Diseases 39: 9-1

 

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