Dr Dolores Gavier-Widén, Head, Department of Pathology and Wildlife Diseases, National Veterinary Institute (SVA), Sweden
Dr Dolores Gavier-Widén is a veterinary pathologist and holds a MSc and a doctorate in veterinary medicine from the University of California, Davis, USA. Dr Gavier-Widén’s background is mainly of infectious diseases of wild animals. She is presently Head of the Department of Pathology and Wildlife Diseases at the National Veterinary Institute (SVA), Uppsala, Sweden, where she has worked for more than 20 years. Dr Gavier-Widén is also Associated Professor at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU). Between 1996 and 1999 she worked on TSEs, bovine tuberculosis and other diseases at the Veterinary Laboratory Agency, Weybridge, UK. Throughout her scientific career her research focus has been on emerging infections in wildlife, including African Swine Fever (ASF), highly pathogenic avian influenza, TSEs, lagoviruses, tularemia, tuberculosis and others. She is past president of the Wildlife Disease Association (WDA) and the European-WDA and first editor of the book “Infectious Diseases of Wild Mammals and Birds in Europe”. She has participated of numerous European, international and national research projects and is presently chairing the COST Action ASF-STOP. She is also Regional Coordinator for Europe for Wildlife Health Specialist Group (WHSG) of SSC of the IUCN. Dr Gavier-Widén has authored/co-authored more than 100 publications and has provided advise to the OIE, European Food Safety Authority, European Commission, European Court of Auditors and others.