Evaluation of the performance of diagnostic tests for diseases of importance in animal health and assessment of their application in the frame of control and surveillance programs
Development and application of quantitative tools to the study the epidemiology of important diseases in public and animal health, including the evaluation of control and eradication programs of animal diseases, the spatial analysis, the molecular epidemiology and the identification of risk factors related to human and animal pathogens, and the evaluation of diagnostic techniques.
Assessment of the sensitivity and specificity of diagnostic tests of routine use and new development using techniques not based on a gold reference (Bayesian latent class models)
Design of protocols for the optimization of diagnostic strategies through the modification of cut-offs and other factors of the techniques
Determination of the reliability of control, eradication and surveillance programs for animal pathogens (probability of detection at the group level, probability of disease freedom, estimating prevalence-adjusted estimates, etc.)