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Call for papers - Zoonoses and emerging pathogens

Guest Editors:
Katarzyna Grudlewska-Buda: Ludwik Rydygier Collegium Medicum, Nicolaus Copernicus University, Poland
Faham Khamesipour: Research Center for Hydatid Disease in Iran, Kerman University of Medical Sciences, Kerman, Iran
Krzysztof Skowron: Ludwik Rydygier Collegium Medicum, Nicolaus Copernicus University, Poland

Submission Status: Open   |   Submission Deadline: 30 November 2023


Zoonoses are infectious diseases that are naturally transmissible from vertebrate animals to humans. They comprise many newly identified infectious diseases as well as existing ones. With over 200 known types of zoonoses, zoonotic pathogens may be bacterial, viral, fungal or parasitic, or may involve unconventional agents. Zoonotic diseases can spread to humans through direct contact or through food, water or the environment, and pose major risks to human health, welfare, productivity and economy. Moreover, the number of zoonotic diseases is increasing due to socio-economic and ecological changes. In line with the One Health approach, which aims ‘to balance and optimize the health of people, animals and the environment’ (World Health Organization), BMC Microbiology announces the launch of the collection `Zoonoses and emerging pathogen´. This collection and call for papers aims to bring together original research with the latest updates on zoonoses and emerging pathogens that cover but are not limited to, their pathogenesis, pathogen-host interactions, detection, diagnosis, treatment, and control/prevention.

Meet the Guest Editors

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Katarzyna Grudlewska-Buda: Ludwik Rydygier Collegium Medicum, Nicolaus Copernicus University, Poland

Dr. Katarzyna Grudlewska-Buda has worked at the Department of Microbiology, Faculty of Pharmacy, L. Rydygier Collegium Medicum in Bydgoszcz of the Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń since 2016. In 2020, she obtained the degree of doctor of medical sciences in the specialty of medical biology. Her main research interests are genetic similarity of microorganisms isolated from a clinical specimen and from the environment, and the molecular mechanisms of microbial pathogenesis, especially Enterococcus spp. and Listeria monocytogenes. Dr. Katarzyna Grudlewska-Buda is the author of 56 full-text publications and 5 chapters in monographs.

Faham Khamesipour: Research Center for Hydatid Disease in Iran, Kerman University of Medical Sciences, Kerman, Iran

Dr. Faham Khamesipour has a Ph.D. in Parasitology from Shiraz University with interests in zoonotic diseases, infectious diseases, parasitology, veterinary, health policy, medicinal plants, and medical education. After his Ph.D., he worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the Tehran University of Medical Sciences and the Kerman University of Medical Sciences. He is also associated with the Shahrekord Branch, Islamic Azad University, Iran, as a Researcher and Professor. As an active researcher, he has about 130 publications, including research articles, review articles, and book chapters for scientific journals and books. He is also the editor of 10 books published.  Dr. Khamesipour serves as an editorial board member for BMC Microbiology and other prestigious journals. He has received over 14 awards and participated to 10 workshops, training courses, and 20 conferences. He is the head and scientific secretary of the First National Congress on Zoonoses in Iran.

Krzysztof Skowron: Ludwik Rydygier Collegium Medicum, Nicolaus Copernicus University, Poland

Dr. hab. eng. Krzysztof Skowron, Prof. NCU has worked at the Department of Microbiology, Faculty of Pharmacy, L. Rydygier Collegium Medicum in Bydgoszcz of the Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń since 2011. In 2019, he obtained the degree of habilitated doctor of medical sciences in the specialty of medical biology. He is currently employed as a Associate Professor. The ​​scientific interests of Dr. Skowron include the antimicrobial activities that can be implemented in hospitals and other health care units, as well as in food processing plants and animal farms. Moreover, Dr. Skowron investigates the phenotypic and genotypic properties of microbial strains, assessing the impact of antimicrobial activities on these properties and taking into account health protection. Particular attention is paid to the assessment of biofilm formation by the tested bacteria, its resistance to antimicrobial activity and the intensity of formation of this structure depending on environmental factors. He is also interested in emerging pathogens, zoonotic pathogens and the transmission of microorganisms between animals and humans. Dr. Skowron is the author of 103 publications and 6 chapters in monographs.

About the collection

Zoonoses are infectious diseases that are naturally transmissible from vertebrate animals to humans. They comprise many newly identified infectious diseases as well as existing ones. With over 200 known types of zoonoses, zoonotic pathogens may be bacterial, viral, fungal or parasitic, or may involve unconventional agents. Zoonotic diseases can spread to humans through direct contact or through food, water or the environment, and pose major risks to human health, welfare, productivity and economy. Moreover, the number of zoonotic diseases is increasing due to socio-economic and ecological changes. In line with the One Health approach, which aims ‘to balance and optimize the health of people, animals and the environment’ (World Health Organization), BMC Microbiology announces the launch of the collection `Zoonoses and emerging pathogen´. This collection and call for papers aims to bring together original research with the latest updates on zoonoses and emerging pathogens that cover but are not limited to, their pathogenesis, pathogen-host interactions, detection, diagnosis, treatment, and control/prevention.

We will welcome submissions exploring the following areas of research:

•    Viral, parasitic, bacterial and fungal etiological agents of zoonotic diseases
•    Zoonoses and public health
•    Transmission routes of pathogens responsible for zoonotic diseases
•    Emerging and re-emerging pathogens in humans and animals
•    Zoonoses and antibiotic resistance in veterinary and human medicine
•    One Health approach
•    Outbreaks, epidemics, and pandemics caused by zoonoses
•    Socioeconomic and health disarray of zoonotic infections
•    Effects of climate change on zoonotic infections
•    Effects of social inequities on zoonotic prevalence and response

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  1. Listeria monocytogenes are Gram-positive rods, widespread in the environment due to their wide tolerance to changing conditions. The apilot study aimed to assess the impact of six various stresses (heat, cold, os...

    Authors: Natalia Wiktorczyk-Kapischke, Ewa Wałecka-Zacharska, Jakub Korkus, Katarzyna Grudlewska-Buda, Anna Budzyńska, Kacper Wnuk, Eugenia Gospodarek-Komkowska and Krzysztof Skowron
    Citation: BMC Microbiology 2023 23:259
  2. Zoonotic diseases pose a significant threat to public health. Chlamydia, as an intracellular pathogen, can colonize the intestinal tract of humans and animals, changing the gut microbiota. However, only a few stu...

    Authors: Youshun Jin, Wei Li, Xuli Ba, Yunhui Li, Yanyan Wang, Huaiyu Zhang, Zhaocai Li and Jizhang Zhou
    Citation: BMC Microbiology 2023 23:246
  3. Staphylococcus aureus can infect and adapt to multiple host species. However, our understanding of the genetic and evolutionary drivers of its generalist lifestyle remains inadequate. This is particularly importa...

    Authors: Stephanie S. R. Souza, Joshua T. Smith, Spencer A. Bruce, Robert Gibson, Isabella W. Martin and Cheryl P. Andam
    Citation: BMC Microbiology 2023 23:235
  4. Zoonoses represent a major challenge for many disciplines, including microbiology, epidemiology, veterinary, medicine and ecology. Moreover, they pose severe risks to human health and economy. In this editoria...

    Authors: Krzysztof Skowron, Katarzyna Grudlewska-Buda and Faham Khamesipour
    Citation: BMC Microbiology 2023 23:232
  5. This study was aimed to evaluate the prevalence and molecular characteristics of ciprofloxacin resistance among 346 Escherichia coli isolates collected from clinical specimens (n = 82), healthy children (n = 176)...

    Authors: Zohreh Neyestani, Farzad Khademi, Roghayeh Teimourpour, Mojtaba Amani and Mohsen Arzanlou
    Citation: BMC Microbiology 2023 23:191
  6. Salmonellosis, a zoonotic disease, is one of the leading causes of foodborne illness worldwide. It is responsible for most infections caused by consumption of contaminated food. In recent years, a significant ...

    Authors: Marziye Nazari Moghadam, Ebrahim Rahimi, Amir Shakerian and Hassan Momtaz
    Citation: BMC Microbiology 2023 23:168

Submission Guidelines

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This Collection welcomes submission of original Research Articles. Should you wish to submit a different article type, please read our submission guidelines to confirm that type is accepted by the journal. Articles for this Collection should be submitted via our submission system, Snapp. During the submission process you will be asked whether you are submitting to a Collection, please select "Zoonoses and Emerging Pathogens" from the dropdown menu.

Articles will undergo the journal’s standard peer-review process and are subject to all of the journal’s standard policies. Articles will be added to the Collection as they are published.

The Editors have no competing interests with the submissions which they handle through the peer review process. The peer review of any submissions for which the Editors have competing interests is handled by another Editorial Board Member who has no competing interests.