Isabel Minguez-Tudela passed away on April 16th 2011, aged 55 after a long battle against cancer.
Isabel was a senior scientific officer at DG Research and Innovation of the European Commission in Brussels. She was Spanish, trained as a veterinarian and obtained a PhD in Animal Virology in Madrid. She served in the field of Agriculture and Biotechnology for 20 years, managing dozens of EU research projects on animal health including BSE, Avian Influenza, African Swine Fever, Arbovirus infections, Swine Flu, Foot and Mouth disease, Rabies and many other topics.
Isabel was a fighter. She fought for creating a strong European network of veterinary scientists in a very competitive environment. She was an enthusiastic supporter of the “One Health” vision and of the role of the veterinary profession in fighting neglected diseases and poverty.
Above all, Isabel was a very special friend. She was always available to give us guidance and advice, listen to our frustrations and smile at the challenges of life.
Isabel has been an example for veterinary scientists worldwide and a precious acquaintance for all who have been fortunate to work with her. Her dedication, generosity, intuitive capacities and inner strength will remain with us forever. All who have met her will never forget the sparkle in her eyes and her encouraging and engaging smile.
Our most sincere condolences are for her husband and daughters.
We are collecting “Words for Isabel” at http://www.vigilanciasanitaria.es/es/noticia/
in_memoriam_isabel_minguez_tudela.php. We intend to collect all the words of condolences and friendship in a virtual book for Isabel’s family and friends. Please, find the time to post your words
Ilaria Capua and Jose Manuel Sánchez-Vizcaíno