Dr. Victor J. Del Rio Vilas

Pan American Health Organisation, Brazil



Ph.D., Royal Veterinary College, London, UK, Epidemiology and surveillance

M.Sc., London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine & Royal Veterinary College, UK, Epidemiology

DVM, University of Santiago de Compostela, Spain

Publications (Selected)

  1. Del Rio Vilas VJ., Voller F., Montibeller G., Franco A., Watson E., Hartley M., Gibbens J. The management of multiple emerging threats in animal health policy settings. Preventive Veterinary Medicine 2012 .
  2. Ancelet S., Abellan J.J, Richardson S., Del Rio Vilas V.J., Birch C. Bayesian Shared Spatial-Component Models to Combine and Borrow Strength Across Disease Surveillance Sources. Biometrical Journal 2012.
  3. Bohning D., Kuhnert R., Del Rio Vilas V.J. (2011) Capture-recapture estimation by means of empirical Bayesian smoothing with an application to spatial analysis of hidden scrapie in Great Britain. Journal of Royal Statistical Society, Series C.
  4. Del Rio Vilas V.J., Montibeller G., Franco A. (2011). Letter to the editor: Prioritisation of infectious diseases in public health: feedback on the prioritisation methodology. Euro Surveillance 16, 27.
  5. Del Rio Vilas V.J., Ancelet S., Abellan J.J., Birch C.P.D, Richardson S. (2011) A Bayesian hierarchical application to compare classical and atypical scrapie surveillance data. Preventive Veterinary Medicine 98, 29-38.
  6. McIntyre M, Del Rio Vilas V.J., Gubbins S. (2011) Demographic characteristics of scrapie-affected holdings identified by active and passive surveillance schemes in Great Britain, 2002-2005. The Veterinary Journal 187, 207-211.
  7. Del Rio Vilas V.J., Vink D.W., Hubbard R. (2010) Atypical scrapie in Great Britain: a case-control study. Preventive Veterinary Medicine 96, 241-251.
  8. Birch C.P.D., Del Rio Vilas V.J., Chikukwa A.C., Greene J. (2010) A “shotgun” method for tracing the birth locations of sheep from flock tags, applied to scrapie surveillance in Great Britain. Preventive Veterinary Medicine 96, 218-225.
  9. Del Rio Vilas V.J., Pfeiffer D.U. (2010) A review on evaluation of bias in scrapie surveillance. The Veterinary Journal 185, 259-264.
  10. Stevens K., Del Rio Vilas V.J., Guitian J. (2009) Classical sheep scrapie in Great Britain: spatial analysis and identification of environmental and farm-related risk factors. BMC Veterinary Research 5:33.
  11. Birch C.P.D., Del Rio Vilas V.J., Chikukwa A. (2009) Spatial distribution of the active surveillance of sheep scrapie in Great Britain: an exploratory analysis. BMC Veterinary Research 5:23.
  12. Bohning D., Del Rio Vilas V.J. (2009) On the question of proportionality of the count of observed scrapie cases and the size of holding. BMC Veterinary Research 5:17.
  13. Ortiz –Pelaez A., Del Rio Vilas V.J. (2009) Within holding prevalence of sheep classical scrapie in Great Britain. BMC Veterinary Research 5:1.
  14. Kuhnert R., Del Rio Vilas V.J., Gallagher J., Bohning D. (2008) A bagging-based correction for the mixture model estimator of population size. Biometrical Journal, 50 (6), 993-1005.
  15. Dawson M., Del Rio Vilas V.J. (2008) Control of classical scrapie in Great Britain. In practice, 30, 330-333.
  16. McIntyre M., Gubbins S., Del Rio Vilas V.J. (2008). Temporal trends in the prevalence of atypical scrapie in British sheep. BMC Veterinary Research, 2, 4-13.
  17. Del Rio Vilas V.J., Bohning D. (2008) Application of one-list capture-recapture models to scrapie surveillance data in Great Britain. Preventive Veterinary Medicine, 85, 253-266.
  18. Navaratna W.C.W., Del Rio Vilas V.J., Bohning D. (2008) Extending Zelterman’s approach for robust estimation of population size from zero-truncated clustered data. Biometrical Journal 50, 584-596.
  19. Del Rio Vilas V.J., Bohning D., Kuhnert, R. (2008) A comparison of the active surveillance of scrapie in the EU. Veterinary Research, 39(3), 37.
  20. Bohning D. & Del Rio Vilas V.J. (2008) Estimating the hidden number of scrapie affected holdings in Great Britain using a simple, truncated count model allowing for heterogeneity. Journal of Agricultural, Biological and Environmental Statistics 13, 1-22.
  21. Green D.M., Del Rio Vilas V.J., Birch C., Johnson J., Kiss I.Z., McCarthy N., Kao R.R. (2007) It’s not unusual? Patterns of atypical scrapie in Great Britain. J. Gen. Virol.,88, 3486-92.
  22. Del Rio Vilas V.J., Hopp P., Nunes T., Ru G., Sivam K., Ortiz-Pelaez A. (2007) Explaining the heterogeneous scrapie surveillance figures across Europe: a meta-regression approach. BMC Veterinary Research 3:13.
  23. Kuncheva L., Del Rio Vilas V.J.. Rodríguez J. (2007). Diagnosing Scrapie in Sheep: A classification experiment. Computers in Biology and Medicine 37(8), 1194:202.
  24. Del Rio Vilas V.J., Guitian J, Pfeiffer D.U., Wilesmith J.W. (2006). Epidemiology of scrapie in GB: analysis of passive surveillance data from 1993 to 2002. Veterinary Record, 159, 799-804.
  25. Tongue S, Pfeiffer D.U., Warner R., Elliot H., Del Rio Vilas V.J. (2006). Estimation of the relative risk of developing clinical scrapie: the role of prion protein (PrP) genotype and selection bias. Veterinary Record, 158, 43.
  26. Del Rio Vilas V.J., Ryan J., Elliot H., Tongue S., Wilesmith J.W. (2005). Prevalence of scrapie in sheep: results from fallen stock surveys in 2002 and 2003. Veterinary Record, 157, 744-45.
  27. Del Rio Vilas V.J., Sayers R., Sivam K., Pfeiffer D.U., Guitian J., Wilesmith J.W. (2005). A case-study of capture-recapture methodology using scrapie surveillance data in Great Britain. Preventive Veterinary Medicine, 67, 303-317.
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