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Nuno Franco is a Researcher at the Laboratory Animal Science group of the i3S, University of Porto, having published 15 papers in peer-reviewed journals, 2 book chapters, 8 peer-reviewed conference papers, 23 conference abstracts, 1 encyclopaedia entry, and 1 biorXiv preprint (530+ citations on Google Scholar, h-index=11, i10=13). He has 44 confirmed peer-reviews for 21 different journals on Publons (public profile accessible on-line), and has given 49 oral presentations (32 of which as invited speaker). Nuno has a background in both Education and Biology, with a 5-year licentiate degree (MSc+M.Ed) in Biology and Geology Education (2003), and a 4-year licentiate degree in (Animal) Biology (2007) from the University of Trás-os-Montes-e-Alto-Douro. He finished his PhD in Biomedical Sciences at the University of Porto in 2012. Nuno is currently developing and testing new technologies for laboratory animal research, particularly to give insight into the thermobiology of disease, and for health and welfare assessment. Other research topics include animal welfare, animal ethics, and legal, social and scientific issues around animal research. He has also published on the topic of science communication and education. Nuno is a co-Principal Investigator of FCT-funded EVIEDVET project, leader of ACLAM-funded project on the identification of early humane endpoints in murine models of sepsis, Work Group 5 Leader of EU-funded ETPLAS (Education & Training Platform for Laboratory Animal Science), and a member of the FELASA working group on Experimental Design. Nuno has lectured on Design of Animal Experiments, Laboratory Animal Welfare, Systematic Reviews, Animal Ethics, Legislation of Animal Use, and the 3Rs (Replacement, Reduction, and Refinement of animal research), in post-graduate laboratory animal science courses at four universities and a polytechnic institute, and organises courses and workshops on Experimental Design, Competence Assessment, and Severity Classification of procedures (being a FELASA-designated trainer). Nuno is President-elect of ETPLAS, founded - and currently coordinates - the Portuguese Network of Animal Welfare Bodies - 'RedeORBEA'., sits on the board of NGO "Animal Research Tomorrow" and is Vice-President of the Portuguese Society for Laboratory Animal Science (SPCAL), being also an Independent Advisory Board Member of ERINHA-European Research Infrastructure on Highly Pathogenic Agents, and a Member of the i3S Animal Welfare and Ethics Body (ORBEA - Órgão Responsável pelo Bem-estar e Ética Animal). In 2013, he received the Universities Federation for Animal Welfare 'Young Animal Welfare Scientist of the Year Award'.
Identification

Personal identification

Full name
Nuno Henrique Franco

Citation names

  • Franco, Nuno Henrique

Author identifiers

Ciência ID
571D-9914-5BFC
ORCID iD
0000-0003-4015-0532
Google Scholar ID
https://scholar.google.pt/citations?user=zcIQ-KgAAAAJ&hl=pt-PT

Websites

  • https://www.i3s.up.pt/personal-info.php?id=33&idg=29 (Professional)

Knowledge fields

  • Natural sciences - Other Natural Sciences
  • Natural sciences - Biological Sciences
  • Natural sciences - Biological Sciences
  • Natural sciences - Biological Sciences
  • Humanities - Philosophy, Ethics and Religion
  • Social Sciences - Educational Sciences

Languages

Language Speaking Reading Writing Listening Peer-review
English Advanced (C1) Advanced (C1) Advanced (C1) Advanced (C1)
Portuguese Advanced (C1) Advanced (C1) Advanced (C1) Advanced (C1)
Spanish; Castilian Advanced (C1) Advanced (C1) Advanced (C1) Advanced (C1)
French Beginner (A1) Intermediate (B1) Beginner (A1) Beginner (A1)
Education
Degree Classification
2008/02/06 - 2012/09/27
Concluded
Biomedical Sciences (Doutoramento)
Universidade do Porto Instituto de Ciencias Biomedicas Abel Salazar, Portugal
"Animal welfare and the implementation of refinement in biomedical research" (THESIS/DISSERTATION)
Aprovado com Distinção
2003/09 - 2007/12
Concluded
"Biologia, Ramo Científico" [Biology, Scientific] (Licenciatura)
Universidade de Tras-os-Montes e Alto Douro, Portugal
"Projecto Rodentia: Etologia Aplicada na Sala de Aula do 1º Ciclo" (THESIS/DISSERTATION)
14 Valores
1998/10 - 2004/07/13
Concluded
Ensino de Biologia e Geologia [Biology and Geology Teaching] (Licenciatura)
Universidade de Tras-os-Montes e Alto Douro, Portugal
"Caracterização química e microbiológica da água da rede de distribuição pública de Bragança" (THESIS/DISSERTATION)
16 Valores
Affiliation

Science

2017/04/01 - Current Contracted Researcher (Research)
Employer
Universidade do Porto Instituto de Biologia Molecular e Celular, Portugal

Others

2013/02/01 - 2017/03/31 Bolseiro Pós-Doutoramento FCT
Employer
Universidade do Porto Instituto de Biologia Molecular e Celular, Portugal
2012/09/01 - 2012/12/31 Postdoctoral fellow
Employer
Universidade do Porto Instituto de Biologia Molecular e Celular, Portugal
2008/04/01 - 2012/03/31 Bolseiro FCT de Doutoramento
Employer
Universidade do Porto Instituto de Biologia Molecular e Celular, Portugal
2009/09/01 - 2010/08/31 Professor Contratado
Employer
Ministerio da Educacao, Portugal
2008/02/08 - 2008/03/19 Professor Contratado
Employer
Ministerio da Educacao, Portugal
2006/10/01 - 2007/10/31 Colaborador
Employer
Universidade do Porto Instituto de Biologia Molecular e Celular, Portugal
2005/10/10 - 2006/08/31 Professor Contratado
Employer
Ministerio da Educacao, Portugal
2002/09/01 - 2003/08/31 Professor Estagiário
Employer
Ministerio da Educacao, Portugal
Projects

Grant

Designation Funders
2021 - 2025/10/17 Improving biomedical research by automated behaviour monitoring in the animal home-cage
CA20135
Researcher
Universidade do Porto Instituto de Investigação e Inovação em Saúde, Portugal
European Cooperation in Science and Technology
2021 - 2023/03/31 EviEdVet: Promoting education and training for evidence-based veterinary medicine
PTDC/CED-EDG/0187/2020
Co-Principal Investigator
Universidade do Porto Instituto de Investigação e Inovação em Saúde, Portugal

Universidade de Lisboa Faculdade de Medicina Veterinária, Portugal

Universidade do Porto Faculdade de Psicologia e de Ciências da Educação, Portugal
Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia
2020 - 2022/10/15 Experimental Design in Education and Training - FELASA Working Group
N/A
Grant proponent and working group member
Federation of European Laboratory Animal Science Associations, United Kingdom
Federation of European Laboratory Animal Science Associations
2019 - 2020/11/30 Promoting alternatives to animal testing through accessible and harmonised education & training
07.027741/2018/794340/SUB/ENV.B2
Work Group 5 Leader
ETPLAS - European Training and Education Platform for Laboratory Animal Science, United Kingdom
Directorate-General for Environment

European Commission
2019 - 2020/08/31 A novel approach for non-invasive monitoring and signalling of humane endpoints using infrared thermography, tested in a murine model of sepsis
N/A
Principal investigator
Universidade do Porto Instituto de Investigação e Inovação em Saúde, Portugal
American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine Foundation
2017 - 2019/12 Avaliação da validade preditiva de modelos animais de diabetes
441.00 Hungria
Researcher
Universidade do Porto Instituto de Biologia Molecular e Celular, Portugal
Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia

Nemzeti Kutatási Fejlesztési és Innovációs Hivatal
2017 - 2017/12 Evaluating the potential of low-cost thermal cameras for non-invasive assessment of body temperature in laboratory animals
UFAW Grant Application 25-16/17
Principal investigator
Universidade do Porto Instituto de Investigação e Inovação em Saúde, Portugal
Universities Federation for Animal Welfare
2013 - 2017/03 Animal Experimentation 2.0: How is revised legislation and increased awareness translating into improved practice?
SFRH/BPD/85978/2012
Post-doc Fellow
Universidade do Porto Instituto de Biologia Molecular e Celular, Portugal
Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia
2013 - 2016/12/31 ANIMPACT - An ethical, legal and practical perspective on the impact of a new regulatory framework for the scientific use of animals on research and innovation
Grant agreement ID: 602616
Researcher
Universidade do Porto Instituto de Biologia Molecular e Celular, Portugal
European Commission Seventh Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development Health
2008 - 2012/03 O bem-estar animal e a aplicação dos 3(4)Rs em investigação biomédica
SFRH/ BD/38337/2007
PhD Student Fellow
Universidade do Porto Instituto de Biologia Molecular e Celular, Portugal
Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia
2006 - 2007/12 Projecto Rodentia
Research Fellow
Universidade do Porto Instituto de Biologia Molecular e Celular, Portugal
Ciência Viva
2002 - 2003/06/30 Aider les enseignants débutants à prendre en compte les besoins éducatifs spécifiques des élèves
94158-CP-1-2001-1-FR-COMENIUS-C21
Research-action collaborator
Instituto Politécnico de Bragança Escola Superior de Educação, Portugal
European Commission
Outputs

Publications

Book chapter
  1. Franco, Nuno Henrique. "Killing animals as a necessary evil? The case of animal research". 187-201. 2016.
    10.3920/978-90-8686-808-7_12
  2. Franco, Nuno Henrique. "Welfare and quantity of life". 46-66. CABI, London, UK, 2014.
    10.1079/9781780642161.0046
Conference abstract
  1. Franco, Nuno Henrique. "Can we use Infrared Thermography for assessing emotional states in mice? - A comparison between stress-induced handling by different techniques". Paper presented in Animal Welfare Student Scholars Meeting 2021, Originally Edinburgh but held online, 2021.
    Published
  2. Catarina da Silva Miranda; Franco, Nuno Henrique. "A novel approach for non-invasive monitoring and signalling of humane endpoints using infrared thermography, tested in a murine of sepsis.". Paper presented in Animal Welfare Student Scholars Meeting 2021, Originally Edinburgh but held online, 2021.
    Published
  3. Manuel Magalhães Sant'Ana; Franco, Nuno Henrique. "The rise of non-conventional therapies in veterinary practice - A failure of the education of veterinary students?". Paper presented in I International Congress of Education in Animal Sciences (ICEAS), Évora, 2019.
    Published
  4. Franco, Nuno Henrique. "Acceptability of severe experiments in the mind-set of trainee laboratory animal users". Paper presented in 14th FELASA Congress, Prague, 2019.
    Published
  5. Franco, Nuno Henrique. "O dever de transparência e a responsabilidade de comunicar em investigação animal [The duty of transparency and the responsibility of communicating animal research].". Paper presented in VPCT 2018, Vila Real, 2018.
    Published
  6. Sónia Batista Miranda; Orsolya Varga; Franco, Nuno Henrique. "Estimating the Predictive Validity of Animal Models of Type 2 Diabetes in DPP-4 Inhibitor Studies - Assessing Methodological Quality and Animal Welfare". Paper presented in SPCAL 2018, Braga, 2018.
    Published • 10.1177/0023677218789822
  7. Franco, Nuno Henrique; Joana Guilherme Fernandes; Andrew J Grierson; Andrew J Furley; Ingrid Anna Sofia Olsson. ") “Mind the method!” – a longitudinal assessment of methodological soundness and quality of reporting of ALS research on the SOD1G93A mouse". Paper presented in UMIB Summit 2015, Porto, 2016.
    Published • 10.1097/MD.0000000000002371
  8. Fernandes, Joana G.; Franco, Nuno Henrique; Grierson, Andrew J.; Furley, Andrew J.; Olsson, I. Anna S.. "Attitudes and practices of editors of biomedical journals in the reporting and publishing of animal research". Paper presented in 13th FELASA Congress, Brussels, 2016.
    Published
  9. Franco, Nuno Henrique; Santos, Ana Isabel; Olsson, I. Anna S.. "Keeping track of animal welfare bodies in Portugal: State-of-the-art and future perspectives". Paper presented in SECAL/SPCAL Meeting 2015, Cáceres, 2015.
    Published
  10. Franco, Nuno Henrique. "Journal policies on animal use – current landscape and future directions". Paper presented in EUSAAT Congress 2015, Linz, 2015.
    Published
  11. Franco, Nuno Henrique; Fernandes, Joana G.; Furley, Andrew J.; Grierson, Andrew J.; Olsson, I. Anna S.. "Community guidelines on animal studies - ALS research as a case-study". Paper presented in EUSAAT Congress 2015, Linz, 2015.
    Published
  12. Olsson, I. Anna S.; Magalhães-Sant’Ana, Manuel; Franco, Nuno Henrique. "Quantity of Life: Living long, well or not at all". Paper presented in UFAW International Animal Welfare Science Symposium: Animal Populations World Resources and Animal Welfare, Zagreb, 2015.
    Published
  13. Franco, Nuno Henrique; Olsson, I. Anna S.; Martins, Ana Raquel. "Classifying editorial policies on animal use in science: the EXEMPLAR scale". Paper presented in 9th World Congress on Alternatives and Animal Use, Praga, 2014.
    Published
  14. Franco, Nuno Henrique. "The case for refinement: making prospective and retrospective assessment of the severity of procedures count for animal welfare in biomedical research". Paper presented in 9th World Congress on Alternatives and Animal Use in the Life Sciences, Praga, 2014.
    Published
  15. Fernandes, Joana G.; Franco, Nuno Henrique; Grierson, Andrew J.; Furley, Andrew J.; Olsson, I. Anna S.. "Refinement and experimental design in publications: a longitudinal case study of ALS research". Paper presented in 9th World Congress on Alternatives and Animal Use in the Life Sciences, Praga, 2014.
    Published
  16. Franco, Nuno Henrique. "Rising to the challenge of EU/2010/63: Reducing severity of animal studies of diabetes". Paper presented in 12th FELASA Congress, Barcelona, 2013.
    Published
  17. Franco, Nuno Henrique. "Translating regulatory compliance into better animal welfare – are we making progress?". Paper presented in 8th World Congress on Alternatives and Animal Use in the Life Sciences, Montréal, 2012.
    Published
  18. Olsson, I. Anna S.; Galhardo, Leonor; Franco, Nuno Henrique; Magalhães-Sant’Ana, Manuel. "Involving students in animal welfare blogging: the Animalogos experience". Paper presented in ISAE 2012, Vienna, 2012.
    Published
  19. Franco, Nuno Henrique; Nunes, João Arriscado; Olsson, I. Anna S.. "How formal training influences researchers’ awareness and attitudes to animal use in biomedical research". Paper presented in 8th World Congress on Alternatives and Animal Use in the Life Sciences, Montréal, 2011.
    Published
  20. Franco, Nuno Henrique; Olsson, I. Anna S.. "When money is not the matter: attitudes to and application of animal welfare measures in biomedical research". Paper presented in UFAW International Animal Welfare Symposium 2011 - Making animal welfare improvements: Economic and other incentives and constraints, Portsmouth, 2011.
    Published
  21. Franco, Nuno Henrique; Nunes, João Arriscado; Olsson, I. Anna S.. "Scientists Attitudes and the 3Rs". Paper presented in 7th World Congress on Alternatives and Animal Use, Roma, 2009.
    Published
  22. Olsson, I. Anna S.; Franco, Nuno Henrique; Borlido-Santos, J.. "Beyond the "classroom pet" : laboratory rats as science facilitators". Paper presented in Public Communication of Science and Technology Conference 2008, Malmo, 2008.
    Published
  23. Franco, Nuno Henrique; Ingrid Anna Sofia Olsson; Júlio Borlido Santos; Francis Brosseron; Adriano Pinto; Eduardo Ricardo. "Projecto Rodentia - Etologia na sala de aula do 1º ciclo". Paper presented in Contributos para a Qualidade Educativa No Ensino das Ciências do Pré-Escolar ao Superior, Vila Real, 2007.
    Published
Conference paper
  1. Franco, N.H.. "Killing of animals in science – is it always inevitable?". Paper presented in EURSAFE 2016 - Food futures: ethics, science and culture, Porto, 2016.
    Published • 10.3920/978-90-8686-834-6_76
  2. Franco, Nuno Henrique. "O uso de animais em Ciência: Explorando um tema historicamente controverso de relevância ética, social e científica [The Use of Animals in Science: Exploring a Historically Controversial Issue of Ethical, Social, and Scientific Relevance]". Paper presented in 1º Encontro de História da Ciência no Ensino, Vila Real, 2015.
    Published
  3. Franco, Nuno Henrique. "Lost in Translation - Precisamos descodificar o ‘código científico’ ao público?". Paper presented in Mateus DOC VI: Código, Vila Real, 2014.
    Published
  4. Sandøe, Peter; Franco, Nuno Henrique; Lund, Thomas Bøker; Weary, Daniel M.; Olsson, I. Anna S.. "Harms to animals – can we agree on how best to limit them?". Paper presented in Symposium at the Messerli Research Institute, Vienna, 2013.
    Published
  5. Franco, Nuno Henrique. "Bringing animal ethics teaching into the public domain: The Animalogos experience". 2012.
    10.3920/978-90-8686-753-0_74
  6. Olsson, I. Anna S. ; Franco, Nuno Henrique; Weary, Daniel D.; Sandøe, Peter. "The 3Rs Principle – Mind the Ethical Gap!". Paper presented in 8th World Congress on Alternatives and Animal Use in the Life Sciences, Montréal, 2011.
    Published
  7. Franco, Nuno Henrique. "Shifting minds? The effect of training in laboratory animal science on researchers' attitudes to animal use in biomedical research". 2010.
    10.3921/978-90-8686-710-3
  8. Franco, Nuno Henrique; I. Anna S. Olsson; Borlido-Santos, J.; Pinto, A.; Ricardo, Eduardo; Brosseron, F.; Olsson, I. Anna S.. "Projecto Rodentia - Etologia na sala de aula do 1º ciclo". Paper presented in CIEB - Congresso Internacional de Educação Básica, Porto, 2007.
    Published
Encyclopedia entry
  1. Franco, Nuno Henrique. "Animal testing". , 2018. https://www.accessscience.com/content/animal-testing/035940.
    10.1036/1097-8542.035940
Journal article
  1. Franco, Nuno Henrique; Miranda, Sonia Batista; Kovács, Nóra; Nagy, Attila; Thi¿n, Bùi Qu¿c; Reis, Flávio; Varga, Orsolya. "Assessing Scientific Soundness and Translational Value of Animal Studies on DPP4 Inhibitors for Treating Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus". Biology 10 2 (2021): 155. http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/biology10020155.
    Open access • Published • 10.3390/biology10020155
  2. Franco, Nuno Henrique. "[PREPRINT] Trends in animal model preference for preclinical drug testing for type-2 diabetes and future directions". BioRxiv (2020): https://www.biorxiv.org/content/10.1101/2020.03.03.973230v1.
    10.1101/2020.03.03.973230
  3. Fernandes, Joana G; Franco, Nuno H; Grierson, Andrew J; Hultgren, Jan; Furley, Andrew J W; Olsson, I Anna S. "Methodological standards, quality of reporting and regulatory compliance in animal research on amyotrophic lateral sclerosis: a systematic review". BMJ Open Science 3 1 (2019): e000016. http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmjos-2018-000016.
    Accepted • 10.1136/bmjos-2018-000016
  4. Franco, Nuno Henrique; Gerós, Ana; Oliveira, Liliana; Olsson, I. Anna S.; Aguiar, Paulo. "ThermoLabAnimal – A high-throughput analysis software for non-invasive thermal assessment of laboratory mice". Physiology & Behavior 207 (2019): 113-121. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.physbeh.2019.05.004.
    Published • 10.1016/j.physbeh.2019.05.004
  5. Franco, Nuno. "Eye, body or tail? Thermography as a measure of stress in mice". Physiology & Behavior (2018):
    10.1016/j.physbeh.2018.08.022
  6. Nuno Henrique Franco; Iratxe Puebla; Peter Sandøe; I. Anna S. Olsson; Franco, Nuno Henrique. "Researchers’ attitudes to the 3Rs—An upturned hierarchy?". PLOS ONE (2018): https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0200895.
    10.1371/journal.pone.0200895
  7. David Smith; David Anderson; Anne-Dominique Degryse; Carla Bol; Ana Criado; Alessia Ferrara; Nuno Henrique Franco; et al. "Classification and reporting of severity experienced by animals used in scientific procedures: FELASA/ECLAM/ESLAV Working Group report". Laboratory Animals 52 1{\_ (2018): 5-57. https://doi.org/10.1177/0023677217744587.
    10.1177/0023677217744587
  8. Franco, Nuno Henrique; Franco, Nuno Henrique. "Animal studies must be useful, says public". Nature (2015): https://publons.com/publon/10770344/.
    10.1038/523035C
  9. Franco, Nuno Henrique. "A Critical Look at Biomedical Journals’ Policies on Animal Research by Use of a Novel Tool: The EXEMPLAR Scale". Animals (2015): https://publons.com/publon/10770341/.
    10.3390/ANI5020315
  10. Franco, Nuno Henrique. "Scientists and the 3Rs: attitudes to animal use in biomedical research and the effect of mandatory training in laboratory animal science". Laboratory Animals (2014): http://lan.sagepub.com/content/48/1/50.short.
    10.1177/0023677213498717
  11. Franco, Nuno H.; Magalhaes-Sant'Ana, Manuel; Olsson, Anna S.. "Welfare and Quantity of Life". Dilemmas in Animal Welfare (2014): https://publons.com/publon/10770343/.
  12. Franco, Nuno Henrique; Franco, N.H.; Olsson, I.A.S.. "Is the ethical appraisal of protocols enough to ensure best practice in animal research?". ATLA Alternatives to Laboratory Animals 41 PILAS 2-1 (2013): http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?eid=2-s2.0-84877312626&partnerID=MN8TOARS.
  13. Henrique Franco, N.. "Animal experiments in biomedical research: A historical perspective". Animals 3 1 (2013): 238-273. http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?eid=2-s2.0-84879946438&partnerID=MN8TOARS.
    10.3390/ani3010238
  14. Franco, Nuno Henrique; Correia-Neves, Margarida; Olsson, I. Anna S.; Franco, N.H.; Correia-Neves, M.; Olsson, I.A.S.. "Animal Welfare in Studies on Murine Tuberculosis: Assessing Progress over a 12-Year Period and the Need for Further Improvement". Plos One 7 10 (2012): https://publons.com/publon/5032630/.
    10.1371/JOURNAL.PONE.0047723
  15. Franco, Nuno H.; Correia-Neves, Margarida; Olsson, I. Anna S.. "How "Humane" Is Your Endpoint?-Refining the Science-Driven Approach for Termination of Animal Studies of Chronic Infection". PLOS Pathogens (2012): https://publons.com/publon/5032645/.
    10.1371/JOURNAL.PPAT.1002399
  16. Franco, Nuno H.; Olsson, I. Anna S.. ""How Sick Must Your Mouse Be?" - An Analysis of the Use of Animal Models in Huntington's Disease Research". Alternatives to Laboratory Animals (2012): https://publons.com/publon/5461221/.
    10.1177/026119291204000506
  17. Fonseca, M.J.; Franco, N.H.; Brosseron, F.; Tavares, F.; Olsson, I.A.S.; Borlido-Santos, J.. "Children's attitudes towards animals: Evidence from the RODENTIA project". Journal of Biological Education 45 3 (2011): 121-128. http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?eid=2-s2.0-81255144230&partnerID=MN8TOARS.
    10.1080/00219266.2011.576259
Journal issue
  1. Franco, Nuno Henrique; Paulin Jirkof; Katharina Hohlbaum. "Automation, Big Data, and New Technologies in Animal Research". Animals (2021): https://www.mdpi.com/journal/animals/special_issues/Automation_Big_Data_Technologies.
    Under revision
Magazine article
  1. Franco, Nuno Henrique. "Experimentação e activismo animal: a polémica no Brasil", Veterinária Atual, 2014, https://www.researchgate.net/publication/275341637_Experimentacao_e_activismo_animal_a_polemica_no_Brasil.
Newspaper article
  1. Franco, Nuno Henrique. "A TAP não transporta animais para laboratórios, mas a ciência deve continuar a voar", Público, 2016, Opinião, https://www.publico.pt/2016/02/04/ciencia/opiniao/a-tap-nao-transporta-animais-para-laboratorios-mas-a-ciencia-deve-continuar-a-voar-1722292.
  2. Olsson, I. Anna S.; Franco, Nuno Henrique; Antunes, Luís; Santos, Ana Isabel. "A ética, lei e ciência na experimentação animal em Portugal", Público, 2015, Opinião, https://www.publico.pt/2015/07/10/ciencia/opiniao/a-etica-lei-e-ciencia-na-experimentacao-animal-em-portugal-1701525.
Activities

Oral presentation

Presentation title Event name
Host (Event location)
2021/06/21 Improving mobility of researchers through harmonization of Education & Training Across Europe – The Contribution of ETPLAS and the road ahead II ICEAS - I International Congress of Education in Animal Sciences
International Society of Education in Animal Sciences (Murcia, Spain)
2021/05/25 The win-win-win-win scenario of a Culture of Care for animal research Congentalks
Champalimaud Foundation (Lisboa, Portugal)
2021/04/22 "Bem estar animal" [Animal Welfare] 7º Ciclo de Seminários de Educação para a Saúde
Universidade de Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro (Vila Real)
2021/04/17 Roundtable - "Experimentação animal e ética" [Animal Experimentation and Ethics] 5th BioSAM - Biological Sciences Annual Meeting
Núcleo de Estudantes de Biologia da Faculdade de Ciências da Universidade de Lisboa (Lisboa, Portugal)
2021/04/10 “Ética e utilização de Animais em Investigação" [Ethics of the Use of Animals in Research] Congresso Científico do Núcleo de Estudantes de Farmácia da Associação Académica de Coimbra
Núcleo de Estudantes de Farmácia da Associação Académica de Coimbra
2020/11/25 Humane Endpoints
Escola Universitária Vasco da Gama (On-line (from Coimbra), Portugal)
2020/11/23 Investigação em bem-estar de animais de laboratório X Ciclo de Conferências Científicas
Centro de Formação Associação de Escolas de Vila Nova Famalicão (On-line (from Famalicão), Portugal)
2020/11/13 Animal Research Tomorrow…and the Tomorrow of Animals in Research Animal Research 2020 and Beyond Conference
Animal Research Tomorrow (Virtual conference (from Basel), Switzerland)
2020/10/17 Evaluación de la calidad metodológica y Bienestar Animal por revisión sistemática de artículos científicos Expo Biotérios Virtual
EXPOBIOTÉRIOS
2020/03/24 How humane is your endpoint? From a culture of care to a culture of challenge to prevent avoidable suffering Karolinska Institutet CPD Seminar (converted to Webbinar, due to SARS-CoV-2 pandemic)
Karolinska Institutet (Stockholm, Sweden)
2019/07/03 Automatic and high-throughput thermal image analysis of freely-moving, group-housed laboratory animals, validated on a mouse model of LPS-induced sepsis 2019 UFAW International Symposium
UFAW (Bruges, Belgium)
2019/06/11 Acceptability of severe experiments in the mind-set of trainee laboratory animal users 2019 FELASA Congress
CLASA & FELASA (Prague, Czech Republic)
2019/05/29 Desafios éticos e metodológicos no uso de animais para fins biomédicos [Ethical and methodological challenges in animal use for biomedical purposes] Biologia na noite
Núcleo de Estudantes de Biologia da Universidade de Aveiro (Aveiro, Portugal)
2019/05/22 Bem-estar Animal, a sua Biologia e os Biólogos: um Dever, duas Definições, três Desafios [Animal welfare, its biology and the biologists: a duty, two perspectives, three challenges] Congresso NEBUTAD
Núcleo de Estudantes de Biologia da Universidade de Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro (Vila Real, Portugal)
2018/11/30 ThermoLabAnimal – A computational solution for non-invasive thermal assessment of laboratory rodents i3S Annual Meeting
i3S - Instituto de Investigação e Inovação em Saúde (Póvoa de Varzim, Portugal)
2018/11/14 Principles and Practice in Severity Classification of Procedures
University of Debrecen (Debrecen, Hungary)
2018/11/10 O dever de transparência e a responsabilidade de comunicar em investigação animal [The duty of transparency and the responsibility of communicating animal research]. VPCT Congress 2018
Universidade de Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro (Vila Real, Portugal)
2018/06/22 Keeping up with Portuguese Animal Welfare Bodies and the RedeORBEA 4th SPCAL Congress
SPCAL & University of Minho (Porto, Portugal)
2018/01/19 Know better, do better! Science's reproducibility problem and what we can do about it. BEB day - Annual Symposium of the PhD Programme in Experimental Biology and Biomedicine
University of Coimbra (Coimbra, Portugal)
2017/11/13 Update on the Portuguese Animal Welfare Network 2nd National Symposium of Animal Welfare Bodies
Champalimaud Foundation (Lisbon, Portugal)
2017/04/21 Historical perspectives on animal research Historical perspectives on animal research
Veterinary School Vasco da Gama (Coimbra, Portugal)
2017/03/30 Bem-estar de animais de laboratório e severidade de procedimentos [Laboratory Animal Welfare and severity of experiments]
Faculdade de Farmácia da Universidade de Coimbra (Coimbra, Portugal)
2017/02/22 Experimentação Animal – Cumprimento de Normas de Avaliação de Bem-Estar” [Animal research: regulatory compliance and welfare assessment] II Forum de Ciências Biológicas
Universidade de Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro
2016/11/19 Considerações bioéticas sobre o uso de animais para fins científicos [Bioethical considerations on the use of animals for scientific purposes] II Encontro Nacional de Bioética
Universidade de Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro. (Vila Real, Portugal)
2016/10/18 Implementing the 2010/63/EU Directive in Portugal: so far so good? 1st National Symposium of Animal Welfare
i3s - Instituto de Investigação e Inovação em Saúde (Porto, Portugal)
2016/10/01 Killing of animals in science – is it always inevitable? EURSAFE 2016
EURSAFE (Porto, Portugal)
2016/09/10 Ética na Experimentação Animal [Ethics in Animal Experimentation] VI Workshop Boisegurança em Experimentação Anima
Instituto Nacional de Saúde Ricardo Jorge (Lisboa, Portugal)
2016/06/17 Journal policies on animal use RSPCA International Meeting: Focus on severe suffering
RSPCA (Brussels, Belgium)
2016/03/05 Animal and Human Experimentation - an Ethical Debate 4th AEICBAS Biomedical Congress
Associação de Estudantes do Instituto de Ciências Biomédicas Abel Salazar (Porto, Portugal)
2016/02/04 Improving methodological quality of animals experiments - Are we doing all we can? LabRoots Laboratory Animal Sciences Virtual Event
LabRoots
2016/01/27 Beyond legislation: can self-regulation improve both science and animal welfare? Post-doc seminar series
i3S - Instituto de Investigação e Inovação em Saúde (Porto, Portugal)
2015/11 Keeping track of Animal Welfare Bodies in Portugal: current state-of-the-art and future perspectives SPCAL-SECAL Congress
SPCAL-SECAL (Cáceres, Spain)
2015/10/01 Minimizing the influence of the animal rights narrative with increased transparency and visibility: An example from Portugal 4th Basel Declaration Society congress
Basel Declaration Society (Rome, Italy)
2015/09/25 The public debate on animal research in Portugal Sense and Sensibility: Workshop on Communication of Animal Research to a non-scientific Audience
NOVA Medical School (Lisboa, Portugal)
2015/09/22 Community guidelines on animal studies - ALS research as a case-study EUSAAT Congress 2015
EUSAAT (Linz, Austria)
2015/09/21 Journal policies on animal use - current landscape and future directions EUSAAT Congress
EUSAAT (Linz, Austria)
2015/03/28 Bem-estar dos animais em investigação biomédica: implicações legais, éticas e científicas [Animal welfare in biomedical research: legal, ethical and scientific implications]. 8th ENEBIOQ - National Meeting of Biochemistry students
Associação Portuguesa de Estudantes de Bioquímica (Faro, Portugal)
2015/03/08 Replacement, Reduction, Refinement and Responsibility in Animal Research
Institute for Biomedical Sciences Abel Salazar (Porto, Portugal)
2014/08/27 The case for refinement: making prospective and retrospective assessment of the severity of procedures count for animal welfare in biomedical research 9th World Congress on Alternatives and Animal Use
World Congress Trust (Prague, Czech Republic)
2014/08/25 Classifying editorial policies on animal use in science: the EXEMPLAR scale 9th World Congress on Alternatives and Animal Use
World Congress Fund (Prague, Czech Republic)
2014/08/24 Animal welfare and Refinement: A Portuguese (and personal) outlook World Congress on Alternatives and Animal Use
European Refinement Initiative (Prague, Czech Republic)
2014/06/18 Severity Classification Setting up and managing Animal Welfare Bodies, a Workshop for ORBEA members
IBMC, Universidade do Porto (June 18th) AND NOVA Medical School (June 19th) (Lisboa, Portugal)
2014/01/31 Communicating animal research in Portugal: Current scenario and future directions Communicating Animal Research Workshop
Institute for Molecular Medicine, University of Lisbon (Lisboa, Portugal)
2013/06/13 Jump-starting the implementation of Animal Welfare Bodies in Portugal: a challenge for all stakeholders 13th FELASA Congress
BCLAS-NVP-BV-FELASA (Brussels, Belgium)
2013/06/11 Rising to the challenge of EU/2010/63: Reducing severity of animal studies of diabetes 12th FELASA Congress
SECAL-FELASA (Barcelona, Spain)
2012/05/25 How severe is it? Current progress of the FELASA/ECLAM/ESLAV working group on severity classification of procedures under new Directive 2010/63/EU 2nd SPCAL Meeting
SPCAL & NOVA Medical School (Lisbon, Portugal)
2011/11 The Basel Declaration: A call for more trust, transparency and communication on animal research Workshop “Communicating Science”
Institute for Molecular and Cell Biology (Porto, Portugal)
2011/08/24 Translating regulatory compliance into better animal welfare – are we making progress? 8th World Congress on Alternatives and Animal use.
World Congress Trust (Montréal, Canada)
2011/04/01 Communicating animal research to a non-scientific audience
Institute for Molecular Medicine, University of Lisbon (Lisboa, Portugal)
2011/03/15 How formal training influences researchers - awareness and attitudes to animal use in biomedical research Animal Experimentation Ethics Workshop
University of Nottingham (Nottingham, United Kingdom)
2010/10/21 O delineamento de experiências com animais em investigação biomédica: aspectos científicos, técnicos e éticos” [The planning of animal experiments in biomedical science: scientific, technical and ethical issues]. 4th Jornadas de Biologia da UTAD
Universidade de Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro (Vila Real, Portugal)
2008/01/10 Do classroom rats affect children’s attitude to animals? Seminar: Animal ethics teaching - goals and impact assessment
Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Glasgow (Glasgow, United Kingdom)
2007/09/06 Projecto Rodentia - Etologia na sala de aula do 1º ciclo Congresso Internacional de Educação Básica
Fundação Dr. António Cupertino de Miranda (Porto, Portugal)

Supervision

Thesis Title
Role
Degree Subject (Type)
Institution / Organization
2020/02/01 - 2021/06/30 Can we use infrared thermography for assessing emotional states in mice? - A comparison between stress-induced handling by different techniques
Supervisor
Applied Animal Behaviour and Animal Welfare (Master)
The University of Edinburgh Royal Dick School of Veterinary Studies, United Kingdom
2021/04/26 - 2021/06/15 Digital clinical score sheets for improving animal welfare monitoring and reporting
Supervisor
Ciências da Informação (Degree)
Universidade do Porto, Portugal
2019/10/01 - 2020/08/31 A novel approach for non-invasive monitoring and signalling of humane endpoints using infrared thermography, tested in a murine model of sepsis
Supervisor of Catarina da Silva Miranda
Experimental Pathology (Master)
Universidade de Coimbra Faculdade de Medicina, Portugal
2016 - 2017 Evaluating the potential of low-cost thermal cameras for non-invasive assessement of body temperature in laboratory mice
Supervisor
Biologia (Degree)
Universidade do Porto Faculdade de Ciências, Portugal
2016 - 2017 Assessing the potential of low-cost infrared thermography cameras to identify mild stress/anxiety in laboratory animals
Supervisor
Biologia (Degree)
Universidade do Porto Faculdade de Ciências, Portugal
2016 - 2017 Estimating the predictive validity of animal models of diabetes in DPP-4 inhibitor studies
Supervisor
Bioquímica (Degree)
Universidade do Porto Instituto de Ciencias Biomedicas Abel Salazar, Portugal
2013 - 2014 Ética e bem-estar animal em investigação biomédica usando modelos animais: atitude e práticas de cientistas: Classificação e Avaliação das Políticas Editoriais na Experimentação Animal - Diabetes e Tuberculose
Supervisor
Bioquímica (Degree)
Universidade do Porto Instituto de Ciencias Biomedicas Abel Salazar, Portugal
2012 - 2013 Post-graduation in Animal Behaviour and Welfare
Co-supervisor
Post-graduation in Animal Behaviour and Welfare (Specialization course)
Instituto Universitário de Ciências Psicológicas Sociais e da Vida, Portugal

Event organisation

Event name
Type of event (Role)
Institution / Organization
2018/12/12 - Current The story behind the CV: Prof. Maria de Sousa (2018/12/12)
Seminar (Co-organisor)
Universidade do Porto Instituto de Investigação e Inovação em Saúde, Portugal
2018/10/18 - Current The Story Behind the CV - Prof. João Ramalho Santos (2018/10/18)
Seminar (Co-organisor)
Universidade do Porto Instituto de Investigação e Inovação em Saúde, Portugal
2018/07/26 - Current The Story Behind the CV - Prof. Mario Capecchi (2018/07/26 - 2018/07/26)
Seminar (Co-organisor)
Universidade do Porto Instituto de Investigação e Inovação em Saúde, Portugal
2021/01/20 - 2021/01/22 3rd i3S Course in Experimental Design and Analysis of Data for Research with Animals (2021/01/20 - 2021/01/22)
Workshop (Other)
Universidade do Porto Instituto de Investigação e Inovação em Saúde, Portugal
2019/12/04 - 2019/12/06 2nd i3S Course on Experimental Design and Analysis of Data for research with animals (2019/11/04 - 2019/11/06)
Workshop (President of the Organising Committee)
Universidade do Porto Instituto de Investigação e Inovação em Saúde, Portugal
2019/11/07 - 2019/11/07 IV Simpósio Nacional de ORBEAs - "Evaluating Competence in Animal Experimentation - A Present and Future Challenge" (2019/11/07 - 2019/11/07)
Symposium (Co-organisor)
Universidade do Porto Faculdade de Medicina, Portugal

RedeORBEA - Rede Nacional de Órgãos Responsáveis pelo Bem-estar dos Animais, Portugal
2019/11/06 - 2019/11/06 Workshop on Competency Assessment (of laboratory animal use). Joint initiative of SPCAL, RedeORBEA, and i3S (2019/11/06 - 2019/11/06)
Workshop (Co-organisor)
Universidade do Porto Instituto de Investigação e Inovação em Saúde, Portugal
2018/11/15 - 2018/11/15 III Simpósio Nacional de ORBEA - "The Three Rs in Action, from Principle to Practice" (2018/11/15 - 2018/11/15)
Symposium (President of the Organising Committee)
Universidade de Coimbra Faculdade de Medicina, Portugal

RedeORBEA - Rede Nacional de Órgãos Responsáveis pelo Bem-estar dos Animais, Portugal
2018/11/14 - 2018/11/14 FELASA Workshop on Severity Classification and Reporting under EU Directive 2010/63/EU (2018/11/14 - 2018/11/14)
Workshop (Co-organisor)
RedeORBEA - Rede Nacional de Órgãos Responsáveis pelo Bem-estar dos Animais, Portugal

SPCAL - Sociedade Portuguesa de Ciências em Animais de Laboratório, Portugal

Universidade de Coimbra Faculdade de Medicina, Portugal
2018/06/23 - 2018/06/23 FELASA Workshop in Severity Classification of Procedures under EU Directive 2010/63/EU (2018/06/23 - 2018/06/23)
Workshop
Universidade do Minho, Portugal
2018/06/21 - 2018/06/23 SPCAL 2018 Congress (2018/06/21 - 2018/06/23)
Congress (Member of the Organising Committee)
SPCAL - Sociedade Portuguesa de Ciências em Animais de Laboratório, Portugal
2018/06/21 - 2018/06/21 Workshop in Design of Animal Experiments - University of Minho (2018/06/21 - 2018/06/21)
Workshop
Universidade do Minho, Portugal

SPCAL - Sociedade Portuguesa de Ciências em Animais de Laboratório, Portugal
2017/11/13 - 2017/11/13 II Simpósio Nacional de ORBEA (2017/11/13 - 2017/11/13)
Symposium (President of the Organising Committee)
Fundação Champalimaud, Portugal

RedeORBEA - Rede Nacional de Órgãos Responsáveis pelo Bem-estar dos Animais, Portugal

SPCAL - Sociedade Portuguesa de Ciências em Animais de Laboratório, Portugal
2017/10/09 - 2017/10/11 1st i3S Course in Experimental Design and Analysis of Data for Research with Animals (2017/10/09 - 2017/10/11)
Workshop (Co-organisor)
Universidade do Porto Instituto de Investigação e Inovação em Saúde, Portugal
2016/10/20 - 2016/10/21 Careers in Science & Beyond (2016/10/20 - 2016/10/21)
Conference (Member of the Organising Committee)
Universidade do Porto Instituto de Investigação e Inovação em Saúde, Portugal
2016/10/18 - 2016/10/18 I Simpósio Nacional de ORBEA (2016/10/18 - 2016/10/18)
Symposium (President of the Organising Committee)
Universidade do Porto Instituto de Investigação e Inovação em Saúde, Portugal

RedeORBEA - Rede Nacional de Órgãos Responsáveis pelo Bem-estar dos Animais, Portugal

SPCAL - Sociedade Portuguesa de Ciências em Animais de Laboratório, Portugal
2015/09/25 - 2015/09/25 "Sense and Sensibility: Workshop on Communicating Animal Research to a non-scientific audience" (2015/09/25 - 2015/09/25)
Workshop (Co-organisor)
Universidade Nova de Lisboa Faculdade de Ciências Médicas, Portugal

SPCAL - Sociedade Portuguesa de Ciências em Animais de Laboratório, Portugal
2014/06/18 - 2014/06/19 Setting up and Managing Animal Welfare Bodies - A workshop for ORBEA members (2014/06/18 - 2014/06/19)
Workshop (Co-organisor)
Universidade do Porto Instituto de Biologia Molecular e Celular, Portugal

Universidade Nova de Lisboa Faculdade de Ciências Médicas, Portugal
2010/06/17 - 2010/06/17 Careers in Science - Life after a PhD (2010/06/17 - 2010/06/17)
Symposium (Member of the Organising Committee)
Universidade do Porto Instituto de Biologia Molecular e Celular, Portugal
2009/04/30 - 2009/05/03 "The expanding circle - a course in animal ethics" Lecturers: Anna Olsson, Mickey Gjerris, Fernando Araújo, Ian Duncan (2009/04/30 - 2009/05/03)
Workshop (Co-organisor)
Universidade do Porto Instituto de Biologia Molecular e Celular, Portugal

Event participation

Activity description
Type of event
Event name
Institution / Organization
2017/04/08 - Current Debate on Ethics in Animal Experimentation
Round table
X Encontro Nacional de Estudantes de Bioquímica
Universidade do Minho, Portugal
2010/11/26 - Current Experimentação animal no século XXI: Necessidade ou Capricho? [Animal research in the twenty-first century: Whim or Necessity?]
Round table
II Jornadas de Bioengenharia
Universidade do Porto Faculdade de Engenharia, Portugal

Jury of academic degree

Topic
Role
Candidate name (Type of degree)
Institution / Organization
2018/01/22 "Effects of captive environment on Sumatran Tigers (Panthera tigris sumatrae) behaviour Implications of ex-situ conservation"
(Thesis) Main arguer
Diana Inês Oliveira Gomes. University of Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro, Vila Real, Portugal. Janua (Master)
Universidade de Tras-os-Montes e Alto Douro, Portugal

Association member

Society Organization name Role
2021/01/20 - Current ETPLAS - Education and Training Platform for Laboratory Animal Science President-Elect
2017 - Current Portuguese Animal Welfare Body Network [RedeORBEA] Coordinator
2015 - Current SPCAL - Sociedade Portuguesa de Ciências em Animais de Laboratório Vice-President (as of 2021)
2015 - Current Animal Research Tomorrow Board member
2019/06/12 - 2021/01/20 ETPLAS - Education and Training Platform for Laboratory Animal Science Communcations Officer

Committee member

Activity description
Role
Institution / Organization
2018/06/05 - Current Independent Advisory Board for ERINHA
Advisor / Consultant
ERINHA - European Research Infrastructure on Highly Pathogenic Agents , France
2016 - Current Member of the Animal Welfare Body
Member
Universidade do Porto Instituto de Investigação e Inovação em Saúde, Portugal

Conference scientific committee

Conference name Conference host
2020/11 - 2022/06/16 FELASA 2022 Federation of European Laboratory Animal Science Associations
2020/05/04 - 2020/11/07 A Voz dos Professores de Ciências e tecnologias Universidade de Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro
2018 - 2019/06/13 FELASA 2019 Prague, Czech Republic
2018 - 2018 SPCAL Congress 2018 Braga, Portugal

Interview (newspaper / magazine)

Activity description Newspaper / Forum
2021/07/16 Interview for news article: "Os machos que têm bebés na barriga" Expresso
2021/04/24 "Experimentação animal por cá: Em que pé estamos e o que falta trilhar?" Notícias ao Minuto
2020/02/25 Animais utilizados para fins científicos: “Falta de informação não é falta de transparência” [Animals used for scientific purposes: "Lack of information does not mean lack of transparency"] Veterinária Atual
2019/01/23 “Temos a legislação mais avançada do mundo de proteção de animais para fins científicos” - Interview for newspiece on laboratory animal use. Veterinária Atual
2016/09/21 "Spain joins bandwagon for ‘openness’ about animal research". Interview for "Science Insider" Science Insider
2016/09/20 Interview for “Experimentação animal: crueldade ou “mal necessário”? Público - P3 Supplement
2013/07/12 Interview: "Com os animais em laboratório, há que "saber dizer chega"" JPN-JornalismoPortoNet
2013/07/11 Interview: "É uma recompensa pelo excelente trabalho em bem-estar animal que tem vindo a ser desenvolvido em Portugal" Veterinária actual
2010/08/13 Interview for Science Careers: "Improving Science through Animal Welfare" Science Careers

Interview (tv / radio show)

Program Topic
2020/02/07 - Current Interview for University of Porto TV (TVU) Doctoral School at University of Porto
2019/01/05 - Current "The use of animals in laboratories" ["Par dzivnieku izmantošanu laboratorijas Ieteikt"] Interview for Latvian public TV [Dubbed in Latvian]
2018/12/09 - Current Podcast for Progress - Science for Progress Podcast interview on Animal Welfare in Scientific Research
2016/11/19 - 2016/11/19 Lab2Business videocast Interview on Animal Experimentation
2016/02/12 - 2016/02/12 RTP 2 - "A Minha Tese" TV 30-minute documentary about Nuno Franco's doctoral thesis and animal research
2015/02/10 - 2015/02/10 Porto Canal - "Mentes que Brilham" TV interview on Animal Welfare in Research

Mentoring / Tutoring

Topic Student name
2013/05 - 2013/05 Laboratory Animal Science course (FELASA B) Joana Guilherme Fernandes

Other jury / evaluation

Activity description Institution / Organization
2020/02/01 - 2020/02/29 Reviewer juror for ERINHA-Advance first TransNational Access Call ERINHA - European Research Infrastructure on Highly Pathogenic Agents , France
2014 - 2014 Grant reviewer for the ARDF 2014 Alternatives Research Grant Program Alternatives Research & Development Foundation, United States
Distinctions

Other distinction

2015 Young Scientist Travel Award
2013 Young Animal Welfare Scientist of the Year Award
Universities Federation for Animal Welfare, United Kingdom