Speakers & Trainers

The training team is composed of a body of professionals including Facility Managers, Laboratory Animal Science Specialists, Veterinarians, Engineers and Architects experienced in Laboratory Animal Facility requirements, Quality Control Engineers and lay-outing and operations Experts so as to offer a broad training syllabus exclusively designed for all those involved in the laboratory animal field.
We hope that you will join in our commitment with your suggestions and your participation!

Baldin Federica (read more)
Federica was born in Pavia, in 1983. She graduated in Biotechnology at University of Pavia in 2005 (BSC). She obtained a MSC at University of Milan in Plant Biotechnology in 2007 and gained her PhD in Plant Molecular Biology and Production in 2010. Since 2010 she has worked in a large research centre in Milan, Italy, contributing to manage two mouse facilities as well as being involved in personnel training. In 2011, she was also involved in a LEAN transformation, which took place in one of the two mouse facilities.
Bussell James (read more)
James Bussell has been involved in animal research for over 20 years and for the majority of that time he has been associated with the production and use of Genetically Modified (GM) mice. During his time in the Comparative Genomics Division of GlaxoSmithKline he became proficient in many aspects of transgenic and knockout mouse production including all the required elements of embryo recovery, handling, micromanipulation and implantation and culturing techniques for Embryonic Stem Cells helping in standardizing their pre-injection archiving; he played a lead role in developing the company’s cryopreservation capability along with the breeding and experimental protocols for the utilization of their Cre-Lox technology models Since 2007 his attention has focused on many aspects of the optimization of GM production and facility management after joining The Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute. As part of this role he heads the Institutes Research Support Facility leading a skilled team of technicians who support the animal welfare and procedural activities of the Institutes Model Organisms program.
Capillo Manuela (read more)
Manuela graduated in Veterinary Medicine in 1993 and specialized in Laboratory Animal Science and Medicine in 2002 at the University of Milan, Italy. Since 1998 she has worked as a freelance consultant veterinarian for a large research centre in Milan, Italy. Currently she has legal responsibility for animal welfare (D.L.vo 116/92)
De Angelis Isabella (read more)
Isabella De Angelis, graduated in Biological Sciences, is researcher at the Department of Environment and Health of the Italian National Institute of Health (Istituto Superiore di Sanità, ISS). Her research interests are focused on the application of cell culture in toxicology, covering both aspects of screening of toxic molecules as well as their action mechanisms, with particular attention to the absorption processes of chemicals and nanoparticles through the epithelial barriers. She has been involved in National and European projects on in vitro toxicology and on regulatory acceptance of in vitro methods. Since 2011, she is Head of Delegation at the OECD Working Party of Manufactured Nanomaterials and member of the ISS working group “Nanomaterials and Health”. She also carries out a significant dissemination activity on 3Rs principle and on application of in vitro methods in many institutional courses organized by ISS, University, Local Authorities and Scientific Societies.
de Bruin Wieke (read more)
Wieke graduated in Biology at the Catholic University Nijmegen, The Wieke graduated in Biology at the Catholic University Nijmegen, The Netherlands, in 1989 and gained her PhD in 1994. She worked as scientist at several research projects on viral infections, carcinogenesis and cancer homeostasis. In 2003 she started as scientist at QM Diagnostics and in 2008 she became director of the company. She is a lecturer at Laboratory Animal Science course of the Radboudumc (Nijmegen, The Netherlands).
Durand Stephanie (read more)
Stephanie Durand is a diagnostic scientist at the Veterinary and Professional Services (Charles River France). Stephanie received Ph.D. in Virology and Parasitology at the University of Montpellier (France) in 1997. Stephanie worked as a research scientist for 10 years and was in charge of research projects on viral diseases such as foot and mouth disease, classic swine fever for international veterinary institutes or universities (UK, US, NL). Stephanie began in 2009 her role at Charles River France as diagnostic laboratory manager and now she is the lead scientist for diagnostic and health monitoring in Europe for CRL. She is active in the French association for laboratory animal science (AFSTAL) and was a member of the executive committee for 6 years.
Fervorini Alessandra (read more)
Alessandra graduated from the Politecnico di Milano (Italy) with a degree in Management, economics and industrial engineering. For the first few years after graduation she worked as project manager for a company manufacturing flyback transformers and later for a company operating in the field of plastics recycling. In 2004 she started working for a specialized company as project manager, contributing to managing projects from the design phase to the installation of equipment, as well as being involved in training and testing activities.
Gobbi Alberto (read more)
Alberto graduated in Veterinary Medicine (Summa cum Laude) in 1992 and specialized in Laboratory Animal Science and Medicine (Summa cum Laude) in 2002 at the University of Milan, Italy. In 2010, he received the TurnKey Facility Leader of the Year Award. Since 1999 he has worked for a large research centre in Milan, Italy, where he manages the two mouse facilities. Alberto is author or co-author of 32 papers published on international peer-reviewed journals, mainly focused on mouse models of human tumors and infectious diseases and on the characterisation of spontaneous diseases of laboratory mice. He regularly presents talks to scientific meetings and contributes to courses on laboratory animal science.
Guillen Javier (read more)
He obtained his veterinary medicine degree at the University of Zaragoza (Spain) in 1990, and was for 17 years Director of the Laboratory Animal Services at the University of Navarra in Pamplona, Spain. Between 2003 and 2008 he was also a member of the AAALAC International Council on Accreditation. In 2008 he joined the AAALAC International staff as Director of European Activities He is currently Director for Europe and Latin America. He also served first as Secretary and later as President of FELASA in the period between 2002 and 2010. He is member of the ICLAS Governing Board and President of SECAL (Spanish association for laboratory animal science). He is member of the Council of Management and Executive Committee of Laboratory Animals Ltd.
Haacke Ina (read more)
Ina was born in Hamburg, Germany in 1971 and obtained a university diploma in applied science in nutrition and home economics in 1998.
From 1998 to 2003 she worked in the Neodisher detergent applications department at the chemical company Dr. Weigert GnbH & Co. KG in Hamburg. After a short period (2003-2005) spent in a health and rehabilitation centre as nutritionist, in 2006 she returned to Dr. Weigert GnbH working once again in the Neodisher detergent applications department.
Harmelin Alon (read more)
He obtained his veterinary medicine degree in 1987 at the University of Pretoria, Onderstepoort, South Africa. Returning to Israel, he joined the Kimron Veterinary Institute to the Department of Veterinary Pathology. He qualified as a specialist in Veterinary Pathology in 1994. Over the years, Prof. Harmelin has held a number of veterinary positions, at the Koret School of Veterinary Medicine, Hebrew University of Jerusalem as lecturer at the Koret Veterinary School in veterinary histology and pathology, and gained the rank of Associate Professor. In 1995, he was appointed Deputy Head of the Weizmann Institute's Veterinary Resources; he has headed this Department since the spring of 1997. In 2001 he was awarded the European degree of Diplomate from the European College of Laboratory Animal Medicine, and serves at present as the head of the ECLAM training committee. He is past president of the Israeli Laboratory Animal Forum and Member of the Governing Board of the Koret Veterinary Hospital
Hartmann Friis Hansen Camilla (read more)
Graduated in veterinary medicine 2008 from University of Copenhagen and specialized in laboratory animal science during PhD and post doc with a focus on early life gut environment as a regulator of host immune responses and disease susceptibility. Did a 1½ year post doc in Dr Alexander Chervonskys lab at University of Chicago working with the influence of gut microbiota on autoimmunity and has now returned as an assistant professor at University of Copenhagen at the section for experimental animal models. Present research areas involves germ-free mice, antibiotics, pro-and prebiotics, and diets to characterize and study the impact of gut microbiota on various murine models of human inflammatory diseases as a way to minimize the use of rodents in scientific experiments without compromising the prospect of obtaining scientifically valid data.
Kolbe Thomas (read more)
Thomas graduated at the University of Goettingen, Germany in Agricultural Science (1995) and gained his PhD there in the field of assisted reproduction in pigs (1998). He managed as PostDoc a small rodent facility at the Institute of Agrobiotechnology in Tulln, Austria and produced new mouse models (1999-2006). As Assistant Professor at the Veterinary University Vienna, Institute of Laboratory Animal Science he coordinates several mouse facilities, transgenic services, and research projects, conducts lectures for students and courses for postgraduates. He is member of the International Society of Transgenic Technologies (ISTT) and the Gesellschaft für Versuchstierkunde (GV-SOLAS), member of the Educational Initiatives Committee (ISTT), 3R’s Committee (ISTT), Working Group on Hygiene (GV), and Working Group on Expert of Laboratory Animal Science (GV). At the university he is animal welfare officer for Department 1 (Biological Sciences), member of the animal welfare committee of the university, and member of the Federal Commission on Animal Experimentation in Austria. Since 2013 he is Expert of Laboratory Animal Science (GV-SOLAS). Since 2017 he works as an Associate Professor.
Kornerup Hansen Axel (read more)
Axel Kornerup Hansen graduated in 1985 as DVM from the Royal Veterinary and Agricultural University in Copenhagen, Denmark. After two years in a small animal hospital, he became head of laboratories at Møllegaard Breeding Center, today part of Taconic Ltd. In 1993 he became associate director at the Department of Experimental Medicine at the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Copenhagen. In 1996 he was awarded the degree of Dr. Vet. Sci. based upon his thesis on the impact of bacteria in laboratory rats. From 1997 he has been professor in laboratory animal science and welfare under the University of Copenhagen (formerly Royal Veterinary and Agricul¬tural Universi¬ty). In 2000 he was made charter diplomat and was together with six others founding the European College of Laboratory Animal Medicine. His research area has primarily been on how the microbiota has an impact on laboratory animal models for inflammatory diseases and how this works in conjunction with the diet. He has published 151 original and 36 review peer-reviewed papers in scientific journals, 20 proceedings papers, 17 papers in non-peer journals, and two full textbooks, including ‘Handbook of Laboratory Animal Bacteriology’ from CRC Press.
Lupi Massimo (read more)
Massimo Lupi, degree in organizational psychology the University of Padua specialized in Organizational Behavior currently Adjunt Professor of Organizational Behavior at MIP Politecnico of Milan Graduate School of Business and external advisor for multinational companies in the areas of leadership, internal communication, team working, individual empowerment. Coauthor of “Generations at work” (included di MC Bombelli “Generazioni al Lavoro” Ed Guerini “ ). Previously Training and Development manager in Beirsdorf Italy , responsible for training and development in Sony Europe in Berlin and responsible for worldwide projects in Talent Management at Microsoft Corporation in Redmond (Seattle - United States).
Milite Gianpaolo (read more)
Gianpaolo graduated in Veterinary Medicine (DVM) at the University of Parma (Italy). He gained his Master of Science in Laboratory Animals at the Royal Veterinary College in London (UK). For many years he worked as production manager of a large SPF in the Germ-free and Gnotobiotic rodent units, with responsibility also for the health status and monitoring of the rodents bred. Since 2000, on a consultancy basis, he offers Scientific support to various private institutions. He is also Professor at the Veterinary Faculty (Milano) in the post-graduate course on Laboratory Animal Medicine.
Mortell Norman (read more)
Norman has worked within the life science sector for over 35 years, working within Academic, Pharmaceutical and Contract research facilities including a spell working at an Italian research facility. Norman has worked in his current position at Agenda for over 13 years overseeing the resource management, marketing and security divisions. An active member of the Institute of Animal Technology he chairs the Communications Group and has presented numerous papers on animal welfare, facility design and research security. Animal welfare, research continuity, resilience and openness are key areas of interest to Norman.
Nicholls Sam (read more)
Sam was in the UK Police for over 32 years, the last 15 years of his service were spent working specifically on the investigation of Terrorism and Extremism nationally and internationally. He held the post of Head of Special Branch; the interface between the Police Service and the UK Intelligence Agencies. Following the Animal Rights Extremist (ARE) protests at Consort Kennels, Herefordshire, UK in 1996, where he was the intelligence lead, he advised other UK Police Forces regarding aspects of ARE methodology, particularly the campaigns against Hillgrove Cattery, Sequani, Huntingdon Life Sciences and others. He has managed many areas of covert policing and was one of a small cadre of senior investigating officers authorised to conduct Counter Terrorist and Extremist Investigations on behalf of the UK. In 2003 he was appointed Head of Operations for the National Public Order Intelligence Unit, controlling intelligence assets deployed in the UK and elsewhere, and, in 2005, was asked by Assistant Chief Constable Anton Setchell, the National Coordinator of Domestic Extremism (NCDE) to form and lead the UK’s National Domestic Extremism Team under the title of National Coordinator of Operations – Domestic Extremism (NCODE), charged with initiating and coordinating the UKs policing effort in respect of Animal Rights. The role included working with, and investigating offences on behalf of, a number of partner countries within and outside the European Union including the United States of America. He left the Police Service in 2008 following the arrest of the top tier of the Animal Rights Extremists to pursue a further career. In 2009 he was invited by the British Government to create and deliver the support4rs (www.support4rs.com) concept to promote safety, resilience, reassurance and preparedness within the UK’s public research sector. Sam has also business interests within the commercial sector for global corporations, in the areas of Risk Assessment and Critical Incident Management generally, and Kidnap and Extortion specifically.
Nicklas Werner (read more)
Werner studied veterinary medicine at the University of Veterinary Medicine in Hannover, Germany, followed by postgraduate studies in microbiology. For the first year after graduation he worked at the Institute for Microbiology at the University of Veterinary Medicine in Hannover. Since 1979 he has worked at the German Cancer Research Centre in Heidelberg. He was deputy head of the Central Animal Laboratories and from 1994 to 2015 he was head of Microbiological Diagnostics. His main task was health monitoring of rodents and other laboratory animals. He was a member and convenor of several FELASA working groups, and since 2005 he has been a network member of the “ICLAS Research Animal Quality Control and Characterization Network”. Since 2001 he is a diplomate of the European College of Laboratory Animal Medicine.
Perretta Gemma (read more)
Gemma is the head of the Division of Special Zoology and Animal Models of the Institute of Neurobiology and Molecular Medicine of the Italian National Research Council in Rome. She graduated in Veterinary Medicine and specialized in Laboratory Animal Science and Medicine at Milan University. She is past president of the Federation of European Laboratory Animal Science Associations (FELASA), past president of the Italian Association for Laboratory Animal Science (AISAL), special consultant for the International Council of Laboratory Animal Science (ICLAS) and has served as Vice-president on the board of the Italian Association for Primatology (API). Her research interests are mainly focused on aspects relating to the health and welfare of laboratory animals, in particular, non human primates and she has been Scientific Supervisor of several research projects.
Post Rainer (read more)
Rainer Post, born in 1962 graduated as Dipl. Ing. Architect from the Technische Universität München in 1991, is the cofounder and CEO of “doranth post architekten GmbH” Munich and has been since 1995. The office has extensive experience in the planning and execution of laboratory building, especially in the designing and planning of animal facilities. The offices has planned and seen to completion 18 animal facility buildings in Germany; Switzerland and Austria. Rainer Post is working as a consultant for several research institutions in Europe and is also member of the GV-Solas (co-author of issue 1 “Planning and structure of animal facility buildings” Cap. 8 technic and construction). In addition he was member of the working group 5 of Infrafrontier (The European Infrastructure for phenotyping and archiving), and is the co-author of “Structural and Functional Concepts in Current Mouse Phenotyping and Archiving Facilities“ (Journal of the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science, Vol. 51, No 4 July 2012).
Prins Jan-Bas (read more)
Jan-Bas Prins received his masters degree with distinction from the Wageningen University in the Netherlands. His majors were genetics and immunology. He went on to doing his PhD in Laboratory Animal Science with Prof. Dr. L. van Zutphen at the University of Utrecht. After a research period with the group of Dr. J. Todd at the University of Oxford, UK, studying the genetics of Type I diabetes, he went on to the Erasmus University, Rotterdam, The Netherlands. There he worked in the Department of Immunology and subsequently became the head of the pre-clinical division of the Department of Pulmonary Diseases. In 2002, he took the position of Director of the Central Animal Facility of the Leiden University Medical Centre in the Netherlands. A position he still holds. Together with Tineke Coenen, he started BioXpert in 2012 a CRO for in vivo research. He is member of the Netherlands National Committee for the protection of animals used for scientific purposes. Jan-Bas Prins is Past-President of FELASA and the current Chairmen of Laboratory Animals Ltd.
Recordati Camilla (read more)
Camilla Recordati obtained her degree in Veterinary Medicine in 2001 with honours from the University of Milan. She received her PhD in Animal Pathology in 2009 and obtained the board certification of the European College of Veterinary Pathologist (ECVP) in 2010. She is currently an independent consultant in veterinary pathology. Her research interests include the study of animal models for human diseases, regenerative medicine, nanotoxicology, and spontaneous pathology of laboratory animals.
Vitale Augusto (read more)
Augusto Vitale has obtained his Ph.D. in Behavioural Ecology at the University of Aberdeen in 1988. He has then started to work on non-human primates the following year, collaborating with Dr. Visalberghi of the CNR in Rome, and Prof. Fragaszy in U.S.A. Dr.Vitale is now researcher in animal behaviour at the Istituto Superiore di Sanità in Rome, at the Center for Behavioural Sciences and Mental Health. He has been President of the Italian Association of Primatology, and is currently General Secretary for the European Federation of Primatology. He is member of the Expert Working Groups of the European Commission in Bruxelles, for the implementation of the European Directive 2010/63, on the protection of animals used in scientific procedures. He is member of the Animal Welfare Body of his institution, and he is an evaluator of research projects involving animal models, on behalf of the Italian Ministry of Health.
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