People behind WP 4


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Andrew Furley (PI University of Sheffield) is a Senior Lecturer in Biomedical Science and researcher in neural development. He was adviser on genetics and biotech to the EU-wide consortium (PRIVILEGED), teaches bioethics at Masters level and has served on the University of Sheffield’s Local Ethical Review Process committee. He has also served on the UK-MRC Advisory Board and as Publications Secretary for the British Society for Developmental Biology. Dr. Andrew Furley is leader of WP4.


Andrew Grierson’s major research interest is in axonal transport in health and disease. His postdoctoral work in Professor Christopher Miller’s group at the Institute of Psychiatry led to the discovery that neurofilament axonal transport rates were regulated by phosphorylation (J Cell Biol 150(1): 165–76 & J Cell Biol 161(3): 489–95). Since 2001 he has worked with Pamela Shaw, and together have identified defective axonal transport as a pathogenic mechanism in hereditary spastic paraplegia (HSP) (J Neurochem 2009;110:34–44). In collaboration with Christopher Miller, Dr Grierson has identified the basis of altered mitochondrial transport in mutant SOD1-mediated ALS (Hum Mol Genet 2007; 16: 2720–8). Current work in the laboratory is aimed at identifying the underlying pathogenic mechanisms leading to disrupted axonal transport in ALS and HSP, as well as characterising axonal transport in zebrafish models of other neurodegenerative disorders such as Charcot Marie Tooth (CMT) disease, a condition which causes degeneration of the motor and sensory peripheral nerves.


Anna Olsson is a researcher in animal welfare and animal research ethics at the Institute for Molecular and Cell Biology, Porto, Portugal. She was trained as an animal scientist and did her PhD in ethology (both at Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences). Anna Olsson is the ANIMPACT coordinator and leads WP3 (ethical issues).


Joana Fernandes is a biologist with an MSc in Evolutionary Biology and Evolution, doing research on animal welfare and behaviour since 2011. She is currently working at IBMC as research fellow in WP4 of the ANIMPACT project.


Nuno Henrique Franco has a degree in Biology and a degree in Natural Sciences Education. He got his PhD in Biomedical Sciences with a thesis on Animal Welfare and the 3Rs in Biomedical Research. He is currently a Post-doc at IBMC and is enrolled in WP4 of the ANIMPACT project.