People behind WP 5


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Augusto Vitale is an ethologist, with special interest in primatology. His major interest is in the scientific, ethical and social issues related to the use of animals in laboratory science. He is the leader of the WP5 of ANIMPACT, dealing with factors influencing choice of species in animal experimentation.


Giovanni Laviola is Senior Research Scientist and Principal Investigator in Programs of Developmental Psychobiology and Psychopharmacology in the Section of Behavioural Neuroscience, Dept. of Cell Biology & Neuroscience of the Istituto Superiore Sanità, Roma, Italy. His current research involves the ontogeny of behaviour; short- and long-term effects of early stress or psychotropic drugs or toxicants exposure in altricial rodents; developmental psychopharmacology; hormones and behaviour interaction; early determinants of individual variability; animal models of risk-taking behaviours and vulnerability to addiction during adolescence; gene-and-environment interplay in animal models for symptoms relevant to autism-spectrum disorders, Rett syndrome, Tourette syndrome or ADHD.


Laura Ricceri is a senior researcher at the Dept. Cell Biology and Neurosciences (ISS, Rome Italy). She is a behavioural biologyst who has worked on biological basis of neurodevelopmental disorders. Her research interests include limit and possibilities of animal models of autism spectrum disorders and Rett syndrome in preclinical research, neurobehavioural evaluation of developmental exposure to environmental contaminants.


Simone Pollo is researcher in moral philosophy at the Department of Philosophy of Sapienza University of Rome, where he is a member of the Faculties of the Undergraduate program in Philosophy, of the Master in Practical Ethics and Bioethics and of the PhD in Philosophy and History of philosophy. He also serves as secretary of the Bioethics Commitee of the College of Veterinary Surgeons of the Province of Rome. His research interests are focused on applied ethics and bioethics, especially on the topics of reproductive ethics and human/non-human relationships. 


Hannah M. Buchanan-Smith is Professor of Psychology in the School of Natural Sciences at the University of Stirling in Scotland. She strives to improve the welfare of animals in captive environments, has published over 80 articles in refereed journals, and has co-authored animal welfare guidelines and influenced legislation. Her research has focused on the link between animal welfare and the quality of the scientific output, on promotion of positive welfare states, the effects of rearing environment, Refinement of scientific procedures, and validation of welfare assessment tools.