CBC course – Faculty
Course Organizer and CBC Program Director
Senior Scientist, Department of Biology and Evolution of Marine Organisms, Stazione Zoologica Anton Dohrn & Association for Cephalopod Research ‘CephRes’
Graziano Fiorito is a biologist with over thirty years’ experience in research on biological, neural and behavioral plasticity. He is currently Senior Scientist at the Department of Biology and Evolution of Marine Organisms of the Stazione Zoologica Anton Dohrn in Naples (Italy). He served as Department Head for several years. G. Fiorito main research interest is on how neural circuity controls complex behaviour including individual and social learning.
He has been active in promoting best-practice and scientific approaches for improvement of animal welfare in scientific research as applied to cephalopod molluscs.
Together with Dr Ponte and other colleagues, G. Fiorito is committed to create a community-based resource and guidance for the use of cephalopods as experimental animals in compliance to the Directive 2010/63/EU.
Graziano Fiorito is Cephalopod Biology and Care (CBC) training program Director and Course Organizer.
Past President of LASA, Vice-President of IAT, and Trustee for Guide Dogs; veterinary advisor for Pentlands Management Systems
Technical Advisor to the European Commission for the implementation of the European Directive 2010/63/EU on the protection of animals used for scientific purposes
David Anderson BVMS MVM MRCVS
David Anderson is a Vice-President of IAT, immediate Past President of LASA and a current member of LAVA Council.
He is a veterinary surgeon with over thirty years experience in practice, academia and government service. He worked initially in a University teaching environment where he developed an interest and expertise in veterinary reproduction, and was Named Veterinary Surgeon under the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act.
Until 2010, he worked in the UK Home Office in the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Inspectorate and advised on the care and use of animals in scientific procedures, and was involved in the development of improved practices in welfare, accommodation and care of animals used in scientific procedures in UK and Europe.
Since 2011, he has been working as a veterinary advisor for Pentlands Management Systems, where his main role is to provide technical support to the European Commission during the transposition of the new European Directive 2010/63/EU on the protection of animals used for scientific purposes.
In his “spare” time, he continues to enjoy curling and golf.
Emeritus Professor of Comparative Physiology St George’s University of London
Research Associate, Stazione Zoologica Anton Dohrn
Association for Cephalopod Research ‘CephRes’
Chief Technical Officer, Comparative Medicine Unit, Trinity College Dublin
Portuguese Institute of the Sea and Atmosphere (IPMA)
Department of Biology and Evolution of Marine Organisms, Stazione Zoologica Anton Dohrn & Director of Operations, Association for Cephalopod Research ‘CephRes’
Giovanna Ponte is Scientist at the Department of Biology and Evolution of Marine Organisms of the Stazione Zoologica Anton Dohrn in Naples (Italy). She earned her degree on Pharmacological Chemistry (University of Naples Federico II, Italy) and a PhD in Animal Biology (University of Calabria, Italy) with a project focused on localization of biogenic amines in octopus.
G. Ponte has over ten years’ experience in studying the neural modulation and brain complexity with an evolutionary approach focusing on cephalopods. Her interest on animal welfare as applied to cephalopods, allowed her to be the proponent and the Chair of the COST Action FA1301, the first networking initiative dedicated to cephalopods ever funded.
Since 2010, she has been working to facilitate implementation of the European Directive 2010/63/EU on the protection of animals used for scientific purposes, as applied to cephalopod molluscs.
Her main interest is the neural modulatory mechanisms governing physiological and behavioral plasticity with particular attention to the cephalopod mollusc Octopus vulgaris.
Director of the Biological Research Facility and deputy Establishment Licence Holder at The Francis Crick Institute
Jan-Bas Prins is the Director of the Biological Research Facility and deputy Establishment Licence Holder at The Francis Crick Institute since October 2018.
He did his PhD in Laboratory Animal Science with Professor Van Zutphen at the University of Utrecht. After post-doctoral projects at the University of Oxford, UK, and the Erasmus University, Rotterdam, The Netherlands, he became the head of the pre-clinical division of the Department of Pulmonary Medicine at the Erasmus Medical Centre.
In 2002, he moved on taking the position of Director of the Central Animal Facility of the Leiden University Medical Centre in the Netherlands.
He is Professor of Laboratory Animal Science at Leiden University in the Netherlands and Honorary Professor of University College London.
He is a member of the Netherlands National Committee for the protection of animals used for scientific purposes.
Jan-Bas Prins is Chairman of Laboratory Animals Ltd, Vice-chairman of the Scientific Committee of the Fondazione Guido Bernardini on Education and Training in Laboratory Animal Science, Vice-President of the Institute of Animal Technology, Animal Welfare Officer and scientific advisor on animal welfare of Infrafrontier (IF2020), a past-President of FELASA, member of the External council for Comparative Medicine at the Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden and an AAALAC ad hoc specialist.
Professor in Physiology at the School of Veterinary Science, Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona (UAB)
President of the International Council for Laboratory Animal Science (ICLAS). Coordinator of the ICLAS Network for Promoting Animal Quality in Research
Professor Patri Vergara, DVM, PhD, DipECLAM
Professor in Physiology at the School of Veterinary Science, Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona (UAB), Spain.
Person responsible for the education and training of personnel who use animals for scientific purposes. Course co-ordinator for: FELASA Accredited course for scientists, functions a, b, c, d; UAB-ECLAM training program; Master Course in Laboratory Animal Science and Welfare (FELASA accredited as Specialist programme) and Certificate in Laboratory Animal Science and Medicine (VetCEE approved).
FELASA 40 Years Anniversary EducationalAward.
President of the International Council for Laboratory Animal Science (ICLAS). Coordinator of the ICLAS Network for Promoting Animal Quality in Research.
Former Chair of the FELASA Accreditation Board for Training and Education in Laboratory Animal Science.
Member of the European Platform for Education and Training in Laboratory Animal Science (ETPLAS).
Charter Diplomate of the European College for Laboratory Animal Medicine (ECLAM).
Responsible for a research group on digestive diseases since 1999. Interests in research: neurogastroenterology, mast cells, microbiota, IBD, IBS.
Responsible for SIAL/UAB (Integrative services for laboratory animals at the UAB) which supports basic research projects using animal models, carries out preclinical studies and acts as the distribution centre for ICLAS Laboratory Animal Quality Network programs.
Additional Faculty Members
Retired Senior Director of Toxicology
Secretary, Norecopa: Norway’s national consensus-platform for the 3Rs
Seminars provided by
Fernando Angel Fernandez-Alvarez
Institut de Ciencies del Mar (CSIC), Barcelona
Fernando Á. Fernández-Álvarez developed his PhD Thesis on several poorly-understood onto-phylogenetic aspects of the natural history of flying squids, such as the sperm transmission between sexes, the morphology of paralarvae, the first diet of early paralarvae and their cryptic biodiversity. Among other studies, he studied live embryos and paralarvae of several species of cephalopods obtained by in vitro fertilization or naturally spawned, both in the wild or in aquaria.
Marta Solé Carbonell
Laboratori d’Aplicacions Bioacústiques (LAB), Centre Tecnològic de Vilanova i la Geltrú, Technical University of Catalonia, BarcelonaTech, Barcelona
Dr. Marta Solé
Senior Researcher at the Laboratory of Applied Bioacoustics (LAB) of the Technical University of Catalonia, BarcelonaTech. She worked in the industrial hatchery production of cephalopods in private companies (ECOMAR S.L.) and monitoring the impact of the traditional fishing and trawling in cephalopod stocks (Institute of Marine Science (ICM) – CSIC. At LAB, she studies the effects of artificial sound sources and noise pollution on invertebrates (Cephalopods, Molluscs, Gastropods, Cnidarians, Crustaceans) and fish through Electronic Microscopy and Proteomic techniques.
Institut de Ciencies del Mar (CSIC), Barcelona
Roger Villanueva is a scientist who works at the Institut de Ciencies del Mar (CSIC), has more than 25 years of experience working with cephalopod biology, including cultivation techniques and particularly on early development stages such as embryos and paralarvae