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Nuno Franco
Junior Researcher

Nuno Franco is a Researcher at the Laboratory Animal Science group. He has a background in both Science Education and Biology, with a 5-year degree in Biology and Geology Education and Teaching (2003), and a 4-year 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 researching thermography applications for animal experimentation, particularly for the understanding of the thermobiology of disease, and for health and welfare assessment. He has also been studying methodological quality of animal research. Other research topics include animal welfare, animal ethics, and legal, social and scientific issues in animal research. He has also published on the topic of science communication and education.

Nuno has been teaching Design of Animal Experiments, Laboratory Animal Welfare and the 3Rs, Systematic Reviews, Animal Ethics, and Legislation of Animal Use, in laboratory animal science courses held in several Portuguese and foreign universities and research institutes. He also organizes courses and workshops on Experimental Design, Systematic Reviews, and Severity Classification of Procedures.

Other activities include being:

- Co-Principal Investigator of FCT-funded project EVIEDVET

- President-elect of  ETPLAS, the EU Education and Training Platform for Laboratory Animal Science 

- Coordinator of the Portuguese National Network of Animal Welfare Bodies - RedeORBEA

- Board member of the Portuguese Society for Laboratory Animal Science (SPCAL)

- Board member of Animal Research Tomorrow (former Basel Declaration Society)

- Independent Advisory Board Member of ERINHA-European Research Infrastructure on Highly Pathogenic Agents.

- Ethics and 3Rs Coordinator for COST Action TEATIME “Improving biomedical research by automated behaviour monitoring in the animal home-cage”

- Member of the i3S Animal Welfare and Ethics Body (ORBEA - Órgão Responsável pelo Bem-estar e Ética Animal)

- Member of the FELASA Working Group on Experimental Design


In 2013, he received the UFAW Young Animal Welfare Scientist of the Year Award.