Nuno Franco is a Researcher at the Laboratory Animal Science group. He has a background in both 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. 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 is a lecturer on Design of Animal Experiments, Laboratory Animal Welfare and the 3Rs, Systematic Reviews, Animal Ethics, and Legislation of Animal Use, in several Portuguese laboratory animal science courses, having also organized courses and workshops on Experimental Design, Systematic Reviews, and Severity Classification of Procedures.
Other activities include being:
- Board member of the Portuguese Society for Laboratory Animal Science (SPCAL)
- Board member of Animal Research Tomorrow (former Basel Declaration Society)
- Executive Committee member for ETPLAS - Education and Training Platform for Laboratory Animal Science (Communications Officer)
- Independent Advisory Board Member of ERINHA-European Research Infrastructure on Highly Pathogenic Agents.
- Member of the i3S Animal Welfare and Ethics Body (ORBEA - Órgão Responsável pelo Bem-estar e Ética Animal)
- Coordinator of the Portuguese National Network of Animal Welfare Bodies - RedeORBEA
He received the 2013 UFAW Young Animal Welfare Scientist of the Year Award.