The second Award for Education in Animal Research created by the Basel Declaration Society goes to Chiara Ruzza, PhD in pharmacology and molecular oncology, who is currently completing her studies at the University of Ferrara, Italy.
The aim of the Basel Declaration is to
[...] advance the implementation of ethical principles such as the 3Rs whenever animals are being used and to call for more trust, transparency and communication on the sensitive topic of animals in research.
Unfortunately, using animals in the biological-medical research remains an indispensable activity. As minimizing suffering and pain for the animals used in experiments is a must, this awards encourage the scientific community that use animals to perform their duty in a better, safer, less painful and most transparent way possible.
Chiara, this year winner, will have the possibility to take part to a one-week course on animal research at the University of Zurich, where the 3Rs rules (Replacement, Reduction, Refinement) of laboratory animal science will be discussed. She has been mandated by her University to set up similar courses in Ferrara, with the knowledge and the skills learned at the Zurich University.
“In Ferrara too, as done at each other biomedical faculty, research on animals is carried out. – says Chiara – “Unfortunately, however, the university offers no yet courses on the correct handling of the animals entrusted to us”.
During her research, she realized that experiments on rats and transgenic mice are essential for the successful progress of her work in understanding the basics of diseases. At the same time, Chiara understood that the welfare of animals used in research is the basis for meaningful experiments. The Basel Declaration Award is a good way to accelerate EU directive into Italy research policy.
The “Basel Declaration Award for Education in Animal Research” is a grant own to Charles River, one of the leading breeders and suppliers of rodents for basic and biomedical research, sponsored with the goal that the training of researchers leading trials will be internationally enhanced. The course attended by Chiara Ruzza in Zurich is certified by FELASA, the Federation for Laboratory Animal Science Associations.
from a press release from the Basel Declaration Society