Good laboratory practices in scientific research using living organisms are a major concern for the credibility of science. In this sense, certification by Direção Geral de Alimentação e Veterinária (DGAV) is mandatory. Every researcher that uses animal models (vertebrates and cephalopods) for experimentation or other scientific purposes must be certified. The increasing use of aquatic organisms as experimental models justifies the need to provide specific training for those who work or want to work with these animals. The main concern in handling aquatic organisms, similarly to rodents, is to guarantee the animal comfort and welfare. Always in compliance with legal requirements, researchers try full exploitation of these biological resources. The aim of the course is to provide skills to whom work with experimental models, with respect for the animals and for the contribution they provide to research. The course is specifically aimed at the use of aquatic organisms as experimental models, with particular focus on vertebrates. The program of this course is in accordance with the criteria established by the DGAV and Federation of European Laboratory Animal Science (FELASA) for courses in Laboratory Animal Science, category B. The frequency of this course will allow obtaining certification as "Researcher" or "Research Technician" to conduct animal experiments. Researchers that already have a provisional certification and over 5 years’ experience in the use of aquatic vertebrates as experimental models may attend this course. Concluding successfully this course will allow the researcher to apply to DGAV a certification as Research-Coordinator (category C) (persons responsible for directing animal experiments).
The course is comprised of practical exercises preceded by theoretical lectures on given themes regarding the use of animals for experimental purposes. Each theme is given by credited lecturers.
Anyone needing to obtain creditation to work with animals that are currently regulated for experimentation purposes. A background in biological sciences is required.
António V. Sykes graduated in Marine Biology and Fisheries (Universidade do Algarve) in 26/03/1999, completed a MSc in Marine Science – Marine Resources, specialty in Aquaculture (Universidade do Porto) in 07/04/2003, and concluded its PhD in Aquaculture, specialty in Nutrition (Universidade do Algarve) in 23/11/2007. Currently, he is an IF Researcher at CCMAR. He has focused his research on the development of cephalopod culture, using both the European cuttlefish Sepia officinalis and the common octopus Octopus vulgaris as models. He also participates in the EU COST Action FA1301 - CephsInAction, as part of the management committee and as leader of one of the working groups. In his current role, António organizes and develops training courses for the use of cephalopods in research.
Hugo Santos graduated in Biology and is a MSc in Coastal Zone Areas by Universidade de Aveiro. He currently is a Senior Technician at CIIMAR, where he is responsible for Biotério de OrGanismos Aquáticos (BOGA) since April 2003 and he is a Teacher at the Centro de Formação da Ordem dos Biólogos since 2005. In addition, he Trainer on several courses of Animal Laboratory Sciences, focused on the use of fish and other aquatic organisms as experimental animal models. He is the Organizer of the first course on Ciências em Animais de Laboratório - Organismos Aquáticos (CAL-AQUA).
Olga Martínez Degree in Aquatic Environment Sciences, ICBAS, University of Porto (2006). MSc in Aquatic Biological Resources. Education in Ciências do Mar in Universidad de Las Palmas de Gran Canária (1998-2002). Experienced in recirculation systems and aquarium management, mainly acquired through an internship in Den Haag SeaLife (Holland, 2005). Worked in a company that is a leader in import of ornamental aquatic organisms. BOGAs staff member and teacher in specialization courses since 2008.
Degree in Marine Biology and Biotechnology –Aquaculture and Fisheries in Escola Superior de Tecnologia do Mar, IPL (2007). MSc in Biology and Water Quality Management, FCUP. Experienced in management and reproduction of zebrafish (Danio rerio) mainly because of the collaboration in the project “Modelação das vias de sinalização do ácido retinóico por contaminantes ambientais em teleósteos”, LETOX-CIIMAR. BOGAs staff member and teacher in specialization courses since 2009.
Ivone Pinheiro graduated in Applied Biology by University of Minho (Braga) and has a MSc in Environmental Contamination and Toxicology by Institute of Biomedical Sciences Abel Salazar (ICBAS) and Faculty of Sciences (Porto). Currently, she is in Histomorphology, Pathophysiology and Applied Toxicology laboratory in Interdisciplinary Centre of Marine and Environmental Research (CIIMAR) working in maintenance of aquatic animals, in vivo assays with fish and molecular analysis. She currently collaborates in the course on Ciências em Animais de Laboratório - Organismos Aquáticos (CAL-AQUA) as trainer in Fish Necropsy.
Benjamín Costas graduated in Marine Biology by the University of Santiago de Compostela, acquired the European Masters in Aquaculture and Fisheries by the University of Algarve, and currently holds a PhD in Animal Science by the University of Porto. As a Post-Doctoral researcher at CIIMAR, he runs a research line in Nutritional Immunology with mainly fish as animal model and coordinates several post-doc, PhD and MSc students. Since 2008, he has published more than 30 articles in international peer-reviewed journals in the field of aquaculture, immunology and animal welfare. He currently participates in several national and international projects and collaborates in the course on Ciências em Animais de Laboratório - Organismos Aquáticos (CAL-AQUA) as trainer in fish haematology.
João Reis graduated in Biology by the University of Coimbra with specialization in the areas of Systematic and Ecology, Instructor at the Department of Zoology of the University of Coimbra in the areas of Invertebrate Zoology, Entomology and Ecology for 5 years. Currently, he is a higher scientific officer at University of Algarve, and collaborator of the Centre of Marine Sciences of Algarve. Since 1992, he is the manager of the of aquatic organisms bioterium of the Algarve University, designing closed systems and developing technologies for fish and invertebrate maintenance. He is also responsible for development of small equipment for fish physiology research and software for interfacing equipment’s and data acquisition.
Marta Vitorino obtained her PhD in Biological Sciences in in the group of José Belo at the University of Algarve. During this time, she acquired expertize in the use of Xenopus as a model organism in developmental biology. In this lab, she was the person responsible for the maintenance and care of the Xenopus facility. She joined CCMAR as a post-doc of the BioSkel group in January of 2015. Currently, she works with zebrafish as a model for human bone disorders. She also collaborates in several training courses for the use of amphibians in research.
Paulo Gavaia obtained his PhD in Bilogical Sciences in in the group of Leonor Cancela at the University of Algarve. During this time, he acquired expertize in the use of marine fish and zebrafish in the fields of skeletal biology using cellular and molecular biology as tolls to identify molecular regulators of calcification with biomedical applications. He joined the CCMAR as a staff Researcher of the BioSkel group in 2007 and established a zebrafish facility to give support to the I&D activities centered in Comparative, Adaptive and Functional Skeletal Biology and in biomedical and pharmaceutic applications. The BioSkel group has produced several zebrafish lines for the study of genes and proteins of interest for skeletal development and for the study of diseases associated to bone and cartilage. In his current role, Paulo organizes and develops training courses for the use of zebrafish in research.
Nuno Marques Pereira
Nuno Marques Pereira graduated as Medical Veterinary by Escola Superior de Medicina Veterinária da Universidade Técnica de Lisboa in 1986. He became Oceanário de Lisboa veterinary in 1997, dedicating to medicine of aquatic animals. He is a consultant in laboratory fish medicine at since 2006 and in Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciência since 2010. He is also Aquaculture teaching discipline coordinator at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine of Universidade Lusófona de Humanidades e Tecnologias, in Lisboa. He has published in scientific journals and participated as invited speaker in several congress and professional training courses.