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Home cage behavior monitoring at the interface of animal welfare and neuroscience

  • 24 Jun 2024
  • 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
  • Research Institute of Molecular Pathology, Seminar Room 1.014/16, Campus- Vienna Biocenter 1, 1030 Vienna

FENS Forum 2024

Date: 24 June 2024, 9.00 am – 1.00 pm
Venue: Seminar Room 1.014/16, Research Institute of Molecular Pathology
Campus - Vienna Biocenter 1, 1030 Vienna

Due to space limitation, please register for this event!
Registration opens on 15 April 2024


Home cage behavior monitoring allows for undisrupted observation of experimental animals in their familiar surroundings. The non-performance based, unbiased method of continuous monitoring of the animals´ spontaneous behavior allows unprecedented insights into behavioral displays as direct output of brain function. This satellite event on "Home Cage Behavior Monitoring at the Interface of Animal Welfare and Neuroscience" is conceived as platform for interdisciplinary discourse, focused on the convergence of animal welfare and neuroscience. Our initiative is motivated by a paradigm shift in animal research, highlighting the importance of ethical considerations and the refinement of experimental methodologies for in-vivo studies and increasing knowledge on their importance for experimental variability and data reproducibility. The event addresses these critical concerns by showcasing state-of-the-art technologies and methodologies for non-invasive, continuous monitoring of animals in their home cages that promote both scientific rigor and ethical animal treatment. We will host scientific talks, posters and a round-table discussion including leading industry representatives.

Preliminary Program

9:00:                  Welcome and introduction


9:10 – 10:30:   Scientific talks

              Fabrizio Scorrano, Novartis

              Katharina Tillmann, Medical University of Vienna

              Sabine Hoelter-Koch, Helmholtz Center Munich

             Vincenzo Micale, University of Catania

10:30 – 11:15: Coffee break and poster viewing


11:15 – 12:00: Round-table discussion

                 Lucas Noldus, Noldus Information Technology

Holger Russig, TSE Systems

Stefano Gaburro, Tecniplast

Daniela D. Pollak, Research Institute of Molecular Pathology and Medical University of Vienna

Vootele Voikar, University of Helsiniki, Coordianator COST Action Teatime

Sylvia Badurek, Vienna Biocenter Core Facilities

 12:00:                Closing remarks and lunch on-site


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