Young Researcher from Greece is the Winner of this Year’s “Basel Declaration Award for Education in Animal Research”
ZURICH, Switzerland, September 4, 2012 /PRNewswire/ –
Eirini Fragkiadaki, a young veterinarian and researcher at the Pasteur Institute in
Athens, is dedicated to developing her university’s Department for Animal Research
according to the 3R rule (Replace, Reduce, Refine). In the coming years she will focus on
education and training and promote the high-quality ethical and scientific standards of
the Basel Declaration Society in all issues affecting animal experiments.
The “Basel Declaration Society” bestowed its first “Basel Declaration Award for
Education in Animal Research” to young Greek researcher Eirini Fragkiadaki. In the last
week of August of this year, Dr. Fragkiadaki attended the Laboratory Animal Science
introductory course at the University of Zurich Irchel under the direction of Prof. Kurt
Buerki and Dr. Philippe Bugnon. There she became familiar with and learned how to apply
the newest technologies for responsible, gentle treatment of animals in animal
experiments. “I benefited immensely from this week. Especially in regard to gentle
treatment of animals,” says the happy winner.
The course is accredited by the FELASA, the Federation of European Laboratory Animal
Science Associations, and the costs for the course were paid for by the Basel Declaration
Society. Because financial belt-tightening is currently affecting every public institution
in Greece, the Swiss Laboratory Animal Science Association (SGV/SSEAL) generously agreed
to assume the travel and accommodation costs.
Unfortunately, using animals remains unavoidable in biological-medical fundamental
research. However, the animals used in experiments should be subjected to as little
suffering and pain as possible, and only as many animals should be used as are necessary
in order to obtain the intended knowledge. The 3Rs (Replace, Reduce, Refine) make up the
supreme ethical principle whose rules should be applied worldwide. This will not only help
the laboratory animals but will also improve the quality of the scientific experiments.
Contact: Basel Declaration Society Astrid Kugler, Managing Director Phone: +41/44/365'30'97 E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
SOURCE Basel Declaration Society