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  • Jamie Ahloy Dallaire

    Jamie Ahloy Dallaire

    Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Comparative Medicine

    Bio Dr. Jamie Ahloy Dallaire received his B.Sc. in Biology from McGill University (2004-2007), in Montréal, Québec, then went on to study fundamental and applied ethology with Dr. Georgia Mason at the University of Guelph, in Ontario. There, his M.Sc. work (2008-2011) pertained to abnormal repetitive behaviors, environmental enrichment, and animal welfare in American mink and in Asiatic black bears. In his doctoral research (2011-2015), Dr. Ahloy Dallaire studied the developmental effects and evolutionary functions of play in mink and in lambs. Since 2015, he has been working on automated behavioral assessment of pain in laboratory mice, with Dr. Joseph Garner in the Department of Comparative Medicine at Stanford University. He frequently collaborates with animal researchers and clinical scientists on aspects of experimental design and statistical analysis, to help them conduct powerful and informative experiments.

    In terms of fundamental ethology, Dr. Ahloy Dallaire's research interests include animal play as well as using phylogenetic questions to answer questions at a comparative level. In particular, he is fascinated by the long-standing question of why a behavior so seemingly frivolous as play was selected and maintained by evolution. His research on mink suggests that, at least for this species, rough-and-tumble play in young animals may serve as crucial preparation for adult sexual behavior. In terms of applied ethology, Dr. Ahloy Dallaire's current work aims to decrease the negative impacts of biomedical research on laboratory animal welfare, and to deliver better outcomes for human patients through improved research. He believes that good welfare makes for good science, and that these two goals can be achieved in conjunction through a focus on the 3Rs (hhttp://nc3rs.org.uk/the-3rs).

    Dr. Ahloy Dallaire's work has been recognized with awards from organizations including the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, the Universities Federation for Animal Welfare, and the Ontario Graduate Scholarship. He has presented his work at international meetings of the Animal Behavior Society, the International Ethological Congress, the Association for the Study of Animal Behaviour, and the International Society for Applied Ethology. His research has been published in journals such as Animal Behaviour, PLoS One, BMC Medical Research Methodology, Behavioural Brain Research, Lab Animal, and Applied Animal Behaviour Science.

  • Elin Weber

    Elin Weber

    Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Comparative Medicine

    Bio Dr Elin Weber has a MSc in Biology from Gothenburg University (Sweden) and received her PhD in Ethology at the Department of Animal Environment and Health, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences in 2015. Dr Weber?s research focus on welfare of laboratory animals. She has worked with laboratory animals since she did her masters project in 2005 at the Institute for Molecular and Cell Biology in Porto, Portugal. In 2015 she started working in Dr. Joseph Garners lab at the Department of Comparative Medicine at Stanford University.

    Dr Weber's main research interest is applied ethology, especially how knowledge about the animals? natural behavior can improve well-being of the animals. Her previous work has mainly focused on maternal behavior and problems with reproduction in laboratory mice, with emphasis on the effect of housing environment. Her present research includes designing housing that meets the behavioral needs of laboratory mice within the restrictions of the laboratory environment. This work also focus on aggression when laboratory mice are group housed, a problem that is of great concern both for animal welfare and research quality.

    Dr. Weber is regularly involved in educating researchers in ethology and welfare of laboratory animals, and with a great interest in pedagogics she is also involved in teaching undergraduate and graduate students. Besides ethology and animal welfare, she is also very interested in animal ethics.

    In terms of publication, Dr Weber's research has been published in Lab Animal, PLoS One, Applied Animal Behaviour Science and Reproduction of Domestic Animals, and Acta Veterinaria Scandinavica. She regularly attend conferences and has presented her work at several international conferences including the International Ethology Conference, the International Society for Applied Ethology, the Association for the Study of Animal Behaviour, the Scandinavian Society for Laboratory Animal Science, and the Federation of Laboratory Animal Science Associations.

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