We are happy to share the keynote speakers of the

ESLAV-ECLAM-AAALAC 2024 Annual Meeting here! 



Matthew Leach

Matt is the Director of Comparative Biology Centre (CBC) at Newcastle University, UK. CBC supports all the research within the University that involves the use of animals. CBC is a ‘Recognised as a centre of excellence for 3Rs innovation, education, and training across a breadth of research species. Matt leads a dedicated team of highly skilled technical and veterinary staff who strive to ensure the highest animal welfare and ethical standards are applied, whole balancing this with the requirements of our research community.

Matt is an experienced research scientist recognised for his research focusing on the health and welfare of a range of laboratory animal species. Matt currently leads a smaller specialist team of researchers (Pain and Animal Welfare Group) that focus on developing and validating of new methods of assessing health and welfare in a wide range of species including laboratory, companion, and farm animals. The group and their work have been successfully supported by both UKRI and industry funding in both the UK and Europe. 

Matt is an experienced higher education teacher, who teaches on a wide range of topics at Newcastle University, and other institutions in the UK and elsewhere in the world. Matt’s teaching focuses the welfare of laboratory animal species, the assessment of pain and distress in animals, the ethics of using animals in research and experimental design in in-vivo research. Matt also collaborates with Flaire Consultants to provide cutting edge e-learning resources on these and other topics that are currently used by organisations world-wide.

The title of his presentation is "How Artificial Intelligence can be used to assess laboratory animal welfare".




Delphine G. Denais-Laliève, DVM.

Delphine G. Denais-Laliève, D.V.M. is Head of Laboratory Animal Resources – Designated Veterinarian, IRSN – Institut de Radioprotection et de Sureté Nucléaire (Institute for Radiological Protection and Nuclear Safety), Fontenay-aux-Roses, France, she is also the Deputy Head of a Research Service working on biologic and sanitary effects of exposure to ionizing radiations. Dr. Denais-Laliève earned her veterinary medical degree from the Toulouse National Veterinary School, France and a specialization level in Laboratory Animal Sciences and Medicine from Lyon National Veterinary School, France. She formerly worked for 15 years as Veterinarian, Service de Zootechnie, IRPF – Centre de Recherche Pierre Fabre, Castres, France. She is a member of the European Society of Laboratory Animal Veterinarians (ESLAV), and is a Past-President. She is also a member of the French National Commission of Animal Research (CNEA) and she is co-leading the French Network of Animal Welfare Bodies. She is a member of the AAALAC International Council on Accreditation.

The title of her presentation is "AAALAC Expectations and Typical Findings on Animal Environment, Housing and Management".






Caroline Johner

Dr. Caroline Johner is Head of Experimental Lab Animal Facility at the Max-Planck-Institute of Immunobiology and Epigenetics in Freiburg, Germany. She also works as an external Animal Welfare Officer in a small CRO as well as a training facility. Caroline earned her veterinary medical degree from the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine of the Free University in Berlin, Germany. She is also a veterinary chamber certified laboratory animal science specialist.

Dr. Johner is former President of ESLAV, current honorary secretary of GV-SOLAS and current honorary treasurer of FELASA. She is member of several committees such as the institutional animal welfare body, the Committee for Animal Welfare through 4Rs in Experimental Research of the Max Planck Society, the local ethics committee and currently serves as an AAALAC ad hoc specialist.

The title of her presentation is "The Versatility of Veterinary Care".












Aurora Brønstad, D.V.M., Ph.D​.

Aurora Brønstad, D.V.M., Ph.D. is the Chief Veterinarian at the Animal Facilities, Faculty of Medicine, University of Bergen, Norway.  Dr. Brønstad received her veterinary medical degree from the Norwegian School of Veterinary Science, Norway, and a doctorate degree in physiology from the University of Bergen, Norway. She has experience in clinical veterinary medicine, research, and program management. Dr. Brønstad is a member of The Norwegian Association of Researchers, the Scandinavian Society for Laboratory Animal Science, and the European Society of Laboratory Animal Veterinarians, where she served as president from 2017-2019. Dr. Brønstad currently serves as a member of AAALAC International European Council on Accreditation.

The title of her presentation is "AAALAC Expectations and Typical Findings on Veterinary Care".








Jan-Bas Prins

Jan-Bas Prins is the Director of the Biological Research Facility of the Francis Crick Institute, London (till 4/4/2024), and Professor of Laboratory Animal Science at Leiden University in the Netherlands. He did his PhD in Laboratory Animal Science with Professor Van Zutphen at the University of Utrecht. After post-doctoral projects at the University of Oxford, UK, and the Erasmus University, Rotterdam, The Netherlands, he became the head of the pre-clinical division of the Department of Pulmonary Medicine at the Erasmus Medical Centre. In 2002, he moved on taking the position of Director of the Central Animal Facility of the Leiden University Medical Centre in the Netherlands. In 2018, he took up the position at the Francis Crick Institute. He is a former President of FELASA.

He is a member of the Netherlands National Committee for the protection of animals used for scientific purposes, Chairman of Laboratory Animals Ltd, member of the Scientific Committee of the Fondazione Guido Bernardini on Education and Training in Laboratory Animal Science, Vice-President of the Institute of Animal Technology, and AAALAC ad hoc specialist.

The title of his presentation is "The conundrum of facility management: balancing different stakeholders with conflicting interests".





Maria Kamper, DVM, PhD, MBA

Dr. Maria Kamper is an expert in managing biological services facilities, currently leading as the Director of Biological Services Facility at The University of Manchester. Her academic background includes a degree in veterinary medicine, a PhD in Type 2 Diabetes, a postgraduate diploma in laboratory animal science, and a Master in Business Administration (MBA). 

With vast experience in various prestigious roles, Dr. Kamper has served as a Manager at Karolinska Institute, Director of Laboratory Animal Services at Novartis Institute for Biomedical Research in Basel, Switzerland, and Laboratory Animal Facility Manager at EMBL in Italy. 

At The University of Manchester, she is known for her commitment to fostering a high-service culture, collaborating with academic colleagues to evolve the facility's services to meet new research needs. Additionally, she is a council member of AAALAC International, engaging in the accreditation process. 

Dr. Kamper's career is distinguished by her leadership and management skills, especially in the area of animal care, with notable achievements in establishing service-driven business models, strategic development, and designing facilities across Europe.

The title of her presentation is "AAALAC Expectations and Typical Findings on Programme Key Responsibilities".




David Schoorman

Professor Schoorman is a professor of Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management at the Daniels School of Business. He has been an instructor in Purdue's EMBA programs since 1990, and teaches in the areas of organizational behavior, negotiations, and human resource management. He has also developed a certificate program on Diversity in Leadership delivered biannually to a group of minority executives.

In 2007, Dr. Schoorman received the "Distinguished Educator" award from the Academy of Management. This career award is the highest award granted by the Academy of Management.

In 2006, Professor Schoorman was honored with an award by the Academy of Management Review for his article, "An Integrative Model of Organizational Trust" (with R. C. Mayer and J. H. Davis), Academy of Management Review (1995). This article was recognized as the "Most influential article published in the decade of the 1990's."

His impact continues in the scientific community as his research has been cited over 50,000 times making him the most influential research scholar at the Daniels School of Business.  His research has examined the role of interpersonal trust between leaders and subordinates, trust repair, and the impact of trust on individual and organizational outcomes.  He has also published a number of papers on stewardship in organizations, decision making, leadership and motivation.

The title of his presentation is "One more time: What exactly is Leadership? And does it really matter?".





Helena Paradell

Helena Paradell earned her degree in Veterinary Medicine from the Autonomous University of Barcelona, Spain and her Master in Pig Production from the University of Aberdeen (Scotland).

She is the Animal Welfare Director of Zoetis Manufacturing & Research Spain, S.L., with the responsibilities of Designated Veterinarian, member of the Ethics Committee, head of the Animal Welfare Service and the management of the animal facilities.

 With 24 years of experience working with animals for research, Helena is a specialist in the management of animal care and use programs in a wide variety of species (from rodents to agricultural animals) in biosafety facilities under GxP standards. 

She is a member of the AAALAC International Council on Accreditation.

The title of her presentation is "The Importance of Effective Internal Communication: AAALAC Typical Findings and Expectations"