Who we are

These are the people behind ANIMPACT:


Anna Olsson is a researcher in animal welfare and animal research ethics at the Institute for Molecular and Cell Biology, Porto, Portugal. She was trained as an animal scientist and did her PhD in ethology (both at Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences). Anna Olsson is the ANIMPACT coordinator and leads WP3 (ethical issues).


David Townend is Professor of Law and Legal Philosophy in Health, Medicine and Life Sciences at Maastricht University. His work focuses on theoretical and practical aspects of governance in aspects of the research, innovation and clinical chain in health, medicine and the life sciences. He studies issues of the relationships between autonomy and solidarity, and  between law and other norms, particularly manners and ‘politeness’; research governance in both pre-clinical and clinical research; and data protection law, particularly in relation to medical research using genetic data and biobanks. He is a member of the UK Department of Health Emerging Science and Bioethics Advisory Committee. Prof. Townend is leader of WP2.


Andrew Furley (PI University of Sheffield) is a Senior Lecturer in Biomedical Science and researcher in neural development. He was adviser on genetics and biotech to the EU-wide consortium (PRIVILEGED), teachs bioethics at Masters level and has served on the University of Sheffield’s Local Ethical Review Process committee. He has also served on the UK-MRC Advisory Board and as Publications Secretary for the British Society for Developmental Biology. Dr. Andrew Furley is leader of WP4.


Augusto Vitale is an ethologist, with special interest in primatology. His major interest is in the scientific, ethical and social issues related to the use of animals in laboratory science. He is the leader of the  WP5 of ANIMPACT, dealing with factors influencing the choice of species in animal experimentation.


Peter Sandøe has been professor of bioethics at the University of Copenhagen since 1997. He was educated in philosophy at the University of Copenhagen and the University of Oxford (D.Phil. 1988). Since 1990 the major part of his research has been within bioethics with particular emphasis on ethical issues related to animals, biotechnology and food production. He is committed to interdisciplinary work combining perspectives from natural science, social sciences and philosophy. Peter Sandøe leads WP6.


Anna-Caroline Wöhr is a veterinary specialist for animal welfare and works at the Veterinary Faculty of the Ludwig-Maximilians-University in Munich. She is animal welfare officer, the president of the international society of livestock husbandry (IGN), head of the working group `animal welfare´ of the German Veterinary Association (DVG) and member of an ethical commission for animal research. Her main research areas are the sleeping and resting behaviours of animals and their relevance for the animal´s welfare. Dr. Woehr is leader of WP7.


João Duarte has a degree in Economics and professional experience in project financial management. He is currently working at IBMC as project manager of the ANIMPACT project.