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Invertebrates as Alternative Models in Biomedical Research

February 12, 2016

Invertebrate animals have been widely used as models for biomedical research and teaching since the late 1800s. In the past decades the scientific community has increased its interest in such species also to respond to the public concerns regarding the use of  vertebrate animals.  Investigations on invertebrate models can provide biological insights relevant to other organisms and have led to important discoveries in many areas of research such as immunology, neurobiology and behaviour.  Model invertebrates offer many advantages over vertebrates, including their short life cycle, simple anatomy and cost-effectiveness due to the ease with which large numbers of individuals may be studied.
This international seminar will illustrate the potential of some species of invertebrates to contribute to biomedical research as model organisms to reveal fundamental biological processes including those involved in disease.Also concepts relevant to ethics and potential for suffering will be covered.
The models reviewed will hopefully serve as references for scientists, researchers, veterinarians, animal welfare bodies, and others interested in
alternatives to vertebrate animals.


February 12, 2016


Fondazione Guido Bernardini


CHUV: Centre Hospitalier Universitaire Vaudois Lausanne, CH