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WRC2020

Keynote speakers

Dr. Javier García Alonso

Dr. Javier García Alonso

Session : Nutrition

Title: Challenges in rabbit does nutrition, including the young doe

Dr. Javier García Alonso is Professor at the Technical University of Madrid. His research lines are focused on rabbit nutrition: feed evaluation, nutritional requirements, gut health, additives evaluation, and improvement of feed efficiency. He participated in 18 national projects, 21 contracts with private companies and supervised 5 PhD Thesis. He published 49 SCI papers, presented 140 conferences/communications to research congress and technical meetings. He was President of the Spanish Association of Rabbit Science (2012-2016) and he is the Secretary of the Fundación Española para el Desarrollo de la Nutrición Animal (FEDNA)

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Mrs Simona MATTIOLI

Mrs Simona MATTIOLI

Session : Reproduction

Title: Physiology of ovulation and factors of modulation applicable in rabbit reproduction management

Mrs Simona MATTIOLI (PhD in biology) is a fellow researcher at the Department of Agricultural, Environmental and Food Science (University of Perugia, Italy) since 2010. She is author of 46 JCR publications. She is a contract professor on the Master's Degree in Medical Biotechnology and Biology of Human Reproduction, University of Siena. She has expertise in male rabbits’ reproduction and physiology, semen characteristics and factors affecting semen quality (i.e. dietary strategies, neurotrophin NGF preservation, oxidation).

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Pr Heiko G. RÖDEL

Pr Heiko G. RÖDEL

Session : Welfare & ethology

Title: Social environment and reproduction of female rabbit under semi-natural conditions - possible applications to improve the rabbit farming

M Heiko G. RÖDEL is Professor at the Laboratoire d’Ethologie Expérimentale et Comparée, University of Paris 13, France. His research interests are focused on: short-term and long-term effects of an animal’s social and abiotic environment on behaviour, reproduction, health, and survival; costs and benefits of having siblings during different life stages; causes and consequences of consistent individual differences in behaviour; studies mainly on mammals, such as wild-origin European rabbits in field enclosures, domestic rabbits and different species of rodents under laboratory conditions.

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M. Frédéric Leroy

M. Frédéric Leroy

Session : Product quality

Title: Exploration of the biosocial complexities of rabbit meat consumption in post-domestic societies

After having studied Bio-engineering Sciences at Ghent University, Frédéric Leroy obtained a PhD in Applied Biological Sciences at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel in 2002, where he continued his academic career at the research group of Industrial Microbiology and Food Biotechnology as a post-doctoral fellow of the Research Foundation Flanders. Since 2008, he holds a professorship in the field of food science and biotechnology. His research primarily deals with the many ecological aspects and functional roles of bacterial communities in fermented foods, with a focus on animal products. In addition, his interests relate to human and animal health and wellbeing, as well as to elements of tradition and innovation in food contexts. The research is often of an interdisciplinary nature, involving collaborations with experts in microbiology, animal production, veterinary sciences, social and consumer sciences, cultural anthropology, and food history.

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Mrs Gabriela GONZALEZ-MARISCAL

Mrs Gabriela GONZALEZ-MARISCAL

Session : Biology and physiology

Title: Neuroendocrinology applied to rabbit breeding

Mrs Gabriela GONZALEZ-MARISCAL (PhD) focuses her research in the cellular processes and neuronal networks regulating ovulation, lactation, sexual and maternal behaviors in rats and rabbits. She also approaches the field of Animal Science and she has identified specific issues that are of interest to Rabbit breeding and to Behavioral Neuroendocrinology.

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M. Laping WU

M. Laping WU

Session : Farming systems and economy

Title: Rabbit meat trade of major countries: regional pattern and driving forces

M. Laping WU (PhD) is professor at China Agricultural University and economist of China Rabbit Research System. His research focuses on economic analysis of rabbit industry. He actively participates in rabbit industry activities. He has published more than 80 papers and 5 books on rabbit industry.

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Mrs. Maria Luz GARCIA PARDO

Mrs. Maria Luz GARCIA PARDO

Session : Breeding and genetic

Title: Genetic factors to improve robustness and resistance to disease

Mrs. Maria Luz GARCIA PARDO (PhD) is researcher at the Department of Agrifood Technology (Area of Animal Production) in the Miguel Hernández University of Elche (Spain). Her research is focused on the genetic selection of meat rabbit, especially in maternal lines.

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Dr Lorenzo Capucci

Dr Lorenzo Capucci

Session : Pathology and hygiene

Title: Viral Hemorragic disease: new variant "RHDV2" ten years after

Dr Lorenzo Capucci is the head of the Proteomic Structures/Virology Department at the ‘Istituto Zooprofilattico Sperimentale della Lombardia e dell’ Emilia Romagna’ (IZSLER). He is the expert for the OIE RHD Reference Laboratory. Dr Capucci works on the main viral diseases of lagomorphs (RHD, European brown hare syndrome and myxomatosis) and has been developing specific immunological diagnostic techniques for these viruses since 1990. Dr Capucci has published over 50 papers in ISI journals, including PNAS and PLOS Pathogens, and has in excess of 1200 lifetime citations, and is also a reviewer for numerous ISI Journals including Veterinary Microbiology, Virology, EID and Vaccine.

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