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Gerolamo Xiccato, PhD

Responsible for the Nutrition and Feeding Session
Gerolamo Xiccato is full professor on Poultry and Rabbit Science and Aquaculture at the University of Padova, Italy, Department of Agronomy, Food, Natural Resources, Animals and Environment (DAFNAE). President (2009-2016) of the World Rabbit Science Association (WRSA). Past President of the Italian Rabbit Science Association (ASIC). President of the Organizing Committee of the 9th World Rabbit Congress (Verona, Italy, June 2008). Founding member of the EGRAN (European Group on Rabbit Nutrition). Coordinator of national and international research programs dealing with rabbit nutrition and feeding, housing systems and welfare of reproducing and growing rabbits. Dr. Pablo J. Marín-García (Universidad Cardenal Herrera CEU, Valencia, Spain) will collaborate with the revision tasks in this session.

Antonio Lavazza, PhD

Responsible for the Pathology and Hygiene Session
Veterinarian, working since 1988 at the Virology Unit of Istituto Zooprofilattico Sperimentale della Lombardia e dell’Emilia-Romagna (IZSLER), initially as responsible of the Electron Microscopy Lab and since 2014 as head of the Virology Unit, and from 2020 Director of the Animal Health and Welfare Department. He has been involved in avian and rabbit pathology since the beginning of his activity, acting from 1991 to 1998 as Designed Expert at the OIE Reference Laboratory for Rabbit Hemorrhagic Disease and from 2012 to now as Designed Expert at the OIE Reference Laboratory for Myxomatosis. He is responsible of the National Reference Centre for Viral Diseases of Lagomorphs and delegate for rabbit welfare at the National reference Centre for Animal Welfare and at the European Reference Centre for Animal Welfare for Poultry and Other Small Farmed Animals (EURCAW-Poultry).

Laurence Fortun-Lamothe, PhD

Responsible of the Ethology and Welfare Session
She is an INRAE researcher who has been working on rabbits since 1990. At the beginning of her career, she worked on the feeding of female rabbits and young rabbits. She is now working on animal welfare to contribute to design rabbit farming systems that are more sustainable or more respectful of animal welfare, in particular through participatory approaches involving professionals, citizen, consumers and NGOs. She has published 82 research papers and 40 reviews or book chapters. She is a member of the Journées de la Recherche Cunicole in France organising committee since 2009. Dr. Davi Savietto (INRAE Toulouse, France) will collaborate with the revision tasks in this session.

Miriam Piles Rovira, PhD

Responsible for the Breeding and Genetics Session
PhD in Agricultural Engineering, specialized in genetics applied to animal production. His research focuses on improving the productive efficiency and robustness of animals through various strategies that involve both the use of information from various "omics" and the definition and measurement of new phenotypes obtained through cameras and sensors located in livestock farms. She is a member of IRTA's animal welfare and ethics committee.

Simona Mattioli, PhD

Responsible for the Reproduction Session
She was born in 1986 in San Benedetto del Tronto-Italy. She as graduated in Biology at the University of Perugia (Italy) in 2010. After the PhD period carried out at Insubria University (Varese, Italy; 2014) on animal Biodiversity, she became full researcher at the Department of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences of the University of Perugia in 2020. My main scientific activities are in the rabbit, poultry and fish sector with particular attention to the alternative rearing system on animal physiological status and reproductive.

Laping Wu, PhD

Responsible for the Farming Systems and Economy Session
He is a professor at the College of Economics and Management, China Agricultural University, where he specializes in economic analysis of the rabbit industry both domestically and internationally. Since 2011, he has also served as an economist for the China National Rabbit Research System. He is widely recognized for his contributions to rabbit industry field, including authoring the three-volume China Rabbit Industry Development Report (1985-2010, 2011-2015, and 2016-2020) and more than 100 papers.

Pilar Hernández Pérez, PhD

Responsible for the Quality of Products Session
Professor at Universitat Politècnica de València, she has a degree in Biological Sciences (Biochemistry) at the University of Valencia. She accomplished a PhD at the Institut of Food Agrochemistry and Technology (CSIC). She completed a postdoctoral stage at Texas A&M University and has been a visiting researcher at the University of Massachusetts, University of Connecticut, Institute National de la Recherche Agronomique (INRA, Saint Gilles, France) and at the University of Bologna. Her research focuses on the effect of genetics and nutrition on meat quality.

Gabriela González-Mariscal, PhD

Responsible for the Biology and Physiology Session
PhD in Physiology, 1990; Center for Research and Advanced Studies of the National Polytechnic Institute, CINVESTAV. As Full Professor and current Director of the Center for Research in Animal Reproduction (CINVESTAV-Autonomous University of Tlaxcala) her main area of research is the neuroendocrine regulation of sexual and maternal behaviors in rabbits. Her research has been funded by NIH, National Council of Science and Technology (Mexico) and CINVESTAV. She is particularly interested in connecting Behavioral Neuroendocrinology with Animal Science, especially in rabbits. She has been Section Editor in Animal: International Journal of the Biosciences and in World Rabbit Science. She also serves on the Editorial Boards of Developmental Psychobiology and Hormones and Behavior.

Kimse Moussa, PhD

Responsible for the Miscellaneous Session
President of Ivorian Rabbit Science Association (IRSA), the Ivorian branch of WRSA. Lecturer at NANGUI ABROGOUA University (Côte d’Ivoire). Nearly 20 years of rabbit research. PhD in Nutrition Pathology and Genetics from University of Toulouse (France). DEA degree in Biological Engineering from FUSAGx (Belgium).

Important Dates

    • 4 December 2023
      Call for prepoposal
    • 26 January 2024
      Registration open
    • 31 January 2024 8 February 2024
      Deadline for prepoposal submission
    • 1 February 2024
      Call for communications
    • 29 February 2024 7 March 2024
      Deadline for communication submission
    • 31 May 2024
      Notification of acceptance/rejection of communications
    • 2-4 October 2024
      WRC 2024