Professor, Laboratory Animal Science, Managing Director, Central Animal Laboratory (CDL), Radboud University Medical CenterBiography
Merel Ritskes-Hoitinga is Professor in Laboratory Animal Science and head of the central animal laboratory CDL at Radboudumc (university medical center) in Nijmegen, The Netherlands. She is dedicated to education and research aimed at achieving better science ánd better laboratory animal welfare simultaneously. She was FELASA president, FELASA vice-president of the working groups and chair of Laboratory Animals Limited. She is now secretary elect of ECLAM. She has founded SYRCLE, Systematic Review Center on Laboratory animal Experimentation (www.SYRCLE.nl), focussing on systematic reviews of animal studies. Systematic reviews aid in (1) making evidence-based choices for an animal model, (2) making publication quality transparent (3) implementing the 3Rs, and, last but not least, (4) making an evidence-based overview of the results of relevant animal studies when preparing for clinical trials. SYRCLE is dedicated to the development of teaching and training, of methodological tools and the execution of systematic reviews of animal studies. SYRCLE has established international collaboration with the following international networks: CAMARADES, Cochrane Collaboration, GRADE, Evidence Synthesis International, Evidence-based Toxicology and Evidence-based research network.