Professor/Director, Comparative Biology Centre, The Medical School, University of NewcastleBiography
Paul Flecknell qualified from Cambridge Veterinary School in 1976. He completed his PhD at the University of London, and is a Diplomat of the European Colleges of Veterinary Anesthesia and Analgesia and Laboratory Animal Medicine. He is an honorary Diplomat of the American College of Laboratory Animal medicine, and an honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Veterinary. Recently he was awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Ghent. He is currently Director of the Comparative Biology Center at the University of Newcastle and is Professor of Laboratory Animal Science in the Institute of Neuroscience. His main research interests are anesthesia and analgesia of all species of animals and in particular the development of methods of pain assessment. He is the head of the Pain and Animal Welfare Science (PAWS) group at Newcastle, which involves the work of 9 academic staff and research students. The group have published over a 100 scientific papers, reviews and book chapters in the field of analgesia and anesthesia of laboratory animals. Current work is focused on novel methods of cage-side assessment of pain, particularly using pain faces and developing methods of measurement of effective state in rodents. His hobbies are bird-watching, photography, hiking and computer gaming.