Professor, Director of the Institutional Animal Care and Use Program, Head of the Laboratory Animal , Center for Research and Advanced Studies (CINVESTAV), MexicoBiography
Prof. Jorge Fernandez Hernandez began his activities in Laboratory Animal Science in the Gnotobiology Laboratory at CENPALAB, Cuba in 1984 where he played a key role in the development of scientific, technological design and construction of laboratory animal facilities and flexible isolator technology. In addition, he served as consultant for scientific and academic Animal Care and Use Programs. He has published 30 articles in various laboratory animal journals and has participated in numerous scientific events in the U.S., Europe and Latin America. He currently serves as Director of the Institutional Animal Care and Use Program and is the Head of the Laboratory Animal Facility at the Center for Research and Advanced Studies (CINVESTAV) in Mexico City. He has served as CINVESTAVs IACUC member of since 1996 and has developed administrative and developmental tools leading to improved IACUC controls and processes. Such processes have led to improved animal care and use of animals assigned to approve protocols. Control of use of animals, alternatives related to the 3r's, experimental procedures, biosecurity (ABSL) and occupational health and safety of individuals working with animals are some of the tools used in this program to support the work of CINVESTAVs IACUC. He has been a member of the Mexican Association for Laboratory Animal Science and the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science since 1996. He serves AAALAC International Ad Hoc Consultant Specialist since 2004 has participated in multiple site visits for evaluation and accreditation of Animal Care and Use Programs in several U.S. and Latin America scientific, and academic institutions, as well as exchange visits and familiarization with AAALAC program in multiple scientific institutions and universities in Latin American countries.