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Dear signers, friends and supporters, the Basel Declaration has a new home. After a successful decade as Basel Declaration Society, our organization has transformed into Animal Research Tomorrow. As such, we promote openness and fact-based scientific arguments in the international public debate on the necessity and value of animal research for both human and animal health and welfare. For more information please visit our new webpage under

Like the Helsinki Declaration, which forever altered the ethical landscape of human clinical research, the aim of the Basel Declaration is to bring the scientific community together to further advance the implementation of ethical principles such as the 3Rs whenever animals are being used and to call for more trust, transparency and communication on the sensitive topic of animals in research. The Basel Declaration Society, founded on October 5th. 2011, strive to promote the Basel Declaration.
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Rolf ZellerProf. Dr. Rolf Zeller 

Department of Biomedicine
University of Basel
Basel, Switzerland

Vice Presidents

Richard w. BiancoProf. Dr. Richard W. Bianco 

Director of Experimental Surgery
University of Minnesota
Minneapolis, USA

Giuliano GrignaschiDr. Giuliano Grignaschi 

Animal Welfare Officer
University of Milan
Milan, Italy

Board Members

Johannes WilbertzAssist. Prof. Dr. Johannes Wilbertz

Karolinska Institute
Comparative Medicine
Stockholm, Sweden

Kevan AC MartinProf. Kevan AC Martin

Director, Institute for Neuroinformatics
University of Zurich/ETH Zürich, Switzerland

Cornelia ExnerDr. med. vet. Cornelia Exner 

Veterinary surgeon specialized in behavioral science and animal welfare Animal welfare officer for the Philipps University of Marburg c/o FB Biologie, Germany

Prof. Dr. Patrick MatthiasProf. Dr. Patrick Matthias

Friedrich Miescher Institute
Basle, Switzerland

Prof. Dr. Patrick MatthiasProf. (em) Dr. Ian McGrath

FBPharmacolS FSB
Editor in Chief, British Journal of Pharmacology
University of Glasgow (UK) and
University of Sydney (AUS)

Prof. Dr. Gregor RainerProf. Dr. Gregor Rainer 

Department of Medicine / Physiology
University of Fribourg
Fribourg, Switzerland


Prof. Dr. Hansjoerg ScherbergerProf. Dr. Hansjörg Scherberger  

German Primate Center
Göttingen, Germany


Prof. Dr. Stefan TreueProf. Dr. Stefan Treue  

Director, German Primate Center,
Göttingen, Germany


Dr. ZunigaPD Dr. Aimée Zuniga  

Department of Biomedicine, University of Basle
Basle, Switzerland


Dr. Zuniga Dr. Nuno Franco

Institute for Molecular and Cell Biology
Laboratory Animal Science Group
University of Porto, Portugal


Servan GrĂ¼ninger Servan Grüninger

MSc student Computational Science and Engineering (EPFL); MSc Biostatistics (UZH); BSc Biology (UZH);
President & Co-founder
reatch - research and technology in Switzerland