The ANIMAL MODEL HUB of the ISCIII Biobanks and Biomodels Platform, with 18 units spread throughout the country, offers the highest quality and cutting-edge services in the advising and execution of animal experimentation models which encompass a wide number species (eg Drosophila, Mus musculus, and Danio rerio, among others) as well as numerous experimental techniques. Our portfolio also includes advising on issues in the ethical and legal realm.


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Graduated in Veterinary Science from the University of Extremadura in 1992. Superior Technical Degree in Healthcare Organisation and Administration in 2005. Coordinator of the Technological Training Centre for Integrated Operations Management of A Coruña from 2009 to the present, a centre dedicated to offering resources and services for training, practice and research in the healthcare setting. Experimental Surgery Unit Director at the University Hospital Complex of A Coruña from 2005 to the present. Director of the Platform for Animal Experimentation to Support Research of the INIBIC – Biomedical Research Institute of A Coruña. Founding member of the Spanish Society for Clinical Simulation and Patient Safety (SESSEP), Member of the Board of Directors and head of the SESSEP’s surgical simulation working group from 2012 to 2015. He has been a member of the SESSEP Scientific Committee since 2017, a member of the Spanish Society for Laboratory Animal Sciences (SECAL), a member of the Spanish Microsurgery Association (AEM) and a member of the Research Commission (CI_XXIAC) of Integrated Operations Management in A Coruña from 2009 to the present. President of the Animal Experimentation Ethical Committee (CEEA) of the University Hospital Complex of A Coruña. He is the author of 61 indexed publications from the last 10 years, with an H index of 11 and 18 research projects funded by the national plan, European sources or private entities. He has participated as an instructor in over 100 national and international courses.

Anxo Vidal

Is a physiology professor at the University of Santiago de Compostela and head of the Cell Cycle and Oncology Group at the Centre for Research in Molecular Medicine and Chronic Diseases (CiMUS), associated with the Health Research Institute of Santiago de Compostela (IDIS). Since 2016 he has directed the Centre for Experimental Biomedicine (CEBEGA), a research facility dedicated to animal experimentation. He coordinates the Techniques and Technologies working group within the animal model hub of the ISCIII biobanks and biomodels platform.

LluÍs Montoliu

Scientific researcher of the CSIC and of the CIBER for Rare Diseases (ISCIII) unit at the National Biotechnology Centre (CNB). Director of the Spanish node of the European platform EMMA-INFRAFRONTIER (European Mouse Mutant Archive) and coordinator of Mouse Embryo Cryopreservation Services at the CNB. Coordinator of the Ethics and Quality group in the PT-20, in the Animal Models section.

Manuel Sánchez Martín

Is a tenured professor in the Department of Medicine at the University of Salamanca (USAL) and a researcher of the Biomedical Research Institute of Salamanca (IBSAL). He has directed the USAL Transgenesis Service since 2006, and his teaching and research experience is intimately linked to the generation of genetically modified mouse models. He currently coordinates the animal model group of the ISCIII Biobanks and Biomodels Platform.