Augusto Vitale

Augusto Vitale
ICALP

Augusto Vitale has obtained his Ph.D. in Behavioural Ecology at the University of Aberdeen (Scotland) in 1988, under the supervision of Dr. Ian J. Patterson. He has then started to work on non-human primates the following year, collaborating with Dr. Visalberghi of the CNR in Rome, and Prof. Fragaszy in U.S.A. In 1991 Dr.Vitale has obtained a position as researcher in animal behaviour at Istituto Superiore di Sanità in Rome, within the Department of Cell Biology and Neuroscience. In this institution he has been for 22 years responsible for a colony of common marmosets (Callithrix jacchus). He has been President of the Italian Association of Primatology, and is currently General Secretary for the European Federation of Primatology. His interest in animal experimentation, with particular attention on the use of non-human primates, is focused in different directions: i) the supervision of research students on the use and efficacy of environmental enrichments for captive non-human primates; ii) collaborations with moral philosophers and philosophers of science on the issue of the ethics of the use of non-human animals in applied research; iii) taking part in expert groups dealing with different legislative issues regarding the use of animals in experimental procedures in the European Community. In particular,  from 2009, Dr. Vitale is member of the Expert Working Groups of the European Commission in Bruxelles, on behalf of the European Federation of Primatology, for the implementation of the European Directive 2010/63, on the protection of animals used in scientific procedures. He has been part of a European funded project on the decisional mechanisms underlying animal experimentation. He is member of the Animal Welfare Body of the Istituto Superiore di Sanità. Dr. Vitale is also reviewing research projects involving animal models, on behalf of the Italian Ministry of Health, under the provisions of the Directive 2010/63 and its Italian implementation.

Publications

Selected list from 2008

Manciocco A, Chiarotti F, Vitale A, Calamandrei G, Laviola G, Alleva E (2008). The application of Russell and Burch 3R principle in rodent models of neurodegenerative disease: The case of Parkinson's disease. Neuroscience& Biobehavioural Review 33:18.32

Vitale A, Manciocco A, Alleva E (2008). The 3R principle and the use of non-human primates in the study of neurodegenerative diseases: the case of Parkinson's disease. Neuroscience & Biobehavioural Review, 33:33-47

Olsson AS, Vitale A (2010). Legislation, social licence and primate research. EMBO Reports. 11:9-10.

Vitale A, Pollo, S (2011). Introduction to the special issue: “The emotional bonds between humans and non-human primates and its effects on primatological sciences” (Vitale A, Pollo S, eds). American Journal of Primatology, 73: 211-213.

Vitale A. (2011) Primatology between feelings and science: a personal experience perspective. American Journal of Primatology, 73: 214-219.

Ricceri L, Vitale A. (2011). The law through the eye of a needle. How and when to apply the new European Directive on animals used in research EMBO Reports, 12: 637-640.

Pascale E, Lucarelli M, Passarelli F, Butler RH, Tamellini A, Addessi E, Visalberghi E, Manciocco A, Vitale A, Laviola G. (2012). Monomorphic Region of the Serotonin Transporter Promoter Gene in New World Monkeys. American Journal of Primatology 74: 1028–1034.
Caloni F, Costa P. Dal Negro G, De Angelis I, Lazzari G, Matteucci G, Vitale A. (2012). Practical aspects in the application of the new legislation: alternative methods and 3R Principle, role of ethical committees and animal suffering. ALTEX 29: 437-439.

Adriani W, Romani C, Manciocco A, Vitale A, Laviola G. (2013). Individual differences in choice (in)flexibility but no impulsivity in the common marmoset: an automated, operant-behavior choice task. Behavioural Brain Research 256, 554-563.

Vitale A, Alleva E. Altruismo e cooperazione nelle società dei primati non umani. In “Etologia ed Etica”, Eds. Celentano M, De Mori B, Zecchinato P. Aracne Editrice, Roma, 2012. Pp 77-90.

Peli A, Vitale A, Forni M. (2013). “Etica e competenze veterinarie nella sperimentazione animale: la medicina veterinaria e le 3Rs”. In “Gli animali, l’uomo e l’ambiente. Ruolo sociale della sanità pubblica veterinaria”, Eds, Battelli G, Baldelli F, Ostanello F, Prosperi S. Bonomia University Press, Bologna, 2013. Pp 354-367.

Vitale A. (2013). L’etologia, da Lorenz alle neuroscienze. Vita e Pensiero 4, 115-121.

Vitale A. “Measuring welfare of non-human primates used in laboratory research”. In “Thermography. Current status and advances in livestock animals and in veterinary medicine”, Eds Luzi F, Mitchell M, Costa LN, Redaelli V. Edito dalla Fondazione Iniziative Zooprofilattiche e Zootecniche, Brescia, 2013. Pp169-173.

Zoratto F, Sinclair E, Manciocco A, Vitale A, Laviola G, Adriani W (2014). Individual differences in gambling proneness among rats and common marmosets: An automated choice task. BioMed Research International 2014, Article ID 927685.

Campenni’ M, Manciocco A, Vitale A, Schino G (2014). Exchanging grooming, but not tolerance and aggression in common marmosets (Callithrix jacchus). American Journal Primatology  DOI: 10.1002/ajp.22324.

Vitale A: - “L’utilizzo dei primati non umani nella ricerca biomedica”. Jane Goodall Institute Report, Settembre 2014: 26-28.

Vitale A. “Il lusso di scegliere. Strategie comportamentali nei vertebrati superiori”. In “Scelte razionali, intenzionalita’, fini”, Ed, Rondinara S. ed). Citta’ Nuova Editrice, Roma, 2014. Pp 9-26.

Vitale A. “La sperimentazione animale e il caso dei primati non umani”. Atti del XV Corso dei Simposi Rosminiani: “Uomini, animali o macchine? Scienze, filosofia e teologia per un nuovo umanesimo”, Stresa. In press.

Polverino G, Manciocco A, VITALE A, Alleva A (2015). Stereotypic behaviours in Melopsittacus undulatus: Behavioural consequences of social and spatial limitations. Applied Animal Behaviour Science, 165:143-155.

Campenni’ M, Manciocco A, VITALE A, Schino G (2015). Exchanging grooming, but not tolerance and aggression in common marmosets (Callithrixjacchus). American Journal Primatology, 77:222-228.

VITALE A, Chiarotti F, Alleva E (2015). The use of animal models in disease research. Journal of RARE disease and Orphan Drugs, 2:1-4.

VITALE A – “Umani e non umani: un confine sentimentalmente e scientificamente sempre più labile”. In: “Il prisma dell’umano all’incrocio dei saperi” (Sabetta A, Staffolani M, a cura di). Lateran University Press, Città del Vaticano, 2015. Pp 37-55.

VITALE A, Borgi M - “Primati”. In:“Benessere e Animal Care dell’Animale da Laboratorio” (Garattini S, Grignaschi G, Luzi F, Riva F, a cura di). Edizioni PVI, Milano, 2015. Pp 133-147.

VITALE A. – “Le relazioni umani/non-umani: una prospettiva etologica”. In: Pollo S., Santori P. (Eds), Manuale di Bioetica Veterinaria. Editore Le Lettere, Firenze. Collana di Bioetica ed etica pratica, in press.

Lucarelli M, Visalberghi E, Adriani W, Addessi E, Pierandrei S, Manciocco A, Zoratto F, Tameillini A, VITALE A, Laviola G, Alfaro JL, Pascale E (2016). Polymorphism of the 3′-UTR of the dopamine transporter gene (DAT) in New World monkeys. Primates, doi:10.1007/s10329-016-0560-0.

 

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