M.J. Castelhano-Carlos is the Head-technician of the Animal Facility (Manager) and laboratories at the Life and Health Sciences Research Institute (ICVS), School of Health Sciences (ECS), University of Minho. She is a Biochemist, did her Master in Laboratory Animal Science at the Veterinary Faculty of Utrecht University in the Netherlands, and her PhD at the Life and Health Sciences Research Institute (ICVS), School of Health Sciences (ECS), University of Minho, working on the Neuroscience Research Domain and combining neuroscience with laboratory animal science. Her research projects included the development and validation of a new system for multidimensional behavioural studies while providing environmental and social enrichment, with special emphasis on animal models of depression, also focusing animal welfare for laboratory animals in general.
Member of the Education and Training Platform for Laboratpory Animal Science (ETPLAS), were M.J. Castelhano-Carlos represents the School of Health Sciences/ Life and Health Sciences Research Institute of University of Minho, as a laboratory animal science (LAS) course provider, and the national competent authority in matters of the protection of animals used for scientific purposes (Direção Geral de Alimentação e Veetrinária of the Ministry of Agriculture, Forests and Rural Development).
M.J. Castelhano-Carlos is also a member of the present direction of the Portuguese Association for Laboratory Animal Science (SPCAL), representing this association in the Federation of European Laboratory Animal Science Associations (FELASA) board of management.
Cumulative stress: the link between depression and dementia
Castelhano-Carlos MJ, Sousa N, Ohl F, Baumans V. Identification methods in newborn C57BL/6 mice: a developmental and behavioural evaluation. Lab Anim. 2010 Apr;44(2):88-103. doi: 10.1258/la.2009.009044. Epub 2009 Oct 23.
Castelhano-Carlos MJ, Baumans V. The impact of light, noise, cage cleaning and in-house transport on welfare and stress of laboratory rats. Lab Anim. 2009 Oct;43(4):311-27. doi: 10.1258/la.2009.0080098. Epub 2009 Jun 8.
Castelhano-Carlos M, Costa PS, Russig H, Sousa N. PhenoWorld: a new paradigm to screen rodent behavior. Transl Psychiatry, 4:e399 (2014).