• Examination of the relation between husbandry procedures to animal welfare and experimental outcomes with particular emphasis on refinement. More info
  • RepFail: Understanding Replication Failure in Animal Research – Lack of Scientific Rigor, Low Statistical Power, or Standardization? RepFail
  • European Quality in Preclinical Data (EQIPD)
Dr. Janja Novak's first degree was in Biology at the University of Ljubljana (Slovenia) followed by the MSc in “Applied Animal Behaviour and Animal Welfare” at the University of Edinburgh (UK), where her dissertation was on social structure of a larger group of dogs housed in a rescue shelter (in association with Bristol University). After completing the MSc course she worked for several animal protection charities in different fields, ranging from animals in captivity to farm animals, before starting PhD studies in 2011.
Her PhD project involved looking at affective states in laboratory mice, developmental aspects of stereotypic behaviour, and mechanisms underlying these abnormal behaviours and she graduated in 2016 from the University of Bern. 
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Bailoo, Jeremy Davidson; Murphy, Eimear Mary; Varholick, Justin Adam; Novak, Janja; Palme, Rupert; Würbel, Hanno (2018). Evaluation of the effects of space allowance on measures of animal welfare in laboratory mice. Scientific Reports, 8(1), p. 713. Nature Publishing Group 10.1038/s41598-017-18493-6


Novak, Janja; Bailoo, Jeremy Davidson; Melotti, Luca; Würbel, Hanno (2016). Effect of Cage-Induced Stereotypies on Measures of Affective State and Recurrent Perseveration in CD-1 and C57BL/6 Mice. PLoS ONE, 11(5), e0153203. Public Library of Science 10.1371/journal.pone.0153203


Novak, Janja; Stojanovski, Klement; Melotti, Luca; Reichlin, Thomas Stephan Albin; Palme, Rupert; Würbel, Hanno (2015). Effects of stereotypic behaviour and chronic mild stress on judgement bias in laboratory mice. Applied animal behaviour science, 174, pp. 162-172. Elsevier 10.1016/j.applanim.2015.10.004

Novak, Janja; Bailoo, Jeremy Davidson; Melotti, Luca; Rommen, Jonas; Würbel, Hanno (2015). An Exploration Based Cognitive Bias Test for Mice: Effects of Handling Method and Stereotypic Behaviour. PLoS ONE, 10(7), e0130718. Public Library of Science 10.1371/journal.pone.0130718