I studied biology at the University of Berne and graduated in 1996 at the ETH Zürich with a thesis on stereotypic behaviour in laboratory mice. Supported by a fellowship from the Swiss National Science Foundation, I continued research on stereotypies in mice with Prof. Christine Nicol at the Bristol University School of Veterinary Science. After returning to the ETH Zürich in 1997, I developed my research into a broader research program on developmental plasticity of brain and behaviour in relation to questions of animal husbandry and animal welfare. In 2002, I was appointed Professor of Animal Welfare and Ethology at the Justus-Liebig-University in Giessen. During my time in Giessen, I was awarded the Hessian Animal Welfare Research Award 2005 and the Felix Wankel Animal Welfare Research Award 2009. Since 2011, I hold the chair of Animal Welfare at the University of Bern.

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2019

Gfrerer, Nastassja; Taborsky, Michael; Würbel, Hanno (2019). No evidence for detrimental effect of chemical castration on working ability in Swiss military dogs. Applied animal behaviour science, 211, pp. 84-87. Elsevier 10.1016/j.applanim.2018.10.019

2018

Bailoo, Jeremy Davidson; Murphy, Eimear Mary; Boada Saña, Maria; Varholick, Justin Adam; Hintze, Sara Anna Elisabet; Baussière, Caroline; Hahn, Kerstin Caroline; Göpfert, Christine; Palme, Rupert; Völkl, Bernhard; Würbel, Hanno (2018). Effects of Cage Enrichment on Behavior, Welfare and Outcome Variability in Female Mice. Frontiers in behavioral neuroscience, 12(232), p. 232. Frontiers Research Foundation 10.3389/fnbeh.2018.00232

Ruchti, Sabrina; Meier, Andrea R.; Würbel, Hanno; Kratzer, Gilles; Gebhardt, Sabine; Hartnack, Sonja (2018). Pododermatitis in group housed rabbit does in Switzerland—Prevalence, severity and risk factors. Preventive veterinary medicine, 158, pp. 114-121. Elsevier 10.1016/j.prevetmed.2018.06.011

Bremhorst, Annika; Bütler, Sarah; Würbel, Hanno; Riemer, Stefanie (2018). Incentive motivation in pet dogs - preference for constant vs varied food rewards. Scientific Reports, 8(1), p. 9756. Nature Publishing Group 10.1038/s41598-018-28079-5

Varholick, Justin Adam; Bailoo, Jeremy Davidson; Palme, Rupert; Würbel, Hanno (2018). Phenotypic variability between Social Dominance Ranks in laboratory mice. Scientific Reports, 8(1), p. 6593. Nature Publishing Group 10.1038/s41598-018-24624-4

Kafkafi, Neri; Agassi, Joseph; Chesler, Elissa J; Crabbe, John C; Crusio, Wim E; Eilam, David; Gerlai, Robert; Golani, Ilan; Gomez-Marin, Alex; Heller, Ruth; Iraqi, Fuad; Jaljuli, Iman; Karp, Natasha A; Morgan, Hugh; Nicholson, George; Pfaff, Donald W; Richter, S Helene; Stark, Philip B; Stiedl, Oliver; Stodden, Victoria; ... (2018). Reproducibility and replicability of rodent phenotyping in preclinical studies. Neuroscience and biobehavioral reviews, 87, pp. 218-232. Elsevier 10.1016/j.neubiorev.2018.01.003

Hintze, Sara Anna Elisabet; Melotti, Luca; Colosio, Simona; Bailoo, Jeremy Davidson; Boada Saña, Maria; Würbel, Hanno; Murphy, Eimear Mary (2018). A cross-species judgement bias task: integrating active trial initiation into a spatial Go/No-go task. Scientific Reports, 8(1), p. 5104. Nature Publishing Group 10.1038/s41598-018-23459-3

Gebhardt, Sabine; Toscano, Michael Jeffrey; Würbel, Hanno (2018). Use of aerial perches and perches on aviary tiers by broiler breeders. Applied animal behaviour science, 203, pp. 24-33. Elsevier 10.1016/j.applanim.2018.02.013

Frei, Daniela; Würbel, Hanno; Wechsler, Beat; Gygax, Lorenz; Burla, Joan-Bryce; Weber, Roland (2018). Can body nosing in artificially reared piglets be reduced by sucking and massaging dummies? Applied animal behaviour science, 202, pp. 20-27. Elsevier 10.1016/j.applanim.2018.02.001

Völkl, Bernhard; Vogt, Lucile; Sena, Emily S; Würbel, Hanno (2018). Reproducibility of preclinical animal research improves with heterogeneity of study samples. PLoS biology, 16(2), e2003693. Public Library of Science 10.1371/journal.pbio.2003693

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

Sirovnik, Janja; Würbel, Hanno; Toscano, Michael Jeffrey (2018). Feeder space affects access to the feeder, aggression, and feed conversion in laying hens in an aviary system. Applied animal behaviour science, 198, pp. 75-82. Elsevier 10.1016/j.applanim.2017.09.017

Sirovnik, Janja; Stratmann, Ariane; Gebhardt, Sabine; Würbel, Hanno; Toscano, Michael Jeffrey (2018). Feeding from perches in an aviary system reduces aggression and mortality in laying hens. Applied animal behaviour science, 202, pp. 53-62. Elsevier 10.1016/j.applanim.2018.01.005

Keeling, Caroline Marie (2018). Video-based identification of surrogate endpoints in experimental bacterial infections of rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss). (Dissertation, University of Bern, Vetsuisse Faculty, Departement for Infectious Diseases and Pathobiology, Centre for Fish- and Wildlife Health)

Gfrerer, Nastassja; Taborsky, Michael; Würbel, Hanno (2018). Benefits of intraspecific social exposure in adult Swiss military dogs. Applied animal behaviour science, 201, pp. 54-60. Elsevier 10.1016/j.applanim.2017.12.016

Vollert, Jan; Schenker, Esther; Macleod, Malcolm; Bespalov, Anton; Würbel, Hanno; Michel, Martin Christian; Dirnagl, Ulrich; Potschka, Heidrun; Wever, Kimberley E; Steckler, Thomas; Altevogt, Bruce; Rice, Andrew S C (2018). Protocol for a systematic review of guidelines for rigour in the design, conduct and analysis of biomedical experiments involving laboratory animals. BMJ open science, 2(1), e000004. BMJ Publishing Group 10.1136/bmjos-2018-000004

Percie du Sert, Nathalie; Hurst, Viki; Ahluwalia, Amrita; Alam, Sabina; Altman, Douglas G; Avey, Marc T; Baker, Monya; Browne, William; Clark, Alejandra; Cuthill, Innes C; Dirnagl, Ulrich; Emerson, Michael; Garner, Paul; Howells, David W; Karp, Natasha A; MacCallum, Catriona J; Macleod, Malcolm; Petersen, Ole; Rawle, Frances; Reynolds, Penny; ... (2018). Revision of the ARRIVE guidelines: rationale and scope. BMJ open science, 2(1), e000002. BMJ Publishing Group 10.1136/bmjos-2018-000002

2017

Gebhardt, Sabine; Toscano, Michael Jeffrey; Würbel, Hanno (2017). Perch use by broiler breeders and its implication on health and production. Poultry Science, 96(10), pp. 3539-3549. Oxford University Press 10.3382/ps/pex189

Lampe, Jessica Frances; Burman, Oliver; Würbel, Hanno; Melotti, Luca (2017). Context-dependent individual differences in playfulness in male rats. Developmental psychobiology, 59(4), pp. 460-472. Wiley 10.1002/dev.21509

Kafkafi, Neri; Golani, Ilan; Jaljuli, Iman; Morgan, Hugh; Sarig, Tal; Würbel, Hanno; Yaacoby, Shay; Benjamini, Yoav (2017). Addressing reproducibility in single-laboratory phenotyping experiments. Nature methods, 14(5), pp. 462-464. Nature Publishing Group 10.1038/nmeth.4259

Würbel, Hanno (2017). More than 3Rs: the importance of scientific validity for harm-benefit analysis of animal research. Lab animal, 46(4), pp. 164-166. Nature Publ. Co. 10.1038/laban.1220

Hintze, Sara Anna Elisabet; Roth, Emma; Bachmann, Iris; Würbel, Hanno (2017). Toward a Choice-Based Judgment Bias Task for Horses. Journal of applied animal welfare science, 20(2), pp. 123-136. Taylor & Francis 10.1080/10888705.2016.1276834

Bräm, Maya; Asher, L; Furrer, S; Lechner, Isabel; Würbel, Hanno; Melotti, Luca (2017). Development of the “Highly Sensitive Dog” questionnaire to evaluate the personality dimension “Sensory Processing Sensitivity” in dogs. PLoS ONE, 12(5), e0177616. Public Library of Science 10.1371/journal.pone.0177616

Hintze, Sara Anna Elisabet; Murphy, Eimear Mary; Bachmann, Iris; Wemelsfelder, Francoise; Würbel, Hanno (2017). Qualitative Behaviour Assessment of horses exposed to short-term emotional treatments. Applied animal behaviour science, 196, pp. 44-51. Elsevier 10.1016/j.applanim.2017.06.012

2016

Finlayson, Kathryn; Lampe, Jessica Frances; Hintze, Sara Anna Elisabet; Würbel, Hanno; Melotti, Luca (2016). Facial Indicators of Positive Emotions in Rats. PLoS ONE, 11(11), e0166446. Public Library of Science 10.1371/journal.pone.0166446

Vogt, Lucile; Reichlin, Thomas Stephan Albin; Nathues, Christina; Würbel, Hanno (2016). Authorization of Animal Experiments Is Based on Confidence Rather than Evidence of Scientific Rigor. PLoS biology, 14(12), e2000598. Public Library of Science 10.1371/journal.pbio.2000598

Reichlin, Thomas Stephan Albin; Vogt, Lucile; Würbel, Hanno (2016). The Researchers' View of Scientific Rigor Survey on the Conduct and Reporting of In Vivo Research. PLoS ONE, 11(12), e0165999. Public Library of Science 10.1371/journal.pone.0165999

Lampe, Jessica Frances; Burman, O.; Würbel, Hanno; Melotti, Luca (12 July 2016). Investigating positive emotional contagion in rats (Unpublished). In: 50th Congress of the International Society for Applied Ethology. Edinburgh, UK. 2016, July 12–16.

Mason, Georgia; Würbel, Hanno (2016). What can be learnt from wheel-running by wild mice, and how can we identify when wheel-running is pathological? Proceedings of the Royal Society. Series B - biological sciences, 283(1824) Royal Society of London 10.1098/rspb.2015.0738

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

LeBlanc, Stephanie; Tobalske, Bret; Quinton, Margaret; Springthorpe, Dwight; Szkotnicki, Bill; Würbel, Hanno; Harlander-Matauschek, Alexandra (2016). Physical Health Problems and Environmental Challenges Influence Balancing Behaviour in Laying Hens. PLoS ONE, 11(4), e0153477. Public Library of Science 10.1371/journal.pone.0153477

Stratmann, Ariane; Frohlich, E K F; Gebhardt, Sabine; Harlander-Matauschek, A.; Würbel, Hanno; Toscano, Michael Jeffrey (2016). Genetic selection to increase bone strength affects prevalence of keel bone damage and egg parameters in commercially housed laying hens. Poultry Science, 95(5), pp. 975-984. Poultry Science Association 10.3382/ps/pew026

Würbel, Hanno (2016). Tierversuch und Irrtum. In: Fehlmann, Meret; Michel, Margot; Niederhauser, Rebecca (eds.) Tierisch! Das Tier und die Wissenschaft: Ein Streifzug durch die Disziplinen. Zürcher Hochschulforum: Vol. 55 (pp. 97-106). vdf Hochschulverlag AG an der ETH Zürich

Kozak, M; Tobalske, B; Martins, C; Bowley, S; Würbel, Hanno; Harlander-Matauschek, A (2016). Use of space by domestic chicks housed in complex aviaries. Applied animal behaviour science, 181, pp. 115-121. Elsevier 10.1016/j.applanim.2016.05.024

Völkl, Bernhard; Würbel, Hanno (2016). Reproducibility Crisis: Are We Ignoring Reaction Norms? Trends in Pharmacological Sciences, 37(7), pp. 509-510. Elsevier 10.1016/j.tips.2016.05.003

Hintze, Sara; Smith, Samantha; Patt, Antonia; Bachmann, Iris; Würbel, Hanno (2016). Are Eyes a Mirror of the Soul? What Eye Wrinkles Reveal about a Horse’s Emotional State. PLoS ONE, 11(10), pp. 1-15. Public Library of Science 10.1371/journal.pone.0164017

2015

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

Ringgenberg, Nadine; Fröhlich, E K F; Harlander-Matauschek, Alexandra; Toscano, Michael Jeffrey; Würbel, Hanno; Roth, B A (2015). Nest choice in laying hens: Effects of nest partitions and social status. Applied animal behaviour science, 169, pp. 43-50. Elsevier 10.1016/j.applanim.2015.04.013

Kjaer, J B; Würbel, Hanno; Schrader, L (2015). Perseveration in a guessing task by laying hens selected for high or low levels of feather pecking does not support classification of feather pecking as a stereotypy. Applied animal behaviour science, 168, pp. 56-60. Elsevier 10.1016/j.applanim.2015.04.014

Stratmann, Ariane; Fröhlich, E K; Gebhardt, Sabine; Harlander-Matauschek, Alexandra; Schrader, L; Toscano, Michael Jeffrey; Würbel, Hanno; Gebhardt-Henrich, Sabine (2015). Soft perches in an aviary system reduce incidence of keel bone damage in laying hens. PLoS ONE, 10(3), e0122568. Public Library of Science 10.1371/journal.pone.0122568

Stratmann, Ariane; Fröhlich, E K F; Gebhardt-Henrich, S G; Harlander-Matauschek, Alexandra; Würbel, Hanno; Toscano, Michael Jeffrey (2015). Modification of aviary design reduces incidence of falls, collisions and keel bone damage in laying hens. Applied animal behaviour science, 165, pp. 112-123. Elsevier 10.1016/j.applanim.2015.01.012

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

Ringgenberg, Nadine; Fröhlich, E K F; Harlander, Alexandra; Toscano, Michael Jeffrey; Würbel, Hanno; Roth, B A (2015). Effects of variation in nest curtain design on pre-laying behaviour of domestic hens. Applied animal behaviour science, 170, pp. 34-43. Elsevier 10.1016/j.applanim.2015.06.008

2014

Andrist, C A; Bigler, L; Würbel, Hanno; Roth, B A (2014). Masking odour when regrouping rabbit does: Effect on aggression, stress and lesions. Livestock science, 170, pp. 150-157. Elsevier 10.1016/j.livsci.2014.10.017

Ringgenberg, Nadine; Fröhlich, Ernst K. F.; Harlander, Alexandra; Würbel, Hanno; Roth, Beatrice (2014). Does nest size matter to laying hens? Applied animal behaviour science, 155, pp. 66-73. Elsevier 10.1016/j.applanim.2014.02.012

Bayne, Kathryn; Würbel, Hanno (2014). The impact of environmental enrichment on the outcome variability and scientific validity of laboratory animal studies. Revue scientifique et technique - Office international des épizooties, 33(1), pp. 273-280. Office International des Epizooties

Melotti, Luca; Bailoo, Jeremy Davidson; Murphy, Eimear Mary; Burman, Oliver; Würbel, Hanno (2014). Play in Rats: Association across Contexts and Types , and Analysis of Structure. Animal Behavior and Cognition, 1(4), pp. 489-501. Sciknow Publications 10.12966/abc.11.06.2014

Bailoo, Jeremy Davidson; Reichlin, Thomas Stephan Albin; Würbel, Hanno (2014). Refinement of experimental design and conduct in laboratory animal research. Institute for Laboratory Animal Research, 55(3), pp. 383-391. Oxford University Press 10.1093/ilar/ilu037

2013

Würbel, Hanno; Richter, S. Helene; Garner, Joseph P. (2013). Reply to: "Reanalysis of Richter et al. (2010) on reproducibility". Nature methods, 10(5), p. 374. Nature Publishing Group 10.1038/nmeth.2446

Weber, EM; Algers, B; Würbel, H; Hultgren, J; Olsson, IAS (2013). Influence of Strain and Parity on the Risk of Litter Loss in Laboratory Mice. Reproduction in domestic animals, 48(2), pp. 292-296. Blackwell 10.1111/j.1439-0531.2012.02147.x

2012

Gross, A.; Richter, S. Helene; Engel, A. Katarina J.; Würbel, Hanno (2012). Cage-induced stereotypies, perseveration and the effects of environmental enrichment in laboratory mice. Behavioural brain research, 234(1), pp. 61-68. Elsevier 10.1016/j.bbr.2012.06.007

Bayne, Kathryn; Würbel, Hanno (2012). Mouse enrichment. In: Hedrich, Hans J. (ed.) The Laboratory Mouse (Second Edition) (pp. 547-566). Amsterdam: Elsevier 10.1016/B978-0-12-382008-2.00023-4

Andrist, Claude; Bigler, L. M.; Würbel, Hanno; Roth, Beatrice (2012). Effects of group stability on aggression, stress and injuries in breeding rabbits. Applied animal behaviour science, 142(3-4), pp. 182-188. Elsevier 10.1016/j.applanim.2012.10.017

Reefmann, Nadine; Lidfors, Lena; Andersson, Maria; Würbel, Hanno; Beausoleil, Ngaio (2012). Living in large groups. Preface. Applied animal behaviour science, 138(3-4), p. 141. Elsevier 10.1016/j.applanim.2012.02.001

Kriegseis, I.; Bessei, W.; Meyer, B.; Zentek, J.; Würbel, Hanno; Harlander-Matauschek, Alexandra (2012). Feather-pecking response of laying hens to feather and cellulose-based rations fed during rearing. Poultry Science, 91(7), pp. 1514-1521. Oxford University Press 10.3382/ps.2011-01865

2011

Wurbel, H. (2011). Rights for Sentient Animals. Science, 332(6032), p. 917. Washington, D.C.: American Association for the Advancement of Science 10.1126/science.332.6032

Engel, A.K.J.; Gross, A.N.; Richter, S.H.; Rommen, J.; Touma, C.; Wurbel, H. (2011). Variation in stress reactivity affects cage-induced stereotypies in female CD-1 (ICR) mice. Applied animal behaviour science, 133(1-2), pp. 101-108. Amsterdam: Elsevier 10.1016/j.applanim.2011.04.017

Garner, J.P.; Thogerson, C.M.; Dufour, B.D.; Wurbel, H.; Murray, J.D.; Mench, J.A. (2011). Reverse-translational biomarker validation of Abnormal Repetitive Behaviors in mice: an illustration of the 4P's modeling approach. Behavioural brain research, 219(2), pp. 189-96. Amsterdam: Elsevier 10.1016/j.bbr.2011.01.002

Graf, S.; Bigler, L.; Failing, K.; Wurbel, H.; Buchwalder, T. (2011). Regrouping rabbit does in a familiar or novel pen: Effects on agonistic behaviour, injuries and core body temperature. Applied animal behaviour science, 135(1-2), pp. 121-127. Amsterdam: Elsevier 10.1016/j.applanim.2011.10.009

Gross, A N; Engel, A K; Richter, S H; Garner, J P; Würbel, Hanno (2011). Cage-induced stereotypies in female ICR CD-1 mice do not correlate with recurrent perseveration. Behavioural brain research, 216(2), pp. 613-20. Amsterdam: Elsevier 10.1016/j.bbr.2010.09.003

Gross, A.N.M.; Engel, A.K.J.; Wurbel, H. (2011). Simply a nest? Effects of different enrichments on stereotypic and anxiety-related behaviour in mice. Applied animal behaviour science, 134(3-4), pp. 239-245. Amsterdam: Elsevier 10.1016/j.applanim.2011.06.020

Kistler, C.; Hegglin, D.; Wurbel, H.; Konig, B. (2011). Preference for structured environment in zebrafish (Danio rerio) and checker barbs (Puntius oligolepis). Applied animal behaviour science, 135(4), pp. 318-327. Amsterdam: Elsevier 10.1016/j.applanim.2011.10.014

Olsson, I. Anna S.; Würbel, Hanno; Mench, Joy A. (2011). Behaviour. In: Appleby, Michael C.; Mench, Joy A.; Olsson, I. Anna S.; Hughes, Barry O. (eds.) Animal Welfare (pp. 138-154). Wallingford: CAB International

Richter, S. Helene; Garner, Joseph P.; Zipser, Benjamin; Lewejohann, Lars; Sachser, Norbert; Touma, Chadi; Schindler, Britta; Chourbaji, Sabine; Brandwein, Christiane; Gass, Peter; van Stipdonk, Niek; van der Harst, Johanneke; Spruijt, Berry; Voikar, Vootele; Wolfer, David P.; Wurbel, H (2011). Effect of Population Heterogenization on the Reproducibility of Mouse Behavior: A Multi-Laboratory Study. PLoS ONE, 6(1), e16461. Lawrence, Kans.: Public Library of Science 10.1371/journal.pone.0016461