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Satu Mering, PhD, Docent

Satu Mering, PhD, Docent

Director Laboratory of Animal Research

Director Laboratory of Animal Research

ABOUT

Dr. Mering has over 20 years’ experience in the area of laboratory animal science, especially animal welfare. She received her Ph.D. in Applied Zoology from the University of Eastern Finland.

Dr. Mering has broad regulatory expertise and serves as member on both the National Experimental Animal Board and the National Committee of the Council on the Protection of Animals Used for Scientific or Educational purposes. She has an excellent track-record in educating and training scientists at all levels in the use and care of laboratory animals. Dr. Mering will continue to serve as Chairperson of the Finnish Laboratory Animal Science Association (FinLAS).

QUESTIONS & ANSWERS

Read what Sattu Mering has to say...

Q1: Satu, tell us something about yourself.

Satu: I’m married with three children – 1 boy and 2 girls. I live with my family right here in Kuopio, Finland, where I also spent most of my career.

Q2: What do you like most working at Experimentica?

Satu: It’s a small team, but all are great people and experts in vision and animal research. I spent most of my career at the University of Eastern Finland, where for the past 10 years I led the Laboratory Animal Centre.

Here at Experimentica I found a great opportunity to establish a state-of-the-art animal facility from scratch. Implementing the latest knowledge and technology allows me to concentrate more on animal welfare, rather than administrative things and paperwork.

Q3: What are you passionate about at your work?

Satu: I am really passionate about animal welfare. I believe the highest standards for animal well-being are always reflected in the study results.

Unfortunately, many people underestimate the influence of animal welfare has on experimental variability and reproducibility, but good animal science starts with animal welfare.

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

  • Mering S, Jolkkonen J. Proper housing conditions in experimental stroke studies-special emphasis on environmental enrichment. Front Neurosci. 2015 Jan 4;9:106.
  • Kasanen IH, Inhilä KJ, Nevalainen JI, Väisänen SB, Mertanen AM, Mering SM, et al. A novel dietary restriction method for group-housed rats: weight gain and clinical chemistry characterization. Lab Anim. 2009 Apr 3;43(2):138–48.
  • Kasanen IH, Inhilä KJ, Vainio OM, Kiviniemi VV, Hau J, Scheinin M, Mering SM, Nevalinen TO. The diet board: welfare impacts of a novel method of dietary restriction in laboratory rats. Lab Anim. 2009 Jul 3;43(3):215–23.
  • Kaliste EK, Mering SM, Huuskonen HK. Environmental modification and agonistic behavior in NIH/S male mice: nesting material enhances fighting but shelters prevent it. Comp Med. 2006 Jun 4;56(3):202–8.
  • Mering S, Kaliste-Korhonen E, Nevalainen T. Estimates of appropriate number of rats: interaction with housing environment. Lab Anim. 2001 Jan 1;35(1):80–90.

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