70th AALAS National Meeting

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Sunday 13 October 2019 to Thursday 17 October 2019
Denver, Colorado, USA

The AALAS (American Association for Laboratory Animal Science) National Meeting is the largest gathering in the world of professionals concerned with the production, care, and use of laboratory animals. During the five days of the meeting, members and non-members come together to attend workshops, lectures, poster sessions, and exhibits. The program is designed to have topics relevant to all. Exhibitors have an opportunity to interact with AALAS members from the academic community, research institutions, government organizations, and commercial companies.

NC3Rs staff will be attending this year's event. We will have a booth (#977) at the trade exhibition, showcasing NC3Rs activities and sharing free copies of some of our 3Rs resources, such as grimace scale and mouse handling posters. We will also be participating in this year’s Technician Fun Fair.

Staff members will be delivering the following talks:

Improving reproducibility: the revised ARRIVE guidelines and the Experimental Design Assistant Dr Esther Pearl

Tuesday 15 October, 8.05am; as part of the following seminar sponsored by the NC3Rs and NA3RsC:

Reproducibility in Animal Research

Tuesday 15 October, 8am-10:15am; Mile High Ballroom 4A

The ability to reproduce animal experiments is a growing issue for in vivo research with profound implications for scientific progress and ethical animal use. Various guidelines and tools have been developed to improve reproducibility, yet many researchers are still not fully using these tools for impact. This seminar will cover various ways to address reproducibility across all species and types of research with animals. The target audience is anyone involved in supporting and running experiments with animals, including scientists, research technicians, veterinarians, animal welfare leaders and ethics committee members

Choosing contractors for large-animal preclinical studies: addressing variation in welfare standards – Dr Mark Prescott

Wednesday 16 October, 2:50pm; as part of the following seminar led by Dr Helen Prior:

European-Standard Housing and Procedures: Practicalities, Benefits for Animal Welfare, and Quality of Scientific Data

Wednesday 16 October, 2:45pm–5pm; Mile High Ballroom 3A

Standards of animal accommodation and care vary internationally, and many facilities wish to adopt higher standards than those mandated by law. Some companies and research funders insist on EU standards, wherever the work is conducted. Several US facilities have rooms equipped to EU standards and are building experience in the benefits for both animals and staff, without compromising the science. However, demand can outstrip supply, leading to work being outsourced outside of the US. This seminar will describe US- and EU-style housing and procedures, linking scientific benefits to animal welfare. An industry perspective will explain requirements for EU-standard studies, providing case studies highlighting the advantages and disadvantages. Speakers from a CRO and an academic research institution, both running studies to EU standards within the US, will provide practical information on animal management and training of staff. There will be an opportunity for audience members to share their experiences and ask questions.

We will also be co-sponsoring the following workshop, for the fourth year running:

Teaching Monkeys to Cooperate with Restraint: Using Positive Reinforcement Training and Temperament Testing Methods 
Monday 14 October, 1-5pm / Tuesday 15 October, 8am-12pm; Room 607 (eight-hour workshop split over two days)

This workshop includes eight hours of instruction on using positive reinforcement training (PRT) to teach monkeys to cooperate with various restraint procedures, as well as provide information about using temperament testing to assist in selection of subjects and planning for their training. It is designed for those experienced in working with primates, including behaviour specialists, animal caregivers, research technicians, animal managers, veterinarians and investigators.

Further information about the 70th AALAS meeting, including the preliminary programme, can be found on the event website.