The August edition of our Tech3Rs newsletter for animal technicians is now online. This issue includes a special feature on Lockdown Champions, celebrating technicians who have continued to put the 3Rs into practice during the COVID-19 lockdown, as well as post-lockdown return-to-research advice.
In June we awarded the International 3Rs Prize, sponsored by GSK, to two scientists whose work is reducing the use of animals in research: Dr Francesca Nunn (Moredun Research Institute) and Dr Marta Shahbazi (MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology). The latest issue of The Biologist magazine from the Royal Society of Biology features an article on their work and the impacts it is having in veterinary parasitology and developmental biology.
An increasing number of research organisations are moving away from picking up mice by the tail and instead using a tunnel or cupped hands, a change that is often initiated and led by animal care staff. In our new series of videos, six champions based at facilities around the UK share how they succeeded in switching, the positive changes they have seen in their mice, and top tips making the transition as smooth and efficient as possible.
Organ-on-a-chip end-users: last chance to share your views
We are currently running a survey to gather information on the current use of organ-on-a-chip technology and to gain insight into its impacts on the 3Rs. The survey deadline has been extended to Monday 31 August – if you are currently using, considering using or have used organ-on-a-chip technology, please take 30 minutes to complete the survey and help inform the NC3Rs’ future strategy in this area.
New technology partnering opportunities on the konfer platform
We have teamed up with konfer to provide small companies and academic researchers with a platform to showcase their 3Rs tools and technologies to over 130,000 academics and 27,000 businesses across the UK. Current collaboration opportunities include developing intelligent monitoring of fish welfare and using in silico models to reduce animal use in drug development.
If you have a 3Rs model you want to develop further, validate or share, get in touch via the konfer platform to find out how we can help you make new connections.
Establish your career with this year’s Training Fellowship scheme
There is less than a month to go until our 2020 Training Fellowship scheme closes for applications. Our Fellowships support promising early career researchers with less than three years’ post-doctoral experience, focusing on developing new skills and gaining a breadth of research experience.
To avoid missing out, submit your application via Je-S by 4pm (BST) on Tuesday 15 September.
REGISTER: Compassion fatigue in laboratory animal research
Wednesday 26 August, 3pm (BST)
This joint webinar from the NC3Rs and the North American 3Rs Collaborative (NA3RsC) will be presented by Dr Megan LaFollette, 3Rs Fellow at the NA3RsC. Megan will discuss the latest research on compassion fatigue and how it can affect the mental wellbeing of animal care staff, as well as risk factors and considerations for improving staff welfare. The webinar is free to attend and relevant to anyone involved in laboratory animal care.
Recordings of all our past webinars are now available on our website, so you can enhance your 3Rs knowledge at a time convenient for you. Topics recently covered include animal-free antibodies, experimental design and 3Rs advice for project licence applicants.
Six things we’ve learnt about the brain using 3Rs methods
For World Brain Day on 22 July, we took a look at some of the latest findings of NC3Rs Grant holders who are using 3Rs methods to provide insights into neuroscience – from how the shape of your brain influences how nauseous you feel to how zebrafish can regenerate their spinal cords by controlling inflammation.
Andrew Blake Tribute Award 2021: applications now open
Are you an animal technician/technologist working primarily in the UK who has made a significant contribution to improving laboratory animal welfare standards over the last year? Don’t keep your good work to yourself – apply for the IAT’s Andrew Blake Tribute Award! The prize includes free attendance at the 2021 IAT Congress, an engraved glass plaque and a £250 cash award.
The closing date to submit your application is Friday 13 November.
Every two years the European Partnership for Alternatives to Animal Testing (EPAA) awards their 3Rs Science Prize to a researcher who has made an outstanding contribution to the 3Rs within regulatory testing. This year’s call for applications is now open – scientists from both industry and academia are encouraged to apply.