NC3Rs e-newsletter - December 2016


Animal Technicians’ Symposium: Presentation videos now online

The NC3Rs and the Institute of Animal Technology recently hosted a symposium focusing on the latest refinement opportunities and approaches to improving the welfare of a range of laboratory animal species.

Videos of the symposium presentations are now available for animal facility staff to watch online. Click the link below for further information and instructions on how to access the videos.



Study of the quality of animal research in Switzerland – implications for the ARRIVE guidelines

What impact do reporting guidelines like ARRIVE have on the quality of published animal research?

Recent studies from the University of Bern, Switzerland, have investigated the scientific rigour in animal experimentation in Switzerland, with the ARRIVE guidelines featuring throughout.



Highlight notice: funding applications involving the use of human tissue

Research involving the use of human tissues has the potential to replace the use of animals in some studies. To complement the ongoing work that the NC3Rs has in this area, we are highlighting the use of human tissue across all of our funding schemes for 2017. Proposals should seek to improve access to, or viability of, the tissue and/or demonstrate the feasibility of its use for 3Rs purposes.

Further information about this highlight notice is available on our funding pages for each scheme.



Project grant scheme now open for applications

We are currently inviting formal outlines for research projects to develop new 3Rs approaches and technologies in any area of medical, biological or veterinary research.

The deadline for outline submission via Je-S is 4pm (GMT), 11 January 2017.



Applying exposure science to increase the utility of non-animal data in efficacy and safety testing

15 - 16 February 2017: LONDON

We are hosting a two-day workshop in collaboration with Unilever, bringing together researchers from multiple disciplines to share their knowledge and experiences in applying exposure science to in vitro and in silico data.

Greater incorporation of exposure considerations has the potential to increase the relevance of non-animal models to improve safety and efficacy assessment processes, and reduce the reliance on animal testing.

Attendance is free, but registration is essential. The closing date for registration is 9 January 2017.



Workshop: Human tissue models for cancer research

1 - 2 March 2017: LONDON

Registration is now open for our workshop to discuss how human tissue is used in cancer research and the barriers that currently exist to increased uptake.

Speakers will use examples of successful human tissue research to improve predictivity to man, and will discuss methods to replace animals in research with the use of human tissue. The two-day programme will feature presentations, breakout discussions, posters and networking opportunities focusing on engineering the microphysiology of cancer with human tissue, and uses of fresh and fixed human tissue in cancer research.

Attendance is free, but registration is essential. The closing date for registration is 27 January 2017.