NC3Rs e-newsletter - February 2015


Outline applications for our fellowship scheme opening soon

Our David Sainsbury fellowships support exceptional, 3Rs-minded, early-career scientists with the transition to an independent career. Applications from any area of medical, biological or veterinary research are within remit; those that integrate a range of disciplines or include an industrial partner are particularly encouraged. The competition offers fellows an award of £65k per annum for three years.

Application forms will be available on Je-S from 18 March 2015. Outlines should be submitted by 15 May 2015.



Laboratory animal anaesthesia e-learning resource

Our new e-learning resource on 'Laboratory Animal Anaesthesia for Minor Procedures' is now available. The online programme, developed by Paul Flecknell and colleagues at Newcastle University and funded by the NC3Rs, is free to access and contains scenario-based training materials designed to be used as a basic introduction, a refresher, or for continued professional development.



Get my (genetic) drift

Read the latest article from Sara Wells, MRC Harwell, on genetic drift. The article discusses the possible impact of genetic drift on the integrity of the data from studies using genetically altered mice.


Solutions: Partners sought


A microinfusion pump drug delivery system to reduce animal use and refine studies

Primetech is seeking partners to help expand the use of their novel microinfusion pump for programmable infusion of test compounds in rats. The pump enables automated dosing, allowing the rats to move freely and minimising handling. The animals can also be group housed.



High content in vitro testing strategy to reduce animals in neurotoxicity evaluation

ETT are seeking agrochemical, pharmaceutical and chemical company collaborators to help validate their integrated approach for assessing neurotoxicity in vitro. The model uses rat primary cortical neurons to establish the toxicity profile and the dose-response relationship of compounds.


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Implementing the 3Rs at the University of Oxford

Professor Stuart Peirson, Chair of the 3Rs sub-committee at The University of Oxford, explains how the university are supporting the 3Rs.