NC3Rs e-newsletter - January 2015


Welcome to the first NC3Rs newsletter of 2015. We started the year with the fantastic news that our Chief Executive, Dr Vicky Robinson, has been recognised in the 2015 New Year's Honours list, receiving a CBE for services to Science and Animal Welfare. She would like to pass on her thanks for all of the kind words that she has received since the announcement.


Looking ahead, we have some exciting projects coming up in 2015.


We will be launching a number of online resources this year including our new macaque website, providing peer-reviewed, referenced information and practical guidance on improving macaque welfare and care in captivity, and our Experimental Design Assistant software, supporting scientists to design experiments that will be statistically robust and will use the minimum number of animals appropriate.


Following the success of our public engagement drive in 2014, where we reached out to over 2,200 people, we are planning our outreach activities for this year. The Public Engagement Award scheme will launch again in early spring. We are also planning to attend festival events later in 2015, including participation in the Pint of Science event where we will showcase a range of different projects in different UK cities.



The Long-range Research Initiative (LRI) Innovative Science Award 2015

The LRI Award is an initiative of the European Chemical Industry Council (Cefic), in conjunction with the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC), the Association of European Toxicologists and European Societies of Toxicology (EUROTOX), the International Society of Exposure Sciences (ISES) and Chemical Week, offering a €100,000 award to support promising new research in assessing chemical risk. The call for applicants specifically notes an interest in novel non-animal toxicology testing.


In search of acceptable alternatives to the murine HIST: What is possible and practical?

4 – 5 March 2015 – LONDON
Join our workshop to discuss and evaluate alternative in vitro methods to the murine histamine sensitization test (HIST) for monitoring of residual pertussis toxin activity in acellular pertussis vaccines.

Registration deadline: 6 February 2015.



NC3Rs/BBSRC joint meeting: Novel methods for measuring and assessing animal welfare

17 March 2015 – LONDONThe NC3Rs and BBSRC are hosting a joint meeting open to researchers working in animal welfare who are interested in hearing about new methods of welfare assessment related to farm, companion and laboratory animals, and representatives of stakeholder groups who are in a position to implement some of the research findings.

Registration deadline: 3 March 2015.



Innovate UK/NC3Rs consortia building workshops for Non-Animal Technologies

13 February 2015 - LONDON
16 February 2015 - MANCHESTER
19 February 2015 - EDINBURGH
Alongside Innovate UK, we are hosting a series of networking and partnering events to support the generation of ideas and proposals to the 'Advancing the development and application of NAT through collaborative research and development' joint funding call, which will be launched in March 2015.

Registration deadline: 3 February 2015.


Developing Aptamers - the 'animal free' alternative to antibodies

Aptasol are seeking partners interested in adopting or helping to develop their aptamers to replace the use of traditional animal-derived antibodies. The Solution provided can be used to identify aptamers against almost any target, under almost any assay condition and for virtually any application.




Next Generation Behaviour Analytics

Actual Analytics is seeking partners to help validate and extend the scope of their innovative home cage analysis system, which provides 24/7 monitoring of rodent behaviours in a group-housed environment. Potential uses of the system in the pharmaceutical industry are diverse. They are specifically seeking partners interested in trying this technology in new and exciting ways.



Find all of our most recent posts, along with our back catalogue here.



The role of journals in implementing the 3Rs: ARRIVE and beyond

Our Communications Officer, Laura McGuinness, speaks to Iratxe Puebla, Deputy Editor at PLOS ONE, about how journals can support the 3Rs.



Reflections of an NC3Rs student

Hayley Ash, from the University of Stirling, takes stock of her experience as an NC3Rs student.