NC3Rs e-newsletter - June 2018


Strategy for the revision of the ARRIVE guidelines


In 2010 we developed the ARRIVE guidelines, a 20-item checklist covering the key information that should be included in scientific publications describing animal studies to ensure transparency and reproducibility. Despite widespread endorsement of the guidelines, there is mixed evidence of their impact on the quality of reporting. Our strategy for the revision of the ARRIVE guidelines, developed with an international working group of experts, has been published in BMJ Open Science.




Listen to the latest episode of “3 Minute 3Rs”


The “3 Minute 3Rs” podcast, brought to you by LabAnimal and the NC3Rs, gets you up to date on the latest 3Rs research every month in double-quick time. This month’s episode features papers on using Drosophila models to study the microbiome, the preparation of brain slice cultures for Alzheimer’s research, and alternative anaesthetics for Xenopus laevis. Listen or subscribe for free now via SoundCloud, iTunes or wherever you get your podcasts.




British Pharmacological Society launches a new curriculum for the use of research animals


We are pleased to be among the supporters of the British Pharmacological Society's new curriculum for undergraduate and taught Masters education on the use of research animals. The curriculum will support the next generation of researchers to gain the education, skills and understanding of animal welfare needed to carry out in vivo research. Many of the NC3Rs’ resources will also be relevant for those delivering the curriculum.




£50k funding awarded through CRACK IT Solutions


Public Health England has been awarded £50k seed funding through the NC3Rs CRACK IT Solutions partnering programme to further develop their Animal Welfare Assessment Grid (AWAG). The AWAG is a unique software system for assessing the lifetime experience of laboratory animals. It allows welfare to be quantified, highlighting key events that affect wellbeing and indicating where improvements to animal welfare can be made.




Are you our next NC3Rs Fellow?


If you’re an early career researcher with less than three years’ post-doctoral experience, you can apply for funding through our Training Fellowship scheme. The scheme supports the development of promising early career researchers, focusing on developing new skills and gaining a breadth of research experience.


This year’s competition opens for applications on 18 July.




Six highlights from Pint of Science 2018


We recently sponsored three events as part of the worldwide Pint of Science festival, which brings researchers into their local pubs every May to talk about their work. NC3Rs grant holders had the chance to speak about their research and the 3Rs in pubs in Leeds, Cambridge and Cardiff. In our latest blog post, we feature some of the highlights from these three evenings.




Apply for the EPAA’s 3Rs student grants 2018


The European Partnership for Alternative Approaches to Animal Testing (EPAA) is offering grants for EU-based PhD students to attend one of three high-profile scientific events in 2018: EUROTOX, EUSAAT and ESTIV. These grants support students whose work is relevant to the 3Rs, but who are unable to afford the cost of attending an event.


For individual application deadlines, please visit the link below. Enquiries should be sent to




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