NC3Rs e-newsletter - June 2019

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A taste of Pint of Science 2019


This year we took 3Rs science into pubs across the UK for the fifth time, as part of the annual Pint of Science Festival. In our blog post, we take a look back at the three evenings we sponsored in Birmingham, London and Newcastle, which featured NC3Rs-funded researchers from a variety of fields speaking about their work.




New article on our 2019 Research Review published in The Biologist


The latest issue of The Biologist features a piece written by NC3Rs Press and Communications Officer Dr Kasia Makowska, which highlights case studies from our 2019 Research Review. The article reveals the breadth of 3Rs research we fund and the wide-reaching benefits of implementing the 3Rs.




Complete this short survey on assessing the welfare of amphibians


NC3Rs-funded PhD student Lola Brookes is conducting a survey on indicators of pain and suffering in amphibians, focusing on which indicators are currently being used and which are potentially the most useful for improving their welfare. The survey will take around 20 minutes to complete – if you work directly with any amphibian species, we encourage you to take part and contribute to this research.




Visit the new FLAIRE Learning website


FLAIRE Learning provides interactive training modules for those working with laboratory animals, to help embed refinements in everyday practice. We have supported Professor Paul Flecknell and colleagues at Newcastle University to develop this resource. The FLAIRE Learning website has recently been updated with a refreshed design and two new modules on anaesthesia.




Partners sought to validate automated system for testing rodent recognition memory


A team at Durham University has been awarded £50k seed funding through CRACK IT Solutions to further develop their continual trials approach for spontaneous object recognition tasks. This semi-automated system allows rodents to complete many trials in a single session, producing more reliable data and reducing the number of animals required. The team are now seeking partners who can validate the testing apparatus.




Enhance your in silico pharmaceutical model with Virtual Disease Laboratories


Do you want to widen the uptake of your in silico model and maximise its 3Rs impact?


Virtual Disease Laboratories, developed by Simomics, is a new online platform that will enable you to develop your model and share it more effectively. Simomics are seeking collaborators to apply their technology to existing in silico models for use in drug or product development.




Funding awarded for transfer of 3Rs approaches


We have made eight awards totalling £585k in the 2019 Skills and Knowledge Transfer funding competition, which facilitates the exchange of models, tools or technologies with proven 3Rs potential between laboratories and institutions. Four of these awards have been funded jointly by Cancer Research UK as part of our new collaboration.




Register now for the NC3Rs/IAT Animal Technicians’ Symposium 2019


2 October 2019 (Central London)


The programme for our joint symposium with the IAT is now available online. The symposium will feature talks on the latest advances in laboratory animal welfare, primarily aimed at junior technicians. Attendees will have the chance to network with fellow technicians or present a poster on a topic relevant to the 3Rs. Travel bursaries of up to £100 will be available.


Attendance is free, but registration is essential. The deadline to register is 13 September.




Supporting implementation of good practice in animal welfare procedures in a Global Pharmaceutical Company: needle use as an example


In our latest blog post, we revisit the topic of single-use needles. Guest blogger Dr Sally Robinson, Director of Animal Sciences and Technologies at AstraZeneca (Alderley Park), shares how the company is working to make single use of needles the standard practice across their sites and why this refinement is important.




3Rs speakers wanted for the 2019 LASA Annual Conference


LASA is inviting submissions for presentations on any aspect of the 3Rs for the 2019 LASA Annual Conference. Early career researchers are particularly encouraged to apply. Speakers will receive free registration, as well as travel expenses and overnight accommodation if required.


Please send submissions to Patricia Pimlott at by 31 July.