Congratulations to our 2019 International 3Rs Prize winners
For only the second time in fifteen years, we have awarded the 2019 International 3Rs Prize to two joint winners: Dr Francesca Nunn of the Moredun Research Institute and Dr Marta Shahbazi of the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology.
Francesca’s prize recognises her team's development of a technique for studying poultry red mite infestation that improves welfare and reduces the number of hens required for field trials by up to 99%. Marta was awarded the prize for her team's work on a 3D culture that mimics the development of human embryos after implantation. This model can replace the use of up to 500 mice per experiment.
Continuing our commitment to supporting the research community through the COVID-19 pandemic, we have created a new hub bringing together recordings of webinars delivered by NC3Rs staff, as well as details of upcoming webinars. Topics include refined mouse handling and how to clearly communicate potential 3Rs impacts in grant applications.
Announcing a new collaboration to showcase 3Rs technologies
Do you have a great 3Rs idea or technology you want to share with the biosciences research community? Are you looking for partners to help further develop, validate or adopt your 3Rs model or approach?
We have teamed up with konfer to provide a platform for small companies and academics to share 3Rs technologies and maximise their impact through forming new partnerships.
Help us refine rodent high-yield behavioural experiments
We are currently running a survey for researchers and animal care staff working on rodent high-yield behavioural experiments. The survey aims to establish current practice and determine best practice to help us identify opportunities for refinement, particularly where head-fixation and fluid control are used.
Our Training Fellowships support promising early career researchers with less than three years’ post-doctoral experience to develop new skills, gain a breadth of research experience and establish their research careers with the 3Rs at the forefront. This year’s scheme will open for applications on Wednesday 15 July.
Newcastle University survey on the rabbit grimace and behaviour scales
Dr Matt Leach at Newcastle University is seeking feedback from animal care professionals and researchers on the impact of the Rabbit Grimace Scale and Rabbit Pain Behaviour Scale for assessing pain. The Grimace Scale was developed as part of an NC3Rs award. If you work with laboratory rabbits, please complete this survey, which will take no more than 20 minutes.
Organ-on-a-chip: current gaps and future directions (on-demand meeting)
In December 2019, members of our team presented at a Biochemical Society meeting on organ-on-a-chip technologies and their potential 3Rs impacts. The presentations will be available on-demand from 29 June to 19 July. Anyone working on complex in vitro systems or interested in learning more is encouraged to register.
Utrecht working group for animal-free innovations in science
Transition Programme for Innovation (TPI) Utrecht is a new initiative run by an interdisciplinary team at Utrecht University. They can offer expert advice and practical support to help scientists find animal-free solutions for their research questions. Upcoming projects include Helpathons, where volunteers from different professional backgrounds can contribute to solving a 3Rs-related problem.