NC3Rs e-newsletter - May 2015


NC3Rs PhD Studentships
Call now open
We are inviting applications for PhD studentships that will attract and inspire the UK's top graduates, and provide excellent scientific training as well as a solid introduction to the 3Rs. Up to ten awards are available with a value of £30k per annum for three years. In 2015 there are a further three awards available with the British Heart Foundation, specifically for projects in cardiovascular research.



New web resource on macaques
Web resource on macaques launched
The Macaque Website provides peer-reviewed, referenced information and practical guidance – including over 200 videos and images – on understanding macaque behaviour, assessing welfare, and implementing best practice for their care and management in captivity.



Vacancy: Online Communications Officer
We are seeking an individual with a good knowledge and understanding of online communication tools, including html and content management systems, to support us in our online activities. The role will involve disseminating and promoting NC3Rs information and resources to key stakeholders through our websites, email newsletters and social media channels. Deadline for applications: 15 June 2015



2015 Global 3Rs Awards Program
IQ Consortium and AAALAC International 
The IQ Consortium and AAALAC International have launched global 3Rs awards to recognise primary research papers which make significant, innovative contributions to the 3Rs. Up to four awards of $5,000 (USD) are available (North America, Europe, Pacific Rim, and the Rest of World). Deadline for applications: 1 July 2015.


LASA winter meeting: call for speakers
25-27 November 2015 – SOUTH OF ENGLAND
LASA are inviting submissions for oral presentations on any aspect of the 3Rs to be given at the 2015 LASA Winter meeting. They are particularly interested in hearing from early career/recently qualified research scientists about new advances that are supported by scientific data.

If you wish to contribute, please submit a title and abstract for consideration no later than 5 June 2015 to



NC3Rs/IAT Animal Technicians' Symposium
16 September 2015: LONDON
Register now for our one day symposium with the Institute of Animal Technology. Speakers will cover welfare assessment, refinements to procedures, and the role of named persons under the ASPA. Attendance carries 5 IAT CPD points. Ten travel bursaries are available and there is a £400 prize for the best poster.



Primate Welfare Meeting
9 October 2015: LONDON

Our tenth Primate Welfare Meeting will cover a variety of topics, including training monkeys for cooperation with procedures, new techniques for welfare assessment, minimising data variability, and resources for staff training and information exchange. Poster abstracts are welcome.


Affimers: animal free alternatives to antibodies (Solution)
Avacta Life Sciences are seeking partners to help in the validation and development of Affimers. These animal-free alternatives to antibodies can be developed in less than seven weeks against almost any target, and can be used in almost any application where animal-derived antibodies are currently employed including ELISA, immunofluorescence, FACS, Biosensing and Super Resolution Microscopy.




The role of the 3Rs in shifting the harm-benefit analysis of disease models
A new paper published in a European Journal of Pharmacology special issue on the translational value of animal models explains how a 3Rs approach, including appropriate model selection, proper study design and transparent reporting of studies, can improve the scientific and predictive value of disease models, as well as addressing ethical concerns about animal use.