NC3Rs e-newsletter - May 2017


Launch of new web app for systematic reviews of animal studies

Funded by the NC3Rs and developed by the CAMRADES team in Edinburgh, the SyRF app has been designed to help optimise and streamline systematic reviews of animal research.



Mouse handling posters

Posters are now available to display in animal facilities on non-aversive methods to handle lab mice. The A2-sized posters include tips and guidance on tunnel and cup methods as alternatives to tail handling.

Copies are free and can be requested directly from the NC3Rs.



Human tissue in safety assessment survey

Help us to assess progress in the use of human tissue for safety assessment by participating in our latest survey. The survey includes 24 questions and should take you no longer than 20 minutes to complete.



Skills and Knowledge Transfer grants awarded

We have made four awards in the first round of our grant scheme which is designed to catalyse the uptake of 3Rs methods, focusing on the transfer of "know-how" between labs and institutions. The awards include assays for prion infectivity and TB vaccine candidates, refined rodent stroke models, and a culture system for enteric parasites.



A new system for training macaques in neuroscience research

An automated system for positive reinforcement training of macaques in their home cage, without the use of food or fluid control, has been developed by NC3Rs grant holders at Newcastle University.



Reducing the use of male Xenopus frogs

Researchers at the University of Portsmouth, funded by the NC3Rs, have optimised a sperm preservation method that will reduce the number of frogs used in research and avoid the transport of live male frogs for breeding purposes.


Guidance for university web pages on the 3Rs in animal research

Regional NC3Rs Programme Managers, Kamar Ameen-Ali and Emma Stringer have developed new guidance on web pages to help universities demonstrate how they apply the 3Rs to their research.



New website showcases progress on the InMutaGene Challenge

GeneWerk, winners of the CRACK IT Challenge InMutaGene, have been developing an assay to improve the safety of novel gene therapy products without using animals. They have now launched a website to showcase their progress.



2017 Primate Welfare Meeting

3 November 2017: LONDON

Registration is now open for our annual Primate Welfare Meeting – a unique event for sharing best practice in the use and care of non-human primates internationally. We are also accepting abstracts for presentations and posters.




Webinar: Using the Experimental Design Assistant

21 June 2017: ONLINE

The US-based Center for Open Science is hosting a webinar on the NC3Rs Experimental Design Assistant (EDA). Dr Nathalie Percie du Sert, who leads our programme on experimental design, will focus on an introduction to the tool and tips for getting started.