NC3Rs e-newsletter - May 2018


New platform to maximise the 3Rs impact of NC3Rs-funded research


We have partnered with F1000Research to establish a new gateway dedicated to 3Rs research. The gateway will provide NC3Rs grant holders with an open access platform to publish the full details of their work, ensuring other researchers are better able to implement the latest 3Rs advances.




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


If you’ve got a few minutes to spare, why not listen to this month’s episode of “3 Minute 3Rs”, the podcast co-produced by LabAnimal and the NC3Rs? Every month the podcast features three papers covering the latest 3Rs research and technology. This month’s papers explore how environmental enrichment can improve mouse welfare without compromising data, how more representative study samples can improve reproducibility, and how to effectively anaesthetise and humanely euthanise cephalopods.




Visit our new peer review and advice service hub


The NC3Rs provides a peer review and advice service to 20 funding organisations to help ensure the 3Rs are implemented in the research they fund. We have recently created a hub on our website bringing together information on how we support funders to embed the 3Rs in their policies and practices, as well as resources to guide grant applicants.




‘Mouse handling made easy’ webinar now online


We recently teamed up with Professor Jane Hurst of the University of Liverpool to deliver a webinar on refined techniques for picking up mice. In the webinar, Professor Hurst shares the evidence base supporting refined handling techniques as well as practical advice and tips for implementing them in your institution. You can now watch the webinar for free on our website and send us your questions via email.




New Skills and Knowledge Transfer grants awarded


Three awards have been made in our 2018 Skills and Knowledge Transfer funding competition, totalling over £200k. The scheme supports the adoption of novel 3Rs models, tools and technologies within routine research practice, through the transfer of knowledge, skills and expertise. This year's projects will focus on e-learning for research staff working with dogs, the adoption of a refined wireless neural recording system, and the implementation of non-aversive mouse handling methods.




Primate Welfare Meeting


15 November 2018 (London)


Registration is now open for our annual Primate Welfare Meeting. This event offers attendees a unique opportunity to share best practice in the use and care of non-human primates internationally. We are currently accepting abstracts for presentations and posters, which should be submitted to our office by 5pm on 27 July.




Worm hunting in Colombia: fighting whipworm infection in the lab and the classroom


David Sainsbury Fellow María Duque-Correa studies whipworm infection using intestinal organoids as a replacement for infected mice. Recently she assembled a team of scientists, science communicators and doctors to create Worm Hunters, a project addressing whipworm infection in the Colombian town of Ciénaga, where 50% of children are affected. The project incorporated public engagement, deworming treatment and collection of samples for study in the lab.




Browse the JRC Inventory of 3Rs Knowledge Sources with Douglas Connect’s new app


A 2016 study by the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre (JRC) compiled 800 sources of 3Rs knowledge, including organisations, websites and publications. Douglas Connect have recently developed an online application allowing users to easily search and browse this database using criteria such as country, legislative framework and dissemination channel.




EPAA 3Rs Science Prize 2018: call for submissions


The European Partnership for Alternative Approaches to Animal Testing (EPAA) is seeking applications for its 3Rs Science Prize 2018, which will honour an outstanding contribution to the 3Rs. Applicants should be based in Europe and have no more than ten years of postgraduate experience.


The deadline for applications is 3 September 2018 at 12 noon (CEST).




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