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Performance Standards in the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals Roundtable: April 20-21, 2015
As anyone involved with care and use of research animals knows, designing and managing an effective program is a size-fits-all exercise. Applying care and use guidelines requires interpretation, professional input, sound judgment, and a team approach, all of which are importance features of performance standards. The National Research Council’s ILAR Roundtable invites you to join this free workshop where experts from around the world will discuss established performance standards and how they might be improved to conform with today’s experimental environment. We encourage you to take a brief survey to let us know what you’d like to learn at the workshop and to register today, as space is limited.
APV Transportation Statement
The Association of Primate Veterinarians (APV) supports the Reduction, Refinement and Replacement (3Rs) of animal usage and use of alternatives in research. For projects requiring use of animals where the suitable alternatives are not available, the APV encourages and supports all necessary safe and reliable modes of transportation for research animals, including air transport. Domestic and international transportation of research animals is critical to biomedical research and is essential to maintaining progress towards advances in human and animal health. Timely research conduct, utilizing the most relevant animal models, through appropriate transportation maintains the continued advances in human and animal health.
Research animal transportation is conducted under highly supervised conditions, in accordance with strictly enforced and accepted standards, and in compliance with a variety of international agreements and government regulations. Safe and appropriate transportation of laboratory animals is ensured by use of experienced and licensed animal couriers. International transportation via commercially available aircraft is often the most expedient and humane method of transportation for research animals.
APV strongly supports the continued transportation of live animals for research purposes with strict observance of the standards and regulations.
Request for Information on “Consideration of Sex as a Biological Variable in Biomedical Research"
In a May 14, 2014, Nature commentary (see Nature. 2014 May 15;509(7500):282-3.), NIH leadership stated an intention to develop and implement policies requiring applicants to consider sex as a biological variable in the design and analysis of NIH-funded research involving animals and cells. The NIH has since formed a trans-NIH working group to inform the development of these policies.
A Request for Information (RFI), NOT-OD-14-128: “Consideration of Sex As a Biological Variable in Biomedical Research” has just been released. This RFI seeks input from the research community and other interested stakeholders regarding the consideration of sex as a biological variable in biomedical research. The RFI will be open for comment through October 13th.
Blogs by Drs. Sally Rocky and Janine Clayton about this RFI can also be accessed at the links below.
- Rock Talk - http://nexus.od.nih.gov/all/2014/09/11/considering-sex-as-a-biological-variable-in-research-your-input-is-requested/
- NIH Office of Research on Women’s Health: Director’s blog - http://orwh.od.nih.gov/about/director/director_conversation_worth_having.asp
Please consider responding to this RFI! Help spread the word about this RFI by sharing it with your interested colleagues.
Symposium on Social Housing of Laboratory Animals
Don't miss out on the opportunity to discuss social housing of laboratory animals with the experts and your peers while taking in some beautiful fall weather in Colorado. Register today for the October 5-6 Symposium on Social Housing of Laboratory Animals at the University of Colorado, Denver. We have another excellent program planned this year, bringing together experts in animal behavior and welfare to address common issues in trying to achieve the mandate for social housing of social species. The agenda for both days is included below, and includes breakout sessions both days where participants will have the opportunity to discuss the challenges and special issues they are facing at their own institutions with the experts and their peers.
Election Results Announced
Congratulations to the following members!
Vice President: Pat Frost
Secretary: Drew Martin
Trustee: Kelly Hopper, Geraldine Fleurie
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