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European Primates Vets Meeting: September 22-23

The EPV seminar is held September 22-23, 2016 and will focus on stem cells and gene therapy in NHPs. Held in Toulouse, France, the meeting is located a short walk from the historic district. The registration deadline is August 31, 2016. For more information, click here.

Workshop on Macaque Pair Housing

This workshop, hosted by the Yerkes National Primate Research Center, focuses on the one of the most important components of the behavioral management of caged laboratory macaques: providing social opportunities through pair housing. The workshop will provide a unique opportunity to learn about options for how to introduce macaques to one another, approaches for management of pair-housed monkeys, and practices to help maintain the pairs over time. Workshop participants will learn to tailor their own pair housing programs to the research and animal populations with which they work. The workshop instructors have a deep knowledge of the challenges associated with pair housing of macaques, publications on this topic, and many years of real-world experience.

The workshop will be held May 3-6, 2016 at the Yerkes National Primate Research Center Field Station near Lawrenceville, Georgia. The instructors are Mollie Bloomsmith (Yerkes), Kate Baker (Tulane National Primate Research Center), Kris Coleman (Oregon National Primate Research Center), and Melissa Truelove (Yerkes). The registration fee is $900 and includes meals and transportation from the hotel to the meeting site each day.

Participants must make their own hotel reservation and pay for this separately (information to do so will be provided when you complete the registration form). The hotel cost will be approximately $250 for a double room (2 participants share a room and pay $250 each) for May 2-6 (4 nights), and approximately $430 for a single room for May 2-6 (4 nights). Participants will also pay for their own transportation to the Atlanta area, and from the Atlanta airport to the hotel in Lawrenceville, GA.
For reservations, contact Jason Cowan-Brown.

How Should Applicants Address Scientific Rigor and in Particular Biological Variables such as Sex, when the Research Involves Scarce Animal Resources?

Applicants are now directed to provide a justification that the species are appropriate for the proposed research in the vertebrate animals section. The rationale for the number of subjects planned for study should now be explained in the approach section of the application.   

Applicants must provide strong justification to study only one sex. Such justification may include the study of sex-specific conditions or phenomena (e.g., ovarian or prostate cancer), or investigations in which the study of one sex is scientifically appropriate. The absence of evidence regarding sex differences in an area of research does not constitute strong justification to study only one sex. Cost also is not a consideration in determining whether both sexes are to be included in experiments.

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