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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.

2015 Election Winners Announced

Congratulations to APV's new leaders!

Vice President:
Marek Niekrasz

Christina Cruzen

Newsletter Editor:
Lorna Millen

Joyce Cohen
Jeff Stanton

Elizabeth R. Griffin Foundation: Beth@40 Celebration

Beth Griffin would be turning 40 on May 1, 2015. While there is little doubt amongs those who knew her that she would be well about making the world a better place, her unfortunate death at age 22 caused by an exposure to a macaque-borne B-virus denied her opportunity to contribute. Beth's family created the non-profit Elizabeth R Griffin Research Foundation (ERGF) to turn her tragedy into an opportunity to better the world by promoting safe research.

The ERGF is regarded as a significant non-governmental advocate of safe and secure research around the world. ERG has supported the expansion of professional biosafety training, occupational and public health colloquiums, the global development of biosafety associations, leadership development in biorisk management, and the expansion of public awareness in the importance of animal and public health research to economic security.

To celebrate what would be Beth's 40th, ERGF has launched a Beth@40 campaign to globally celebrate progress in biosafety and biosecurity. First, we are asking institutions around the world to have a 40 minute safety celebration in Beth's memory during the week of April 26 through May 2, 2015. We are encouraging that birthday cake be served and that photos of these events are shared with us through social media.

Next, Beth was a very active young woman so we want researchers and safety personnel around the world to join us in a virtual walk during that same week. The funds raised by this walk and through your donations will help ERGF continue support of the development and growth of biosafety and biosecurity around the world. The link for the walk is found here.

The Foundation is appreciative of the continued support it receives from friends around the world. Donations in Beth's honor can be made directly through the foundation's website or by mail to ERGF, 1225 N Eastman Rd PMB 275, Kingsport, TN 37664 USA. Bank transfer information is available upon request. ERGF is a 501.c.3 non-profit foundation. Donations qualify as tax deductible.

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.

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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