Call for nominations
Now international in scope
Nominations due 15 May 2013
Workshop in Laboratory
16-19 May 2013
Raleigh, NC @ NSCU-CVM
On Laboratory Animal Scence
17-20 June 2013
2014 - Coeur d'Alene, ID
2015 - New Orleans, LA
See Forum page for details
- President’s Message - 1
- ACLAM Announcements - 3
- ACLAMers on the Rise - 6
- Hot Topics - 8
- Foundation News - 9
- Educational Opportunities - 11
- Open Positions - 12
- 2013 Forum Agenda - 18
- Forum Leisure Activities - 20
- Forum For Life Agenda - 21
- Forum Registration - 22
- Introducing ACLAM Gear! - 23
- In Memoriam - 25
- ACLAM Committees - 27
ACLAM Website Notes
Online Submission of CE Credits is Now a Reality!
Effective March 15, 2012. ACLAM is pleased to announce that continuing education credits required for ACLAM Diplomate recertification will now be managed electronically.
Only credits actually earned to date can be entered into the system. The system is designed to be flexible and allow for entering credits for the myriad of educational activities in which our College members partake. If you encounter technical difficulties while entering your CE data, please email email@example.com for assistance. Paper forms used to track CE recertification credits will no longer be used, and if you have already submitted them in this format they will get converted to the electronic format. We hope you find this to be a useful change and look forward to your feedback for further improvements on this new system.
New content available in About Us
Annual dues of $300 are due 1 January each year. In accordance with Article VIII of the ACLAM Bylaws, dues must be received by 1 March 1. Late dues payments are – 2 March to 1 September - $350. After 1 September - $400.
How to Pay Dues Online
You can now pay your annual ACLAM membership dues online using a credit card. Here’s how:
- Click on the “sign in” button at the top right of the webpage.
- You can use your AALAS username and password to login.
- If you don’t know your AALAS username and password or don't have one, click on “forgot password” and enter your email at the prompt. You'll be emailed a username and password. If you get an error or need assistance, send an email to membership help.
- Once you are logged in, click on the "pay dues" link and follow the prompts.
How to Pay Dues Offline
Open the dues form on the Members Only page, print and complete the form and send a copy of the completed form with your payment to Dr. Mel Balk, 96 Chester Street, Chester, NH 03036.
We Need your help to Keep the ACLAM Website Current
When you are using the ACLAM website and find outdated content, dead links, inaccurate content or malfunction, notify the ACLAM Webmaster. Diplomates and/or ACLAM Committees are encouraged to submit new content or suggestions for new capabilities or functions to the ACLAM Webmaster.
Substantive changes will be considered by the IT Management Committee, which includes the webmaster, for compliance within the College By-Laws, feasibility, etc. ACLAM has contracted with AALAS for website server system and maintenance by AALAS IT technicians. Website changes will be implemented by the ACLAM webmaster or AALAS IT technicians.
ACLAM Foundation Update
The ACLAM Foundation is your mechanism to advance research into six key areas of laboratory animal medicine, science and welfare. In the 15 years of its existence, the Foundation has awarded over $1,700,000 in research dollars funding 92 research projects. Importantly, together these projects have resulted in over 50 publications and more than 100 presentations at national meetings. These projects have provided new information that allows you and me to make science based decisions for our programs. The Foundation Committee acknowledges that all the credit for this success goes to our donors and grantees for their generosity and research expertise.
Now we need your help to continue the Foundation’s success. Please make this the year you join over half of the College membership in funding important research projects and over 150 of your colleagues in participating in the President’s Circle (a pledge of $5000 paid over 10 years). Together we will be filling in missing data by increasing the body of knowledge in laboratory animal medicine, science and welfare. The entire amount of your contribution, 100%, will be used to fund research grants, since ACLAM covers the modest overhead costs.
The mission of the Foundation is to expand the body of knowledge in the fields of laboratory Animal Science and Medicine through funding research grants. The Foundation Committee appeals to you for your financial support as it is crucial to enable the expansion of our knowledge base. Please help us support these research studies. Over 70 research teams competed for grants this year. With your gift, we will be able to fund more excellent projects in the future.
Thank you for your generosity.
Greg Boivin, D.V.M.
Chairman & Scientific Director
Now Available: The Laboratory Rabbit, Guinea Pig, Hamster, and Other Rodents
Now published electronically and available for sale as an e-book: http://www.elsevierdirect.com/product.jsp?isbn=9780123809209 and on our ScienceDirect platform: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/book/9780123809209
The print publication will be available for purchase January 15th.
New: Handbook of Clinical Signs in Rodents and Rabbits available
Click here for a PDF flyer with more information.
A new interactive web site designed to help scientists to improve the design of their animal experiments.
Animal experiments are not always well designed, leading to both ethical concerns and a waste of scientific resources. This is a world-wide problem. But training scientists is difficult as there so are few statisticians with a good understanding of laboratory animal science, able to provide such training. This new web site is designed to help scientists to teach themselves the necessary skills. After an introduction on the ethics of animal experimentation, showing that improvements are needed, it goes on to cover choice of experimental units, avoiding bias, power and sample size, controlling variability, types of experimental design, factorial experiments, statistical analysis and publication guidelines. Most sections are followed by a “Test yourself” page of true/false questions. The web site is free and non-commercial.
Ph.D. supervisors and members of ethical review committees could ask anyone new to research on animals to work through the site and download the pdf Certificate which states that : “I Certify that I have worked through all pages of the web site www.3Rs-Reduction.co.uk, and that I understand the importance of good experimental design in minimising the number of laboratory animals used in biomedical research.” This should lead, over a period of time, to a general improvement, saving both animals and scientific resources.