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The 2014 Charles River Prize for Laboratory Animal Science

Charles River is pleased to announce that nominations are now being received for the 37th annual Charles River Prize. This award will be presented in San Antonio, TX, at the 65th annual meeting of the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science (AALAS), October 19-23, 2014. The Charles River Prize, consisting of a suitably inscribed plaque a check, and travel to the AALAS meeting will be awarded in recognition of distinguished contributions to the field of laboratory animal science and medicine.

The deadline for submission is May 15.

  • Nominees should be a veterinarian who has had significant, consistent contributions to laboratory animal science and medicine.
  • The recipient need not be a member of any specific professional organization but should be active in a laboratory animal science or medicine professional organization.
  • The recipient must be either a member of AALAS or an AALAS-recognized affiliate organization. In the case of recipients that are not currently AALAS members (as might be the case if the recipient resides outside of North America) Charles River will fund their individual membership dues for 2 years.
  • The recipient may be a resident of any country.

Criteria considered include but are not limited to:

  • Publications and presentations in the field of laboratory animal science, medicine, welfare, or ethics
  • Teaching and training activities which foster the highest standards of animal care and use
  • Public outreach supporting biomedical research
  • Involvement in public policy enhancing biomedical research
  • Involvement in development of recognized guidelines, standards and other activities enhancing the use of animals in biomedical research

If you would like to nominate one of your colleagues, please send the nomination to Dr. Marilyn Brown, Vice President CHARTER Program, Charles River, 251 Ballardvale Street, Wilmington, MA  01887 (Marilyn.brown@crl.com)

Each nomination should contain the following supporting information:

  • Name, mailing address, college and year of graduation
  • Nature of professional activity (type of salaried work)
  • Organization membership (professional and scientific)
  • Honors or awards
  • Bibliography
  • Brief sketch on nominees professional background
  • Statement pertaining to his/her qualifications for the award
  • Up to three letters of support for the nomination

 

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Public Support of Research Funding

Colorado State University has launched an effort to encourage public support of research funding that is being distributed broadly; We thought you might find this of interest.

Please feel free to pass on:

www.innovationdeficit.org

This effort recently was featured in the NY Times:

http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2014/02/27/us/politics/ap-us-innovation-video.html?_r=2

 

New Book Available:

Kathryn Bayne and Patricia V. Turner, eds.:
Laboratory Animal Welfare, 2013

See: http://store.elsevier.com/product.jsp?isbn=9780123851031 and

http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/book/9780123851031

 

The Laboratory Rabbit, Guinea Pig, Hamster, and Other Rodents

Now published electronically and available for sale as an e-book:

See: http://www.elsevierdirect.com/product.jsp?isbn=9780123809209 and

http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/book/9780123809209

 

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.

 

2013 AVMA Euthanasia Guidelines finalized

Ref:  https://www.avma.org/KB/Policies/Pages/Euthanasia-Guidelines.aspx