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AALAS Announcement - Grant for Laboratory Animal Science (GLAS) application
The American Association for Laboratory Animal Science (AALAS) is pleased to announce that the next deadline for a Grant for Laboratory Animal Science (GLAS) application is February 1, 2015. Applications are sought for research projects that will promote the enhancement of scientific knowledge in laboratory animal health and welfare.
Since its inception in 2006, the GLAS program has awarded 43 research grants that added new knowledge to the field of laboratory animal science. The grant categories are Standard Grants for up to $50,000 and Small Grants for up to $7,500. Program information, the application form and an application tutorial, are now available at www.aalas.org/glas.
Because the mission of the AALAS Grants for Laboratory Animal Science (GLAS) Program includes promoting collaborative efforts by the AALAS membership within the broader scientific community, the principal investigator must be an AALAS member, but co-investigators do not have to be AALAS members. There are no geographical restrictions with regard to the investigators or the institution so international submissions are welcomed.
We hope that this grant program will be of interest to the members of your organization, and would appreciate if you would share this announcement with them. If it would be helpful to expedite dissemination of this announcement, please feel free to post this on your website or forward to others whom you feel may be interested.
Laboratory Animal Transportation
ACLAM recognizes the vital role of live animals in research, and supports animal based research as a legitimate, necessary, and socially responsible activity. Domestic and international transport of animals is essential to maintaining progress toward advances in human and animal health. Research animal transportation is conducted under highly supervised conditions, in accordance with strict, accepted standards, and in compliance with a variety of government regulations. Transport by experienced and licensed animal couriers ensures the safe and appropriate handling of animals.
ACLAM supports the continued transportation of live animals for research purposes in accord with the aforementioned standards and regulations.
Publications of Possible Interest:
Biology and Diseases of the Ferret, 3rd Edition
James G. Fox and Robert P. Marini, Editors.
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Kathryn Bayne and Patricia V. Turner, eds.:
Laboratory Animal Welfare, 2013
The Laboratory Rabbit, Guinea Pig, Hamster, and Other Rodents
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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.
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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