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NC3Rs e-newsletter - Issue 47

Including 3Rs Prize, Fellowships call, current vacancies, CRACK IT 2012 Challenges launch and two new CRACK IT Solutions


3Rs Prize

Open for entries

Our 3Rs Prize is for a piece of primary research published in any peer-reviewed journal in the last 3 years which advances, or has the potential to advance, one or more of the 3Rs. The prize is sponsored by GSK and consists of a £18k grant and a £2k personal award. International groups are now eligible to apply.

Apply by 13 December>>

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David Sainsbury Fellowships

Call for applications

Researchers with less than 3 years post-doctoral experience are eligible to apply for our David Sainsbury Fellowship scheme. Potential applicants should submit an outline proposal and CV by 15 November. Full applications are due 6 December.

Submit outline and CV>>

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Job opportunities at the NC3Rs

Applications invited

We are currently seeking to appoint three new members of staff a Communications Manager, a Science Operations Manager, and a Programme Manager to support our CRACK IT open innovation platform. The deadline for applications is 8 October.

Further information>>

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CRACK IT Challenges

2012 Challenge competition launched

This year the competition, which is co-funded by the Medical Research Council and Technology Strategy Board, includes four Challenges and one Mini-Challenge. The total budget available is £3.75 million. Challenge Sponsors include GlaxoSmithKline, Grunenthal, MRC Harwell, Pfizer Neusentis, Shell and Syngenta.

Further information>>



CRACK IT Kiyatec

New CRACK IT Solution

3D cell based assays

KIYATEC Inc are seeking active partners to co-develop 3D cell based assays and models to improve prediction of human efficacy and toxicity and reduce animal use. Pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies are invited to contact them to participate in collaborative research.

Further information>>


New CRACK IT Solution

Primary cultures of proximal tubule cells

Newcastle University and Abcellute are looking to collaborate on more predictive in vitro renal cell models in toxicologically relevant species to improve mechanistic understanding of toxicity in humans. Pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies are invited to work with them to further validate their models in a drug development setting.

Further information>>

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Primate Welfare Meeting workshops

Programmes now available

The programmes are now available for our Primate Welfare Meeting workshops on primate training (19 November) and chronic implants (21 November). The closing date for registration, submission of poster abstracts and topics for discussion is 24 October. Hurry to reserve your place.

Programmes and registration>>


The Rabbit Grimace Scale

A new method for pain assessment in rabbits

With NC3Rs funding, Dr Matt Leach at Newcastle University has developed a method for pain assessment in rabbits using changes in facial expression. The Rabbit Grimace Scale, published in PLoS ONE, was developed using data obtained in a study on the welfare impact of ear tattooing.

Further information>>

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