2016 Primate Welfare Meeting – Cumulative severity and lifetime experience of NHPs in research

  • NC3Rs
Monday 10 October 2016
Central London

The NC3Rs Primate Welfare Meeting is a key international event for researchers, veterinarians, technologists and others involved with the care and use of non-human primates (NHPs). This year’s meeting will be held in central London on Monday 10 October 2016 and is focused on the lifetime experience of NHPs used in research and methodologies and frameworks for assessing cumulative severity* in long-term research programmes.


The meeting will consist of presentations, posters and networking opportunities. Confirmed speakers include:

  • Dr Kathy Murphy, Newcastle University (Chair)
  • Dr Mark Prescott, NC3Rs - Updates from the NC3Rs
  • Dr John Capitanio, University of California Davis - Individual differences in adaptation to stress
  • Dr Sandrine Camus & Dr Erwan Bezard, University of Bordeaux, CNRS UMR5293 - Depressive-like behavioural profiles
  • Professor Carol Shively, Wake Forest School of Medicine - Recognising and managing depression-like behaviour 
  • Professor Melissa Bateson, Newcastle University - Telomere attrition as a biomarker of cumulative stress
  • Dr Colline Poirier, Newcastle University - Hippocampus volume as a biomarker of cumulative stress
  • Professor Sarah Wolfensohn, University of Surrey - The extended welfare assessment grid and software 
  • Dr Emily Bethell, Liverpool John Moores University - Attention bias to assess psychological well-being
  • Dr Zoe Belshaw, University of Nottingham - Quality of life measures in fields other than NHP research

In addition, eleven posters have been accepted for the meeting.

Please see the draft agenda for more information.


The meeting is open to laboratory personnel working directly with NHPs. Attendance is free but advance registration is essential. Lunch and refreshments will be provided.

The closing date for registration is 30 September 2016. You will need an NC3Rs website account to register. Please use your institutional email address when registering. 


*Cumulative severity has been defined as ‘The sum of all the events and effects that impact, adversely, positively and by way of amelioration, on the welfare of an animal over its lifetime’. The concept of cumulative severity has been given increased emphasis by Directive 2010/63/EU, which requires that severity classification take into account the lifetime experience of animals, harmful techniques and their duration, frequency and multiplicity, cumulative suffering within a procedure, and the application of refinement techniques to minimise harm.

Supported by the Wellcome Trust.






Related documents
Draft agenda
Abstract submission form

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