2017 Primate Welfare Meeting

  • NC3Rs
Friday 03 November 2017
Central London

The NC3Rs Primate Welfare Meeting is a unique event for sharing best practice in the use and care of non-human primates internationally. 

This year’s event will be held in central London on Friday 3 November 2017. Chaired by Dr Andrew Welchman of the Wellcome Trust, the meeting will consist of presentations, posters and networking opportunities. The draft agenda is here.


Confirmed speakers include:

  • Professor Stuart Baker, Newcastle University – Home-cage grip assessment in macaques using a variable-aperture food well
  • Dr Jaco Bakker, Annet Louwerse, Matrlies Van Velzen, Jan Langermans, Biomedical Primate Research Centre – Refinement of non-human primate husbandry, sample collection and PRT procedures at the BPRC
  • Dr Caroline Bergmann, University of Oxford – Validation of actigraphy for macaques as a novel non-invasive behaviour monitoring tool
  • Dr James Butler, University College London – A low-cost, open-source training device for automated in-cage training of non-human primates
  • Dr Melanie Graham, University of Minnesota – High impact outcomes: accelerating the adoption of refinement as a transformative technology in non-human primate disease models
  • Miss Jennah Green, Newcastle University and MRC Centre for Macaques – Considering nocturnal behaviour patterns in assessments of captive primate welfare
  • Miss Donna Lee, Genentech – A preclinical safety testing algorithm for antibody drug conjugate (ADC) lead optimisation and candidate selection
  • Dr Mark Prescott, NC3Rs – Applying the 3Rs to non-human primate research: barriers and solutions
  • Dr Helen Prior, NC3Rs – NHP as the non-rodent species in toxicology studies: are there opportunities to minimise use for small and large molecules?
  • Ms Heather Slater, Fabien Balzeau, Ross Muers, Christopher Petkov, Newcastle University – Assessing the quality of non-invasive fMRI with non-human primates
  • Dr Ruth Stow, Georgina Adjin-Tettey, Beverley Murphy, Glynn Bailey, Richard Trojca, James, Miller, John Kendrick, Covance Laboratories Ltd., UK & Hans Helleberg, Mette Finderup Grove, Jesper Huhl Hansen, Kirstine Ovilsen, Novo Nordisk A/S, Copenhagen – A novel approach to conducting primate metabolism studies allowing primates to be triple housed: enhancing welfare and science
  • Professor Alex Thiele, Newcastle University – Improving biological integration of osseous and dermal tissues in macaque cranial implants: an update on difficulties and progress.


  • Mr William Archibald, Charles River Laboratories - Refinements to non-human primate intravenous infusion administration with improved chair restraint
  • Dr Antonino Calapai, German Primate Centre – Stand-alone home-cage behavioural interface for rhesus monkeys
  • Dr Geoffrey Hale, Covance Laboratories Ltd., UK – A multi-disciplinary approach to reducing the incidence of non-human primate diarrhoea at a large contract research organisation
  • Miss Emmeline Howarth, Liverpool John Moores University – Qualitative Behaviour Assessment (QBA) as a potential tool to assess the welfare of captive laboratory rhesus macaques (Macaca mulatta)
  • Dr Jörg Luft, Covance Preclinical Services, Germany – Group housing for continuous infusion studies with ambulatory infusion pumps in cynomolgus monkeys
  • Miss Loni Mayhew, MRC Centre for Macaques – Environmental enrichment use by rhesus macaques of different ages and ranks
  • Mr Charles Melson, University of Oxford – Environmental enrichment as physiotherapy
  • Dr Mark Prescott, NC3Rs & Ms Maria Martinez, University of Oxford – Current practice for NHP-specific modular training in the UK
  • Dr Helen Prior, NC3Rs – Why are non-rodents not socially housed during cardiovascular telemetry recordings on safety pharmacology studies?
  • Mr Thomas Rawson, University of Oxford – Using actigraphy as a welfare tool in sleep assessment of rhesus macaques
  • Mr Yossi Shohat & Dr Avishag Tuval, Weizmann Institute of Science – The pyramid of success: non-human primate training method
  • Oliver Skinner & Natasha Merredew, Public Health England, Porton Down – Overcoming challenges of primate enrichment in high containment 
  • Dr Valeska Stephan, German Primate Centre – Education in primate research: the EUPRIM-Net FELASA laboratory animal science course
  • Dr Claire Witham, Newcastle University & MRC Centre for Macaques – Causes and mitigation of fight injuries in group-housed rhesus macaques


The Primate Welfare Meeting is open to laboratory personnel working directly with non-human primates. Attendance is free but advanced registration is essential (see box above). You will need an NC3Rs website account to register. Please use your institutional email address when registering. 

Registration closes on 23 October

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