2018 Primate Welfare Meeting

  • NC3Rs
Thursday 15 November 2018
London, UK

The NC3Rs Primate Welfare Meeting is a unique, international event for sharing best practice in the use and care of non-human primates (NHPs). This meeting covers the latest developments in NHP husbandry and training, the refinement of scientific procedures, advances in welfare assessment and other topics, with plenty of opportunities for networking with colleagues in NHP research, breeding and management.

The 2018 meeting will be chaired by Dr Melanie Graham, University of Minnesota. The keynote lecture will be given by Dr Kris Coleman, Oregon National Primate Research Center.


The provisional programme is now available.

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Dr Henri Bertrand, University of Cambridge – Reported analgesic and anaesthetic administration to non‐human primates undergoing experimental surgical procedures: 2010‐2015
  • Ms Helen Beyer, Silabe – Humane endpoints for non-human primates in husbandry
  • Professor Mark Buckley, University of Oxford – Motivating animals for complex cognitive tasks for electrophysiological experimentation with high value fluid reward and minimum or no fluid control
  • Dr Kris Coleman, Oregon National Primate Research Center – Temperament testing of macaques and the implications for animal training and welfare
  • Dr Matthew Leach, Newcastle University & Ms Melissa Truelove, University of Edinburgh – Identification of welfare indicators for laboratory-housed macaques (Macaca) using a Delphi consultation process
  • Dr Aileen Milne, Charles River Laboratories, Edinburgh – Conducting cardiovascular telemetry studies in cynomolgus macaques housed in large social groups
  • Dr Anna Mitchell, University of Oxford – Training the trainers and the primates for neuroscience research
  • Dr Colline Poirier & Professor Melissa Bateson, Newcastle University – Welfare and biomedical implications of stereotypic pacing in laboratory macaques
  • Dr Mark Prescott, NC3Rs – Update from the NC3Rs
  • Dr Rachel Tanner, University of Oxford – A non-human primate in vitro function assay for the early evaluation of TB vaccine candidates and the associated immune response

Confirmed poster presenters include:

  • Ms Helen Beyer, Silabe – A new bedding to be used in marmosets’ cages enhances animal welfare and staff wellbeing
  • Mrs Judith M Hall, Dr Sarah Rose, King’s College London & Dr Mark Prescott, NC3Rs E-learning videos and interactive tools: promoting animal welfare and good experimental design in an MPTP marmoset model of Parkinson’s disease
  • Miss Fiona Lacey & Miss Danielle Hutchinson, Covance UK – Tail vein dosing in cynomolgus macaques
  • Mr Sebastian Merritt, MRC Centre for Macaques – You snooze, you lose: does time of day affect task performance in rhesus macaques (Macaca mulatta)?
  • Ms Astrid Rox, Biomedical Primate Research Centre (BPRC), the Netherlands – Female social behaviour during three male introductions in captive groups of rhesus macaques
  • Mr Antony Salva, Covance UK – Sedation removal for TB testing
  • Dr Claire Witham, MRC Centre for Macaques – Monitoring social relationships in rhesus macaques
  • Miss Dian GM Zijlmans1, Lisette M van den Berg1, Han de Vries1, Jan AM Langermans2, Elisabeth HM Sterck1,2, 1Utrecht University, 2Biomedical Primate Research Centre (BPRC), the Netherlands – Group-housed macaques getting fat: who, when and why?


The Primate Welfare Meeting is open to laboratory personnel working directly with NHPs. Attendance is free but advanced registration is essential. You will need an NC3Rs website account to register. Please use your institutional email address when registering.

Registration closes on Friday 26 October.

Sponsored by the Wellcome Trust.