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 Hayley Ash1, Professor Tessa Smith2, Dr Simon Knight3, Professor Hannah Buchanan-Smith1, 1University of Stirling, 2University of Chester, 3Dstl – Measuring physiological stress in the common marmoset (Callithrix jacchus): validation of a salivary cortisol collection and assay technique
  • 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
  • Miss Lauren Nunn, Envigo – Reviewing our handling and restraint techniques for Old World primates at Envigo
  • 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 David Shaw, Roche Innovation Centre Basel – Reuse of non-human primates in outsourced preclinical studies
  • 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
  • Ms Rhyanne Dale, University of Oxford – Assessment of day- and night-time activity in freely moving, group-housed macaques
  • Sally Sharpe1, Fergus Gleeson2, Anthony McIntyre2 & Mike Dennis1, Public Health England, Porton Down1Churchill Hospital, Oxford- Refinement and reduction through application of a quantitative score system for estimation of TB-induced disease burden using computed tomography
  • Dr Atsuko Hikima, Dr Judith M Hall, Dr Sarah Rose, Mr Michael Jackson, Dr James Clark, Ms Ria Fisher, Ms Louise Lincoln, 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)?
  • Dr Helen Prior and Dr Fiona Sewell, NC3Rs – Are we fully exploiting the use of a single species for post-‘First-in-Human’ (FIH) studies allowed within ICHS6?
  • Ms Astrid Rox1,2, Han de Vries2, Elisabeth HM Sterck1,2, Jan AM Langermans1and Annet L Louwerse1, 1Biomedical Primate Research Centre (BPRC), the Netherlands, 2Utrecht University – Female social behaviour during three male introductions in captive groups of rhesus macaques
  • Mr Antony Salva, Covance UK – Sedation removal for TB testing
  • Mr Yossi Shohat, Weizmann Institute – Non-human primates need food not only for nutrition but also as an enrichment challenge
  • 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 and 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.

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