The AALAS (American Association for Laboratory Animal Science) National Meeting is the largest gathering in the world of professionals concerned with the production, care, and use of laboratory animals. During the five days of the meeting, members and non-members come together to attend workshops, lectures, poster sessions, and exhibits. The program is designed to have topics relevant to all. Exhibitors have an opportunity to interact with AALAS members from the academic community, research institutions, government organizations, and commercial companies.
NC3Rs staff will be attending this year's event. We will have a booth (#2010) at the trade exhibition, showcasing NC3Rs activities and sharing free copies of some of our 3Rs resources, such as grimace scale and mouse handling posters. We will also be participating in this year’s Technician Fun Fair.
Staff members will be delivering the following talks:
Supporting the NHP research community to improve animal welfare and scientific outcomes – Dr Mark Prescott
Monday 29 October, 4.25pm; as part of the symposium Integrated Strategies to Enhance the Welfare of Primates in Research, 2.45-5pm
Working with universities to support and encourage engagement with the 3Rs – Dr Emma Stringer
Monday 29 October, 3.45pm; as part of the symposium Animal Welfare, Training, and the 3Rs 1, 2.15-5pm
An international crowdsourcing data project to investigate aggression in group-housed laboratory male mice – Dr Katie Lidster
Tuesday 30 October, 4.45pm; as part of the symposium Animal Welfare, Training, and the 3Rs 2, 2.15-5.15pm
NC3Rs grant holder, Professor Mike Mendl of University of Bristol, will be giving the Charles River Ethics and Animal Welfare Lecture:
Assessing laboratory animal wellbeing: the study of animal affect – Professor Mike Mendl
Tuesday 30 October, 11am-12pm
We will also be co-sponsoring the following workshop, for the third year running:
W-08 Teaching Monkeys to Cooperate with Restraint: Using Positive Reinforcement Training and Temperament Testing Methods
Monday 29 October, 1-5pm / Tuesday 30 October, 8am-12pm (eight-hour workshop split over two days)
The workshop includes eight hours of instruction on using positive reinforcement training (PRT) to teach monkeys to cooperate with various restraint procedures, as well as provide information about using temperament testing to assist in selection of subjects and planning for their training. It is designed for those experienced in working with primates, including behavior specialists, animal caregivers, research technicians, animal managers, veterinarians, and investigators.
Further information about the 69th AALAS meeting, including the preliminary programme, can be found on the event website.