The 2018 Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee Conference (IACUC18) will bring together 600 professionals from public and private institutions, the US federal government, industry, and academia to discuss, and debate issues related to animal care and use, research ethics and oversight, and to network with colleagues in the field.
The conference will run on 20-21 March, with pre-conference programs on 19 March. The programme includes keynote lectures, panels and breakout sessions/workshops designed to help build and strengthen effective animal care and use programs and to share best practice.
Dr Mark Prescott, Dr Samuel Brod and Dr Melanie Graham will be leading a workshop on Tuesday 20 March, 4:30pm - 5:45pm: “Supporting active 3Rs culture within academic organizations: New strategies and tools from the United Kingdom”.
Implementation of the 3Rs is a key component of animal care and use programs. However, there can be challenges to fully applying the 3Rs within the academic sector, as well as a lack of benchmarks to gauge success. This workshop will demonstrate the importance of developing an institutional framework for supporting the 3Rs that delivers benefits to scientists and animals, and provide new strategies and tools from the NC3Rs designed to help academic institutions improve and measure their 3Rs engagement and activity. During this session, speakers and attendees will:
- Discuss and give examples of the scientific importance of the 3Rs
- Explain some of the challenges to implementing the 3Rs within the academic sector
- Review what a good institutional 3Rs culture looks like, and how progress in the 3Rs can be measured at the institutional level