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Workshops

The following workshops will be held at the Congress Venue; some of them are simultaneous with congress sessions. Please indicate in which workshops you are interested when registering.
 
Final confirmation of the workshops in which delegates are allowed to participate will be confirmed at a later stage. Depending on the workshop, seats are limited.
 
New challenges in education and training in LAS: using e-learning  
Monday, 10th June from 09:00 to 12:00 h. Seats are limited to 30 persons (fully booked)
Chair: Timo Nevalainen
 
Description: Laboratory animal science (LAS) is confronting major changes due to the new Directive 2010/63/EU and the recent advances in new technologies to deliver theoretical and practical education and training. The laboratory animal science community will be faced with new challenges to meet the objectives of the Directive but can see this as an opportunity to further advance laboratory animal science training and education. While excellent courses exist, not enough LAS programs are available across Europe at present. Online courses can help close this gap, as they are available anywhere at any time and are not limited to a certain number of participants. Further, they offer more flexibility for both teacher and student. Theoretical knowledge and practical aspects of LAS can be taught at a students’ own study pace. In cases where course providers want to offer class-room teaching the educational quality can be improved by offering e-learning as preparation, thus spending more time discussing the topics with the students. The aim of the workshop will be to discuss the challenges and opportunities that e-learning in LAS will provide.
 
Note: only delegates with experience in e-learning will be selected
 
Planning an effective imaging unit  
Monday, 10th June from 09:00 to 12:00 h. Seats are limited to 40 participants (fully booked)
Chair: Hanna-Marja Voipio
 
Description: In recent years, live animal imaging facilities for diverse type of scientific work have been built and planning of new facilities is in progress. Organizing the practical work and logistics in these imaging centres is a demanding task with many challenges. Transporting animals from one institute to another poses a risk of spreading infectious diseases.  What happens to your animal model in a multimodality, multisite study? The seminar focuses on practical challenges how to plan an imaging unit within the old facility. Target group: Unit managers, planners, research personnel of laboratory animal facilities and veterinarians working with animal imaging techniques.
 
Experimental design
Monday, 10th June from 09:00 to 10:30 h
Chairs: Manuel Berdoy / Marlies Leenaars
 
Description: Statistics and experimental design in biology are mostly about logic, common sense and using simple techniques (e.g. randomization, blinding) to produce un-biased experimental results. This is good news because this should be relatively straightforward. Yet this is where the biggest blunders are made by professional biologists. This hands-on workshop aims to identify these traps, address how we can best apply experimental design to animal experiments, and describe how design, and its proper reporting, is important when carrying out Systematic Reviews.  And we aim to have fun in the process, thereby also demonstrating that the words “enjoyment” and “statistics” can belong in the same sentence, at least sometimes. The workshop is aimed at scientists performing animal research, from research students to post-doc academics and industry based scientists.
 
How to present our work to Society?
Monday, 10th June from 14:00 to 15:30 h
Chair: Bella Williams
 
The session will be on communication of work on animal research and animal welfare to society.
 
Design of databases according to different management needs
Tuesday, 11th June from 08:00 to 09:30 h. Seats are limited to 50 participants (fully booked)
Chair: Jan-Bas Prins
 
Description: The objectives are to provide an overview of options and available products in the market: How they address general and more specific management needs, but also to show, which customer demands could be regarded as realistic and those that are not so realistic and the customer’s ‘does and don’ts’ from the suppliers perspective. The workshop is aimed at those involved in designing and implementing ‘registration software’ in animal facilities.
 
Meet the Editor
Tuesday, 11th June from 10:00 to 11:30 h. Seats are limited to 100 participants.
Chairs: Beat Riederer / Merel Ritskes-Hoitinga
 
Description: The Journal “Laboratory Animals” has seen some recent changes and it is therefore important to open the dialogue with affiliated societies, publisher and authors. The FELASA meeting provides the ideal platform for discussion, to compare point-of-views and sense the expectations of authors concerning the future role and position of the journal. In this workshop members of LAS associations are invited to provide input to the editorial board members and the publisher and to have interactive discussions on these points.
 
Funding opportunities for the European Laboratory Animal Science Community
Tuesday, 11th June from 14:00 to 15:30 h. Seats are limited to 200 participants.
Chair: Gregory Boivin
 
Description: The objective of the workshop is to familiarize the European scientific community about the funding opportunities in the United States.  Three research foundations will be presented by representatives of each organization with information on their target audience, the missions of the foundations, and application procedures. This will be followed by a presentation on how to write a grant for these entities. Following the presentations ample time will be available for questions and answers with the panel. The expected audience includes scientists, veterinarians, veterinary students, and animal care staff.

 
Aspects of genetic monitoring in rodents
Wednesday, 12th June at 09:00  to 12:30 h
Chairs: Ana Pérez / James Fahey
 
Description: The main objectives of this workshop are: (i) To know why it is important to do genetic monitoring and how just phenotype is not sufficient to monitor genetic quality. (ii) To clearly identify the genetic background and the mutation through the use of international nomenclature. (iii) To explain breeding for inbred, outbreds and speed congenic techniques specific for establishing and maintaining congenic strains and closed colony strains. (iv) To explain classical (ordinary) methods testing biochemical and immunological markers and advanced methods testing SSLP and SNPs which are applicable for genetic monitoring. (v) To explain new policies defining closed colony strains. Genetic drift is real and has to be faced.
 
Practical pathology for research and phenotyping
Wednesday, 12th June from 11:00 to 12:30 h
Chair: Cory Brayton
 
Description: The workshop will provide an overview of: (i) Systematic rodent (mouse) gross examination, including common pathology findings. (ii) Systematic dissection and trimming suggestions. (iii) Systematic approach to basic microscopic anatomy, and common histopathology findings. (iv) Text and online resources. Familiarity with basic rodent gross anatomy is expected.  Techniques and information will be useful to technicians who collect or test tissue specimens, technicians, veterinarians, scientists aiming to submit tissues for pathology, conduct pathology assessments, or interpret pathology reports or results in a research setting that uses pathology for diagnosis (of ill or dead animals), or for phenotyping or other scientific data.
 
Towards evidence-based translational research
Wednesday, 12th June from 14.00 to 15.30 h. Seats are limited to 30 participants (fully booked)
Chairs: Rob de Vries / Carlijn Hooijmans
 
Description: The aims of our workshop are (1) to let the participants explore which factors explain why the results of animal experiments often do not get reproduced in clinical trials in humans, (2) to discuss with the participants to what extent these factors are avoidable and which stakeholders may play a role in avoiding these factors and (3) to get the participants acquainted with several tools, developed in the context of systematic reviews, that may be helpful for improving the translation of animal data to humans. The target audience are persons directly or indirectly involved in animal experiments the results of which are likely to be translated to the clinic. In order to optimise the workshop, we would prefer it if interested people signed up in advance.
 

Satellite Workshop
Mouse sperm cryopreservation
Chairs: Jorge Sztein / Jesús Martínez Palacio
 
Co-sponsored by: 
 
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Description: The main objective of this workshop is to acquaint students on reliable methods of mouse sperm cryopreservation, Jax and Nakagata, without requiring appliances or large investments to establishing a program at their centers. This course involves manipulation of animals and LN2.
 
The satellite workshop will be held on 10 June 2013 from 09.00 to 12.00 h. at:
Faculty of Medicine
University of Barcelona
Experimental Animal Unit
Casanova, 143
08036 Barcelona
Metro station: Hospital Clínic (L5 – blue line)
 
Satellite workshop registration fee: €120. Seats are limited to 24 participants