FEB 5 - 6 2014
Lab Animal Sciences 2014
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The Veterinary Bioscience Institute and LabRoots, Inc. are pleased to announce the annual, two-day international, virtual Laboratory Animal Science (LAS) BioConference Live that will take place on February 5th and 6th, 2014. This is the premier online-only conference focused on laboratory animal science. The theme of this conference is Laboratory Animal Science in the 21st century; new trends in the profession with the following tracks:

  • Analgesia
  • Aquatics
  • Emerging species
  • Emerging innovative technologies
  • Transport
  • Training personnel and competency assessment
  • Animal husbandry refinements
  • Health monitoring methodologies

Following tracks will be introduced for the first time:

  • Laboratory Animal Technician & Technologist Track
  • Spanish Track

LAS BioConference Live will bring together scientists, veterinary technicians, veterinarians, technical support staff, IACUC administrators and committee members, as well as training and compliance personnel from around the world to learn about recent advances on the science of animal wellbeing, housing, enrichment and biomethodology. Never before has such a diverse group of experts been able to participate in one, groundbreaking conference, which is absolutely free to all participants. No crowded airports, delayed flights or expensive hotel rooms, but still the look and feel of a first-rate conference with world renowned experts.

Conference participants will be able to

  • Search and attend session(s) of their choice
  • Have their questions answered in real-time by experts via live video
  • Receive Free Continuing Education Credits
  • Chat live with peers and speakers
  • Browse a virtual exhibit floor for solution providers

The 2013 2nd Laboratory Animal Science BioConference Live included 39 speakers and 52 exhibitors, from x number of countries. Over 12,000 people registered for this event, almost doubling the participation from the inaugural year.

Feedback highlights from the 2013 conference participants included:

  • “The lecture topics were highly relevant and the speakers were world-class.”
  • “This is a great way to connect the global LAS community!”
  • “I am new to the lab animal field, having come from 12 years of private practice. I'm studying for my ALAT and soaking up on the job training. This conference was extremely helpful as everything is new, and any information is beneficial. Thank you!”
  • “It was a very interesting experience. It is both fun and convenient to be able to attend online and of course it is awesome that the presentations are available afterwards, since not all attendees are in the same time-zone!”
  • “I thought this was an exceptional way to obtain CE”
  • “I liked it because it was very educative and informative. All the presentations were exciting and interesting. Well done and keep it up.”
  • “It's flexible education that fits around any schedule.”
  • “It is a very good experience to learn about various ethical and behavioural aspects in research on animals, especially on primates. It is an excellent opportunity of learning”

The 2014 conference will be submitted for approved by the American Association of Veterinary State Boards for continuing education for veterinarians and veterinary technicians, and will also meet AALAS and CALAS continuing education criteria.


Speakers:

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Agenda
  • FEB 05, 2014 06:00 AM PST
    Speaker: Andrea Gay
    SEE ABSTRACT | Continuing Education: CE
  • FEB 05, 2014 07:00 AM PST
    Speaker: Marcel Perret-Gentil, DVM, MS
    SEE ABSTRACT | Continuing Education: CE
  • FEB 05, 2014 08:00 AM PST
    Speaker: John Bradfield, PhD, DVM
  • FEB 05, 2014 09:00 AM PST
    Speaker: Bryan R Howard, PhD
    SEE ABSTRACT | Continuing Education: CE
  • FEB 05, 2014 09:00 AM PST
    Speaker: Michelle Weideman, DVM
  • FEB 05, 2014 09:00 AM PST
    Speaker: Karen Froberg-Fejko, LATg, VMD
  • FEB 05, 2014 09:00 AM PST
    Speaker: Juan Manuel Baamonde
  • FEB 05, 2014 09:00 AM PST
    Speaker: Michelle Hull, MS RLATg
  • FEB 05, 2014 10:00 AM PST
    Speaker: Jennifer K. Hendrick, BS, LATg
  • FEB 05, 2014 10:00 AM PST
    Speaker: Marilyn Arce Rivera, DVM, MLAS, DACLAM
  • FEB 05, 2014 10:00 AM PST
    Speaker: Melissa Swan, RVT, AAS, RALAT
  • FEB 05, 2014 10:00 AM PST
    Speaker: Andrew H Ide, BS
    SEE ABSTRACT | Continuing Education: CE
  • FEB 05, 2014 11:00 AM PST
    Speaker: Daniel Weary, Dphil
    SEE ABSTRACT | Continuing Education: CE
  • FEB 05, 2014 11:00 AM PST
    Speaker: Marilyn Arce Rivera, DVM, MLAS, DACLAM
  • FEB 05, 2014 11:00 AM PST
    Speaker: John N Norton, D.V.M., PhD, Dipl, ABT, ACLAM
  • FEB 05, 2014 11:00 AM PST
    Speaker: Laurie Long, LATg
  • FEB 05, 2014 11:00 AM PST
    Speaker: Barbara Stone, PhD
    SEE ABSTRACT | Continuing Education: CE
  • FEB 05, 2014 12:00 PM PST
    Speaker: Matthew Flegal, BS, SRS
  • FEB 05, 2014 01:00 PM PST
    Speaker: Olga Gonzalez, DVM
  • FEB 05, 2014 01:00 PM PST
    Speaker: Anna Olsson, PhD
  • FEB 05, 2014 02:00 PM PST
    Speaker: Steven J Schapiro
  • FEB 05, 2014 02:00 PM PST
    Speaker: Szczepan Baran, VMD, MS
  • FEB 05, 2014 02:00 PM PST
    Speaker: Charles Clifford, DVM, PhD, DACVP
  • FEB 05, 2014 02:00 PM PST
    Speaker: Fernando Benavides, DVM, PhD, DACLAM
    SEE ABSTRACT | Continuing Education: CE
  • FEB 05, 2014 03:00 PM PST
    Abnormal and Self-Injurious Behavior in Laboratory Primates
    Speaker: Corrine Lutz, PhD
  • FEB 05, 2014 03:00 PM PST
    Speaker: Marina Ponzio, PhD
    SEE ABSTRACT | Continuing Education: CE
  • FEB 05, 2014 03:00 PM PST
    Speaker: Bruce W Kennedy, MS RLATG CMAR CPIA
    SEE ABSTRACT | Continuing Education: CE
  • FEB 05, 2014 04:00 PM PST
    Speaker: Jorge Sztein, DVM, PhD
  • FEB 05, 2014 05:00 PM PST
    Speaker: Jenny Kingham, BVSc, MACVSc ( Lab Anim)
  • FEB 05, 2014 05:00 PM PST
    Speaker: Xueying Pan, MS, PhD Candidate
    SEE ABSTRACT | Continuing Education: CE
  • FEB 05, 2014 06:00 PM PST
    Speaker: Sonja "Scout" Chou, VMD, MS, DACLAM
  • FEB 05, 2014 07:00 PM PST
    Speaker: Frank Lu, PhD
  • FEB 06, 2014 06:00 AM PST
    Speaker: Matthew H Myles, DVM, PhD, DACLAM
  • FEB 06, 2014 07:00 AM PST
    Barriers to analgesic use - assessing the potential interactions of analgesics and unalleviated pain on research outcomes
    Speaker: Jennifer Lofgren, DVM, MS, DACLAM
  • FEB 06, 2014 07:00 AM PST
    Speaker: Lynne U Sneddon, PhD
    SEE ABSTRACT | Continuing Education: CE
  • FEB 06, 2014 08:00 AM PST
    Speaker: Patri Vergara, DVM, PhD, DipECLAM
    SEE ABSTRACT | Continuing Education: CE
  • FEB 06, 2014 09:00 AM PST
    Speaker: Jorge Fernandez Hernandez, DVM
    SEE ABSTRACT | Continuing Education: CE
  • FEB 06, 2014 09:00 AM PST
    Speaker: Mary Ann Vasbinder, DVM, ACLAM and Asheley Wathen, DVM, MPH, DACLAM
  • FEB 06, 2014 09:00 AM PST
    Speaker: Erik Sanders, PhD
    SEE ABSTRACT | Continuing Education: CE
  • FEB 06, 2014 10:00 AM PST
    Speaker: Jesus Martinez-Palacio, MS
  • FEB 06, 2014 10:00 AM PST
    Speaker: Szczepan Baran, VMD, MS
  • FEB 06, 2014 10:00 AM PST
    Speaker: Mark Prescott, PhD
  • FEB 06, 2014 10:00 AM PST
    Speaker: Hugh Hammer, PhD
  • FEB 06, 2014 11:00 AM PST
    Speaker: Yvonne M Heuze de lcaza, PhD
  • FEB 06, 2014 11:00 AM PST
    Speaker: Denise Ostmeyer, BS, CVT, rLATg, CMAR
  • FEB 06, 2014 11:00 AM PST
    Speaker: Ernesto DelaCueva
  • FEB 06, 2014 11:00 AM PST
    Speaker: Carole Wilson
  • FEB 06, 2014 12:00 PM PST
    Speaker: Marcus Crim, DVM
    SEE ABSTRACT | Continuing Education: CE
  • FEB 06, 2014 12:00 PM PST
    Speaker: Sean Kaufman, MPH, CIC, CPH, CHES
    SEE ABSTRACT | Continuing Education: CE
  • FEB 06, 2014 12:00 PM PST
    Speaker: Paulina Bugyis, International AIA
  • FEB 06, 2014 01:00 PM PST
    Speaker: Ignacio Alvarez Gomez de Segura, DipECLAM, DipECVAA
    SEE ABSTRACT | Continuing Education: CE
  • FEB 06, 2014 02:00 PM PST
    Speaker: Oscar A Bermeo Blanco, DVM, RLATG, SRS
  • FEB 06, 2014 03:00 PM PST
    Speaker: Micaela Ricca, LATG
    SEE ABSTRACT | Continuing Education: CE
  • FEB 06, 2014 04:00 PM PST
    Speaker: Carolina Mourelle, LATG
  • FEB 05, 2014 06:00 AM PST
    Speaker: Andrea Gay
    SEE ABSTRACT | Continuing Education: CE
  • FEB 05, 2014 07:00 AM PST
    Speaker: Marcel Perret-Gentil, DVM, MS
    SEE ABSTRACT | Continuing Education: CE
  • FEB 05, 2014 08:00 AM PST
    Speaker: John Bradfield, PhD, DVM
  • FEB 05, 2014 09:00 AM PST
    Speaker: Bryan R Howard, PhD
    SEE ABSTRACT | Continuing Education: CE
  • FEB 05, 2014 09:00 AM PST
    Speaker: Michelle Weideman, DVM
  • FEB 05, 2014 09:00 AM PST
    Speaker: Karen Froberg-Fejko, LATg, VMD
  • FEB 05, 2014 09:00 AM PST
    Speaker: Juan Manuel Baamonde
  • FEB 05, 2014 09:00 AM PST
    Speaker: Michelle Hull, MS RLATg
  • FEB 05, 2014 10:00 AM PST
    Speaker: Jennifer K. Hendrick, BS, LATg
  • FEB 05, 2014 10:00 AM PST
    Speaker: Marilyn Arce Rivera, DVM, MLAS, DACLAM
  • FEB 05, 2014 10:00 AM PST
    Speaker: Melissa Swan, RVT, AAS, RALAT
  • FEB 05, 2014 10:00 AM PST
    Speaker: Andrew H Ide, BS
    SEE ABSTRACT | Continuing Education: CE
  • FEB 05, 2014 11:00 AM PST
    Speaker: Daniel Weary, Dphil
    SEE ABSTRACT | Continuing Education: CE
  • FEB 05, 2014 11:00 AM PST
    Speaker: Marilyn Arce Rivera, DVM, MLAS, DACLAM
  • FEB 05, 2014 11:00 AM PST
    Speaker: John N Norton, D.V.M., PhD, Dipl, ABT, ACLAM
  • FEB 05, 2014 11:00 AM PST
    Speaker: Laurie Long, LATg
  • FEB 05, 2014 11:00 AM PST
    Speaker: Barbara Stone, PhD
    SEE ABSTRACT | Continuing Education: CE
  • FEB 05, 2014 12:00 PM PST
    Speaker: Matthew Flegal, BS, SRS
  • FEB 05, 2014 01:00 PM PST
    Speaker: Olga Gonzalez, DVM
  • FEB 05, 2014 01:00 PM PST
    Speaker: Anna Olsson, PhD
  • FEB 05, 2014 02:00 PM PST
    Speaker: Steven J Schapiro
  • FEB 05, 2014 02:00 PM PST
    Speaker: Szczepan Baran, VMD, MS
  • FEB 05, 2014 02:00 PM PST
    Speaker: Charles Clifford, DVM, PhD, DACVP
  • FEB 05, 2014 02:00 PM PST
    Speaker: Fernando Benavides, DVM, PhD, DACLAM
    SEE ABSTRACT | Continuing Education: CE
  • FEB 05, 2014 03:00 PM PST
    Abnormal and Self-Injurious Behavior in Laboratory Primates
    Speaker: Corrine Lutz, PhD
  • FEB 05, 2014 03:00 PM PST
    Speaker: Marina Ponzio, PhD
    SEE ABSTRACT | Continuing Education: CE
  • FEB 05, 2014 03:00 PM PST
    Speaker: Bruce W Kennedy, MS RLATG CMAR CPIA
    SEE ABSTRACT | Continuing Education: CE
  • FEB 05, 2014 04:00 PM PST
    Speaker: Jorge Sztein, DVM, PhD
  • FEB 05, 2014 05:00 PM PST
    Speaker: Jenny Kingham, BVSc, MACVSc ( Lab Anim)
  • FEB 05, 2014 05:00 PM PST
    Speaker: Xueying Pan, MS, PhD Candidate
    SEE ABSTRACT | Continuing Education: CE
  • FEB 05, 2014 06:00 PM PST
    Speaker: Sonja "Scout" Chou, VMD, MS, DACLAM
  • FEB 05, 2014 07:00 PM PST
    Speaker: Frank Lu, PhD
  • FEB 06, 2014 06:00 AM PST
    Speaker: Matthew H Myles, DVM, PhD, DACLAM
  • FEB 06, 2014 07:00 AM PST
    Barriers to analgesic use - assessing the potential interactions of analgesics and unalleviated pain on research outcomes
    Speaker: Jennifer Lofgren, DVM, MS, DACLAM
  • FEB 06, 2014 07:00 AM PST
    Speaker: Lynne U Sneddon, PhD
    SEE ABSTRACT | Continuing Education: CE
  • FEB 06, 2014 08:00 AM PST
    Speaker: Patri Vergara, DVM, PhD, DipECLAM
    SEE ABSTRACT | Continuing Education: CE
  • FEB 06, 2014 09:00 AM PST
    Speaker: Jorge Fernandez Hernandez, DVM
    SEE ABSTRACT | Continuing Education: CE
  • FEB 06, 2014 09:00 AM PST
    Speaker: Mary Ann Vasbinder, DVM, ACLAM and Asheley Wathen, DVM, MPH, DACLAM
  • FEB 06, 2014 09:00 AM PST
    Speaker: Erik Sanders, PhD
    SEE ABSTRACT | Continuing Education: CE
  • FEB 06, 2014 10:00 AM PST
    Speaker: Jesus Martinez-Palacio, MS
  • FEB 06, 2014 10:00 AM PST
    Speaker: Szczepan Baran, VMD, MS
  • FEB 06, 2014 10:00 AM PST
    Speaker: Mark Prescott, PhD
  • FEB 06, 2014 10:00 AM PST
    Speaker: Hugh Hammer, PhD
  • FEB 06, 2014 11:00 AM PST
    Speaker: Yvonne M Heuze de lcaza, PhD
  • FEB 06, 2014 11:00 AM PST
    Speaker: Denise Ostmeyer, BS, CVT, rLATg, CMAR
  • FEB 06, 2014 11:00 AM PST
    Speaker: Ernesto DelaCueva
  • FEB 06, 2014 11:00 AM PST
    Speaker: Carole Wilson
  • FEB 06, 2014 12:00 PM PST
    Speaker: Marcus Crim, DVM
    SEE ABSTRACT | Continuing Education: CE
  • FEB 06, 2014 12:00 PM PST
    Speaker: Sean Kaufman, MPH, CIC, CPH, CHES
    SEE ABSTRACT | Continuing Education: CE
  • FEB 06, 2014 12:00 PM PST
    Speaker: Paulina Bugyis, International AIA
  • FEB 06, 2014 01:00 PM PST
    Speaker: Ignacio Alvarez Gomez de Segura, DipECLAM, DipECVAA
    SEE ABSTRACT | Continuing Education: CE
  • FEB 06, 2014 02:00 PM PST
    Speaker: Oscar A Bermeo Blanco, DVM, RLATG, SRS
  • FEB 06, 2014 03:00 PM PST
    Speaker: Micaela Ricca, LATG
    SEE ABSTRACT | Continuing Education: CE
  • FEB 06, 2014 04:00 PM PST
    Speaker: Carolina Mourelle, LATG
  • MAR 19, 2015 08:00 AM PDT
Speakers

  • Carolina Mourelle, LATG
    Professional Principal at National Council of Scientific and Technical Research (CONICET), Professor Belgrano National University Buenos Aires, Argentina
    Biography
        Carolina lives in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Graduated from the Faculty of Veterinary Science at the University of Buenos Aires, where in 1996 he obtained the title of LATG. After that she became professor at her career and worked in the most important animal facilities at Buenos Aires University, where he acquired extensive experience in production and management of laboratory animals. Also, she participated as teacher in various courses at UBA, INTA, CONICET, organized and participated as speaker at many workshops and conferences. For over 10 years she actively collaborates with the Argentina Association for Laboratory Animals Science and Technology (AACyTAL), where she is currently Pro-Secretary; and since May 2013 she is part of the Directive Committee of FESSACAL. In 2008, she founded the Educational Web "Aula Virtual Bioterio" (www.aulabioterio.com), developing several courses and continuous training programs, in virtual modality. From 1998 to present she serves as LATG, in the professional category at the National Research Council (CONICET) and she is also professor at the Faculty of Natural Sciences, National University of Belgrano, Buenos Aires.  
    • Sonja "Scout" Chou, VMD, MS, DACLAM
      Executive Director, Veterinary Science and Animal Welfare, WuXi AppTec (Suzhou) Co., Ltd.
      Biography
          Scout earned her Bachelor of Science degree in biochemistry/cell biology from the University of California, San Diego in 1995, and her V.M.D. degree from the University of Pennsylvania, School of Veterinary Medicine in 2000. She then completed a post-doctoral training program in laboratory animal medicine and received a Master of Science degree in Comparative Medicine from the University of Washington in 2004. As a laboratory animal veterinarian, she supported different business segments within Charles River until 2011, including Animal Welfare and Training, Genetically Engineered Models and Services, Surgical Services, Phenotyping Services, Discovery and Imaging Services, and Preclinical Services. Scout became a Diplomate in the American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine in 2005 and remains active within several professional organizations which are committed to responsible animal use in research, testing, and teaching. In August of 2012 Scout joined WuXi AppTec in Suzhou and currently serves as the Executive Director of Veterinary Science and Animal Welfare.  
      • Jenny Kingham, BVSc, MACVSc ( Lab Anim)
        Director of Animal Facilities, Garvan Institute of Medical Research, Australia
        Biography
            Dr Jenny Kingham is a veterinarian, with 25 years experience in the management and design of laboratory animal facilities. She is Director of Animal Facilities at the Garvan Institute of Medical Research inSydney, Australia and is CEO of the Australian BioResources facility. Dr Kingham's special interest is in management of Specific Pathogen Free animal facilities and the care of genetically modified mice.  
        • Jorge Sztein, DVM, PhD
          Independent Consultant
          Biography
              Jorge Sztein is a veterinarian of the Universidad Nacional de La Plata (Argentina) and Doctor in Sciences of the same university specializing in laboratory animals (1991). Then after working at the National Academy of medicine(1987-1989, Buenos Aires), start in 1990 as a post doctoral student at the NIH (National Institutes of Health of the United States) creating transgenic animals and performing cryopreservation techniques. In 1995 the Jackson Labs hires me as head of research in Cryobiology and also has duties as professor in the cryo-courses of the institute in USA, Italy, France and Spain. In the year 2000 I returned to the NEI-NIH as Colonies Manager and head of cryopreservation and then in the 2008 move to another Institute (NIAID) as director of cryopreservation and assisted reproduction till July2013. Today I'm an independent consultant on cryopreservation and Assisted reproduction.  
          • Corrine Lutz, PhD
            Director, Behavioral Services, Texas Biomedical Research Institute, USA
            Biography
              Dr. Lutz has a master's degree in zoology from the University of Massachusetts and a Ph.D. in psychology with a specialty in animal behavior from the University of Washington. She conducted her postdoctoral work at the New England Primate Research Center and at the National Institutes of Health. She currently directs the Behavioral Services program at the Southwest National Primate Research Center in San Antonio, TX. Her research interests focus on the impact of the environment on the behavior and wellbeing of captive nonhuman primates.  
            • Charles Clifford, DVM, PhD, DACVP
              Charles River Laboratories
              Biography
                Dr. Clifford grew up in Maine, and completed a BS in Zoology and his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine at Michigan State Univesity before entering the US Army. He completed a residency in veterinary pathology at Walter Reed Army Institute of Research in Washington, DC and a PhD in Pathology at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY, with additional assignments in New Jersey, Korea, San Francisco and Maryland. Since 1991, he has been the lead pathologist at Charles River Laboratories in health surveillance, diagnostics and biosecurity, both for Charles River worldwide animal production and for investigation and resolution of customer-reported animal disease issues.  
              • Steven J Schapiro
                Associate Professor, Veterinary Sciences,The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center
                Biography
                  Dr. Schapiro received his Ph.D. in comparative psychology from the University of California at Davis in 1985. Dr. Schapiro has studied captive Old World monkeys at the Kenya and California Primate Research Centers and New World monkeys at the Caribbean Primate Research Center. For the last 23 years at UTMDACC, he has been performing a series of controlled experiments that examine the effects of environmental enrichment on rhesus monkeys housed singly, in pairs, and in groups. For the past 15 years, he has been involved in a variety of research and management projects in the UTMDACC chimpanzee colony as well. Dr. Schapiro's research interests include assessing the effects of the social environment on the behavior and immunological responses of primates and in applying these data to the social and immunological management of captive research colonies.  
                • Szczepan Baran, VMD, MS
                  Global Head, Animal Welfare and Compliance Training, Novartis Institutes for Biomedical Research
                  Biography
                    Dr. Szczepan Baran is the Global Head, Animal Welfare and Compliance Training at Novartis Institutes for Biomedical Research. Dr. Baran received a Bachelor of Science in Pre-Veterinary Medicine from the University of Delaware, a Veterinary Medical Doctoral degree from the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine and a Master of Science in Comparative Medicine from the University Of Washington School Of Medicine. In 2005, he joined Fred Hutch Cancer Research Center where he was a member of the team that discovered the first canine embryonic stem cells. Then in 2007 Dr. Baran founded and became COO of the Veterinary Bioscience Institute before his current employment at Novartis. Dr. Baran founded the LinkedIn group "Laboratory Animal Science and Medicine," the largest group in this field. He also served as, Graduate Course Director, Drexel University College of Medicine, Assistant Professor at Delaware Valley, Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Pathology, Wake Forest School of Medicine and most notably as Director at Large for the Academy of Surgical Research as well as a Board Member of Americans for Medical Progress. His research interests include use of microfluidics in safety pharmacology and toxicology, the development and validation of online surgical training programs, and the development and validation of rodent endoscopic procedures. Dr. Baran's hobbies include boxing, micro-facial expressions and psychology of adolescent communication.
                  • Olga Gonzalez, DVM
                    Caribbean Primate Research Center, University of Puerto Rico
                    Biography
                      Dr. Gonzalez obtained her Bachelor's Degree in Biology from the University of Puerto Rico-Rio Piedras in 2001, and obtained her Veterinary Degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2005. After graduating from veterinary school, she completed a three year residency program in Veterinary Anatomic Pathology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and obtained board certification in 2008. Dr. González worked at for the Wisconsin Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory mostly focusing in domestic animal pathology. She was recently hired by the University of Puerto Rico Caribbean Primate Research Center where is working with Rhesus macaques.   
                    • Anna Olsson, PhD
                      Researcher, Group Leader, IBMC - Institute for Molecular and Cell Biology, Laboratory Animals, EurSAFE - European Society for Food and Agricultural Ethics, Portugal
                      Biography
                        Already as an undergraduate student in Animal Sciences, I realized that there was more to animal science than making cows give more milk. When graduating in 1994, I had settled for ethology and animal welfare as my professional habitat, which I haven't left since. Having completed my PhD in ethology, also at the Swedish University of Agricultural University, in 2001 I started my postdoc career by going against all recommendations, moving to work with something I had never worked with - laboratory rodent behaviour and welfare - in a place where nobody worked with this topic. This resulted in the establishment of the Laboratory Animal Science group at the Institute for Molecular and Cell Biology (IBMC) in Porto, Portugal, a research group I coordinate since 2005. What saved my academic sanity when changing topic, institution and country was largely the collaboration initiated in 2002 with Professor Peter Sandøe, Danish Centre for Bioethics and Risk Assessment. This collaboration is now the basis for a productive line of empirical research into the ethics of animal research and technology, developed in parallel with the research into behaviour and welfare. Having learnt about the difficulties in breeding mice the hard way, I have a particular research interest in maternal behaviour and pup survival.
                      • Matthew Flegal, BS, SRS
                        Senior Associate Scientist, In-Vivo Resource Center, Biogen Idec
                        Biography
                          Matt entered the research field over 24 years ago as a lab animal technician at the TSI/Mason contract research facility. Since then, he has worked at contract facilities such as TSI and OREAD Biosafety as well as in industry at Pharmacia, Pfizer, Sanofi-Aventis, and Biogen. During that period he has performed a variety of surgical procedures including device implantation, transplants, orthopedic defect, ocular and vascular implants, cardiac surgery, and brain and spinal procedures. His experience ranges from mice and rats to non-human primates and livestock. In addition, he holds four patents for novel surgical devices and implants and has been training technicians, scientists, veterinarians, and physicians in surgical techniques and procedures for over 18 years. Outside of the surgical realm, he has been a study director, sonographer, Safety Pharmacology scientist, and manager. Currently Matt supervises a team of associates at Biogen who conduct surgical and non-surgical studies. Matt was also on the board of directors for the Academy of Surgical Research for over ten years, serving as their program chair for three of them as well as educational chair for two. Currently he is the program chairman for the New England branch of AALAS.
                        • Laurie Long, LATg
                          Quality Assurance/Training Coordinator, University of Texas at San Antonio
                          Biography
                            Laurie Long is the Quality Assurance and Training Coordinator for the Laboratory Animal Resources Center at the University of Texas at San Antonio. She was key in creating and now maintaining the Animal Care and Use Training Program, which offers research personnel training in the bio methodologies of various laboratory animal species. The program also provides the required and specialized surgical training in rodent and other various laboratory animal species. She and her technician also provide various technical services in support of research at UTSA. Laurie also is the technical coordinator for the specialty training exchange program between UTSA and Cinvestav, Mexico City, Mexico. The program is a four-week training exchange internship for Cinvestav veterinary staff where they learn directly from UTSA animal care program personnel through didactic hands on training and mentoring. In July 2013 Laurie was one of a four-member team of instructors selected and invited to participate in a two-week international training course for 24 students in the Biomethodology and Care of Laboratory Animals (Mice, Rats & Rabbits) at Shanghai Vocational and Technical College of Agriculture and Foresty, Shanghai, China. She has been an instructor at Texas Branch and National AALAS meetings for suturing skills training workshop. Laurie is also responsible for managing the day-to-day animal health care and monitoring program under the direction of attending veterinarian. She is also responsible for the quality assurance program that includes the monitoring of cage wash and autoclave functionality, room and cage sanitation and water quality. Laurie is also the technical study coordinator for UTSA collaborative contract research projects. During her 16 plus years in the laboratory animal field, she has held a variety of positions, including; veterinary technician, surgical coordinator, facility manager, training coordinator, IACUC Coordinator, post approval monitoring, and technical study coordinator.  
                          • Frank Lu, PhD
                            Attending Veterinarian, AstraZeneca, China
                            Biography
                                Frank Lu graduated from Nanjing Agriculture University in 2007 with a Masters degree in veterinary medicine. He is a licensed veterinarian certified by China's Ministry of Agriculture, and a registered AALAS certified Laboratory Animal Technician (LAT). Currently, Frank works for AstraZeneca R&D in Shanghai, China as the Attending Veterinarian. He is actively involved within company IACUC and oversees the Occupational Health and Safety programs. Before joining AstraZeneca, Frank Lu served as the Attending Veterinarian at Wuxi AppTec in Suzhou, and later at MPI/Medicilon in Shanghai.  
                            • Matthew H Myles, DVM, PhD, DACLAM
                              Head of Serology, IDEXX BioResearch
                              Biography
                                  Matthew H. Myles, DVM, PhD, DACLAM is a comparative immunologist with over 10 years' experience in defining the immunologic response to infectious disease. Dr. Myles serves as Head of Serology where he oversees production and quality control of serologic reagents and assays, supervises serology personnel, develops new serologic assays, and provides final approval for case reports.  
                              • Jennifer Lofgren, DVM, MS, DACLAM
                                Assistant Professor of Laboratory Animal Medicine, Veterinarian, University of Michigan Medical School
                                Biography
                                    Dr. Lofgren received her veterinary and masters of comparative biomedical science degrees from TuftsUniversity. She then completed a post-doctoral fellowship in comparative medicine at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where she studied therole of infectious disease in cancer development, as well as evaluating animal welfare refinements. Upon achieving ACLAM diplomate status, Dr. Lofgren pursued a visiting research fellowship with the Pain and Animal Welfare Science (PAWS) Group at Newcastle University where she engaged in analgesia research and provided clinical support. Following her time in England, Dr. Lofgren joined the University of Michigan's Unit for Laboratory Animal Medicine as a Clinical Assistant Professor. Her professional interests include minimizing pain and distress in laboratory animals as a clinical veterinarian and research scientist. Dr. Lofgren also enjoys teaching, training and mentoring veterinary residents and students.  
                                • Oscar A Bermeo Blanco, DVM, RLATG, SRS
                                  Veterinarian / Research Surgeon, Battelle Center for Life Sciences Research
                                  Biography
                                      Oscar A. Bermeo Blanco, D.V.M., RLATG, SRS Graduated in 1993 from the Veterinary school University of Caldas in Colombia South America and has been in Battelle Memorial Institute since 2000. Dr Bermeo obtained his specialty as research surgeon in 2009 from the Academy of Surgical Research.He is responsible for Battelle surgery program. Performs surgeries on dogs, nonhuman primates, rabbits and rodents. He has performed over 2500 survival procedures in the last 8 years and has developed 30 surgical techniques. Surgical model development and refinement, animal monitoring. He is responsible for the administration of all surgery-related records and documents and is supervisor of surgical technical staff. Responsible for surgical suites and sterilizer rooms. He has developed policies and procedures for activities related to surgeries. He has clinical responsibility for sick animals, quarantine work, protocol driven study tasks. Additionally his responsibilities include care and upkeep of the X-ray unit, Fluoroscopy and developer and compliance with NRC and Ohio Department of Health requirements.  
                                  • Paulina Bugyis, International AIA
                                    Senior Laboratory Planner, BSA LifeStructures, USA
                                    Biography
                                        Paulina is a Senior Laboratory Planner at BSA LifeStructures, St Louis MO. As such, she provides expertise specific to the areas of laboratory planning and design with a focus on complex research lab environments. Her 12 years of professional design experience includes work for both corporate and university-sponsored laboratory work. Paulina promotes and supports Latin American biomedical research. She is an advisor for the Latin American community on the web site www.bioterios.com as a specialist in vivarium facility planning and design. Her laboratory planning services are based on a balanced understanding of both facility design and the technical work at hand. She provides BSA LifeStructures clients with lab-specific professional services that include everything from programming and master planning through containment design and lab equipment planning.  
                                    • Yvonne M Heuze de lcaza, PhD
                                      Animal facility director, Metropolitan University, Campus Xochimilco, Mexico
                                      Biography
                                          Dr. Yvonne Heuze is Mexican. She has a master in science in biology of the reproduction and a PhD in Biology science and health. She is currently the animal facility director in the Metropolitan University, Campus Xochimilco in Mexico City. She has an specialization in laboratory animals science, with the certification of the professional exercise of the medicine and animal husbandry in laboratory animal science. Period 2006-2011 and 2012-2017 CONCERVET-SEP. She coordinates the technical committee for certification fo the professional exercise of the medicine and animal husbandry y laboratory animal science. Period 2013 - 2016. Professor in DVM and Master in Science degree in the Department of Agricultural and Animal Production, Division of Biological Sciences and Health at the Metropolitan University, Campus Xochimilco. Member of the Editorial Committee of the mexican magazine, Laboratory Animal Science She has the award of the "Merit Guild 2007. Mexican Association of the Science in Laboratory Animals A.C." For outstanding career in the field of the science of laboratory animals in Mexico and the "Medal Merit University 2012". Metropolitan University. Campus Xochimilco Consultant of several laboratory-animal housing in Mexico as Metropolitan University Campus Iztapalapa and Lerma, National Institute of Pediatrics, University of Villa Hermosa Tabasco and different laboratories.Projects in agreement with the company private as: Rilato Bioscience (United States), laboratorios Silanes, Bioclon. BioRad, Lapisa, Axacel, Landsteiner, Federal Commission for protection against health risks, SSA, Nacional Institute of Psychiatry, National Institute of Pediatrics. She has participated in the organization of 16 international congress and symposia; submitted 40 papers in international congress; 60 at national congress. 12 conferences. 50 animal science seminars, 65 indexed international journals.  
                                      • Carole Wilson
                                        Head of Fish Facility, University College London
                                        Biography
                                            I have been working exclusively with zebrafish for the past 13 years and am currently the Head the UCL Zebrafish Facility. I began work as a junior animal technician 20 years ago at the NIMR (National Institute of Medical Research), working solely with mice and rats and latterly with transgenic animals, both in a laboratory setting and also as a care provider. In the years I have been working with zebrafish, I have seen a huge rise in their popularity as a biomedical model, but a much slower growth in the understanding of their husbandry requirements. I dedicate much of my time to working with various stakeholders, including animal technicians, scientists, veterinarians and legislators to try and raise awareness of zebrafish as a bioscientific model and to improve husbandry. I am a founder member of BAZH (British Association of Zebrafish Husbandry), hold a BSc in molecular genetics, MIAT, BTEC Higher in Animal science and am currently studying for a doctorate in professional studies.  
                                        • Ernesto DelaCueva
                                          Director of Operations, Site Manager, Charles River Laboratories
                                          Biography
                                            Ernesto de la Cueva is an experience professional in the laboratory animal science and technology field. He has been working in laboratory animal science for over 25 years. During all these years, he has held different, growing responsibility positions in management-related roles in Spain, US, and the UK. He has worked for prestigious institutions such as the Spanish National Cancer Centre (CNIO), Baylor College of Medicine BCM), and Cancer Research UK-University of Cambridge. After his BS, he obtained his PhD in biology (cancer genetics) from the Autonoma University of Madrid with a thesis project about the phenotypic characterization of a p21/p53 double KO mutant model. Ernesto has published several scientific and technical papers and has participated as a speaker at different forums and meetings. He has completed an executive MBA program from the School for Industrial Organizations (EOI) in Madrid, Spain. Since March 2010, Ernesto is responsible for Charles River's Insourcing Solutions business units for Europe operations.  
                                          • Denise Ostmeyer, BS, CVT, rLATg, CMAR
                                            Animal Program Coordinator Office of the Vice President for Research, Colorado State University, USA
                                            Biography
                                              Denise Ostmeyer is the Animal Program Coordinator at Colorado State University, where her primary focus is training. She offers routine and specialized training for all personnel who work with lab. animals at the University. She is also involved with the Lab. Animal Technology program at Front Range Community College as adjunct faculty, advisory board member and IACUC committee member. She is an active member of AALAS, having held several positions with the Mile High Branch, and is currently serving on the national Committee on Technician Awareness and Development. Denise has held a variety of lab. animal positions including Veterinary Technician, Supervisor, Trainer, IACUC Coordinator and Post Approval Monitor, as well as working in private veterinary practice, wildlife management and rehabilitation.  
                                            • Jesus Martinez-Palacio, MS
                                              Occupational Health and Safety & MS, Veterinary Sciences ResearchLaboratory Animal Facility Manager, CIEMAT
                                              Biography
                                                I was born in Madrid (Spain) in 1964, trained in Veterinary and specialized in Occupational Health and Safety (OHS). I began working with laboratory animals in 1991, at the CIEMAT Laboratory Animal Facility. Nowadays I'm still working there. I was first trained in OHS at the Spanish Government NIOHS in 2002. Since then, I have participated as faculty in many courses, and meetings presentations … both at national and international level. I'm the Director of the course "OHS in Animal Research" annually organized by CIEMAT and SECAL. I'm the responsible of the OHS section in ‘Animales de Laboratorio' (SECAL scientific paper). I have published also several book chapters, articles, posters, conferences about laboratory animal OHS.  
                                              • Hugh Hammer, PhD
                                                Director, Aquatic Science and Aquaculture Education and Development Center Aquaculture Instructor, Gadsden State Community College
                                                Biography
                                                  B.S. Biology Minor: Chemistry and General Sciences Bowling Green State UniversityM.S. Biology University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) Thesis: Developmental expression of digestive enzymes in Procambarus clarkii (Girard 1852) Crustacea: DecapodaPh.D. Biology (UAB) Dissertation: Determination of dietary protein, carbohydrate, and lipid requirements for the sea urchin Lytechinus variegatus fed semi-purified feedsAffiliate Faculty Dauphin Island Sea Lab teaching Marine AquacultureAffiliate Faculty Auburn University, School of Fisheries, Aquaculture and Aquatic SciencesTenured Faculty and Program Manager Gadsden State Community College Aquaculture Education and Development Center (since 2001)20 years of aquaculture experience growing over 20 different species of aquatic and marine organisms using multiple production methods13 years of experience in aquaculture instruction, education , and extension  
                                                • Mark Prescott, PhD
                                                  Head of Research Management and Communications, Animals in academia, Non-human primate welfare, National Centre for the Replacement, Refinement and Reduction of Animals in Research (NC3Rs), U
                                                  Biography
                                                    Mark oversees research funding and communications at the National Centre for the Replacement, Refinement and Reduction of Animals in Research (NC3Rs) - the UK's major funder of 3Rs research. He also leads on the Centre's work to embed the 3Rs in the policies and practices of public funders of bioscience research. Mark trained as a zoologist and primatologist, and has almost 20 years research experience in primatology and animal welfare science. He has authored over 35 articles on the behaviour, care and use of non-human primates. He serves on the Advisory Board and Ethical Review Process of the Centre for Macaques, the Captive Care Committees of the Primate Society of Great Britain and International Primatological Society, and the PLOS Animal Ethics Advisory Committee. He is an Impact Assessor for the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014, an Honorary Research Associate of the Scottish Primate Research Group, and an Honorary Member of European Primate Veterinarians. Previously, he was a member of the Animal Procedures Committee, the Bateson Committee which reviewed 10 years of publicly-funded research using non-human primates, and Expert Working Groups redrafting Convention ETS 123 and Directive 86/609.  
                                                  • Szczepan Baran, VMD, MS
                                                    Global Head, Animal Welfare and Compliance Training, Novartis Institutes for Biomedical Research
                                                    Biography
                                                      Dr. Szczepan Baran is the Global Head, Animal Welfare and Compliance Training at Novartis Institutes for Biomedical Research. Dr. Baran received a Bachelor of Science in Pre-Veterinary Medicine from the University of Delaware, a Veterinary Medical Doctoral degree from the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine and a Master of Science in Comparative Medicine from the University Of Washington School Of Medicine. In 2005, he joined Fred Hutch Cancer Research Center where he was a member of the team that discovered the first canine embryonic stem cells. Then in 2007 Dr. Baran founded and became COO of the Veterinary Bioscience Institute before his current employment at Novartis. Dr. Baran founded the LinkedIn group "Laboratory Animal Science and Medicine," the largest group in this field. He also served as, Graduate Course Director, Drexel University College of Medicine, Assistant Professor at Delaware Valley, Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Pathology, Wake Forest School of Medicine and most notably as Director at Large for the Academy of Surgical Research as well as a Board Member of Americans for Medical Progress. His research interests include use of microfluidics in safety pharmacology and toxicology, the development and validation of online surgical training programs, and the development and validation of rodent endoscopic procedures. Dr. Baran's hobbies include boxing, micro-facial expressions and psychology of adolescent communication.
                                                    • Mary Ann Vasbinder, DVM, ACLAM and Asheley Wathen, DVM, MPH, DACLAM
                                                      Mary Ann Vasbinder, DVM, ACLAM, Director, Global Training, Glaxo SmithKlineAsheley Wathen, DVM, MPH, DACLAM, Senior Clinical Veterinarian, Animal Welfare and Comparative Medicine, Covance, In
                                                      Biography
                                                          Dr. Wathen obtained her Bachelor's of Science degree in Exercise Science from Oklahoma Baptist University in 1999 followed by her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from Oklahoma State University in 2005. She then went on to complete a post-doctoral training program in laboratory animal medicine at the University of Michigan Unit for Laboratory Animal Medicine in 2008. Concurrent to her post-doctoral training program, Dr. Wathen also received a Master of Public Health degree focusing on Hospital and Molecular Epidemiology from the University of Michigan. Dr. Wathen is a diplomate in the American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine (2012). During her tenure at Covance Laboratories in Madison, WI, she has developed two areas of expertise within the organization - surgery and research and development. Dr. Wathen also has a strong interest and background in training so has led local and global efforts amongst Covance sites to refine training processes. Mary Ann Vasbinder received her BS from Washington State University in 1986 and a veterinary degree from the University of Florida in 1995. She attended a residency training program at North Carolina State University from 1995-1997 and became ACLAM board certified in 2001. She has worked in several research environments including muscle physiology, space life sciences and virology. Mary Ann has been employed by GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) in RTP for 15 years and served as the Attending Veterinarian for 6 years. She presently works as the Director for Global Training in the Office of Animal Welfare, Ethics and Strategy at GSK. Her special interests lie in programmatic review, global animal programs, animal housing, quality assurance, teaching and training.  
                                                      • John N Norton, D.V.M., PhD, Dipl, ABT, ACLAM
                                                        Professor of Pathology University Veterinarian Director, Division of Laboratory Animal Resources, Duke University, USA
                                                        Biography
                                                          Dr. Norton is Professor of Pathology and Director, Division of Laboratory Animal Resources at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, North Carolina. He earned his veterinary degree at North Carolina State University and his doctorate degree in pharmacology at Vanderbilt University. He is a Diplomate of the American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine and the American Board of Toxicology. Dr. Norton has over 25 years of experience in toxicology and laboratory animal medicine, including management of preclinical discovery and development projects as well as preparation of regulatory dossiers, design and management of complex animal facilities, and ensuring regulatory compliance of animal programs. Dr. Norton is a member and currently serves as President of the Council of Accreditation for the Laboratory Animal Care International. His collaborative research focuses on extrinsic factors which may influence the animal research model, specifically in the area of noise and vibration.  
                                                        • Marilyn Arce Rivera, DVM, MLAS, DACLAM
                                                          Clinical Veterinarian, Caribbean Primate Research Center, Puerto Rico
                                                          Biography
                                                            Dr. Marilyn Arce graduated from the University of Puerto Rico- Rio Piedras Campus with a Bachelor in Biology. She later completed a Masters in Laboratory Animal Science at Drexel University, Philadelphia. The degree of doctor in veterinary medicine was obtained from the University of Wisconsin- Madison and the residency in primate medicine and laboratory animal medicine from Emory University and Yerkes National Primate Research Center in Atlanta. She is diplomat from the American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine (ACLAM) since 2011 and currently works at the Caribbean Primate Research Center in Puerto Rico. Recently she opened a small animal clinic in San German, Puerto Rico.  
                                                          • Patri Vergara, DVM, PhD, DipECLAM
                                                            Professor, University Autonomous of Barcelona, USA
                                                            Biography
                                                              Professor in Physiology, at the School of Veterinary Science, Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona (UAB). Responsible for the education and training of personnel who use animals for scientific purposes. Course co-ordinator for three different training courses in laboratory animal science: FELASA category C course for scientists; UAB-ECLAM training program; and Master Course in Laboratory Animal Science and Welfare (FELASA Category D programme). Responsible of SIAL (Integrative services for laboratory animals) a service that acts as ICLAS Laboratory Animal Quality Network Distribution Center. President of the International Council for Laboratory Animal Science ICLAS. Chair of the FELASA Accreditation Board for Training and Education in Laboratory Animal Science. Coordinator of the ICLAS Network for Promoting Animal Quality in Research. Charter Diplomate of the European College for Laboratory Animal Medicine (ECLAM).). Principal Investigator of research projects since 1992. Responsible of a group of research on digestive diseases since 1999. Interests in research: neurogastroenterology, mast cells, microbiota, IBD, IBS.
                                                            • Lynne U Sneddon, PhD
                                                              Director of Bioveterinary Sciences, University of Liverpool, UK
                                                              Biography
                                                                Lynne is the Director of Bioveterinary Sciences at the University of Liverpool. She is originally from Scotland and conducted a Ph.D at Glasgow. Her studies explored the costs of fighting in crabs subject to hypoxia. Lynnes first post-doc investigated behaviour in the ghost fish at Manchester followed by a post-doc at the Roslin Institute. Here, she proved for the first time that rainbow trout perceived pain. Lynne then obtained a competitive five year NERC fellowship at Liverpool examining the genomics of dominance status and personality in fish. After a spell as a lecturer in marine biology in Liverpool, she was promoted to senior lecturer to develop programmes in animal welfare. Lynne is now leading the Bioveterinary Sciences field at Liverpool engaging with academics and industry. Lynnes research addresses mechanistic and functional questions in behavioural ecology and welfare using aquatic models. She adopts an interdisciplinary approach to investigate how intraspecific variation influence behavioural responses. Her research also explores applied questions in animal welfare that has led to significant changes in government and experimental regulations as well as receiving media attention. Lynne is an ethics chair for ASAB and a Link representative for UFAW. She is an ethics editor for Animal Behaviour and an associate editor for Applied Animal Behaviour Science . She has co-authored technical reports, guidelines and advised government bodies on questions regarding fish welfare and has been a grant panel member for BBSRC and NERC.
                                                              • Xueying Pan, MS, PhD Candidate
                                                                Attending Veterinarian, Director of LAS , National Shanghai Center for New Drug Safety Evaluation & Research (NCDSER), CHINA
                                                                Biography
                                                                  Xueying Pan, Director of Laboratory Animal Service, Attending Veterinarian, NCDSER/Shanghai InnoStar Bio-Tech Co., Ltd., Shanghai, China. Received my master degree from Huazhong Agricultural University in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China. My major was basic veterinary medicine. Now I am a Ph.D candidate in Shanghai Jiaotong University. My major is preventive veterinary medicine. I have been an IACUC member for six years in NCDSER/ Shanghai InnoStar Bio-Tech Co., Ltd. which is a toxicology CRO and majorly conducts GLP preclinical toxicity studies for clients.
                                                                • Marina Ponzio, PhD
                                                                  CONICET Assistant Researcher, Catedra de Fisiologia Humana, Facultad de Ciencias Medicas, INICSA-CONICET, Universidad Nacional de Cordoba, Argentina
                                                                  Biography
                                                                    Dr. Marina F. Ponzio's main area of interest is the study of the reproductive physiology of mammals, including gamete and endocrinology research. During the development of her career, she has also developed interest in some aspects of captive animal behaviour and the link with the reproductive function. She obtained a PhD in Biological Sciences in 2006 at the National University of Crdoba, in Argentina where her research was based on the study of the development of fur chewing behaviour in captive chinchillas, an abnormal repetitive behaviour. She is currently an established researcher with the National Science Council of Argentina (CONICET), and she is also a Professor in the Human Physiology Department at the Medicine School at the National University of Crdoba. In this Institution she develops her research and is a member of the Laboratory Animal Care and Use Committee. At present she is studying the effects of environmental enrichment upon reproductive physiology and development of male and female laboratory mice.
                                                                  • Bruce W Kennedy, MS RLATG CMAR CPIA
                                                                    ACUC and IRB administrator, Lecturer, Animal & Veterinary Science , California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
                                                                    Biography
                                                                      He received his BS degree in zoology and MS in Avian Sciences at UC Davis. His career is a mix of animals, chemistry, and people, which started in California, and included 19 years in Virginia and Maryland, and travel in 30 countries on five continents. Most of it has been as a research scientist type, conducting and managing studies with experimental animals in the disciplines of nutrition, physiology, and developmental biology. Bruce started in lab animal science using coturnix quail for his graduate thesis in nutritional toxicology. He has also worked at the bench (analytical chemistry) with dogs in protein metabolism and rats in carbohydrate nutrition studies (USDA), writing GLP toxicology reports (Hazleton), and preparing experimental diets with test substances (FDA). He has managed facilities utilizing transgenic mice at the NIH (14C!) and Caltech. Regulatory compliance is now his job, in the office of research at Cal Poly Pomona, administering both the lab animal and the human subjects research committees and assisting graduate students and PIs in their research efforts. Since the last century, Bruce has been a teacher and trainer, sharing knowledge with others, preparing educational materials, presenting training sessions, and mentoring externs. He was a teaching assistant in many college classes and assisted his supervisors to teach their courses and conduct laboratories. After receiving his LATG certification, he was asked to inaugurate a lab animal training course at the USDA in Maryland. He has developed a 15-week course on animal nutrition for a junior college, presented outreach talks to children at career days and RVT-students, and written on the subject of training and management. He also teaches at Cal Poly Pomona: laboratory animal management and animal research seminar to students of veterinary technology and educational research to credentialed teachers coming back for a masters. He went back to school in 2006 to obtain his CMAR and in 2009 to earn CPIA. And again in 2012 for his doctorate in educational leadership. Bruce holds memberships in many AALAS branches, LAMA, LAWTE (now its president), and PRIM&R. He has served on AALASs education and certification committees and sat on the Scientific Advisory Committee (he encourages managers to apply for GLAS money). He is a director of the California Society for Biomedical Research. He has coordinated many meetings - especially on the subjects of genetically-engineered mice and regulatory requirements. He is a recipient of the B&K IAT award, the AALAS George R. Collins Award for training and educating in laboratory animal science, and the Purina lab animal tech award. Currently, he serves as an ad hoc specialist with AAALAC, International, and is a past president of AALAS. As well as family (hes a proud Opa), he has dogs, fish, turtles, finches, and assorted wild critters in the yard. Gardening and wine-drinking are passions.
                                                                    • Fernando Benavides, DVM, PhD, DACLAM
                                                                      Associate Professor, Department of Molecular Carcinogenesis, The University of Texas - M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, USA
                                                                      Biography
                                                                        Dr. Fernando Benavides is Associate Professor and Director of the Genetic Services at MD Anderson Cancer Center, Smithville, Texas, USA. He is a laboratory animal veterinarian and geneticist with extensive experience in describing mouse models involving spontaneous mutations. Dr. Benavides received a D.V.M (1986) and a Ph.D. (1998) from the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina. His Ph.D. training program was done at the laboratory of Dr. Jean-Louis Gunet at Institut Pasteur, Paris, France. Dr. Benavides is a diplomate of the American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine (ACLAM) since 2003 and he serves as Chief IACUC veterinarian for the MD Anderson Smithville campus. The overall goal of his research is to define new mouse models through forward genetics and as of June 2013 he has published 50 peer-reviewed publications plus books and book chapters on mouse genetics. As the Director of the Genetics Services he advises and coordinates speed congenics projects, genetic monitoring, background characterizations, and whole genome scans for MD Anderson investigators. He also provides free consultation on rodent genetics (including strain selection and standard nomenclature). He is regularly invited to give short courses and seminars on rodent genetics in many countries, including Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Mexico, Spain, and Uruguay.
                                                                      • Barbara Stone, PhD
                                                                        Senior Research Scientist, NSET testing and development Chair, ParaTechs Corp IACUC, ParaTechs Corporation, USA
                                                                        Biography
                                                                          Dr. Barbara Stone graduated from the University of Illinois in 1988 with a BS in Microbiology. Her graduate work at the University of California Los Angeles included extensive work with a mouse model of infection of Salmonella to study virulence factors. Postdoctoral fields of study included molecular genetics of virulence factors of the infectious bacteria Neisseria and Legionella at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and the University of Kentucky. She received her initial training specific to the generation of transgenic animals from the Transgenic Core Facility at the University of Kentucky in 2009. Dr. Stone has been working at ParaTechs Corp since then and has been involved with many aspects of nonsurgical embryo transfer (NSET) for rodents. She is the Senior Research Scientist for NSET testing and development at ParaTechs Corporation. In addition to performing research, she provides training and international professional development opportunities. Dr. Stone also oversees the animal care and use program at ParaTechs Corp and is the Chair of the ParaTechs IACUC.
                                                                        • Daniel Weary, Dphil
                                                                          Associate Dean, Graduate Studies; Professor, Applied Biology; Animal Welfare Program; NSERC Industri, University of British Columbia, Faculty of Land and Food Systems, Canada
                                                                          Biography
                                                                            Dan is a Professor and NSERC Industrial Research Chair at The University of British Columbia. Dan's research focuses on developing behavioral measures for the objective assessment of animal welfare and developing practical methods of improving the welfare of farm animals, lab animals and wildlife. His scientific work on laboratory animals has focused on euthanasia, especially developing humane methods for euthanasia of rats, mice and zebra fish; new work is examining the effects of enriched housing systems on welfare and cognition in rats. Recent survey-based work has focused on describing the attitudes of people around contentious issues in agriculture and laboratory animal use.
                                                                          • Andrew H Ide, BS
                                                                            President, Kent Scientific Corp.
                                                                            Biography
                                                                              Andrew graduated from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst with a BS in Pre-Veterinary Medicine. He later attended veterinary school at the Unversita degli Studi di Parma, Italy. Andrew has been working in the laboratory animal science field for over 30 years, holding various positions in product development and support with Buxco Electronics, Harvard Apparatus and World Precision Instruments. In 1989 Andrew founded Kent Scientific Corporation located in Torrington, Connecticut. Under his direction, Kent Scientific has been serving medical and research scientists as a worldwide provider of integrated solutions for pre-clinical research and drug discovery advancement. Andrew continues to develop instruments designed specifically for mouse and rat applications. His innovative designs focus on non-invasive and less invasive methods of monitoring the animals wellbeing during procedures to refine the experimental data and to reduce the overall number of specimens required.
                                                                            • Bryan R Howard, PhD
                                                                              Veterinary Surgeon, Retired Director of Animal Welfare, at the University of Sheffield, UK
                                                                              Biography
                                                                                Bryan R Howard retired from the post of Director of Animal Welfare at the University of Sheffield in 2005 but retains an active interest in promoting the 3Rs in relation to the scientific use of animals. He qualified as a veterinary surgeon from the University of Glasgow in 1962 and completed a Doctorate in neurophysiology at the University of Edinburgh in 1966. After a period working on the welfare of poultry at slaughter he took up posts as visiting professor of Veterinary Physiology at several Universities in the Middle East. Since returning to UK in 1986 he completed the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons Certificate in Laboratory Animal Science followed by a Master of Science (with distinction) in Laboratory Animal Science at the University of London, and M Ed in Teaching and Learning for University Lecturers; he remains a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy of UK. Apart from pursuing research into best practice for the care of laboratory species, he has been President of the Laboratory Animal Science Association, a Board member the UK National Centre for the 3Rs (NC3Rs) and Chair of the Trustees and the Council of the Universities Federation for Animal Welfare (UFAW). He was also a member of the Governing Board of COST Action B-24. He is currently an emeritus member of the European Board of the Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care (AAALAC International). He has recently retired from the Board for Accreditation of Training established by the Federation of European Laboratory Animal Science Associations (FELASA) and the Reduction Committee of the Fund for the Replacement of Animals in Medical Experiments (FRAME). In addition Bryan Howard has contributed internationally to a large number of training courses designed to advance laboratory animal science and welfare and has participated in the development of printed and web-based guidance for best practice in these areas.
                                                                              • Marcel Perret-Gentil, DVM, MS
                                                                                University Veterinarian, Director of the Laboratory Animal Resources Center (LARC), University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA), USA
                                                                                Biography
                                                                                  Dr. Perret-Gentil currently serves as University Veterinarian and Director of the Laboratory Animal Resources Center (LARC) at the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA). He is the Attending Veterinarian of the START Center for Cancer Care in San Antonio. His educational background includes a BS in Animal Science, DVM, residency and MS in Comparative Medicine, and fellowship in experimental/minimally invasive surgery. Past appointments have been in the US Army, Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Merck, University of Florida and Texas Tech Health Sciences Center. As of the current date, Dr. Perret-Gentil has published or contributed to 59 papers, articles and abstracts. He has presented 324 special presentations at various academic and research institutions, as well as national and international meetings. He serves as ad hoc Specialist for AAALAC International and consultant to the government, biotechnology industry and other institutions of higher education in the U.S. and abroad.
                                                                                • Jorge Fernandez Hernandez, DVM
                                                                                  Professor, Director of the Institutional Animal Care and Use Program, Head of the Laboratory Animal , Center for Research and Advanced Studies (CINVESTAV), Mexico
                                                                                  Biography
                                                                                    Prof. Jorge Fernandez Hernandez began his activities in Laboratory Animal Science in the Gnotobiology Laboratory at CENPALAB, Cuba in 1984 where he played a key role in the development of scientific, technological design and construction of laboratory animal facilities and flexible isolator technology. In addition, he served as consultant for scientific and academic Animal Care and Use Programs. He has published 30 articles in various laboratory animal journals and has participated in numerous scientific events in the U.S., Europe and Latin America. He currently serves as Director of the Institutional Animal Care and Use Program and is the Head of the Laboratory Animal Facility at the Center for Research and Advanced Studies (CINVESTAV) in Mexico City. He has served as CINVESTAVs IACUC member of since 1996 and has developed administrative and developmental tools leading to improved IACUC controls and processes. Such processes have led to improved animal care and use of animals assigned to approve protocols. Control of use of animals, alternatives related to the 3r's, experimental procedures, biosecurity (ABSL) and occupational health and safety of individuals working with animals are some of the tools used in this program to support the work of CINVESTAVs IACUC. He has been a member of the Mexican Association for Laboratory Animal Science and the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science since 1996. He serves AAALAC International Ad Hoc Consultant Specialist since 2004 has participated in multiple site visits for evaluation and accreditation of Animal Care and Use Programs in several U.S. and Latin America scientific, and academic institutions, as well as exchange visits and familiarization with AAALAC program in multiple scientific institutions and universities in Latin American countries.
                                                                                  • Marcus Crim, DVM
                                                                                    Head of Aquatic Diagnostics, IDEXX Bioresearch. USA
                                                                                    Biography
                                                                                      Marcus is the Head of Aquatic Diagnostics at IDEXX BioResearch. He earned his DVM and MBA at Texas A&M University and received residency training in laboratory animal medicine from the Comparative Medicine Program at the University of Missouri. His professional interests include the characterization and pathobiology of naturally-occurring infectious diseases in zebrafish and other aquatic laboratory species and the development of diagnostic tests which facilitate effective health monitoring.
                                                                                    • Sean Kaufman, MPH, CIC, CPH, CHES
                                                                                      Senior Associate, Director of Training Programs, Department of Epidemiology, Emory University, Rollins School of Public Health, USA
                                                                                      Biography
                                                                                        A world renowned expert in behavioral-based training solutions - Sean is in great demand for organizational training, safety solutions, emergency communication and behavioral consulting. He works in the public, private, academic, federal, and state industries, as well as with other service providers. He partners with organizational leaders, customizing and building strong behavioral training solutions. He has helped organizations like the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), United States Department of State (USDOS), Department of Homeland Security, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), World Health Organization (WHO), Emory University, Duke University, University of California, Equifax, Pfizer, American Tissue Culture Collection (ATCC), Charles River, Community Health Network (CHN) and Merial advance their training programs and workforce resiliency. His ability to evaluate personalities and facilitate improved communication capabilities has given leaders the skills needed for building effective teams and partnerships.
                                                                                      • Marilyn Arce Rivera, DVM, MLAS, DACLAM
                                                                                        Clinical Veterinarian, Caribbean Primate Research Center, Puerto Rico
                                                                                        Biography
                                                                                          Dr. Marilyn Arce graduated from the University of Puerto Rico- Rio Piedras Campus with a Bachelor in Biology. She later completed a Masters in Laboratory Animal Science at Drexel University, Philadelphia. The degree of doctor in veterinary medicine was obtained from the University of Wisconsin- Madison and the residency in primate medicine and laboratory animal medicine from Emory University and Yerkes National Primate Research Center in Atlanta. She is diplomat from the American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine (ACLAM) since 2011 and currently works at the Caribbean Primate Research Center in Puerto Rico. Recently she opened a small animal clinic in San German, Puerto Rico.  
                                                                                        • Jennifer K. Hendrick, BS, LATg
                                                                                          Research Specialist, Medical University of South Carolina
                                                                                          Biography
                                                                                            I attended Clemson University and received a degree in Animal Science in 1993. Since then, I have been a research and surgical technician at the Medical University of South Carolina. The majority of my career found me researching the ideology, biological effects and treatment options in the setting of congestive heart failure. I now work in the department of Comparative Medicine assisting other Primary Investigators with their surgical research needs.  
                                                                                          • Melissa Swan, RVT, AAS, RALAT
                                                                                            Registered Veterinary Technician, Senior Research Associate Hickman Laboratory, Indiana University School of Medicine
                                                                                            Biography
                                                                                              Melissa Swan entered the research field over 14 years ago and is currently established at the Indiana University School of Medicine Laboratory Animal Resource Center as a Research Associate and Registered Veterinary Technician. She has spent extensive time understanding and learning the various functions of a laboratory environment, from animal cage and management, to clinical observations and treatment, diagnostic services, pharmaceutical distribution, and anesthetic systems. In the past 7 years, she has focused on studying the welfare of laboratory rodents with a specific emphasis on the emotional wellbeing of rats when modifications to the environment are made. Recent work and interests include studying current laboratory lighting regimes and the effect of spectral shifting on behavior and physiology of laboratory rodents. Melissa will complete her bachelor of science in biology May 2014 and is a class of 2018 DVM candidate.  
                                                                                            • Karen Froberg-Fejko, LATg, VMD
                                                                                              President, Bio-Serv, USA
                                                                                              Biography
                                                                                                Began her career in the laboratory animal field in 1985 working at Squibb (now Bristol Myers Squibb) as a laboratory animal technician and over her nine years there, was promoted to facility manager. She left Bristol Myers Squibb to attend veterinary school at the University of Pennsylvania in 1996 were she graduated Summa Cum Laude. In 2004, she had the opportunity to return to the research community by serving as President (and Veterinarian) of Bio-Serv. She works with a great team of individuals who provide the research community with wide variety of superior products that benefit the health and well-being of laboratory animals.  
                                                                                              • Juan Manuel Baamonde
                                                                                                Genetically Modified Mouse Facility Manager, General Editor Bioterios.com, Centro de Estudios Cientificos (CECs), Chile
                                                                                                Biography
                                                                                                  Juan Manuel Baamonde was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where he got its title of Laboratory Animal Technician at the University of Buenos Aires (UBA) in 1999. Since 2004 until now works at the Centro de Estudios Científicos (CECs) in Valdivia, Chile, as Manager of genetically modified mouse facility. In 2007 he founded the website Bioterios.com, reference portal in Spanish on the care and use of laboratory animals in Latin America, where he performs general editor tasks to date. In 2009 is appointed general editor of the Journal LAJLAS (Latin American Journal of Laboratory Science). Since 2012 is member of the ARC (The Americas Regional Committee) ICLAS (International Council for Laboratory Animal Science) representing Chile.  
                                                                                                • Michelle Hull, MS RLATg
                                                                                                  Gnotobiotic Research Associate, Department of Craniofacial Biology, Medical University of South Carolina, USA
                                                                                                  Biography
                                                                                                    Michelle Hull earned her Master of Science in Animal and Veterinary Science from Clemson University in 2010. She is now a Research Associate at the Medical University of South Carolina. She has worked as a technician in the gnotobiotic core program under the Department of Craniofacial Biology for the past three years. Under this program Michelle has performed work on projects dealing with diseases of the gastrointestinal system. In addition, she has conducted contracted work for various external investigators for a variety of gnotobiotic based projects. Michelle is responsible for the quality control and health surveillance programs of the gnotobiotic colony, as well as general laboratory animal care. Michelle received her LATg certification in 2012.  
                                                                                                  • Michelle Weideman, DVM
                                                                                                    Senior Staff Veterinarian, MPI Research
                                                                                                    Biography
                                                                                                      I graduated from Michigan State University's College of Veterinary Medicine in 2004. I have been employed at MPI research for the last nine years as a staff veterinarian, working primarily with dogs, cats, rats, mice, rabbits, swine, and non-human primates (and occasionally others).  
                                                                                                    • John Bradfield, PhD, DVM
                                                                                                      Senior Director, AAALAC International, USA
                                                                                                      Biography
                                                                                                        John Bradfield is Senior Director, Association for the Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care (AAALAC-International). He is a veterinarian and a Diplomate of the American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine. Dr Bradfield also has PhD in experimental pathology with scholarly publications in various areas of laboratory animal medicine, wound healing, vascular and platelet biology. Dr. Bradfield has had many years' experience with the accreditation process as an ad hoc consultant and ten years' service as a Council member of AAALAC International and as Council President. He has served as Director of the Division of Laboratory Animal Medicine and Attending Veterinarian at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and also as the Chair Department of Comparative Medicine, Brody School of Medicine, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina. He has extensive experience in academic laboratory animal medicine, managing animal programs and working with animal care and use committees. Prior to his career in laboratory animal medicine, Dr Bradfield was a large animal practitioner. In his current role at AAALAC International, he is responsible for education and outreach activities.   
                                                                                                      • Erik Sanders, PhD
                                                                                                        Zebrafish Facility Manager, Department of Developmental Biology, Washington University School of Medicine, USA
                                                                                                        Biography
                                                                                                          Erik is the Manager of the Core Zebrafish Facility at Washington Universitys School of Medicine in Saint Louis, Missouri. He began culturing and caring for Zebrafish in 2006 as a technician at The Stowers Institute for Medical Research in Kansas City, MO. In 2008 he joined Washington University, and in 2010 he took on the role of Manager for the soon-to-be Core Zebrafish Facility. The Core has a 7000-tank capacity, features a dedicated nursery and two adult fish holding rooms, a fully automated feeding system and dedicated cage-wash facility. His focus over the recent years has centered on integrating practices from the Aquaculture field at large into the Laboratory Culture of Zebrafish, promulgating the use of rotifers as a first feed item, reducing the generation time of the fish, and making automated cagewash the standard practice in Zebrafish Facilities.
                                                                                                        • Ignacio Alvarez Gomez de Segura, DipECLAM, DipECVAA
                                                                                                          Professor, Anesthesiologist, University Complutense, Spain
                                                                                                          Biography
                                                                                                            Ignacio Alvarez Gomez de Segura teaches and practices anaesthesiology since 2005 at the Veterinary School of Complutense University of Madrid (Spain), where he graduated in 1986. He holds the ECVAA and ECLAM diplomate status. Previously he worked as head of the Animal Facility at the Experimental Surgery Department of of the (human) Hospital La Paz, also in Madrid (1988-2005).
                                                                                                          • Micaela Ricca, LATG
                                                                                                            Manager, Laboratory Animal Facility, Professor, Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile, Chile
                                                                                                            Biography
                                                                                                              She obtained her university LATG degree in 2000 at Buenos Aires University, Argentina. He worked as responsible of the experimental area at the Laboratory Animal Facility, Faculty of Exact and Natural Sciences, UBA until 2004, when she moved to Chile to manage the Genomics Unit at Centro de Estudios Cientficos. She is currently the Director of the Laboratory Animal Facility and member of the Bioethics and Biosafety Committe at Biological Science Faculty of the Pontificial Catholic University in Santiago, Chile. In 2008 co funded Aula Virtual Bioterio, a Laboratory Animal Training group focalized on e-learning training, since then the group organized webinars and courses for developing and Spanish speaking countries. She is also member of the Governing Board of ASOCHICAL (Chilean Association of Laboratory Animal Sciences). Since 2012 was elected as member of the Bioethics Committee at FONDECyT program of National Commission for Scientific and Technological Research (CONICYT). She is currently Vicepresident of FESSACAL (Federacion de Sociedades Sudamericanas de Ciencias en Animales de Laboratorio). She is actively involved in education and technical training of people willing to work with laboratory animals.
                                                                                                            • Andrea Gay
                                                                                                              Regional Sales Manager, The Andersons Bedding Products, USA
                                                                                                              Biography
                                                                                                                Andrea Gay is Regional Sales Manager for the Southern Territory of the U.S. as well as the International Sales Representative for The Andersons Bedding Products. Andrea graduated from MacMurray College in Jacksonville, IL with a bachelor's degree in elementary education and learning disabilities. Andrea has been involved in the Lab Animal Industry for 13 years. Prior to working for The Andersons Bedding Products, Andrea worked at Shepherd Specialty Papers. Andrea joined The Andersons Bedding Products in 2008 as Regional Sales Manager. Andrea is a member of National AALAS, LAMA, ATA, District IV and District 7 branches of AALAS, as well as the IAT and ANZLAA international branches. Andrea serves on the Exhibitor Advisory Council for AALAS and also serves as the Awards Chair for the Research Triangle Branch Executive Council in North Carolina, as well as being a member of The National Weights and Measures Southern Branch. Andrea has published an article in The Enrichment Record on Nesting & Thermoregulation.
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