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FEB 4 - 5 2015
Laboratory Animal Sciences
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LabRoots, Inc. is pleased to announce the annual, two-day international, virtual Laboratory Animal Science (LAS) BioConference Live that will take place on February 4th and 5th, 2015. 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; animal welfare and reduction of confounding factors in preclinical research with the following tracks:

  • Training and competency assessment
  • Biosafety and Biosecurity
  • Aquatics
  • Transportation


LAS BioConference Live will bring together scientists, students, 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
  • Ask questions of the speakers via live video
  • Chat live with your peers
  • Receive Continuing Education Credits
  • Browse a virtual exhibit floor for solution providers


Last year, over 20,000 people participated in the 3rd Laboratory Animal Science BioConference Live that included 59 speakers and 35 exhibitors, from 45 countries. We anticipate attendance of BioConference Live to continue to grow as the world?s scientific community continues to come together each year to share advances in laboratory animal medicine. Feedback highlights from the 2014 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 wasan 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"


Continuing Educational Credits
The 2015 conference will be submitted for approved by the American Association of Veterinary State Boards for Continuing Education for veterinarians and veterinary technicians to receive CE credits, and will also meet AALAS and CALAS continuing education criteria.
 


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Agenda
All times are Pacific Time
  • FEB 04, 2015 06:00 AM PST
    Speaker: Mathias Leblanc, DVM, PhD, DES, DACLAM
    SEE ABSTRACT | Continuing Education: CE
  • FEB 04, 2015 06:00 AM PST
    Speaker: Angela Kerton, B.VetMed Cert LAS MRCVS
    SEE ABSTRACT | Continuing Education: CE
  • FEB 04, 2015 07:30 AM PST
    Speaker: Marina Snitcofsky, DVM, MSc, PhD
    SEE ABSTRACT | Continuing Education: CE
  • FEB 04, 2015 07:30 AM PST
    Speaker: Ted Wasky
    SEE ABSTRACT | Continuing Education: CE
  • FEB 04, 2015 09:00 AM PST
    Speaker: James R Swearengen, DVM
    SEE ABSTRACT | Continuing Education: CE
  • FEB 04, 2015 10:30 AM PST
    Speaker: Marcel Perret-Gentil, DVM, MS
    SEE ABSTRACT | Continuing Education: CE
  • FEB 04, 2015 12:00 PM PST
    Speaker: Andrea Leisewitz, PhD
    SEE ABSTRACT | Continuing Education: CE
  • FEB 04, 2015 01:30 PM PST
    Speaker: Szczepan Baran, VMD, MS
    SEE ABSTRACT | Continuing Education: CE
  • FEB 05, 2015 06:00 AM PST
    Speaker: Jaime Lecker, PhD
    SEE ABSTRACT | Continuing Education: CE
  • FEB 05, 2015 06:00 AM PST
    Speaker: Brian Soper, PhD
    SEE ABSTRACT | Continuing Education: CE
  • FEB 05, 2015 07:30 AM PST
    Speaker: Juan Ramos, DVM
    SEE ABSTRACT | Continuing Education: CE
  • FEB 05, 2015 07:30 AM PST
    Speaker: Andrew H Ide, BS
    SEE ABSTRACT | Continuing Education: CE
  • FEB 05, 2015 09:00 AM PST
    Speaker: Paul Flecknell, MA, VetMB, PhD, DLAS, DECVAA, DECLAM, (Hon)DACLAM, (Hon) FRCVS, Dr.hc
    SEE ABSTRACT | Continuing Education: CE
  • FEB 05, 2015 10:30 AM PST
    Speaker: Paula Clifford, MLA, RLATG, CVT
    SEE ABSTRACT | Continuing Education: CE
  • FEB 05, 2015 10:30 AM PST
    Speaker: Delphine Bouard DVM, Dip Vet LAS
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  • FEB 05, 2015 12:00 PM PST
    Speaker: Pilar Ariza Guzman, DVM, MS
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  • FEB 05, 2015 01:30 PM PST
    Speaker: John Bradfield, PhD, DVM
    SEE ABSTRACT | Continuing Education: CE
  • FEB 05, 2015 02:00 PM PST
    Speaker: Christian Lawrence, MS
    SEE ABSTRACT | Continuing Education: CE
  • FEB 05, 2015 03:00 PM PST
    Speaker: Dan Rothen, DVM
    SEE ABSTRACT | Continuing Education: CE
  • Biosafety and Biosecurity
  • FEB 04, 2015 06:00 AM PST
    Speaker: Mathias Leblanc, DVM, PhD, DES, DACLAM
    SEE ABSTRACT | Continuing Education: CE
  • FEB 04, 2015 07:30 AM PST
    Speaker: Marina Snitcofsky, DVM, MSc, PhD
    SEE ABSTRACT | Continuing Education: CE
  • FEB 05, 2015 06:00 AM PST
    Speaker: Jaime Lecker, PhD
    SEE ABSTRACT | Continuing Education: CE
  • FEB 05, 2015 07:30 AM PST
    Speaker: Andrew H Ide, BS
    SEE ABSTRACT | Continuing Education: CE
  • FEB 05, 2015 12:00 PM PST
    Speaker: Pilar Ariza Guzman, DVM, MS
    SEE ABSTRACT | Continuing Education: CE
  • Training and competency assessment
  • FEB 04, 2015 06:00 AM PST
    Speaker: Angela Kerton, B.VetMed Cert LAS MRCVS
    SEE ABSTRACT | Continuing Education: CE
  • FEB 04, 2015 12:00 PM PST
    Speaker: Andrea Leisewitz, PhD
    SEE ABSTRACT | Continuing Education: CE
  • FEB 04, 2015 01:30 PM PST
    Speaker: Szczepan Baran, VMD, MS
    SEE ABSTRACT | Continuing Education: CE
  • FEB 05, 2015 06:00 AM PST
    Speaker: Brian Soper, PhD
    SEE ABSTRACT | Continuing Education: CE
  • FEB 05, 2015 10:30 AM PST
    Speaker: Paula Clifford, MLA, RLATG, CVT
    SEE ABSTRACT | Continuing Education: CE
  • FEB 05, 2015 10:30 AM PST
    Speaker: Delphine Bouard DVM, Dip Vet LAS
    SEE ABSTRACT | Continuing Education: CE
  • FEB 05, 2015 01:30 PM PST
    Speaker: John Bradfield, PhD, DVM
    SEE ABSTRACT | Continuing Education: CE
  • Transportation
  • FEB 04, 2015 07:30 AM PST
    Speaker: Ted Wasky
    SEE ABSTRACT | Continuing Education: CE
  • Keynote Sessions
  • FEB 04, 2015 09:00 AM PST
    Speaker: James R Swearengen, DVM
    SEE ABSTRACT | Continuing Education: CE
  • FEB 04, 2015 10:30 AM PST
    Speaker: Marcel Perret-Gentil, DVM, MS
    SEE ABSTRACT | Continuing Education: CE
  • FEB 05, 2015 09:00 AM PST
    Speaker: Paul Flecknell, MA, VetMB, PhD, DLAS, DECVAA, DECLAM, (Hon)DACLAM, (Hon) FRCVS, Dr.hc
    SEE ABSTRACT | Continuing Education: CE
  • Aquatics
  • FEB 05, 2015 07:30 AM PST
    Speaker: Juan Ramos, DVM
    SEE ABSTRACT | Continuing Education: CE
  • FEB 05, 2015 02:00 PM PST
    Speaker: Christian Lawrence, MS
    SEE ABSTRACT | Continuing Education: CE
  • FEB 05, 2015 03:00 PM PST
    Speaker: Dan Rothen, DVM
    SEE ABSTRACT | Continuing Education: CE
Speakers

  • Paul Flecknell, MA, VetMB, PhD, DLAS, DECVAA, DECLAM, (Hon)DACLAM, (Hon) FRCVS, Dr.hc
    Professor/Director, Comparative Biology Centre, The Medical School, University of Newcastle
    Biography
      Paul Flecknell qualified from Cambridge Veterinary School in 1976. He completed his PhD at the University of London, and is a Diplomat of the European Colleges of Veterinary Anesthesia and Analgesia and Laboratory Animal Medicine. He is an honorary Diplomat of the American College of Laboratory Animal medicine, and an honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Veterinary. Recently he was awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Ghent. He is currently Director of the Comparative Biology Center at the University of Newcastle and is Professor of Laboratory Animal Science in the Institute of Neuroscience. His main research interests are anesthesia and analgesia of all species of animals and in particular the development of methods of pain assessment. He is the head of the Pain and Animal Welfare Science (PAWS) group at Newcastle, which involves the work of 9 academic staff and research students. The group have published over a 100 scientific papers, reviews and book chapters in the field of analgesia and anesthesia of laboratory animals. Current work is focused on novel methods of cage-side assessment of pain, particularly using pain faces and developing methods of measurement of effective state in rodents. His hobbies are bird-watching, photography, hiking and computer gaming. <br />
    • 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.
      • James R Swearengen, DVM
        Comparative Medicine Veterinarian, National Biodefense Analysis and Countermeasures Center
        Biography
          James R. Swearengen, D.V.M., DACLAM, DACVPM is the Comparative Medicine Veterinarian for the National Biodefense Analysis and Countermeasures Center, and a former Senior Director of the Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care, International (AAALAC International). Dr. Swearengen received his veterinary medical degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 1982 and completed a four-year residency in laboratory animal medicine at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research in Washington, DC in 1994. He is a former Deputy Commander of the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases, Fort Detrick, Maryland, and served as the laboratory animal medicine consultant to the U.S. Army Surgeon General. He retired from the U.S. Army in 2005. Dr. Swearengen is board certified in both veterinary preventive medicine and laboratory animal medicine. He is the current Vice-President of the AAALAC International Council on Accreditation, Past-President of the American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine (ACLAM) and serves on the United States Animal Health Association Board of Directors. Dr. Swearengen has over 20 years of experience working in the area of infectious disease research, including development of research animal models and providing veterinary care and research support to animals at biosafety levels-3/4.
        • 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.
          • Delphine Bouard DVM, Dip Vet LAS
            Surgery Consultant, Vetslius
            Biography
              Delphine Bouard received her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine in 2003 from the vet school of Lyon. By 2010, she received a specialist diploma in laboratory animal medicine (French ECLAM training program: DESV LAS). Dr. Bouard has been working in the laboratory animal field for 10 years, with a focus in models involving surgical preconditioning. In 2004, she joined Biomatech-Namsa, an international CRO specialized in medical devices and preclinical tests. She was their designated veterinarian, study director and named surgeon. Her responsibilities as surgeon increased over time and she worked on various models and several species (NHPs, dogs, small ruminants, pigs, minipigs, rats, rabbits, mice), developing experimental models with the help of specialized surgeons. She joined Charles River in 2008 as their European Surgery and Associated Services Manager. As European Surgery manager, she was in charge of surgery teams' management, new model development team, training and business development. Dr. Bouard became their Veterinary Professional Services (VPS) manager for Charles River France in 2012. As VPS, she was in charge of veterinarian regulatory affairs, veterinary support for operations & customers and animal welfare. Since October 2014, Dr. Bouard has been consulting at Vetsalius. Vetsalius offers consultancy services in experimental surgery (on site surgery, training, model development) for a diverse array of clients in Europe but also in China. She has experience working with animal suppliers, pharma companies, diverse CROs, medical devices suppliers, biotechs as well as Universities and Vet schools. Dr. Bouard is a member of the AFSTAL (Laboratory Animals national French association) and ESLAV (European Society of Laboratory Animal Veterinarians). She has also been co-presiding the ComVet group since 2012, a French AFSTAL commission of approximately 70 members (essentially vets) organizing seminars and exchanges of information.
            • 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.   
              • Paula Clifford, MLA, RLATG, CVT
                VP Operations, Animal Care Training Services (ACTS)
                Biography
                  Paula Clifford is co-owner of Animal Care Training Services (ACTS), where she provides training services for the biomedical community and Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Society for Biomedical Research (PSBR), where she is responsible for the vision and oversight of this state-wide organization. Her formal education includes a Masters of Liberal Arts Degree from the University of Pennsylvania where she focused on training program evaluation for animal care and use, a Bachelors of Arts in biology from Rutgers College and an Associate's Degree in Applied Science for Veterinary Technology from Camden County College. She is a licensed veterinary technician and certified as a Laboratory Animal Technologist from the American Association of Laboratory Animal Science. Previous to her current roles, Paula was the Training Manager for the University of Pennsylvania where she developed and implemented training programs for diverse members of the research team. Paula is also an active member in several professional associations, including local and national AALAS (American Association for Laboratory Animal Science), LAWTE (the Laboratory Animal Welfare Training Exchange), and the American Society for Training and Development. She was honored with the AALAS George R. Collins award in 2009, recognizing her contribution to training and education in laboratory animal science, nationally.
                • Pilar Ariza Guzman, DVM, MS
                  Senior Scientist, Program Director of the Phenotyping Cores, University of Minnesota
                  Biography
                    Pilar Ariza Guzman received her DVM from the University of La Salle, Bogota, Colombia and an M.S. from the University of Minnesota. In 2013 she became the Director of the Phenotyping core in Jackson Hall&nbsp; and in the Cardiovascular and Cancer Research Building&nbsp; (CCRB) for the University of Minnesota. The Cores are designed to integrate disciplines by offering the opportunity for investigators to use highly specialized equipment to conduct their research and have access to highly skilled services and surgeries. Guzman has extensive experience in lab management, rodent care and surgical techniques. From 1998 to 2013, Guzman had the opportunity to work with John Osborn to understand the role of the central nervous system in the long-term regulation of arterial pressure and the pathogenesis of hypertension. During this time she had the opportunity to develop and perfect a series of surgical techniques, which include abdominal interventions, open chest mostly in rats, nerve ablations, implantation of telemeters, Sub cutaneous implantations of minipumps and pellet. During this period of time she was also very involved in the collaboration of grants for the lab and her work included the following grants; 2000 - 2010&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; NIH Neural Mechanisms of Long-Term Cardiovascular Control, 2004 - 2009&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; NIH Long-term Neural Determinants of Cardiovascular Diseases. She was awarded in August, 2001 Outstanding Laboratory Personnel as a Scientist, Dept. of Animal Science, University of Minnesota.&nbsp; One of her other important duties has been the involvement with the Research Animal Resources (RAR) and Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) inspections in different labs. This gave her the opportunity to learn more about the correct way to care for the animals in experimental studies.&nbsp;&nbsp; From 1990 - 1996 she worked in the Research Institute of Colombia South America CORPOICA as a research scientist in animal nutrition. <br />
                  • Andrew H. Ide, President and CEO
                    Kent Scientific Corporation
                    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.
                    • Angela Kerton, B.VetMed Cert LAS MRCVS
                      Head of Veterinary Services and CBS Training Unit, Imperial College London
                      Biography
                        Angela Kerton graduated from the Royal Veterinary College in 1995, being awarded the Waltham medal for the best final year elective project involving a laboratory animal science study investigating the effects of hormonal changes associated with post natal depression on neuromuscular development in neonates. She worked for the small animal charity the PDSA in the east end of London as a general small animal practitioner for 6 years prior to joining Imperial College London as Named Veterinary Surgeon in 2001. She currently leads a team of veterinary surgeons to share best practice and particularly the promotion of the 3Rs. As head of training, she is responsible for monitoring and developing training programmes at Imperial College. This involves the direction and participation in mandatory UK Home Office Module courses 1 - 5 (attended by 210+ candidates per annum), which is accredited by the Society of Biology. She was instrumental in the design and delivery of animal husbandry, anaesthesia and telemetry training modules for The Centre for Integrative Mammalian Physiology and Pharmacology (CIMPP). The CIMPP was a flagship centre, which successfully trained a new generation of in vivo scientists. She particularly enjoys the creative aspect of teaching; sourcing new materials, devising interactive programmes and developing new methods of making learning interesting, and keeping learners engaged. She is a section convenor for the Laboratory Animal Science Association (LASA) Care and Welfare Section and also the Education, Training and Ethics Section. Amongst her publications is the LASA 2010 Guiding Principles for Preparing for and Undertaking Aseptic Surgery. A report by the LASA Education, Training and Ethics section. http://www.lasa.co.uk/PDF/LASA_Guiding_Principles_Aseptic_Surgery_2010.2.pdf
                      • Christian Lawrence, MS
                        Aquatic Resources Program Manager, Boston Childrens Hospital, Harvard Medical School
                        Biography
                          Christian Lawrence is currently the Aquatic Resources Program (ARP) Manager at Boston Childrens Hospital (BCH). ARP administers the zebrafish program at BCH, which is one of the largest and most active of its kind in the world. Mr. Lawrence also serves as a faculty member for the Health and Colony Management of Laboratory Fish course at the Mount Desert Island Biological Laboratory, and was a Fulbright Specialist at the Bar-Ilan University Faculty of Medicine in Safed, Israel in 2013. He is co-author of The Laboratory Zebrafish, and has written a number of scientific publications on zebrafish biology and culture. <br />
                        • Mathias Leblanc, DVM, PhD, DES, DACLAM
                          Assistant Director of the Animal Resources Department, Salk Institute for Biological Studies
                          Biography
                            Dr. Leblanc is the Assistant Director of the Animal Resources Department at the Salk Institute for Biological studies. He obtained his Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from the University of Montreal in 1997. After 2 years in private practice, he pursued a Masters and a Ph.D. degree in Physiology and Endocrinology. During his doctoral studies, Dr. Leblanc characterized the pharmacokinetic and peripheral metabolism of DHEA in cynolmogus monkeys and also participated in the validation of human Affymetrix genechip microarrays in non-human primates for genomic studies. While doing his doctoral studies, he developed a unique expertise in Laboratory Animal Medicine and Drug Safety assessment in both the biotechnology and academic sectors. Following his Ph.D., he did a residency in Veterinary Pathology at the University of Montreal while remaining active in Lab Animal Science. He then became Director of Regulatory Affairs and University Veterinarian at McGill University overseeing one of the largest animal care and use program in Canada. He moved on to the position of Assistant Director and Veterinary Pathologist at the Salk Institute in 2007 where he is responsible for the veterinary care, diagnostic and preventative medicine program as well as the Comparative Pathology platform. Dr. Leblanc is also a Staff Scientist in the Gene Expression Laboratory and has published on cancer research and metabolism in several high impact journals such as Cell, Cancer Cell and Nature Medicine. He is Diplomate of the ACLAM, participated on multiple assessment visits for both the Canadian Council on Animal Care (CCAC) and AAALAC International and published several articles in Lab Animal Medicine. <br />
                          • Jaime Lecker, PhD
                            Director of Nutrition and Quality Operations, Bio-Serv
                            Biography
                              Dr. Jaime Lecker received her BS in Food Science from the Pennsylvania State University. She then worked as a Food Scientist in research and development at National Starch and Chemical Co. for two years before pursuing her graduate degree in Nutrition. She received her MS and PhD in Nutritional Biochemistry and Metabolism from Tufts University. Dr. Lecker was a member of the Cardiovascular Nutrition laboratory at the Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University where her research focused on dietary fatty acids and atherosclerosis in animal models. She conducted her dissertation research in lipid metabolism, and investigated the mechanisms by which dietary fatty acid profile and cholesterol status alter cholesterol and lipoprotein metabolism. Currently Dr. Lecker is the Director of Nutrition and Quality Operations at Bio-Serv where she focuses on initiatives to expand Bio-Serv's nutritional products and diets, works with researchers to develop custom diets to facilitate reliable research outcomes, and provides guidance for critical care and special needs diets for laboratory animals.
                            • Andrea Leisewitz, PhD
                              Research Ethics Officer, Pontificia Universidad Catlica de Chile
                              Biography
                                Education: - Undergraduate studies BSc major Biology at Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile (1998) - Graduate Studies PhD in Molecular and Cellular Biology, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile (2004) - Postodctoral Training in Pharmacology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, US (2005-2008) - Master in Innovation at Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile (2011-2013) - Diploma in Medical Education (2008) - Ongoing studies: MSc in Bioethics, The Bioethics Program, Union Graduate College and Icahn School of Medicine, Mount Sinai, New York, USA (September 2014- ) Positions: - Assistant Professor, School of Medicine at Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile (2008- current) - Innovation Strategy Manager, School of Medicine Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile (April 2012 - January 2014) - Animal Welfare Committee Member School of Medicine at Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile (2008- 2014) and Chair of the Committee (September 2011- January 2014) Current position: - Research Ethics Officer at Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile (May 2013- ) - Biosafety and Biosecurity Officer at Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile (May 2013- ) Other: - Consultancy in Research Ethics, Research Compliance, Biosafety and Biosecurity - Entrepreneurship: Hands-on-Science program and Good Practices. This is an educational program for high school students, where they can perform some experiments, get closer to and experience science in a different way and at the same time understand the responsibility of scientist in the implementation of good practices, in performing science in a safe way (biosafety), in avoiding misconduct such as fabrication, falsification, plagiarism, etc. Main interest: - My Family that includes 3 kids, two dogs and a husband.
                              • Juan Ramos, DVM
                                Aquatic Animal Supervisor, Barcelona Biomedical Research Park
                                Biography
                                  Juan Ramos received his veterinary degree in Madrid and afterwards he moved to Galicia to study Vocational Training in Aquaculture (IGAFA). After aquaculture studies he started work in L´Oceanografic at Valencia. Eventually, his work brought him to PRBB animal facility where he was exposed to both their rodent area and aquatic one in 2006. During that time, he took different courses in animal welfare as Category D, so he had the chance to learn about the rodent world. In the past year, he has been setting up the cryopreservation service for zebrafish sperm at PRBB.
                                • Dan Rothen, DVM
                                  Research Assistant Professor of Surgery, University of Miami
                                  Biography
                                    Dr. Rothen has been a clinical veterinarian at the University of Miami (UM) for 11 years. He received his DVM from the University of Florida (UF) in 2002. While in veterinary school, Dr. Rothen took elective classes in fish medicine and pathology and completed an externship at the UF Tropical Aquaculture Laboratory in Ruskin, Florida under the mentorship of Dr. Roy Yanong. After graduation, Dr. Rothen began his career in small animal private practice and emergency medicine. In 2003, he joined the University of Miami as the clinical veterinarian responsible for a large breeding colony of rhesus macaques. Additional responsibilities included veterinary coverage and support for UM's Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science. In 2006, he relocated to the UM Miller School of Medicine as a more traditional laboratory animal veterinarian, while still maintaining veterinary responsibility for the university's aquaculture programs and non-human primate medicine and surgery. He also consults with aquaculture facilities throughout South Florida, including coral restoration projects at Mote Marine Laboratory in Summerland Key, Florida.
                                  • Marina Snitcofsky, DVM, MSc, PhD
                                    Adjunct Professor, Universidad of Salvador
                                    Biography
                                      Academic background - Doctor in Veterinary Medicine, graduated with honours, Veterinary School, Buenos Aires University, 2004. Fields of expertise: Clinical Ethology, Animal Behavior and Neurosciences, Laboratory Animal Science, Biostatistics and Experimental Design. - Diplomate in Canine and Feline Internal Medicine, De las Américas University, 2009 - Diplomate in Clinical Ethology, Latin-American Veterinary Ethology College (Cleve), 2012 - Specialization in Statistics for Health Sciences, Sciences School, Buenos Aires University, 2014. - Master in Psychoneuroimmunoendocrinology, Favaloro University, 2012 - Master´s student in Laboratory Animal Science and Welfare, Barcelona University, Spain, 2015-2018 - PhD in Neurosciences, Veterinary School, Buenos Aires University, 2013. Current positions: - IBCN Laboratory Animal Facility Manager (coordination and supervision of animal health and welfare), Medicine School, Buenos Aires University, since March 2012. - Professional Member of the Career for Research Support of National Research Council (CONICET), at Institute of Cell and Molecular Biology (IBCN), Medicine School, Buenos Aires University. - IACUC Member, Veterinary School Research Institute at Del Salvador University, since May 2013. - Board Member of Argentinean Association of Laboratory Animal Science and Technology (AACyTAL) (pro-secretariat), since March 2014 - Head Professor of Biostatistics in Veterinary School, El Salvador University, since August 2008.
                                    • Brian Soper, PhD
                                      Technical Information Scientist, The Jackson Laboratory
                                      Biography
                                        Brian has worked at The Jackson Laboratory for 20 years. He conducted research on treatment strategies for a mouse model of human enzyme deficiency. Approaches included enzyme replacement, gene therapy, and neonatal allogeneic bone marrow transplantation. He is currently a Technical Information Services Scientist. Brian's area of expertise is in modeling (and complications associated with) human type 1 and type 2 diabetes, and research with immunodeficient mice.
                                      • Ted Wasky
                                        Global Chief of Security and Safety, Harlan Laboratories
                                        Biography
                                          Since early 2007, Ted has established a proactive and dynamic security program for Harlan Laboratories, a global provider of research animals and animal related services.&nbsp; One of his responsibilities included establishing security policies and procedures for the companys international ground transportation network to deliver animals and laboratory animal diets.&nbsp; These security practices included the use of technology, driver screening relating to animal transport, crisis response protocols and delivery practices.&nbsp; Harlan has been targeted by animal rights extremists in both Europe and the United States.&nbsp; Ted has made it a priority to engage with other industry partners in establishing best practices in animal transportation. <br /> <br />Prior to joining Harlan/HLS, Ted spent over years in the FBI.&nbsp; He served in a variety of field offices and he was promoted into the Senior Executive Service for the FBI.&nbsp; His investigative expertise included international drug investigations, organized crime and terrorism matters.&nbsp; <br /> <br />Ted holds a Bachelors of Science degree in Criminal Justice Administration and is married with three sons. <br />
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                                        • Klas Abelson, PhD

                                          Dr. Klas Abelson obtained a degree of Master of Medical Sciences in 2001 and a PhD in Comparative Medicine and Lab Animal Science in 2005, from Uppsala University, Sweden. The area of his research was originally focused on the development of experimental models for studying pain ...

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                                        • Debra Hickman, DVM, MS, DACLAM

                                          Debra Hickman, DVM, MS, DACLAM, is the Director of the Laboratory Animal Resource Center at Indiana University Medical School in Indianapolis, IN. She obtained her veterinary degree and completed residency training in laboratory animal medicine at the University of Illinois at ...

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                                        • Paul Honess, PhD

                                        • Maria Kamber DVM, PhD

                                        • Nikolaos G Kostomitsopoulos, DVM, PhD

                                          Dr Kostomitsopoulos graduated from the Veterinary Faculty of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece, in 1985 and obtained his PhD on Laboratory Animal Science from the Medical School of the University of Athens (1992-1997). During 1996 he attended a four months training ...

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                                        • Christian Lawrence, MS

                                          Christian Lawrence is currently the Manager of the Aquatic Resources Program (ARP) at Boston Children's Hospital (BCH). ARP administers the zebrafish program at BCH, which is one of the largest and most active of its kind in the world. Mr. Lawrence also serves as a faculty ...

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                                        • Mark Marzinke, PhD, BABCC

                                          Mark Marzinke, PhD, DABCC earned a Ph.D. in Biochemistry from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and subsequently completed a clinical chemistry fellowship at The Johns Hopkins University in 2012. During his clinical fellowship, Dr. Marzinke focused on the development and ...

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                                        • Jon McGill

                                        • Anna Olsson, PhD

                                          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 ...

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                                        • Marcel Perret-Gentil, DVM, MS

                                          Dr. Perret-Gentil serves as University Veterinarian and Director of the Laboratory Animal Resources Center (LARC) at the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) as well as Attending Veterinarian for the South Texas Accelerated Research Therapeutics. His experience involves a ...

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                                        • Johnny Roughan, PhD

                                        • Suzette D Tardif, PhD

                                        • Anita Trichel, DVM, PhD

                                        • Patricia V Turner, BSc, MS, DVM, DVSc

                                          Patricia V. Turner, BSc, MS, DVM, DVSc, is a Professor in the Department of Pathobiology and Program Leader of Laboratory Animal Science at the University of Guelph. She also manages the university laboratory animal diagnostic pathology core and provides consultative laboratory ...

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                                        • Katleen Hermans, PhD

                                        • Lara Helwig, DVM, DACLAM

                                          Dr. Lara Helwig is currently serving as the Director of Animal Care at Brown University. In this capacity she serves as the Attending Veterinarian for Brown University and provides oversight for the AAALAC accredited animal care and use programs at the affiliated teaching ...

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                                        • Jann Hau, MD, PhD

                                        • Luis Antunes, DVM, PhD

                                        • Szczepan Baran, VMD, MS

                                          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 ...

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                                        • Corinna Beale, DVM

                                        • Mollie Bloomsmith, PhD

                                        • Sylvie Cloutier, PhD

                                          Sylvie Cloutier is a Research Assistant Professor in the Center for the Study of Animal Well-being, Department of VCAPP, College of Veterinary Medicine, Washington State University, Pullman WA. She received her PhD in psychology from the Université du Québec à Montréal ...

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                                        • Nicole Duffee, DVM, PhD

                                          Dr. Nicole Duffee is the Director of Education & Scientific Affairs for the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science. She leads the AALAS Learning Library development team for the online learning platform and courses in laboratory animal science. She oversees and ...

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                                        • Paul Flecknell, MA, VeyMB, PhD, DECLAM, DLAS, DECVA. (hon) DACLAM, (Hon) FRCVS

                                        • Karen Froberg-Fejko, LATg, VMD

                                        • Yolanda Garcia, PhD

                                        • Andrea Gay, BS

                                          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 ...

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                                        • Javier Guillen, DVM

                                          He obtained his veterinary medicine degree at the University of Zaragoza (Spain) in 1990, and was for 17 years Director of the Laboratory Animal Services at the University of Navarra in Pamplona, Spain. In parallel, between 2003 and 2008 he was also a member of the Association ...

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                                        • Hansjoachim Hackbarth, DMV

                                        • Stephen Harvey, DVM

                                        • Carole Wilson, BSc, MIAT, BTEC

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