FEB 8 - 9 2017
Laboratory Animal Sciences 2017
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The 6th annual, two-day international, Laboratory Animal Science (LAS) virtual conference is now available On Demand!

This is a premier online-only conference focused on laboratory animal science. This year’s Program Committee led by Dr. Szczepan Baran, Global Head of Animal Welfare and Compliance Training at Novartis Pharmaceuticals, and composed of over 20 world renowned experts, decided on the theme of this conference to be Advances and Challenges in Laboratory Animal Science in 2017 with the following tracks:
 

  • Breeding and management of transgenic large or unconventional animal species
  • Advances in daily evaluation and assessment of laboratory animals including automatization and video monitoring
  • Advances and challenges in surgery, anesthesia and euthanasia
  • Advances in environmental enrichment of new animal models
  • Education and training with concentration on continuous professional development
  • Non-commercial technical trade track addressing topics listed above

 
LAS virtual conference brought 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 and challenges within laboratory animal science. Do not miss the opportunity to participate along such a diverse group of experts during this 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

 
RACE Continuing Educational Credits
The 2017 conference will be approved by the American Association of Veterinary State Boards for Continuing Education for veterinarians and veterinary technicians to receive RACE CE credits, and will also meet AALAS and CALAS continuing education criteria.

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POSTER SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

Virtual poster sessions offer the opportunity to present data to a global audience via a PDF poster and video summary, and discuss results with interested colleagues through email. Posters should be submitted as a PowerPoint file. Presentations should incorporate illustrative materials such as tables, graphs, photographs, and large-print text. This content is not peer reviewed. Submission is free.

 

SUBMIT YOUR ABSTRACT

Enter the following information to this Submission Form:

  • Poster Title
  • Your Name
  • Your Institution
  • Your Email
  • Abstract describing the poster

 

All submitted abstracts will be reviewed and decisions regarding acceptance will be made as abstracts are received. You will be notified within one week of receipt about acceptance. Further details and registration materials will be provided at that time. You do not have to be present in order to have a poster displayed. Only those abstracts approved by LabRoots may display posters at this event.

 

If accepted, you will also have the opportunity to record a 3-5 minute summary video for each poster.  LabRoots will work with each individual to create these videos. Video links and email contact information will be included on each poster displayed.

 

Questions? Email Posters@LabRoots.com

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Agenda
All times are Pacific Time
  • FEB 08, 2017 06:00 AM PST
    Speaker: Nicole Herndon, DVM
    SEE ABSTRACT | Continuing Education: RACE
  • FEB 08, 2017 06:00 AM PST
    Speaker: Jennifer Nagashima, PhD
    SEE ABSTRACT | Continuing Education: RACE
  • FEB 08, 2017 07:30 AM PST
    Speaker: Marcel Perret-Gentil, DVM, MS
    SEE ABSTRACT | Continuing Education: RACE
  • FEB 08, 2017 09:00 AM PST
    Speaker: Melissa Dyson MS, DVM, DACLAM
  • FEB 08, 2017 09:00 AM PST
    Speaker: Kathryn Cavanaugh
  • FEB 08, 2017 10:30 AM PST
    Speaker: James Kehler VMD, PhD
    SEE ABSTRACT | Continuing Education: RACE
  • FEB 08, 2017 10:30 AM PST
    Speaker: Laura Schaevitz, PhD
    SEE ABSTRACT | Continuing Education: RACE
  • FEB 08, 2017 12:00 PM PST
    Speaker: Eric Walters, PhD
    SEE ABSTRACT | Continuing Education: RACE
  • FEB 08, 2017 12:00 PM PST
    Speaker: Matthew Flegal, BS, SRS
    SEE ABSTRACT | Continuing Education: RACE
  • FEB 08, 2017 01:30 PM PST
    Speaker: Sangeetha Iyer, PhD
  • FEB 08, 2017 01:30 PM PST
    Speaker: Steve Fiering, PhD
  • FEB 08, 2017 01:30 PM PST
    Speaker: Andrea Zanetti, DVM, PhD, SRS
    SEE ABSTRACT | Continuing Education: RACE
  • FEB 08, 2017 03:00 PM PST
    SEE ABSTRACT | Continuing Education: RACE
    Angela Mexas, DVM, PhD, DACVIM, DACLAM
    Assistant Professor of Small Animal Medicine and Labora...
    CJ Doane, DVM, DACLAM
    Associate Director, University Animal Care, University...
  • FEB 08, 2017 03:00 PM PST
    Speaker: Margaret (Peg) Batchelder, DVM, DACLAM
  • FEB 09, 2017 06:00 AM PST
    Speaker: Kaile Bennett, B.S., R.L.A.T.G.
    SEE ABSTRACT | Continuing Education: RACE
  • FEB 09, 2017 06:00 AM PST
    Speaker: Patri Vergara, DVM, PhD, DipECLAM
    SEE ABSTRACT | Continuing Education: RACE
  • FEB 09, 2017 07:30 AM PST
    Speaker: Melanie Graham, MPH, PhD
  • FEB 09, 2017 09:00 AM PST
    Speaker: Jessica Gimpel DVM, MSc, PhD
  • FEB 09, 2017 09:00 AM PST
    Speaker: Steve England, PhD
  • FEB 09, 2017 10:30 AM PST
    Speaker: Axel Kornerup Hansen, DVM
    SEE ABSTRACT | Continuing Education: RACE
  • FEB 09, 2017 12:00 PM PST
    Speaker: Marcel Gyger, PhD
    SEE ABSTRACT | Continuing Education: RACE
  • FEB 09, 2017 01:30 PM PST
    SEE ABSTRACT | Continuing Education: RACE
    Nicole Duffee, DVM, PhD
    Director of Education & Scientific Affairs for the Amer...
    Ann Turner PhD, FASAE, CAE
    Executive Director, AALAS and the AALAS Foundation
  • FEB 09, 2017 03:00 PM PST
    Speaker: Margaret (Peg) Batchelder, DVM, DACLAM
  • FEB 09, 2017 03:00 PM PST
    Speaker: Wanyong (William) Pang, BVM, MS, PhD, DACLAM
    SEE ABSTRACT | Continuing Education: RACE
  • Advances and challenges in surgery, anesthesia and euthanasia
  • FEB 08, 2017 06:00 AM PST
    Speaker: Nicole Herndon, DVM
    SEE ABSTRACT | Continuing Education: RACE
  • FEB 08, 2017 12:00 PM PST
    Speaker: Matthew Flegal, BS, SRS
    SEE ABSTRACT | Continuing Education: RACE
  • FEB 08, 2017 01:30 PM PST
    Speaker: Andrea Zanetti, DVM, PhD, SRS
    SEE ABSTRACT | Continuing Education: RACE
  • FEB 08, 2017 03:00 PM PST
    SEE ABSTRACT | Continuing Education: RACE
    Angela Mexas, DVM, PhD, DACVIM, DACLAM
    Assistant Professor of Small Animal Medicine and Labora...
    CJ Doane, DVM, DACLAM
    Associate Director, University Animal Care, University...
  • FEB 09, 2017 09:00 AM PST
    Speaker: Jessica Gimpel DVM, MSc, PhD
  • FEB 09, 2017 03:00 PM PST
    Speaker: Margaret (Peg) Batchelder, DVM, DACLAM
  • Breeding and management of transgenic animal colonies and unconventional species colonies
  • FEB 08, 2017 06:00 AM PST
    Speaker: Jennifer Nagashima, PhD
    SEE ABSTRACT | Continuing Education: RACE
  • FEB 08, 2017 09:00 AM PST
    Speaker: Kathryn Cavanaugh
  • FEB 08, 2017 10:30 AM PST
    Speaker: James Kehler VMD, PhD
    SEE ABSTRACT | Continuing Education: RACE
  • FEB 08, 2017 12:00 PM PST
    Speaker: Eric Walters, PhD
    SEE ABSTRACT | Continuing Education: RACE
  • FEB 08, 2017 01:30 PM PST
    Speaker: Steve Fiering, PhD
  • FEB 08, 2017 03:00 PM PST
    Speaker: Margaret (Peg) Batchelder, DVM, DACLAM
  • Keynote
  • FEB 08, 2017 07:30 AM PST
    Speaker: Marcel Perret-Gentil, DVM, MS
    SEE ABSTRACT | Continuing Education: RACE
  • FEB 09, 2017 07:30 AM PST
    Speaker: Melanie Graham, MPH, PhD
  • Education and training with concentration on continuous professional development
  • FEB 08, 2017 09:00 AM PST
    Speaker: Melissa Dyson MS, DVM, DACLAM
  • FEB 09, 2017 06:00 AM PST
    Speaker: Patri Vergara, DVM, PhD, DipECLAM
    SEE ABSTRACT | Continuing Education: RACE
  • FEB 09, 2017 10:30 AM PST
    Speaker: Axel Kornerup Hansen, DVM
    SEE ABSTRACT | Continuing Education: RACE
  • FEB 09, 2017 12:00 PM PST
    Speaker: Marcel Gyger, PhD
    SEE ABSTRACT | Continuing Education: RACE
  • FEB 09, 2017 01:30 PM PST
    SEE ABSTRACT | Continuing Education: RACE
    Nicole Duffee, DVM, PhD
    Director of Education & Scientific Affairs for the Amer...
    Ann Turner PhD, FASAE, CAE
    Executive Director, AALAS and the AALAS Foundation
  • FEB 09, 2017 03:00 PM PST
    Speaker: Wanyong (William) Pang, BVM, MS, PhD, DACLAM
    SEE ABSTRACT | Continuing Education: RACE
  • Advances in daily evaluation and assessment of laboratory animals including automatization and video monitoring
  • FEB 08, 2017 10:30 AM PST
    Speaker: Laura Schaevitz, PhD
    SEE ABSTRACT | Continuing Education: RACE
  • FEB 08, 2017 01:30 PM PST
    Speaker: Sangeetha Iyer, PhD
  • FEB 09, 2017 09:00 AM PST
    Speaker: Steve England, PhD
  • Advances in environmental enrichment of new animal models
  • FEB 09, 2017 06:00 AM PST
    Speaker: Kaile Bennett, B.S., R.L.A.T.G.
    SEE ABSTRACT | Continuing Education: RACE
Speakers

  • Melanie Graham, MPH, PhD
    Associate Professor, Department of Surgery; Program Director, Preclinical Research Center, University of Minnesota
    Biography
      Dr. Graham is an Associate Professor in the Departments of Surgery and Veterinary Population Medicine. Dr. Graham is also the Director of the Preclinical Research Center (PCRC) at the University of Minnesota. She earned her M.P.H in Epidemiology from the University of Minnesota and her Ph.D from Utrecht University. Her research is centered on the development of cell-based therapies for the treatment of diabetes, specifically extrahepatic delivery of islets. Dr. Graham is also widely recognized for her expertise in the characterization and refinement of animal models of chronic disease to enhance translation to the clinic. This work proved pivotal to the first demonstration of successful long-term diabetes reversal after adult pig islet xenotransplant in nonhuman primates. Dr. Graham is serving on the North American 3Rs Consortium steering committee, the NIAID Nonhuman Primate Transplantation Tolerance Cooperative, and NIAID Immunobiology of Xenotransplantation Cooperative Research Program. Her research is supported by the State of Minnesota, JDRF, and NIH.
    • 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.
      • Laura Schaevitz, PhD
        VP of Scientific Technologies, Vium
        Biography
          Laura Schaevitz has more than 15 years of experience in In vivo animal studies. As VP of Scientific Technologies at Vium, she oversees the development of animal models and draws upon her experiences as a molecular and behavioral neuroscientist to direct the application of Vium's digital metrics to the animal models. Her past experiences include work across a broad spectrum of models including transgenic and nutrition-induced models of neurodevelopmental disorders such as autism, schizophrenia, Rett syndrome, and blindsight. Laura received her PhD in Neuroscience at Stanford University in 2006.
        • Melissa Dyson MS, DVM, DACLAM
          Associate Director and Associate Professor, Unit for Laboratory Animal Medicine, University of Michigan
          Biography
            Dr Melissa Dyson received her veterinary degree from the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine and completed a residency in Comparative Medicine at the University of Missouri in conjunction with the Research Animal Diagnostic Laboratories (RADIL). Her clinical and research interests include laboratory animal medicine management and infectious disease. She is the director of the ULAM training core that provides educational programs for animal care and use personnel.
          • Margaret (Peg) Batchelder, DVM, DACLAM
            Principal Veterinary Scientist / Associate Director, Veterinary Sciences, Bristol-Myers Squibb
            Biography
              Peg achieved her veterinary degree in 1987 and Board Certification in Laboratory Animal Medicine in 1997. Her veterinary experience has included private pet practice, academic research, and pharmaceutical research. She has contributed both as a laboratory animal veterinarian and as a researcher. Peg currently works for Bristol-Myers Squibb as a Principal Veterinary Scientist. Her roles include serving on the Animal Care and Use Committee as Attending Veterinarian, providing clinical care of research animals, collaborating with researchers, developing surgical animal models, and overseeing the animal health assurance program.
            • Kaile Bennett, B.S., R.L.A.T.G.
              ULAM-Training Core, Senior Training Specialist, University of Michigan
              Biography
                Kaile Bennett began working in laboratory animal medicine in 2008 but her passion for animals steadily grew from a young age. Kaile graduated from Eastern Michigan University with a bachelor's of science in behavioral psychology. Shortly after graduation she joined the University of Michigan as a Laboratory Animal Technician, quickly obtaining her RLATg certification. Kaile formed the Animal Enrichment Committee, creating various programs in socialization and enrichment for rodents and large animals. As an Animal Technician Senior she transitioned into a position with the biomedical engineering department overseeing a population of rhesus macaques, felines and rabbits. Kaile participates in AALAS locally and nationally, serving on the MI-AALAS executive council. She completed various scientific posters and presentations, authored a book chapter and co-authored multiple manuscripts. She recently accepted an opportunity to share her knowledge as a Training Specialist. Kaile implemented a compassion fatigue peer support group and volunteers for the lab animal community through public outreach. She was named National AALAS 2016 Technician of the Year. She has given refuge to many adopted research animals and currently cleans up after a retired lab beagle, Beaker. Kaile spends her free time with her husband, two sons, and a household of pets. After work, Kaile and her family don costumes for local comic cons.
              • Kathryn Cavanaugh
                IACUC Coordinator, UT Southwestern Medical Center
                Biography
                  Kathryn Cavanaugh is a UC Davis graduate with a BS in Animal Science. She currently is an IACUC Coordinator at UT Southwestern Medical Center. Prior to her position at UT Southwestern, she worked as a Breeding Coordinator managing a breeding colony of Dutch Belted rabbits. She has spoken at National AALAS Meetings on the topics of Establishment of Novel IACUC Guidelines for Evaluation of Mild Traumatic Brain Injury Devices for Mice and Rats, and Early Pregnancy Determination and Daily Observations of Fetal Development via Ultrasonography in Dutch Belted Rabbits.
                • CJ Doane, DVM, DACLAM
                  Associate Director, University Animal Care, University of Arizona
                  Biography
                    Dr. Doane has fourteen years of lab animal medicine experience including clinical and surgical medicine, IACUC membership, animal care program administration, and specialty board certification with ACLAM. She is an expert primate veterinarian having served as the Attending Veterinarian and Head of the Division of Animal Resources at the Oregon National Primate Research Center prior to her faculty recruitment to the University of Arizona. In her current role as Associate Director, she oversees three campus vivaria, and the veterinary care of a variety of species including laboratory fish, frogs, rodents, small mammals, cattle, swine, sheep, and NHPs. She is an active member in AALAS both local and national, ASLAP, ACLAM, and has served in numerous board positions including President of APV.
                  • Nicole Duffee, DVM, PhD
                    Director of Education & Scientific Affairs for the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science
                    Biography
                      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 contributes to print and digital publications of AALAS educational resources. She directs the Grants for Laboratory Animal Science program. Dr. Duffee is a former president of the Laboratory Animal Welfare Training Exchange (LAWTE).
                    • Steve England, PhD
                      Director & Head of Future Therapeutics & Technologies, Abbvie
                      Biography
                        Steve is an experienced professional in the early stages of drug discovery and development -from target identification, through project initiation up to proof of concept. This has been gained at Pfizer, AstraZeneca and Abbott/AbbVie. Steve has broad-based scientific expertise, primarily in the neuroscience area and more recently in chronic liver disease and more generally in immunology and oncology. Throughout his career Steve has managed both large and small groups of scientists and established a number of successful external collaborations with both academics and small companies. Currently Steve has two major roles - Firstly, leading the Discovery effort focused on liver disease at AbbVie, aimed at identifying treatments for NASH/NAFLD and also autoimmune diseases of the liver. Secondly, Steve head Future Therapeutics & Technologies - a team tasked with the identification and 'internalisation' of atypical therapeutic modalities.
                      • Steve Fiering, PhD
                        Professor of Microbiology and Immunology, and Genetics, Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth
                        Biography
                          Dr. Fiering received his Bachelor of Science from the University of Michigan in 1975, and his Doctorate from Stanford in 1990. After postdoctoral work as an NIH research fellow and research associate at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Dr. Fiering joined the faculty of the Department of Microbiology at Dartmouth Medical School in 1997. At that time he established a transgenic animal production facility at Dartmouth and this has become the current Mouse Modeling Shared Resource which provides an extensive line of services around generation, analysis and utilization of genetically modified mice.
                        • 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.
                          • Jessica Gimpel DVM, MSc, PhD
                            Animal Welfare Officer, Pontifical Catholic University of Chile
                            Biography
                              Dr. Gimpel graduated as a Vet from the Universidad de Chile and, after a couple of years working with wild Southamerican camelids in the north of Chile, went to the UK where she did an MSc in Biointegrative Science and then graduated as a PhD at the University of Oxford. Her research there was about the effects of housing and husbandry on the welfare of laboratory primates using behaviour and non-invasive indicators of welfare. On her return to Chile she worked at the National Zoo implementing environmental enrichment and teaching animal behaviour and welfare at the Catholic University (PUC). Dr. Gimpel now works full time at the Medicine Faculty (PUC) where she is responsible for the welfare of animals used in research (rodents). She is in charge of the animal facility, as well as supervising compliance with the institution's animal care programme. She also teaches and trains students and PI's about animal use in research, both from an ethical and a practical point of view. She is a member of the Institutional Scientific Ethics Committee for the Care and Use of Animals in Research of the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile. In that role, she collaborates in the development of regulations to carry out the ethical evaluation and the implementation of project post approval monitoring. She is an active member of the Chilean Society of Laboratory Animal Sciences (ASOCHICAL) whose main objective is to improve standards of care and use of animals in research, taking animal welfare as central to their work.
                            • Marcel Gyger, PhD
                              Chairman, Regional Ethical Review Board for Animal Experimentation in Lausanne, Switzerland
                              Biography
                                Dr. Marcel Gyger is currently the Chairman of the Regional Ethical Review Board for animal experimentation in Lausanne, Switzerland. Having received his PhD in the in Bioacoustics of Rodents from the University of Lausanne, he went on to complete post-doctoral work in the communication of Birds at Rockefeller University and in the somatosensory neurobiology of the Mouse at the University of Lausanne. He served as the President of the Swiss Society of Laboratory Animal Science from 2004 to 2013. Beginning in January of 2017, he will be the FELASA Vice-President for Education and Training.
                              • Sangeetha Iyer, PhD
                                Senior Scientist, Director of Business Development, Perlara
                                Biography
                                  Sangeetha received her PhD in Molecular Pharmacology from the University of Pittsburgh and completed her postdoctoral research at the University of Texas at Austin. Her graduate work focused on development of genetically engineered mouse models for the study of alcohol- and anesthetic-induced behaviors. She has over eight years of experience in model/assay development and drug screening for human disorders. At Perlara PBC, she is focused on the nematode drug screening pipeline, and design and management of preclinical rodent studies for rare genetic diseases.
                                • Axel Kornerup Hansen, DVM
                                  Head of Section, Department of Veterinary Disease Biology, Section of Experimental Animal Models University of Copenhagen
                                  Biography
                                    Axel Kornerup Hansen graduated in 1985 as DVM from the Royal Veterinary and Agricultural University in Copenhagen, Denmark. After two years in a small animal hospital, he became head of laboratories at Møllegaard Breeding Center, today part of Taconic Ltd. In 1993 he became associate director at the Department of Experimental Medicine at the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Copenhagen. In 1996 he was awarded the degree of Dr. Vet. Sci. based upon his thesis on the impact of bacteria in laboratory rats. From 1997 he has been professor in laboratory animal science and welfare under the University of Copenhagen (formerly Royal Veterinary and Agricul¬tural Universi¬ty). In 2000 he was made charter diplomat and was together with six others founding the European College of Laboratory Animal Medicine. His research area has primarily been on how the microbiota has an impact on laboratory animal models for inflammatory diseases and how this works in conjunction with the diet. He has published 158 peer-reviewed papers in scientific journals, and 36 other papers in books, proceedings or popular journals.
                                  • Nicole Herndon, DVM
                                    Veterinarian, Columbia University Medical Center
                                    Biography
                                      Dr. Herndon obtained her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Oregon State University, where she spent time at the Oregon National Primate Center, including working in a Huntington's Disease research laboratory. Following completion of veterinary school, Dr. Herndon began a three year post-doctoral research residency for veterinary laboratory animal medicine at Columbia University. While in this role, Dr. Herndon oversees the general animal care in the facilities, trains investigators on aseptic technique and surgical skills in rodent models, performs veterinary protocol review consultations, is an active participant in IACUC meetings, has participated in site visits from the USDA, Department of Health, and AAALAC, and assists with the anesthesia monitoring of USDA regulated species. She completed a research project comparing mortality rates, selected inflammatory cytokines, and overall condition of mice administered buprenorphine SR to buprenorphine HCL in a murine model of polymicrobial sepsis, the results of which were published in Journal of Comparative Medicine, December 2016. She will complete her residency June 2017.
                                    • James Kehler VMD, PhD
                                      Director of Scientific Alliances, MTI-GlobalStem
                                      Biography
                                        James Kehler VMD, PhD is a comparative stem cell biologist who thrives on developing productive collaborations to translate scientific discoveries into transformative products. He trained at the University of Pennsylvania, where he received his VMD in 2002, and PhD in Cell and Molecular Biology in 2004. James has worked as a visiting researcher at the National Institutes of Health for over 10 years, where he and his collaborators at NEI, NCI, NINDS, NIDDK and NIAAA developed animal and stem cell-based models of human diseases. He has run workshops on reprogramming and gene-editing both at the NIH, as well as internationally. James has worked and consulted for several stem cell companies from product development and management to directing custom reprogramming and gene-editing services. In 2016, James joined MTI-GlobalStem, now part of Thermo Fisher Scientific, as Director of Scientific Alliances, to foster collaborative research projects with academic, biotech and pharmaceutical partners.
                                      • Angela Mexas, DVM, PhD, DACVIM, DACLAM
                                        Assistant Professor of Small Animal Medicine and Laboratory Animal Medicine
                                        Biography
                                          My research has focused on the pathogenesis of feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV) in cats, and the role of regulatory T cells during the acute phase of FIV infection. More recently, I studied HIV latency and virus reservoirs during anti-retroviral therapy and have developed an interest in studying the role of interferons during acute and chronic retroviral infections. With this experience, I hope to develop clinical trials aimed at improving the management of chronic diseases in companion animals. I am also interested in studies aimed at improving the husbandry and welfare of animals used in research.
                                        • Jennifer Nagashima, PhD
                                          Postdoctoral Fellow, Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute
                                          Biography
                                            Jennifer Nagashima is a Smithsonian Institution postdoctoral fellow for the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI) with Nucharin Songsasen. Her current research focuses on developing new "gamete rescue" technologies in canids and felids, include freezing sperm and culturing ovaries in vitro to grow mature eggs. Nagashima earned her bachelor's degree from Cornell University in animal science in 2009 and completed her doctorate in zoology and wildlife conservation in 2015. As part of her doctoral dissertation in the Joint Graduate Training Program (JGTP) between Cornell University and SCBI, Nagashima produced the world's first litter of puppies from in vitro fertilization and cultured domestic dog ovarian follicles using cutting-edge, three-dimensional systems, with the goal of applying these technologies to the conservation of wild canids in the future.
                                          • Wanyong (William) Pang, BVM, MS, PhD, DACLAM
                                            Director Animal Research and Welfare DSAR, Sanofi R & D
                                            Biography
                                              Dr. Pang joined Sanofi in January 2011 as a Director, Dedicated Project Expert (then a Strategic advisor, and now in the Translational In Vivo Models Global Research Platform, Research, R&D), providing expertise to the Asia Pacific Region for Animal Research and Welfare related affairs. Dr. Pang received his Bachelor degree in veterinary medicine and MS in veterinary pathology, from the College of Veterinary Medicine at China Agricultural University, Beijing, China. Dr. Pang received his PhD in veterinary medicine (animal health and welfare) from University College Dublin, Ireland. He received a post-doc training in lab animal medicine at University of Copenhagen, Denmark. Dr. Pang has over 30 publications, 6 book chapters and many invited seminars. His recent experience with CROs in China was groundbreaking and included co-establishment and management of the first US standard GLP laboratory in Beijing, China (Bridge Laboratories), where he led the animal care and use program to their first AAALAC Accreditation, and also served as Study Director for preclinical development in multi-species acute and general toxicology programs. In early 2008 he became the first Director of Veterinary Services and IACUC Chairperson at the Charles River Laboratories Greater China Preclinical Services in Shanghai, where he managed and achieved their first AAALAC Accreditation. Dr. Pang has strong hands-on experience as a Principal Scientist where he developed 5 cell-cultured based veterinary vaccines, principal pathologist where he established a diagnosis team for farm animal diseases. He is a Diplomate of the American College of Lab Animal Medicine, member of the Chinese Association of Laboratory Animal Sciences (CALAS)(Secretary General of CALAS Committee on lab animal welfare & ethics; Chair of CALAS working group on lab animal medicine), Chinese Society of Veterinary Pathology (member of Chinese College of Veterinary Pathologists), and member of the lab animal science expert panel for China National Accreditation Services for Conformity Assessment. Dr. Pang served as an ad-hoc Specialist for AAALAC International from Sept 2008 to June 2013. Currently, he is a member of Council on Accreditation, AAALAC International.
                                            • Ann Turner PhD, FASAE, CAE
                                              Executive Director, AALAS and the AALAS Foundation
                                              Biography
                                                With over 40 years of experience in association management, health care administration, and education, Dr. Ann Turner has served her communities in various manners. She is currently the executive director of the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science (AALAS) in Memphis, Tn. In that role, she is in charge of implementing policies established by the Board of Trustees, supervising staff, managing the financial resources, administering programs and services of the association, and overseeing the activities of the Foundation. Dr. Turner earned a bachelor's degree in Home Economics from the University of Tennessee, a Masters of Education in Child Development and Family Relations from Pennsylvania State University, and a Doctor of Philosophy in Community Systems Planning and Development also from Penn State. Dr. Turner has been a Certified Association Executive (CAE) since 1989 and was awarded Fellow status in the American Society of Association Executives in 2006. She served on the Board of Directors for ASAE and the ASAE Foundation 2011 - 2013 and currently serves on the ASAE Foundation Research Committee. Ann is a member of the University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center IACUC.
                                              • 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.
                                                • Eric Walters, PhD
                                                  Research Assistant Professor, Project Director, National Swine Research and Resource Center
                                                  Biography
                                                    Dr. Eric Walters is a world-renowned scientist in the area of genetic engineering and swine biomedical models. His group has made and is currently working on swine models for various human diseases such as cancer, retinitis pigmentosa, xenotransplantation, and congenital heart defects. Dr. Walters has been able to travel around the world giving seminars and attending various scientific meetings. He has written 45 abstracts, 35 peer reviewed manuscripts, and 6 book chapters. In addition to the transgenic research, he also investigates the transcriptional regulation of cryopreserved porcine embryos. Dr. Walters is a 1991 graduate of Spoon River Valley High School. Following his graduation from Western Illinois University in 1995 with a Bachelors degree in Agricultural Science, he completed his Masters degree at the University of Illinois and then received his PhD in Reproductive Biology at the U of I in 2000. Dr. Walters was a post-doctoral researcher for the Beckman Institute at the University of Illinois and a senior scientist for a small biotechnology company. In 2003, he moved to Columbia, Missouri for a post-doctoral position in the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Missouri. Currently, he is a Research Assistant Professor in the Division of Animal Sciences and Project Director for the National Swine Resource and Research Center at the University of Missouri.
                                                  • Andrea Zanetti, DVM, PhD, SRS
                                                    Resident Veterinarian, University of Southern California
                                                    Biography
                                                      Dr. Zanetti received his PhD in Biomedical Engineering (emphasis in Stem Cell Biology and Tissue Engineering) from Louisiana State University (Pennington Biomedical Research Center) through his work on novel fracture repair strategies using stem cells and biodegradable scaffolding materials. He later assumed a Staff Scientist position at the McGowan Institute of Regenerative Medicine/Heart and Vascular Institute at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center where he worked with several animal models to develop innovative cellular therapies for vascular repair following arterial injury related to angioplasty and stenting. Currently, he is completing his residency in laboratory animal medicine (clinical emphasis) at the University of Southern California (USC)/City of Hope (COH). Dr. Zanetti is an active reviewer for a number of peer reviewed journals and is also a member of several professional organizations to include the Academy of Surgical Research, the American Association of Laboratory Animal Science, and the American Veterinary Medical Association. In his talk, Dr. Zanetti will give an overview of his ACLAM-funded research findings on the use of varying doses of buprenorphine sustained release in a rabbit orthopedic model.
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                                                    • 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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                                                    • 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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                                                    • 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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                                                    • Brian Ermeling, DVM, MS, DACLAM

                                                      Brian L. Ermeling, DVM, MS, DACLAM is the Director, Animal Resources Center at The Scripps Research Institute in Jupiter, Florida. He also serves as a voting member of the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC), and the Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC). In ...

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                                                    • Jeffrey Everitt, DVM

                                                      Jeff Everitt received his DVM from Cornell University and then completed a residency in comparative pathology at the University of Pennsylvania and a postdoctoral research appointment at the University of Illinois. Dr. Everitt served for 17 years on the senior scientific staff of ...

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                                                    • Mathew Flegal, BS, SRS

                                                      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 ...

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                                                    • 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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                                                    • Robert Gunnels, DVM, MS, ACVPM, ACLAM

                                                      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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                                                    • Nancy Halpern, DVM, Esq.

                                                      Dr. Nancy Halpern represents animal owners, animal-related businesses, veterinarians, animal research facilities, and nonprofit associations in support of their interests in the humane use of animals, and to promote animal and public health at Fox Rothschild LLP, a national law ...

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                                                    • 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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                                                    • Kuldip Mirakhur, DVM, MVSc, PhD

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                                                    • Vatsala Naageshwaran, MS

                                                      Vatsala Naageshwaran is Director of Operations of Absorption Systems. Prior to joining Absorption Systems she has worked for several biotechnology / pharmaceutical companies as a research scientist with experience in drug discovery, assay validation, and product development. As ...

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                                                    • 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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                                                    • Merel Ritskes-Hoitinga, DVM, PhD

                                                      Merel Ritskes-Hoitinga is Professor in Laboratory Animal Science and head of the central animal laboratory CDL at Radboudumc (university medical center) in Nijmegen, The Netherlands. She is dedicated to education and research aimed at achieving better science ánd better ...

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                                                    • Ana Valentim, PhD

                                                      Ana is a researcher with a degree in Biology from University of Coimbra (2005) and a PhD in Veterinarian Sciences from ICBAS, University of Porto (2012). Her research line started right after her graduation, in the Institute for Molecular and Cell Biology (IBMC), where she ...

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                                                    • Mary Ann Vasbinder, DVM

                                                      Mary Ann Vasbinder, DVM, DACLAM works in the Office Animal Welfare, Ethics and Strategy at GlaxoSmithKline in King of Prussia, PA. She is responsible for the team providing oversight of animal studies conducted on behalf of GSK external to the company. The other piece of her work ...

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                                                    • Jennifer Wilk, DVM, DACLAM

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