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Laboratory Animal Sciences 2019

LabRoots, along with the Laboratory Animal Science (LAS) planning committee, is pleased to announce the 8th Annual Laboratory Animal Sciences Virtual Conference! LabRoots will host this two-day, online-only event.

The Laboratory Animal Sciences Planning Committee, led by Dr. Szczepan Baran, Global Head of Animal Welfare and Compliance Training at Novartis Pharmaceuticals, and composed of more than 20 world-renowned experts, will curate speakers for this distinguished, international conference that will focus on the leading issues in laboratory animal science.

Like the 2018 conference, this event will be produced on a robust platform, allowing you to watch, learn and connect seamlessly across all desktop or mobile devices. Equipped with gamification and point system, you can now move around the entire event, earning points for a chance to win one of LabRoots most popular shirts.

With this platform, participants will be able to:

  • Enjoy a 100% seamless mobile experience with HTML5
  • Engage and interact with exhibitors, speakers and peers
    • Realtime 1:1 chat and forums 
    • Surveys, polls and tests
    • Leaderboards and gamification
  • Participate in full-featured webinar experiences, including learning courses, continuing education, and certification
  • Use powerful content search tools

Laboratory Animal Sciences 2019 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 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.

Last year, the conference addressed laboratory animal research in the 21st century, discussing the modernization of animal studies, balancing risk and opportunities of outsourcing animal research, and refinement. Learn more about last year’s virtual event, the extensive list of speakers, exhibitors and poster authors here.

Call for Posters — 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. Plan now to have your poster included in the Laboratory Animal Sciences Virtual Event. You can submit your abstract here, and submission is free.

RACE Continuing Educational Credits
The 2019 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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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.


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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To download the Program Committee brochure here.

  • 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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  • 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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  • Ann Murray, LVT, LATG

    Ann graduated from Newbury College in Boston MA with a Veterinary Technology degree in 1984. She worked in clinical veterinary practice for three years and then joined Georgetown University Research Resources Facility in Washington DC from 1987-2000, with increasing ...

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Cynthia Alvarado,DVM, MS, DACLAM

    Dr. Cynthia G. Alvarado is a clinical veterinarian at The Jackson Laboratory in Bar Harbor, ME. She received her veterinary degree from the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary. She completed residency training in the Comparative Medicine Program and earned a MS in ...

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  • D. Lee, DVM

    I am a licensed laboratory animal veterinarian with over 25 years of experience supporting biomedical research that improves human and animal health. I provide innovative solutions to the challenges in managing the resources and services essential for the conduct of critical ...

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Jennifer Wilk, DVM, DACLAM

  • Joanna Cruden, PhD

    Joanna Cruden currently works at GSK in the role of Animal Welfare Office and Named Information Officer. She has worked with laboratory animals for over 25 years, her work experience ranges from mouse breeding, academia and pharmaceutical. The main species has been mice and she ...

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  • Kathleen Storves, DVM, DACLAM

    Dr. Storves attended veterinary school at the University of Georgia and completed her laboratory animal medicine residency in the Unit for Laboratory Animal Medicine and the University of Michigan. She completed a comparative medicine fellowship in the Jobst Vascular Laboratories ...

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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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  • Kuldip Mirakhur, DVM, MVSc, 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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  • Letty Medina, DVM, DACLAM

    Letty Medina earned her BS in Biology at the University of Notre Dame and her DVM degree from Texas A&M University. She completed her Laboratory Animal Medicine post-doctoral training at the University of Illinois, Chicago. She is a Diplomate of the American College of Laboratory ...

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

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  • Scott Mischler, DVM, PhD, Ms

  • Sheera Gaskin, MLAS, GVT, CPIA

    Sheera Gaskin serves as the IACUC and Compliance Director at Temple University. She is responsible for overseeing the IACUC and IBC offices. She ensures all regulatory requirements for the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee are in compliance with the Animal Welfare Act ...

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  • Stacy Pritt, DVM, MS, MBA, CPIA, DACAW

    Dr. Stacy Pritt is the Director of the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) Office at the University of Texas (UT) Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, TX. In this capacity, she oversees regulatory compliance for one of the largest animal research programs in ...

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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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