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Laboratory Animal Sciences 2019



LabRoots, Inc. is pleased to announce the 8th annual, two-day international, Laboratory Animal Science (LAS) Virtual Conference which will take place on February 13th and 14th, 2019. This is the premier online-only conference focused on preclinical in-vivo phase of drug development.

This year’s theme is Bridging Preclinical with Clinical with the following tracks:
 
  • Digitization, Digitalization & Digital Transformation:
    • Digital transformation has affected the clinical phase of the drug development journey by improving efficiencies, patient engagement and allowing for utilization of computational and other technologies. This track will address topics such as data collection, flow, storage and analytics and digital transformation case studies in clinical phase and the potential for digital transformation in preclinical phase.  Preclinical in vivo phase is in initial stages of engaging with digitization and digitalization, which presents opportunities for learning from clinical colleagues how to implement these technologies.
  • Non-Traditional In Vivo & In Vitro Models:
    • This track will address the clinical relevance and translational challenges in drug development with in vivo large animal models (dogs, pigs, cats) and in vitro organ on the chip models as potential solutions. Sessions will address the possibilities and challenges of performing preclinical trials with dogs and cats, discuss the need for more clinically relevant preclinical in vivo and in vitro models, and current reality and capabilities of organ on the chip technologies.
       

Laboratory Animal Sciences 2019 will bring together scientists from basics sciences to bioinformatics, clinicians  veterinary technicians, veterinarians, technical support staff and compliance personnel from around the world to learn about recent advances and challenges within preclinical phases of drug development.

Don't miss the opportunity to participate in this groundbreaking conference, which is absolutely free to all participants. Enjoy our Leaderboard, where you can move around the entire event, earning points for a chance to win one of LabRoots most popular t-shirts.



 

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 has been approved by the American Association of Veterinary State Boards for Continuing Education for veterinarians and veterinary technicians to offer RACE CE credits, and will also meet AALAS and CALAS continuing education criteria.

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Speakers
  • Global Head, Animal Welfare and Compliance Training, Novartis Institutes for Biomedical Research
  • Professor, Veterinary Integrative Biosciences, College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, Texas A&M University
  • CEO & Founder, RockStep Solutions
  • Director, Comparative Oncology Program, Center for Cancer Research, National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health
  • GSK Associate Fellow, Comparative & Translational Sciences Veterinarian, GlaxoSmithKline
  • Principal Solution Specialist, Data & AI, Microsoft
  • Vice President/Principal, RockStep Solutions
  • Senior Investigator and Group Leader, Respiratory Biology, Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research
  • Professor, College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, Texas A&M University
  • Chief Scientific Officer, Vium
  • Founder & Chief Operating Officer, Naason Science, Inc.
  • Associate Director for Special Initiatives Office of the Director National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences, National Institutes of Health
  • Associate Director of Mechanistic and Investigative Toxicology, Takeda Pharmaceuticals
  • Scientific Director, Strategic Science Excellence and External Innovation, The Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson

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Agenda
  • FEB 13, 2019 09:00 AM PST
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    Making Data Fly in Formation
    Chuck Donnelly
    CEO & Founder, RockStep Solutions
    Julie Morrison
    Vice President/Principal, RockStep Solutions
  • FEB 14, 2019 07:30 AM PST
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    Keynote Presentation: A Comparative Approach to Oncology Drug Development: Integrating Canine Models
    Speaker: Amy LeBlanc, DVM DACVIM
  • FEB 14, 2019 03:00 PM PST
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    Accurate Clinical Concentration-Response Predictions for Cardiac Arrhythmias Using a Population-Based in Vitro/In Silico Model
    Speaker: Weihsueh Chiu, PhD
    SEE ABSTRACT | Continuing Education: RACE
  • Digitization, Digitalization & Digital Transformation
  • FEB 13, 2019 09:00 AM PST
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    Making Data Fly in Formation
    Chuck Donnelly
    CEO & Founder, RockStep Solutions
    Julie Morrison
    Vice President/Principal, RockStep Solutions
  • Non-Traditional In Vivo & In Vitro Models
  • FEB 14, 2019 07:30 AM PST
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    Keynote Presentation: A Comparative Approach to Oncology Drug Development: Integrating Canine Models
    Speaker: Amy LeBlanc, DVM DACVIM
  • FEB 14, 2019 03:00 PM PST
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    Accurate Clinical Concentration-Response Predictions for Cardiac Arrhythmias Using a Population-Based in Vitro/In Silico Model
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Speakers

  • 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.
    • Weihsueh Chiu, PhD
      Professor, Veterinary Integrative Biosciences, College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, Texas A&M University
      Biography
        Weihsueh A. Chiu, Ph.D. is a professor in the Department of Veterinary Integrative Biosciences in the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at Texas A&M University. Before joining the university, he worked at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for more than 14 years, most recently as chief of the Toxicity Pathways Branch in the Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS) Division of the National Center for Environmental Assessment. Throughout his career, he has been involved in a diverse span of risk-related topics, such as defense against chemical-biological warfare agents, radioactive contamination in biosolids, human health risks from environmental chemical exposures, and the interface between science and policy. His recent research has focused on human health risk assessment, particularly with respect to toxicokinetics, mechanisms of toxicity, physiologically-based pharmacokinetic modeling, dose-response assessment, characterizing uncertainty and variability, systematic review, and meta-analysis. He has a particular interest in the development and use of Bayesian and probabilistic methods. Dr. Chiu has served on a variety of expert advisory committees for U.S. federal, state, and Canadian government agencies; the U.S. National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine; the World Health Organization; and the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development. Dr. Chiu received an AB in Physics from Harvard University, a MA and PhD in Physics from Princeton University, and a Certificate in Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.
      • Chuck Donnelly
        CEO & Founder, RockStep Solutions
        Biography
          Chuck Donnelly is CEO and co-founder of RockStep Solutions, a company focused on SaaS informatics solutions for biomedical research. Prior to RockStep, Chuck was the Director of Computational Sciences of the Jackson Laboratory (JAX), a genetics research institute focused on the study of the biology and genetics of human diseases. For the past 25 years, Chuck has led innovative technology development teams both at JAX and UC Berkeley (UCB) with funding from the NIH, HHMI, and NASA. At UC Berkeley, Chuck developed novel signal detection algorithms and real-time flight software for astrophysics telescopes operating on space orbiting platforms. He is currently the principal investigator on a recently awarded innovation grant from the NIH to develop a next generation platform for animal lab informatics. He has lectured around the world and published articles on algorithms and research information systems. RockStep Solutions recently released an informatics platform for drug discovery called Climb™. Climb is a SaaS collaboration suite for managing preclinical research operations and data. RockStep is revolutionizing research laboratory workflows with state-of-the-art Azure-cloud technologies such as IoT and Machine Learning.
        • Amy LeBlanc, DVM DACVIM
          Director, Comparative Oncology Program, Center for Cancer Research, National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health
          Biography
            Amy LeBlanc is board-certified veterinary oncologist and the Director of the intramural National Cancer Institute's Comparative Oncology Program. In this position she conducts preclinical mouse and translational canine studies that are designed to inform the drug and imaging agent development path for human cancer patients. She also advises leading pharmaceutical companies as well as NCI's Division of Cancer Treatment and Diagnosis on the inclusion of pet dogs with cancer into the development path of novel approaches for a variety of malignancies, including immunotherapeutics, targeted small molecules, oncolytic viruses, and cancer imaging agents. She directly oversees the NCI Comparative Oncology Trials Consortium (COTC), which provides infrastructure necessary to connect participating veterinary academic institutions with stakeholders in drug development to execute fit-for-purpose comparative clinical trials in novel therapeutics and imaging agents. Dr. LeBlanc obtained her veterinary degree from Michigan State University, and completed post-graduate training in small animal medicine, surgery and oncology at Texas A&M University and Louisiana State University. Prior to her appointment at NIH, Dr. LeBlanc was an Associate Professor with tenure and Director of Translational Research at the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine (CVM) and UT Graduate School of Medicine (GSM). Dr. LeBlanc's group at the University of Tennessee published the first comprehensive studies describing molecular imaging of dogs and cats using PET/CT, focusing on the forward and back-translation of 18F-labelled radiopharmaceuticals.
          • Sean Maguire, VMD, MS, DACLAM
            GSK Associate Fellow, Comparative & Translational Sciences Veterinarian, GlaxoSmithKline
            Biography
              Sean Maguire, VMD, MS, DACLAM is a Comparative and Translational Sciences Veterinarian at GSK. He received his Veterinary degree from the University of Pennsylvania and his Master's degree in chemistry from Lehigh University. He is Diplomate of the American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine and has extensive experience in the pharmaceutical industry working across a range of species and disease areas and a special interest in animal model development.
            • Claudio Mirti
              Principal Solution Specialist, Data & AI, Microsoft
              Biography
                Claudio Mirti is passionate about the potential of AI to empower us all to accomplish more, drive better business outcomes and achieve breakthroughs that redefine what's possible. From changing the transportation landscape or discovering new ways of protecting the planet to reinventing healthcare to connecting with customers. The opportunities are endless. As a Business Developer, Claudio Mirti has a customer-focused strategic approach to leverage digital technologies to design and build innovative game-changing solutions. He works for an American multinational technology company. Furthermore, he is the founder of different courses in higher education in Switzerland and the New York University for Professional Studies with focus on Design Thinking, AI and Chatbots. Claudio Mirti has a commercial background (Sales and Marketing) and holds a Master degree in Information Systems Management from the University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland. Additionally, he holds a certification in advertising and innovation from the Boston University and a certification in digital ecosystems for startups from the New York University. As an advisory board member, he coaches startups and published different articles on business development and ideation. He commutes between Zürich and New York City.
              • Julie Morrison
                Vice President/Principal, RockStep Solutions
                Biography
                  Julie Morrison is Vice President and a Principal of RockStep Solutions, a SaaS informatics company with solutions for data and operations management in drug discovery research. Julie manages RockStep's product and sales teams and works closely with the CEO and Scientific Advisory Board in developing company strategy. Julie began her technical career at The Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, where she worked on developing a biosensor to detect Bacillus spores in space. She also worked at IDEXX Laboratories, where she developed novel assays for testing public drinking water supplies. Prior to joining RockStep, Julie founded several science based small businesses. Julie has lectured on information management in animal model research and published thought-leadership articles on data and operations management systems for the lab of the future. Julie has a degree in Microbiology from the University of Maine.
                • David Rowlands, PhD
                  Senior Investigator and Group Leader, Respiratory Biology, Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research
                • Ivan Rusyn, PhD
                  Professor, College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, Texas A&M University
                  Biography
                    Ivan Rusyn is Professor in the Department of Veterinary Integrative Biosciences in the College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences at Texas A&M University in College Station, TX. Prior to joining Texas A&M University, he was Professor of Environmental Sciences and Engineering at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he also served as an associate director of the Curriculum in Toxicology and deputy director of the Superfund Research Program. His laboratory has an active research portfolio with a focus on the mechanisms of chemical toxicity, the genetic determinants of susceptibility to toxicant-induced disease, and computational toxicology. He has served on many US national scientific committees and is currently a member of the National Research Council Committee on Toxicology. In addition, he is serving on the Board of the Scientific Councilors of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences and the Science Advisory Board for the NC Department of Environmental Quality. Dr. Rusyn served on seven World Health Organization/International Agency for Research on Cancer monograph working groups (as an overall chair, or a chair of "Mechanistic and Other Relevant Evidence" sub-group) and an expert for WHO-JMPR. His other service commitments include membership on the Research Committee of the Health Effects Institute in the United States. Dr. Rusyn received a doctor of medicine degree from Ukrainian State Medical University in Kiev and a Ph.D. in toxicology from UNC-Chapel Hill. He conducted postdoctoral research at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Heinrich-Heine University in Dusseldorf, where he was a DAAD fellow. Dr. Rusyn's laboratory has been funded by the grants and cooperative research agreements from the National Institutes of Health and US Environmental Protection Agency, and contracts with the American Chemistry Council and the European Petroleum Refiners Association (Concawe division).
                  • Laura Schaevitz, PhD
                    Chief Scientific Officer, Vium
                    Biography
                      Laura Schaevitz has more than 20 years of experience with In vivo animal studies. As Chief Scientific Officer 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. In past experiences, Laura utilized a broad spectrum of mouse 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.
                    • Patrick Sweeney, PhD
                      Founder & Chief Operating Officer, Naason Science, Inc.
                      Biography
                        Patrick is co-counder and COO of Naason Science Inc. He has served as CEO, Managing Director of Neurology and Director of Business Development at Charles River Finland. Prior to that he founded a CNS focussed CRO which got acquired by Charles River. He has unparalleled experience in the discovery and development of new drugs, with a particular focus on the CNS.
                      • Danilo Tagle, PhD, M.S.
                        Associate Director for Special Initiatives Office of the Director National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences, National Institutes of Health
                        Biography
                          Dan Tagle is associate director for special initiatives at NCATS. He also recently served as acting director of the NCATS Office of Grants Management and Scientific Review and currently serves as executive secretary to the NCATS Advisory Council and Cures Acceleration Network Review Board. Prior to joining NCATS, Tagle was a program director for neurogenetics at the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), where he was involved in developing programs concerning genomics-based approaches for basic and translational research in inherited brain disorders. Prior to joining NINDS in 2001, Tagle was an investigator and section head of molecular neurogenetics at the National Human Genome Research Institute and has been involved in the highly collaborative effort toward the positional cloning of genes for Huntington's disease, ataxia-telangiectasia and Niemann-Pick disease type C. He has served on numerous committees and advisory boards, including the editorial boards of the journals Gene and the International Journal of Biotechnology. Tagle obtained his Ph.D. in molecular biology and genetics from Wayne State University School of Medicine in 1990. He was an NIH National Research Service Award postdoctoral fellow in human genetics in the laboratory of Francis S. Collins, M.D., Ph.D., at the University of Michigan. Tagle has authored more than 150 scientific publications and has garnered numerous awards and patents.
                        • Matthew Wagoner, PhD
                          Associate Director of Mechanistic and Investigative Toxicology, Takeda Pharmaceuticals
                          Biography
                            Matt Wagoner leads the Global Investigatory Toxicology network for Takeda Pharmaceuticals, where their team applys microphysiological systems (MPS) as predictive and mechanistic toxicology tools in support of discovery-phase projects. Before Takeda, Matt led the mRNA safety strategy for AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals, and worked to develop and deploy MPS tools in support of projects. Matt has his PhD in Molecular and Cellular Pharmacology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and bachelors in biochemistry from the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign.
                          • Gorm Yoder, PhD
                            Scientific Director, Strategic Science Excellence and External Innovation, The Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson
                            Biography
                              Dr. Yoder received his PhD in analytical chemistry from the University of Illinois at Chicago. He has over 15 years of industrial experience in analytical development and characterization supporting API and formulation development. He has solid experience in oral (solid and liquid), parenteral, inhalation dosage forms (MDI, DPI, and nebulized products), and large molecule therapeutics (biologics - mAb). He also has broad experience in characterization of small molecules and bio-macromolecules and he has exploited several analytical tools to support API and formulation development initiatives [e.g. HPLC/UPLC, IC, GC, LC-MS, GC-MS, ICP-MS, achiral/chiral chromatographic methods (HPLC, SFC, GC, CE, cIEF, cSDS, and SE-HPLC), physical methods (DSC, TGA, and PSA), and spectroscopic techniques (UV/Vis., FTIR, Raman, AA, fluorescence, NIR, SEM, XRD, ECD, VCD, ROA, and LIBS]
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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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                            • 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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                            • 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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                            • Matthew 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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                            • 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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                            • 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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                            • 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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                            • 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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                            • Jennifer Wilk, DVM, DACLAM

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