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MAY 14, 2020

Laboratory Animal Sciences 2020

LabRoots is pleased to announce the 9th Annual Laboratory Animal Science Virtual Conference which will take place on May 14, 2020. This is a premier online-only conference that will bring together scientists from basic 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.

The ability to reproduce animal experiments is a broadly recognized challenge for in vivo research with profound implications for scientific progress and ethical animal use. The cause of reproducibility failure is multifactorial and might be attributed to any number of possible explanations. This year, in an effort to increase awareness and understanding of relevant concepts and encourage the use of available resources to improve reproducibility in your in vivo research, the North American 3Rs Collaborative (NA3RsC), the UK’s National Centre for the 3Rs (NC3Rs) and New Jersey Association for Biomedical Research (NJABR) have come together with LabRoots to bring you the Laboratory Animal Sciences virtual conference. This year’s theme: How reliable are your animal experiments? Increasing the probability of success and reproducibility.

Learn more at this event about:

The impact of lack of reproducibility on scientific progress and animal use, the cause of reproducibility failure, and strategies you can implement today to improve your experiments tomorrow, including:

  • The importance of robust experimental design
    • Making every subject count
    • Blinding and randomization
    • Introducing heterogeneity
    • Consideration of sex bias in preclinical research
    • Building in statistical power
  • Reporting and guidelines to improve transparency
  • Emerging technology and modeling
    • Optimizing reproducibility through the adoption of translational digital biomarkers
    • Effective therapies and improved reproducibility in the drug safety space through mathematical modeling

Our virtual conference allows you to participate in a global setting with no travel or cost to you. The event will remain open 6 months from the date of the live event.  The webinars will be available for unlimited on-demand viewing.  This virtual conference also offers increased reach for the global microbiology community with a high degree of interaction through live-streaming video and chat sessions.

Like the 2019 conference, this event will be produced on our 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 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 2020 Laboratory Animal Sciences Virtual Event. You can submit your abstract here, and submission is free.

RACE Continuing Educational Credits
The 2020 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.


Speakers
  • Jamie Ahloy Dallaire, MSc, PhD

    Postdoctoral Researcher, Department of Comparative Medicine, Stanford University
    BIOGRAPHY
  • Yong Cheng, PhD

    Research Assistant Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Notre Dame
    BIOGRAPHY
  • Marian Esvelt, DVM

    Veterinary Resident, University of Michigan
  • Joseph Garner, PhD

    Associate Professor of Comparative Medicine and, By Courtesy, of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Stanford University Medical Center
    BIOGRAPHY
  • Brianna Gaskill, PhD

    Associate Professor of Animal Welfare, Animal Sciences, Purdue University, College of Agriculture
    BIOGRAPHY
  • John J. Hasenau DVM, DACLAM

    Principal, Lab Animal Consultants
    BIOGRAPHY
  • Natasha Karp, PhD

    Principal Data Scientist, AstraZeneca
    BIOGRAPHY
  • Jennifer Lofgren, DVM, MS, DACLAM

    Associate Attending Veterinarion for Performance Standards and Enrichment, University of Michigan Medical School
    BIOGRAPHY
  • Elizabeth Moore, DVM

    Ph.D. Candidate, Weiss Laboratory, Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine
    BIOGRAPHY
  • Nathalie Percie du Sert, PhD

    Head of Experimental Design and Reporting, NC3Rs
    BIOGRAPHY
  • Ivan Rusyn, PhD

    Professor, College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, Texas A&M University
    BIOGRAPHY
  • Patrick Sweeney, PhD

    Founder & Chief Operating Officer, Naason Science, Inc.
    BIOGRAPHY
  • Hanno Würbel

    Division of Animal Welfare
    BIOGRAPHY

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Posters

Agenda
  • MAY 14, 2020 11:00 AM PDT
    Transparent, reliable and reproducible animal research: the ARRIVE guidelines 2.0
    Nathalie Percie du Sert, PhD
    Head of Experimental Design and Reporting, NC3Rs
    BIOGRAPHY
    SEE ABSTRACT | Continuing Education: RACE
  • MAY 14, 2020 9:00 AM PDT
    PANEL: Experimental design and the reproducibility crisis: pitfalls, power, and practical best practice
    Joseph Garner, PhD, Brianna Gaskill, PhD
    Joseph Garner, PhD
    Associate Professor of Comparative Medicine and, By Courtesy, of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Stanford University Medical Center
    BIOGRAPHY
    Brianna Gaskill, PhD
    Associate Professor of Animal Welfare, Animal Sciences, Purdue University, College of Agriculture
    BIOGRAPHY
  • MAY 14, 2020 7:30 AM PDT
    Sex bias in preclinical research, why it exists and how to drive change
    Natasha Karp, PhD
    Principal Data Scientist, AstraZeneca
    BIOGRAPHY
    SEE ABSTRACT | Continuing Education: RACE
  • MAY 14, 2020 6:00 AM PDT
    Embracing biological variation to improve reproducibility and reduce animal use
    Hanno Würbel
    Division of Animal Welfare
    BIOGRAPHY
    SEE ABSTRACT | Continuing Education: RACE
  • Animal Models for Tuberculosis Research
    Yong Cheng, PhD
    Research Assistant Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Notre Dame
    BIOGRAPHY
  • Automatic Detection and Classification of Behaviour in Laboratory Animals
    Patrick Sweeney, PhD
    Founder & Chief Operating Officer, Naason Science, Inc.
    BIOGRAPHY
  • Comparison of the Impact of Phlebotomy Method on Physiologic and Behavioral Metrics of Pain and Distress in Mice
    Elizabeth Moore, DVM
    Ph.D. Candidate, Weiss Laboratory, Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine
    BIOGRAPHY
  • Compassion Fatigue: Education and Engagement in Animal Research
    Marian Esvelt, DVM
    Veterinary Resident, University of Michigan
  • Data Collection as Environmental Enrichment: Automated Behavioral Measurement in Voluntary Home Cage Operant Tasks
    Jamie Ahloy Dallaire, MSc, PhD
    Postdoctoral Researcher, Department of Comparative Medicine, Stanford University
    BIOGRAPHY
  • Evaluation of Analgesia Efficacy in Postoperative Mice Using Novel Cage-Side Measures
    Jennifer Lofgren, DVM, MS, DACLAM
    Associate Attending Veterinarion for Performance Standards and Enrichment, University of Michigan Medical School
    BIOGRAPHY
  • The Digitalization of the Vivarium: Past and Present Initiatives that Optimize Animal Care and Welfare
    John J. Hasenau DVM, DACLAM
    Principal, Lab Animal Consultants
    BIOGRAPHY
  • Tissue Chips: Building Confidence Through Independent Experimental Testing
    Ivan Rusyn, PhD
    Professor, College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, Texas A&M University
    BIOGRAPHY
    SEE ABSTRACT | Continuing Education: RACE
Speakers

  • Jamie Ahloy Dallaire, MSc, PhD
    Jamie Ahloy Dallaire, MSc, PhD
    Postdoctoral Researcher, Department of Comparative Medicine, Stanford University
    BIOGRAPHY
  • Yong Cheng, PhD
    Yong Cheng, PhD
    Research Assistant Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Notre Dame
    BIOGRAPHY
  • Marian Esvelt, DVM
    Marian Esvelt, DVM
    Veterinary Resident, University of Michigan
  • Joseph Garner, PhD
    Joseph Garner, PhD
    Associate Professor of Comparative Medicine and, By Courtesy, of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Stanford University Medical Center
    BIOGRAPHY
  • Brianna Gaskill, PhD
    Brianna Gaskill, PhD
    Associate Professor of Animal Welfare, Animal Sciences, Purdue University, College of Agriculture
    BIOGRAPHY
  • John J. Hasenau  DVM, DACLAM
    John J. Hasenau DVM, DACLAM
    Principal, Lab Animal Consultants
    BIOGRAPHY
  • Natasha Karp, PhD
    Natasha Karp, PhD
    Principal Data Scientist, AstraZeneca
    BIOGRAPHY
  • Jennifer Lofgren, DVM, MS, DACLAM
    Jennifer Lofgren, DVM, MS, DACLAM
    Associate Attending Veterinarion for Performance Standards and Enrichment, University of Michigan Medical School
    BIOGRAPHY
  • Elizabeth Moore, DVM
    Elizabeth Moore, DVM
    Ph.D. Candidate, Weiss Laboratory, Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine
    BIOGRAPHY
  • Nathalie Percie du Sert, PhD
    Nathalie Percie du Sert, PhD
    Head of Experimental Design and Reporting, NC3Rs
    BIOGRAPHY
  • Ivan Rusyn, PhD
    Ivan Rusyn, PhD
    Professor, College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, Texas A&M University
    BIOGRAPHY
  • Patrick Sweeney, PhD
    Patrick Sweeney, PhD
    Founder & Chief Operating Officer, Naason Science, Inc.
    BIOGRAPHY
  • Hanno Würbel
    Hanno Würbel
    Division of Animal Welfare
    BIOGRAPHY
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Committee

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  • Chairman - Szczepan Baran

    Szczepan is a Comparative Medicine Veterinarian & Scientist turned "technology geek" who currently heads the Global Emerging Technologies (GET) within Comparative Medicine at Novartis. In this position, Szczepan leads integrated enterprise strategy for digital and non-digital ...

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  • Natalie Bratcher

    Natalie serves as 3Rs Scientific Liaison and Animal Welfare Specialist within AbbVie's Office of Global Animal Welfare. She earned a Master's degree in Cognitive and Behavioral Sciences from Illinois State University with an emphasis on applied behavior analysis. She's been with ...

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  • Megan LaFollette

    Megan LaFollette is currently a 3Rs Fellow with The North American 3Rs Collaborative. She has her PhD in Animal Behavior & Well-Being from Purdue University, where she also received a Master of Science in Animal Welfare. Her primary interests lie at the intersection of ...

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  • Tom Leach

    Tom Leach is an experienced biomedical research advocate, lobbyist, and non-profit association manager. Tom serves as the executive director of the Pennsylvania Society for Biomedical Research and the New Jersey Association for Biomedical Research. Tom has more than 20 years ...

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  • Nathalie Percie du Sert

    Nathalie Percie du Sert is Head of Experimental Design and Reporting at the National Centre for the Replacement, Refinement and Reduction of Animals in Research (NC3Rs), which she joined in 2010. Her programme of work includes the development of the Experimental Design Assistant ...

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  • Laura Schaevitz

    Laura Schaevitz, PhD, currently serves as VP at Recursion Pharmaceuticals. She is passionate about leveraging advanced sensor technology and machine learning capabilities to improve reproducibility and translatability of animal models. Drawing upon her expertise as a ...

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  • Mary Ann Vasbinder, DVM

    Mary Ann Vasbinder, DVM, DACLAM, is the Global Head of Laboratory Animal Medicine at GlaxoSmithKline in Upper Providence, PA, in the In Vivo Biological Platform Technologies group. She oversees the global veterinary program for the US and UK sites. In this role she has led ...

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