FEB 08, 2017 12:00 PM PST

Creating and Maintaining an Effective and Efficient In-Vivo Surgical Training Program

  • Senior Associate Scientist, In-Vivo Resource Center, Biogen Idec
      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.


    DATE: February 8, 2017
    TIME: 12:00pm PT, 3:00pm ET

    In-vivo surgical models are becoming more prevalent and more critical to the drug development process.  As the vast majority of individuals performing these procedures have entered the field without any formal training in aseptic principles and surgical techniques, their instruction falls to trainers at their institutions.  Inadequate training programs lead to poor surgeons and study outcomes, which lead to flawed data and may also compromise animal welfare.  This presentation will offer strategies for evaluating a nascent program’s needs and resources, ways to utilize electronic media and other applications to maximize the use of training personnel, and methods to continually evaluate and improve the training program over time.

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