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2018 Webinar Series

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Dear ESLAV and ECLAM members,

I hope this 2018 brings you more success and better career opportunities. This year’s series of live on-line seminars will be divided in different blocks each of them tackling one field of Laboratory Animal Medicine. The webinars will take place on different days and will almost always be held in the afternoon at 16:00 CET (Central European Time). Below you can see the blocks, list of webinars and presenters for this year series:

Mouse Genetics by Professor Fernando Benavides: He is Professor in the Department of Epigenetics and Molecular Carcinogenesis at the Division of Basic Science Research in The University of Texas, MD Anderson Cancer Center, Smithville. He also holds an Adjunct Associate Professorship at the College of Veterinary Medicine in Texas A&M University and an Associate Faculty Member in the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences (GSBS) in Houston, Texas.

  1. March 27th: Rodent Genetics: the Basics
  2. June 28th: Genetically Defined Mouse and Rat Strains
  3. September 20th: Importance of Genetic Background on Mice and Rat Models
  4. December 4th: Genetic Quality Control of Inbred Strains

The Microbiome by Professor Axel Kornerup Hansen and Professor Camila Hartmann Friis Hansen: Professor Axel Kornerup Hansen has been professor in laboratory animal science and welfare at the University of Copenhagen (formerly Royal Veterinary and Agricultural University) since 1997. 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. Professor Camila Hartmann Friis Hansen graduated in veterinary medicine in 2008 from the University of Copenhagen and specialized in laboratory animal science during PhD- and postdoctoral work with a focus on the early life gut environment as a regulator of host immune responses. Did a 1½ year post doc in Prof. Chervonsky’s lab at the University of Chicago where it was established that the gut microbiota can have disparate effects on different autoimmune manifestations in the same animal model. Has now returned as an assistant professor at the section for experimental animal models, University of Copenhagen where the present research areas continues to involve germ-free mice, antibiotics, pro-and prebiotics, and diets to study the impact of gut microbiota on various murine models of human inflammatory diseases.

  1. April 23rd: The impact of the microbiome on the immune system by Prof. Axel Kornerup Hansen
  2. May 28th: Animal Models and the Microbiome by Prof. Camilla Hartmann Friis Hansen

Systematic Reviews of animal studies by Professor Merel Ritskes-Hoitinga, Dr. Judith van Luijk and Prof. Katya Tsaioun: Since 1 January 2017 Merel Ritskes-Hoitinga is Professor in Evidence-Based Laboratory Animal Science at the Department for Health Evidence at the Radboud University Medical Centre. From 2005-2017 she was the head of the Central Animal Facility CDL and in 2006, Merel founded the 3R Research Centre. This was later transformed into SYRCLE, the SYstematic Review Centre for Laboratory animal Experimentation. Her new research focuses on systematic reviews (SR) and meta-analysis (MA) of animal studies. SRs and MAs of preclinical studies promote the evidence-based choice of animal models, improve the implementation of the 3Rs (Refinement, Reduction and Replacement), stimulate scientific quality and increase patient safety. When performing SRs of preclinical animal studies next to clinical studies, better translational transparency will be created. Her group develops and publishes tools and guidelines for making this methodology more broadly available, and these tools and guidelines are also incorporated in the teaching programs of SYRCLE (see Judith van Luijk obtained her PhD at SYRCLE in 2017 on “The next steps towards responsible animal-based research”

Dr. Tsaioun is a Director of Evidence-based Toxicology Collaboration at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, where she leads international multi-stakeholder efforts to establish evidence-based methodologies and practices in translational research to inform regulatory decisions.  The focus of Dr. Tsaioun’s career has been on translation of scientific innovations into policies and technologies enabling improvements in public health. She spent two decades in pharmaceutical industry leading translational drug-discovery teams, subsequently founding her company, Apredica, which became a leader in commercializing drug programs de-risking technologies. After a successful acquisition of Apredica by Cyprotex, PLC (now Evotec), she then served as a CSO and Board member in the merged company. Dr. Tsaioun is serving on advisory boards of companies, non-profits, and on scientific review committees at the NIH and private foundations. She earned her Ph.D. in Human Nutrition Science from Tufts University Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy and completed post-doctoral training in neurochemistry at Harvard Medical School.

  1. August 13th: Systematic Reviews of animal studies introduction, comprehensive search, reporting, implementing 3Rs webinar by Dr. Judith van Luijk
  2. October 8th: Systematic Reviews in toxicology and evidence-based toxicology by Prof. Katya Tsaioun
  3. November 12th: Systematic Reviews in (bio)medical research and translation by Prof. Merel Ritskes-Hoitinga

Yours faithfully,

José M. Sánchez Morgado

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