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20 May 2019: Workshops - parallel sessions

11:00 - 12:30 Workshop A: Software support for excellence in animal research and testing: A practical approach for planning, management and welfare.
María Lacalle NorayBio Software

The workshop objective is to, through practical examples, show how a software system is an essential tool for planning and manage animal experimentation and support animal welfare, including health concerns, incidents, veterinary reports, room and equipment review, request of services and reporting, including EU Reports. All the items in your checklist at a glance. The workshop will combine the analysis of main parameters included in the guidelines to achieve excellence in animal research with practical examples on a software system of them.
11:00 - 12:30 Workshop B: Dealing with the unexpected positive results – be prepared, keep calm and take immediate actions!
Stephanie Durand PhD, Dr. Kerstin Fiebig and Alex Popovic, Charles River

The first part of this workshop addresses the key points to consider if you do get a positive result from the rodent diagnostic lab. We will review the best practice for working with your testing lab during the follow-up process, look at method specificity, sensitivity, samples size and sample type. We will also examine different strategies on how to confirm/handle positive findings in a microbiological unit.
The second part of the workshop will cover the mitigation strategies and evaluate the ongoing risks to protect other animals and experiments during the investigation and confirmatory testing.
Finally, in the last presentation we will discuss on how to identify and manage critical control points in your rodent facility.
Following on theory we will present different scenarios of unexpected positive results, the different steps to take from first time positive on lab result, though confirmation, risk reduction and decontamination.
11:00 - 12:30 Workshop C : Animal Welfare Bodies Tasks and Responsibilities
BCLAS (Animal Welfare Bodies Platform)The Animal Welfare Body is responsible for 5 different tasks that are described in EU, national and now also regional legislation. Some of these tasks such as the ones that include an advisory role may be easily understood, but how should they be brought into practice? Other tasks are more difficult to understand and can be interpreted in different ways. During this workshop, the AWB platform wants to go further on the path started in 2017 (BCLAS workshop for AWB members) and provide an interactive forum for AWB members and institutional officials/LAS managers to exchange how the AWB fulfills its tasks and responsibilities in their own institute. What is working well and what not?  Are we able to identify good practices for AWBs, to set the bar and promote a level playing field?
The AWB platform core team will also use this opportunity to report on its own mission & objectives and work in progress.
13:30-17:30 Workshop D: Non-Technical Summaries and Transparency
BCLAS (Ethical Committees Platform)
Detailed program:

13:30-15:15 Feedback on current published NTS
Katy Taylor, Cruelty Free International
EU WG on Transparency & NTS
Kirk Leech, EARA
NTS: tips & tricks (interactive session)
moderator: Serban Morosan, Sorbonne University
15:15-16:00 Coffee/Tea Break
Subgroup a (English) Subgroup b (French)
Mira van der Naald / Nicoline Smit
Practical exercises on NTS
Moderators: Anne Vermeylen-Annie Delaunois – Etienne Hanon
16:30-17:30 Debate on transparency
13:30 – 14:30 Workshop E : Operational and Technical Husbandry Aspects in Rodent Gnotobiology
Key-opinion leader(s) in germ-free/gnotobiotic field

During the Workshop will be discussed challenges and opportunities faced by the laboratory animal community in support of microbiome research. The challenges of existing facility design and equipment requires consideration of associated biocontainment and biosecurity concerns when using (human) microbiota. The integration of flexible film and semi-rigid isolator housing with biocontainment and bio-exclusion ventilated rack technologies for the demand of high throughput studies will be discussed.
14:30 – 15:15 Workshop F : The Big Impact of Bedding and Enrichment on the Security of Research
Mr. Georges Hasson, CEO of SAFE® s.a.s. (France)Premium bedding and enrichment play an important role in laboratory animal science. The attendees will learn more about their impact on security and reproducibility of research. Modern animal care offers the animal a safe, comfortable and natural environment. Get informed about the different kinds of bedding and their impact on your research work. Environmental enrichment stimulates the animal’s interaction with its environment for a better welfare and an optimized behaviour. Natural and safe enrichment products are a perfect supplement to premium bedding solutions. Get an overview of the latest premium enrichment products on the market.
16:00 – 17:30 Workshop G:The real key to experiment success: Genetic stability over time
Robert Leblanc, DVM, PhD, Board-Certified Veterinary, General Manager, Janvier Labs, FranceTwo rodent statuses can interfere with experiment results: the Genetic Status and the Health Status. The Genetic Status is the most complex and the main issue with the Genetic Status is Genetic Stability of rodents over time, today as well as over decades to come, in order to ensure that researchers have constant, repeatable and stable experiment results.At Janvier Labs Genetic Stability is maintained by respecting the fundamental rules of genetics through:1. Rigorous selection of breeders in order to create a stock of embryos. This selection has been carried out whilst conducting considerable genetic, phenotypic, haematological and biochemical controls.
2. Cryopreservation of a very large quantity of embryos of all our strains in order to guarantee users a Genetic Stability of all our strains for over 20 years.
3. Management of breeders in animal facilities: every 10 generations, we recover frozen embryos and replace ALL the breeders of our strains entirely in order to eliminate with certainty drifts or natural mutations which appear inevitably over time.Guaranteed Genetic Stability is an essential pre-requisite for researchers for the continuity and repeatability of experiment results and JANVIER LABS conducts the Genetic Management for this.