The meeting co-organized by Rus-LASA and the European Regional Committee of ICLAS on 17-18 November in St. Petersburg (Russia) was a complete success. About 170 delegates participated in the meeting, with speakers from different countries across Europe. It was the largest ever meeting held in Russia. Rus-LASA has joined now FELASA as a full member.
ICLAS is soliciting nominations for two awards to be presented at the General Assembly in association with the Canadian Association for Laboratory Animal Science (CALAS/ACSAL) Symposium, May 30-June 2, 2015, in Montreal, Canada. Nominations must be received by January 15, 2015. Any individual, association, or institution may nominate an individual for an award. See details here.
With the short name of GENReference Program, ICLAS is launching this genetic monitoring program to enable research institutions worldwide (program participants) to check whether the specific strains of research animals they have developed are genetically sound and truly representative of their assumed genotype. Your opinion is important, please complete this survey.
ICLAS has launched a new Scholarship Program to enable veterinarians who live in areas without access to training and who lack the necessary funds to complete specified recoginzed training programs around the world. The program is sponsored by AAALAC International, AALAS, ACLAM, CALAS (Canada), ECLAM and IACLAM. All information available here.
After the successful experience in 2013, the deadline for the 2014 European Fellowship Program is coming soon (1-March). Laboraotry Animal Professionals are encouraged to apply (http://iclas.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/ICLAS-fellowship-Call1.pdf). You could be awarded with funding to stay some time at one of the host institutions.
“The quality of the experimental biomodels and its impact on biomedical research”
This conference aims to bring together scientists and technicians in the area of animal experimentation of the Americas, Europe and Asia with leading issues related to quality aspects of experimental biomodels used in preclinical research.
For information, visit www.iv-recr.ucr.ac.cr
An ICLAS General Assembly will be held in the evening of July 21, prior to the start of the scientific meeting.
Dr. Gilles Demers, former ICLAS President (1999-2011) was awarded ICLAS Honorary Membership. The award was announced by Dr. Patri Vergara, current ICLAS President, who summarized the very significant contribution of Dr. Demers to ICLAS during his presidential term. A summary of his achievements in the period 1999-2011 can be seen here.
During the ICLAS Consortium Meeting at the recent AALAS meeting in Baltimore, Dr. Gilles Demers, former ICLAS President, paid a emotional tribute to Dr. Harry Rozmariek. See it here.
Those attending the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science (AALAS, www.aalas.org) meeting, October 27 – 31, 2013 in Baltimore, Maryland, are invited to the following ICLAS events:
—ICLAS Americas Regional Committee open meeting, Monday, Oct. 28, 3:00-5:00 pm Hilton Hotel, Peale A-C
Learn what is happening in laboratory animal science in our member countries in the Americas.
—ICLAS International Consortium, Tuesday, Oct. 29, 9:30-11:00 am, Hilton Hotel, Key Ballroom 1-2
ICLAS’ key initiatives will be reviewed
The late Dr. Harry Rozmiarek will be honored
Dr. Gilles Demers will be presented an Honorary Membership
Member nation representatives will provide updates
—AAALAC/ICLAS International Luncheon, Wednesday, Oct. 30, Noon- 2:00 pm, Hilton Key Ballroom 7-8 (By invitation: international attendees who have registered for the meeting should have received an invitation to this luncheon) The 2013 Americas Regional Committee Travel Award Winners will be honored.
—Educational Program session “Quality Animals are Essential for Quality Research”, Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2:45-5:00 pm, Convention Center 321
—Educational Program session “Changes and Impact of the Revised International Guiding Principles for Biomedical Research Involving Animals”, Thursday, Oct. 31,12:30-2:00pm, Convention Center 339
—NOTE: On the first day of the meeting, there is a session for international attendees and for first-time attendees at the AALAS meeting: National Meeting Orientation, 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. in the Convention Center.
The ICLAS European Regional Committee has launched the 2014 Fellowship Program. The first program was established in 2013 and three awards were granted. Calls are open for applicants, sponsors and host institutions. More information here.