18 januari 2023 
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Dear members,


We are sending you an important request from ICLAS: Please consider nominating a worthy person for an ICLAS award.


ICLAS confers awards once every four years, at the General Assembly held in conjunction with a scientific meeting, during an ICLAS election year. The ICLAS General Assembly will be held in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA on Saturday, October 21, 2023. 


There are 3 ICLAS awards that may be conferred: 


-The Mühlbock-Nomura Award (formerly the Mühlbock Award) recognizes an individual whose body of work supports the value of using high quality, genetically and microbiologically-defined laboratory animals in research.  

-The Bennet Cohen Award recognizes an individual who has achieved prominence in promoting and advancing the “three Rs” of reduction, refinement and replacement in the use of laboratory animals in research, teaching and testing, first described in 1959 by Russell and Burch.

-The Coates-Demers Award (previously called the Outstanding Service Award) recognizes an individual who has made an outstanding commitment to ICLAS and its programs.


At the General Assembly, the awardees are recognized during the program, and presented with a plaque. Awardees are requested to provide a keynote presentation about their work at the international scientific meeting held after the ICLAS General Assembly. ICLAS covers costs for travel, hotel, and meeting registration for the awardees to attend the General Assembly and associated scientific meeting (this year, the 2023 National Meeting of the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science).


Nomination packets include a brief CV (no more than 3 pages) and a statement justifying the nomination. Additional support letters may be included but are not required. Criteria for judging are as follows:

Cohen Award factors: The nominee’s work

                A. -supports increased understanding of the 3Rs via educational efforts and dissemination

                B. -develops new methods or improvements in the 3R's

                C -has had significant impact on animal welfare at a national or international level


Mühlbock-Nomura Award factors: The nominee’s work

A. -has relied on high quality, genetically and microbiologically-defined laboratory animals in research

                B. -has a respected body of original research published in peer-reviewed journals

C. -has national or international impact in his or her field of research, in whole or part based on use of animal models

Coates-Demers factors: The nominee’s work

                A. -has contributed to ICLAS’ mission

                B. - has had an enduring effect in shaping ICLAS programs

                C. – has had international impact in improving ICLAS outreach


If you know a deserving person who has made an outstanding contribution to Laboratory Animal Science, please send a nomination no later than March 31st, 2023, to info@iclas.org

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