EMBL Course: Laboratory Animal Science, 8-19 April 2013, Monterotondo, Italy

EMBL Course: Laboratory Animal Science, 8-19 April 2013, Monterotondo, Italy
EMBL Course: Laboratory Animal Science, 8-19 April 2013, Monterotondo, Italy

A two-week intensive course on laboratory animal science will be organized at the EMBL Monterotondo, in April 2013, run by Dr. Maria Kamber, who has organized 5 successful courses in Greece at the BSRC Alexander Fleming. The objective of this course is to present basic facts and principles that are essential for the humane use and care of animals and for the quality of research. The contents of the course are in line with recommendations of the Federation of European Laboratory Animal Science Associations (FELASA) regarding the training of the young scientists whose research involves the use of vertebrate animals.

This prestigious event is addressed to professionals from fields of Biomedical Science. Past participants include biologists, veterinarians, medical practitioners and pharmacologists from all across Europe, Asia and Africa. This is a revolutionary course within the scientific community as it awakes a new wave of consciousness regarding animal welfare and quality research. The vision is to train a new breed of scientists with acute awareness of what humane research actually means. It breaks with tradition in the fact that it trains participants not only in the passive acquisition of knowledge, but in the active process of critical thinking. The fundamental principle the course aims to promote is that the experimental outcome of research strongly depends on the humane treatment of the laboratory animals.

Upon the completion each participant is able to understand and perform humane use and care of laboratory animals, and clearly comprehend the vital principles for quality research. Successful participants are awarded a certificate, now a requirement according to the revised European Directive, which demonstrates competence in working with laboratory animals for research purposes.

This course is under evaluation for accreditation from FELASA Board.

WEB site of the course Application deadline: Friday 1 March 2013

Registration will open soon. If you would like to be update, please subscribe to LAS2013@embl.it .

One day meeting in London on Conditional Transgenic Techniques: Principles & Best Practice

One day meeting in London on Conditional Transgenic Techniques: Principles & Best Practice
One day meeting in London on Conditional Transgenic Techniques: Principles & Best Practice

Registration is now open for a new transgenic training event on “Conditional Transgenic Techniques: Principles & Best Practice“, organized by the RSPCA, Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, the Leeds Institute of Molecular Medicine, the Mary Lyon Centre from MRC in Harwell, and the National Institute for Medical Research from MRC in London.

This is a one day meeting on current best practice in the production of genetically altered mice, using conditional transgenic techniques. Topics will include:
* the technology of inducible and conditional systems
* examples of their use
* recombinases: whats available, limitations & how to test efficacy
* conditional allele resources
* breeding schemes

The meeting is being held in central London on Thursday 4th October 2012, and is limited to 100 places allocated on a first come first served basis. Registration (including lunch) will cost £60, so for more information or to book a place and get a registration form email GA@rspca.org.uk putting “conditional workshop” in the title field.

New Impact Factor released for Transgenic Research: 2.754

New Impact Factor released for Transgenic Researc: 2.754
New Impact Factor released for Transgenic Researc: 2.754

The new wave of journal impact factors (IFs) was released last week by the Journal Citation Reports (JCR). The new IF for the scientific journal Transgenic Research, to which the International Society for Transgenic Technologies (ISTT) is associated, has increased to 2.754, continueing its progression of the last couple of years. This last release (JCR-2011), corresponds to the analysis of citations during 2011 scientific literature to papers published in Transgenic Research during 2009 and 2010. The ISTT is proud to be associated with Transgenic Research, published by Springer. It is in this journal where the abstracts presented at the Transgenic Technology (TT) meetings have been published, and also, and most importantly, where most of the original results and developments by members of the transgenic community, most of them ISTT members too, ended up being published and disseminated among interested readers. On behalf of the ISTT, let me express my congratulations to Prof. Bruce Whitelaw (Roslin Inst., Edinburgh, Scotland-UK , Editor-in-Chief of TRAG-animal section- and ISTT member) for his hard work commanding the section devoted to animal transgenesis in this journal. Thanks to the mutual cooperation agreement signed with Springer, all ISTT members are entitled to access full-online contents of the Transgenic Research journal through the members-only area of the ISTT web site.