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3Rs-Centre Utrecht Life Sciences
Newsletter, March 2018
The mission statement of the 3Rs-Centre Utrecht Life Sciences (ULS) is to stimulate the development, acceptance and implementation of methods which can Replace, Reduce and Refine (the 3Rs) animal experiments. The centre facilitates the 3Rs in education and animal research in many ways, by providing information and advice about 3Rs models.

An appeal to improve the quality of animal experiments
How does better design and statistical analysis of experiments using laboratory animals contribute to the 3Rs? What problems result from the use of inbred strains? Dr. Hein van Lith is associate professor at the Utrecht department of Animals in Science and Society (Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Utrecht University). His expertise lies in the quality of animal experiments. He explains how his work contributes to the 3Rs.
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Symposium: Improving Science, Advancing Animal Welfare -Towards better In Vitro Practices
On 1st June 2018, the 3Rs-Centre Utrecht Life Sciences will be holding the symposium 'Improving Science, Advancing Animal Welfare: Towards better In Vitro Practices'. Leading experts will outline the latest developments on good in vitro method practices and discuss the moral and scientific issues related to the use of fetal calf serum (FCS, or FBS). The symposium will take place at Conference Center Glorieuxpark in Eindhoven, the Netherlands. Registration is now open on FCS-free.org
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Join the EU mission: Towards animal free biomedical research 
As a EU citizen, you now have the opportunity to have measurable impact on the EU Research & Innovation programme for 2020 and onwards. Improvement of biomedical research and animal welfare by stimulating the development and use of animal free innovations is supported by many. You can contribute to this mission by following three simple steps in the European Commision's "call for feedback". The call for feedback will be open until Tuesday 3 April 2018.
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Guidance document for continuing professional development (CPD) in animal science

In collaboration with the Dutch Animal Welfare Body Platform, the 3Rs-Centre ULS released a guidance document for the practical implication of new laws and regulations in relation to Continuing professional development (CPD). Goal of this document is the provision of a manual with which institutions can arrange 1) the requirements of further training as in schooling and 2) the requirements for demonstrable competence in the practical execution of procedures on animals.

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New home for reporting guidelines for animal research: MERIDIAN

Reporting guidelines for research on animals now has a home! The newly launched Menagerie of Reporting Guidelines Involving Animals – MERIDIAN – will collect all reporting guidelines for research involving animals, including biomedical, preclinical, livestock, and veterinary research that involves biomedical, companion, and food product animals. The database holds almost 30 guidelines already. The platform is hosted by the Iowa State University and run by Dr Annette O’Connor.

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Promoting transparency in preclinical research

On Wednesday 11 April 2018, the Netherlands Heart Institute and prof. Steven Chamuleau will organize a scientific session (Theme Meeting) about "Promoting transparency in preclinical research". As usual, the session will take place in the Holland Heart House from 14:00 - 17:00. During this session the website preclinicaltrials.eu will be launched. Registration is open until 9 April.

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Guidelines for the treatment of animals in behavioural research and teaching
The journal of Animal Behaviour has published guidelines for the treatment of animals in behavioural research and teaching. These guidelines have been produced by the Ethical and Animal Care Committees of the Association for the Study of Animal Behaviour (ASAB) and the Animal Behavior Society.
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Support our activities! 

The 3Rs-Centre ULS maintains the 3Rs databases: The Humane Endpoints Website, the Interspecies Database and the FCS-free Database. These websites contribute to the refinement, reduction and replacement of animals used for research and are free of charge for their users. The website does not receive any financial support and their future relies on donations and gifts. You can help us with keeping these websites available for free by donating a small amount of money for the maintenance and updating of these databases. We are happy with all donations! The 3Rs Program is part of the charitable fund Friends of VetMed, and as such is exempt from any gift or inheritance taxes. This means that 100% of your donation will contribute towards the purpose specified by you.   
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Take a look at international workshops, conferences, meetings and online webinars in the online events calendar of the 3Rs-Centre ULS.
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