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3Rs-Centre Utrecht Life Sciences
Newsletter, September 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.


 
Mammary epithelial model to study the mysterious blood-milk barrier
What effect has the diet or a medication of a nursing cow on the developing immune system of her calf, and/or the gut health of the human consumer? Can a mother continue to nurse her infant while she is taking medicines? At the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine of Utrecht University, Prof. Aletta Kraneveld and Prof. Ronette Gehring have joined forces to develop an in vitro model of the bovine udder. With this model, they aim to achieve better understanding of the blood-milk barrier, which is relevant for humans, cows and other mammals.
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Large-scale update FCS-free Database completed
The Fetal Calf Serum (FCS)-free Database (FCS-free.org) has been expanded with information from an extensive collection of literature on FCS-free media. Among these publications are many complete formulations, enabling scientists to make their own FCS-free medium, specific for the cell type of their choice.
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Free 3Rs webinars
The Freie Universität Berlin and Berlin-Brandenburg research platform BB3R are starting a series of webinars on 3Rs, each Thursday from 2.30 to 4.00 PM. The webinars can be followed online free of charge. During the webinars, viewers can ask questions and join the discussion. Topics are 3Rs databases, replacement methods in education, in vitro and in silico models, refining rodent experiments, and more.
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Support our activities!
The 3Rs-Centre ULS maintains the 3Rs databases: The Humane Endpoints Websitethe 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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Contact details
Yalelaan 2
3584 CM UTRECHT
(+31) 30-2538009
3RsCentreULS@uu.nl
www.uu.nl/3RsCentreULS

Other 3Rs-Centre ULS websites:
www.humane-endpoints.info
www.interspeciesinfo.com
fcs-free.org

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