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3Rs-Centre Utrecht Life Sciences
Newsletter, July 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.

Stress-free stress measurement with the infrared camera
How can stress in laboratory animals be measured in a non-invasive way? That is the main question in the research line of Dr. Hetty Boleij, lecturer at the department of Animals in Science and Society of the faculty of Veterinary Medicine at Utrecht University. She is studying ways of reliably measuring stress using an infrared (thermal) camera to record changes in body temperature, as a potential method to refine animal experiments.
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Report 3R Symposium: Better science, advancing animal welfare - towards better in  vitro practices
Friday, 1 June, the 3Rs-Centre Utrecht Life Sciences hosted the symposium ‘Improving Science, Advancing Animal Welfare’. The purpose of the symposium was to tackle the biggest problems in cell- and tissue culture research. The symposium drew representatives from the scientific and business communities, as well as policymakers.
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New E-learning launched on humane endpoints in animal research and veterinary practice
The 3Rs-Centre Utrecht Life Sciences has developed an E-learning module on humane endpoints in animal research and veterinary practice. This module is available free of charge, for everyone who works with animals, on www.humane-endpoints.info. It provides both a solid basic training on humane endpoints, and practice opportunities with case studies. This E-learning will contribute to refinement by preparing the users to make well-balanced decisions regarding animal welfare and science.
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European Joint Research Centre requests input on training resources
The Joint Research Centre of the European Commission (JRC) has launched a study to review available education and training resources that support replacement, reduction, and refinement of animal procedures used for scientific purposes. This global study aims to provide an overview of education and training opportunities offered at high school, university, and professional levels, including courses, modules, teaching materials, guidance and other resources. The review is expected to be completed during 2019 and the information gathered will be made publicly available.
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Save the Date: FELASA conference 2019
The 14th FELASA conference will take place on 10-13 June 2019, in Prague, Czech Republic. The FELASA Congresses are one of the leading worldwide events on Laboratory Animal Science and a unique opportunity to reach out to some of the most proactive and influential professionals in the industry. The conference and exhibition are held every three years and attract not only committed and enthusiastic delegates from all over the world as well as those interested in new scientific and practical developments in their field, but also policy makers. Abstract submissions are now open.
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Strategy for the revision of the ARRIVE guidelines
In 2010, the NC3Rs developed the ARRIVE guidelines, a 20-item checklist covering the key information  that should be included in scientific publications describing animal studies to ensure transparency and reproducibility. Despite widespread endorsement of the guidelines, there is mixed evidence of their impact on the quality of reporting. The NC3Rs’ strategy for the revision of the ARRIVE guidelines, developed with an international working group of experts, has been published in BMJ Open Science.
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Chemical mixtures: How to address the safety of combined exposures to multiple chemicals for people and the environment

Every day we are exposed to low levels of hundreds of different manmade chemicals present for example in our food, consumer products and the air we breathe. However, current safety assessment practice is primarily based on understanding the potential risk posed by single substances rather than their "real life" combinations, thus potential combination effects might be overlooked. The JRC is performing research on the use of alternative (non-animal) methods and new strategies to assess the combination effects of chemicals.

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EPAA 3Rs student grants 2018 - call for applications

The European Partnership for Alternative Approaches to Animal Testing (EPAA) supports students with outstanding work in alternative approaches by funding their attendance at a high-profile scientific event. These events are EUROTOX, EUSAAT and ESTIV conferences. Application deadlines are two months before the event.

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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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