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Summer reception and celebration

Thanks to everyone who attended our summer reception earlier in September. The event was for invited key influencers in the life science industry, including heads of department, chief scientists and veterinary officers. This event was an excellent way of celebrating a great year for LASA and the work that has taken place within the industry this...

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Bursary award supporting life science research

Let LASA support you through their bursary scheme. A LASA bursary is an award of up to £1000 which can be used to attend a meeting and pay for travel and registration. Therefore, ideal for members looking to enhance their life science training and continual professional development. Applicants must reside within the UK or a FELASA affiliated country.   A substantial part of the activity must be devoted to science relating to the use, care and/or welfare of laboratory animals, rather than a specific scientific discipline.  Applications are considered every 3 months and must be received at least 4 months before the first day of the meeting to which the application relates. To request your LASA bursary application form contact the secretariat today on 08456 711956 alternatively download and complete the form....

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We’ve rebranded!

LASA recently showcased their new branding at the 13th FELASA Congress in Brussels, Belgium.  Offering a fresh new image for the developing and growing research industry association the rebranding process hopes to attract new members. The rebranding process is part of a much wider strategic view for LASA which includes a review of strategy, strengthening of collaborations with partner organisations and improving links with universities and other organisations working in life...

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Looking ahead to the LASA Annual Conference

The Laboratory Animal Science Association is looking forward to its Annual Conference that will be held at a London venue from 22nd to 24th November 2016. An event programme packed with keynote speakers and presentations from life science specialists and research scientists, this event adds real value to the life science community. A brief overview of presentations is below: None regulated animal work – out of sight, out of mind? Veterinary challenges in animal research out with ASPA Refinements in mechanical and thermal nociceptive threshold testing in mice Experimental design factors in non-regulated studies Using Zebra fish for pre-clinical brain haemorrhage research Alongside the programme there is an extensive trade exhibition where delegates can learn about new innovations in the life science arena. Find out more from our events section or contact LASA on 08456...

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Animal Research Attitudes

Ipsos MORI have reported on the findings of a 2016 survey which examined the current public awareness of and attitudes towards, the use of animals in research. The survey also examines attitudes towards, and trust in, the regulatory system and the people who work with animals in research. This is second wave survey which was first carried out in 2014 by Ipsos MORI and is based on a long term survey that ran between 1999 and 2014. Key research findings included: 34% say they feel either very or fairly well informed, a similar finding to 2014 when 30% felt well informed. 65% say they accept the use of animals in research as long as it is for medical purposes and where there is no alternative. Public acceptance has remained at a similar level since 2014 when 68% said the same thing Many people continue to believe that cosmetics testing on animals is allowed in the UK which is not the case as testing cosmetic products and their ingredients on animals was banned in the UK in 1998 and across the EU in 2013. Download the results infographic here To read the full report click...

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Continuing Professional Development (CPD) is a prerequisite for many professional medical and scientific disciplines but less common for those involved in laboratory animal work.

Revision of Directive 86/609EEC requires that persons “are adequately educated, competent and continuously trained” (Article 23A). The scheme is available FREE to LASA members. Please contact the Secretariat for more information.