We’re delighted to announce LASA’s 2021 Annual Conference will be a virtual experience, running over six afternoons in November. Even though the online event has started, it’s not too late to register to gain access to all speakers and engage with other delegates online. The majority of presentations are being recorded and will be available to watch on demand until May 2022.

The exciting scientific programme is available to download here and focuses on a “looking beyond Coronavirus” theme. All the LASA Sections are contributing to the programme offering a diverse overview of pandemic response in our industry.

Topics include:

  • Expert keynote speakers
  • Culture of care within facilities, how this was affected during the pandemic and how it has been altered for the future
  • The world of virtual teaching and training. What has worked well and how can this be further developed? Learning from educators’ experiences to teaching online, blended learning and social distancing challenges during the pandemic
  • Colony management moving forward from COVID
  • Let’s learn from our medical colleagues and intensive care medicine
  • Large animal models & vaccine development, including facility responses to the Covid-19 pandemic.
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Our opening keynote speaker is confirmed and we are delighted that Dr Alexandra Spencer (Jenner Institute, University of Oxford) is able to join us to present “Preclinical insights into the development of the Oxford/AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine”. Dr Spencer will be sharing her knowledge and expertise by providing an overview of the preclinical side of the vaccine development, why NHP, ferret and mice studies were vital and showcasing how integral animal work was to getting this vaccine to the clinic (and licensed).

LASA is also very excited to announce that a Covid-19 specialist has agreed to present on her area of expertise. Professor Darren Smith, Deputy Chair of the COVID-19 Genomics UK (COG-UK) consortium) will discuss “SARS-CoV-2 variants – past, present and future”. The COG-UK consortium has been created to deliver large-scale and rapid whole-genome virus sequencing to local NHS centres and the UK government. COG-UK is made up of an innovative partnership of NHS organisations, the 4 Public Health Agencies of the UK, the Wellcome Sanger Institute and over 12 academic partners providing sequencing and analysis capacity. The virus genome data is combined with clinical and epidemiological datasets to help to guide UK public health interventions and policies. The data enables researchers to identify and understand genetic changes that affect how easily the virus is passed on and the severity of the symptoms it causes. It will also help to target the development of treatments and vaccines and monitor their impact as they are introduced.

All presentations will be recorded and will be available for registrants to watch on demand for several months after the main event.  The virtual platform is very interactive so will allow for networking opportunities between delegates and trade partners alike.

The Animals in Science Education Trust (AS-ET) continue their generous support of the LASA 3Rs session and are sponsoring a first prize (£200) to the best 3Rs presenter during their online session on Thursday 18 November.

As always, LASA is very grateful to its sponsors and trade partners for supporting the Annual Conference. Please visit our virtual exhibition hall and meet our wonderful trade colleagues to see and discuss their exciting products and services.

Please share details of this meeting widely within your networks by distributing a flyer about the event.

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