HOLTIF Meetings

The LASA HOTIF group continue their close work with ASRU and host small stakeholder group meetings to assist with feedback on ASPeL and its software development.

The next virtual ½ day meetings is are planned for:

Monday 21 June (virtual)
Monday 20 September (virtual)
Monday 6 December (face -to-face depending on government guidance)

If you would like to attend any of the HOLTIF meetings or become a member of this network, please contact the LASA Secretariat on info@lasa.co.uk who will put you in touch with the Section Convenors for this group.


BPS & LASA joint focused meeting: Exploring the status of animal models of psychiatric disorders – their validity and scope for successful translation
Wednesday 24 February 2021
Online, Worldwide

Registration: OPEN (early bird deadline: 22 December 2020)

The British Pharmacological Society and the Laboratory Animal Science Association are delighted to bring you our first joint-virtual meeting; exploring the status of animal models of psychiatric disorders – their validity and scope for successful translation. Evaluation and correct interpretation of changes in the behaviour of laboratory animals, following an experimental intervention, is essential for successful translation of novel candidates for treatment of neurological and psychiatric disorders. However, many procedures that have been used for decades as effective preclinical drug screens are often assumed, without scientific justification, to offer ‘models’ of human disorders. This meeting will discuss the extent to which this is a realistic assumption, incorporating evidence that the validity of these tests will depend on the scientific objectives and experimental context, including environmental factors.

The online event is an exciting one-day meeting​ comprising scientific talks and opportunities for interaction with colleagues. The talks and discussions will be of interest to anyone interested in behavioural laboratory animal science, whether from a clinical, preclinical, translational, welfare, academic, industrial, or even regulatory perspective. We particularly encourage registration from animal care staff as talks are intended to illustrate some common variables, including the experimental environment, housing and husbandry that are typically disregarded and yet can confound experimental findings when evaluating animal behaviour.

We hope you enjoy our joint venture which will deal with a timely and important topic.

If you have any questions about the meeting, please contact meetings@bps.ac.uk

CPD points

CPD points from the Royal College of Physicians, Royal Society of Biology and the Laboratory Animal Science Association are available at this meeting. You will be emailed a certificate of attendance with CPD points after the meeting.

The Hitchhikers Guide to your Establishment… are you searching for an answer to the meaning of life, the universe and everything?
Wednesday 24 February 2021, 10am – 5:30pm
Virtual online meeting

LASA is organising an online one-day workshop focusing on sharing experiences of management systems, organisational checks and practices to ensure good governance for all those working under ASPA (1986).

2020 was the 42nd year celebration of the first BBC radio broadcast of Douglas Adam’s Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, which inspired the title of this workshop. Come along to LASA’s workshop to find the answers to everything you might want to know – you may be surprised to discover that the answer may not actually be 42!

Topics include:

  • What does good governance look like?
  • How does governance relate to good science?
  • What does a culture of care look like? How can you benchmark your establishment?– Interactive session
  • Do external audits assist with identifying areas for improvement?
  • International collaboration – the good, the bad and the ugly
  • Review and ideas for updating the Guiding Principles for Named Training and Competency Officers (NTCO), Named Information Officers (NIO) and Home Office Liaison Contacts (HOLC) working under the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986 – Group discussion work

The majority of webinars will be recorded to watch on demand via secure password protected login for up to one month after the event for those delegates unable to join the live on the day. (Please note the interactive group case discussion work “Review of Guiding Principles for NTCOs, NIOs and HOLCs working under ASPA (1986)” will not be able to be watched on demand, so register early to secure your place)

The programme for the workshop can be downloaded here

Make sure you do not miss out on this “Good Governance” CPD event!


BPS, LASA and Psychiatry Consortium joint workshop:
Exploring the status of preclinical models of psychiatric disorders – their validity and scope for successful translation

Thursday 25 February 2021
Virtual Online meeting

A free interactive online workshop​ to further explore the key issues and opportunities raised in the joint BPS-LASA symposium on 24th February 2021. The workshop will be of particular interest to anyone interested in preclinical psychiatry drug discovery, whether from a clinical, preclinical, translational, welfare, academic, industrial, or regulatory perspective. We particularly encourage registration from those who are in the early stages of their career.

Workshop background:
Though there is an abundance of preclinical models of psychiatric ‘diseases’, their perception and use as models of a complete disorder, rather than a model of a behavioural phenotype, is contributing to poor translation and is undermining confidence in behavioural neuroscience as a means to the development of new therapeutics for psychiatric disorders.

The British Pharmacological Society and Laboratory Animal Science Association recognise the challenges faced by the psychiatric research community and have come together to deliver a joint symposium to highlight the role of preclinical models in translational psychopharmacology.

The Psychiatry Consortium aims to facilitate the discovery and validation of new drug targets from academia, and to bring together the psychiatric research community to overcome key challenges facing psychiatric drug discovery. In this capacity, they propose a combined effort to build upon the issues raised in the BPS-LASA symposium (24th February 2021), and further explore the use of preclinical models in psychiatric drug discovery in an interactive workshop, utilising the experience of all those involved along the translational pathway.

Workshop purpose:
1. To bring together experts in preclinical models of psychiatric disorders, drug discovery and development experts, animal technicians and regulatory authorities.
2. To provide a forum to further explore and discuss the topics raised during the preceding symposium on the use of pre-clinical models in psychiatric drug discovery.
3. To workshop the key factors researchers must consider when using preclinical models to aid drug discovery & development in psychiatry

Desired outputs:
1. Increased collaboration and ‘joined up thinking’ across sectors
2. Creation of a working group to formalise the outputs of the workshop discussions into a report and/or guidelines to support and advise those in the psychiatry research community who utilise preclinical models.

For more information and to register for the workshop please visit the Workshop Registration Page.

Cryopreservation and Assisted Reproductive Technologies in Genetically Altered Animals. Best practice, tips and tools.
19th – 22nd April 2021, 14:00-16:15 each day.

The LASA Animal Science (Transgenic) Section invites you to our third technical forum. This highly interactive meeting with a focus on the laboratory mouse, will provide ample of opportunity for learning, building your professional network and for sharing best practice with others working in the field.

The meeting opens in the afternoon of Monday 19th April 2021 and will comprise of four afternoon sessions between 14:00 and 16:15 each day. The sessions are structured to include a series of presentations by international experts in their respective fields, followed by opportunities for attendees to present and interact with colleagues and speakers.

Across all the sessions the following subjects will be covered;

  • Innovations & tips for cryopreservation
  • Assisted Reproductive Technology (IVF, ICSI)
  • Alternative uses for cryo and ART
  • Transportation Methods
  • Different species (mouse, rat, zebrafish, opossum, frog).

Register by 26th March 2021 for full interactivity. No bookings will be accepted after this date.

Click here to download the programme.

These single prices are applicable to the whole event. Once paid, you may attend at will. Part-bookings are not possible. Only those registered will be admitted to the meeting(s). Registrations and log-in details must not be shared.


Fish Anaesthesia – Time to re-convene
Edinburgh, postponed until March 2022 (Date TBC)

Since the acclaimed 2017 LASA-FVS meeting on the topic, fish anaesthesia has seen significant developments with new products being authorized for use in the UK, publications of efficient provisions of analgesia, and gatherings of data on euthanasia. It is now time to re-convene a group of experts to discuss latest advances and remaining challenges.

Please contact the LASA Secretariat on info@lasa.co.uk to express your interest in attending this meeting and joining instructions will be sent to you closer to the event.


Please visit the following events calendars for information on other meetings: