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Fondazione Guido Bernardini Courses

What should you know about your rodent facility?

This two-day on-line course is designed to provide the key aspects for the management of a modern laboratory rodent facility, with a particular focus on IVC systems. Layout & functional areas, bio-containment & bio-exclusion, washing & decontamination, health monitoring concepts will be described with particular attention to new technological developments, scientific needs of research and management concepts. Theoretical and practical examples will be used to enhance the participants’ knowledge.

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Intensive course on experimental design and biostatistics

Currently, the scientific literature is critical of the translatability of in vivo research results and of the reproducibility of research conducted with animals. There are certainly solutions on what should be done to improve the translatability and reproducibility of animal experiments.

Among the solutions, statistics and experimental design play a central role to reach better translatability and reproducibility, in addition to contribute to the Reduction arm of the ThreeRs. This course addresses the central question of how to design your experiments and which test to perform given your specific research questions.
This course offers lectures, exercises and discussions on these topics.

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Introduction to microbiological monitoring in rodents facilities

The course is designed to provide the participants with key concepts of the microbiological monitoring of laboratory rodents and their environment.

The program includes an overview on traditional and emerging pathogenic agents, the description of different screening techniques for animals and biologicals. In addition, the necessary assessments in relation to the factors that influence the approach of the screening plan, from the housing system in use to the identification of the microbiological unit will be discussed.

An open session will provide opportunities to discuss the practical challenges related to the management of a microbiological monitoring program.

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