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Mark your calendar for the FREE Laboratory Animal Sciences 2018 Virtual Conference!

Event: Laboratory Animal Sciences 2018
Date/time: FEB 7 - 8 2018 Opens: 6:00 AM PT
Description: LabRoots, Inc. is pleased to announce that they will once again host the Laboratory Animal Science (LAS) virtual conference! The 7th annual, two-day international event will take place on February 7th and 8th, 2018. The LAS Planning Committee, led by Dr. Szczepan Baran, Global Head of Animal Welfare and Compliance Training at Novartis Pharmaceuticals, and composed of more than 20 world-renowned experts, will plan and build out this premier, online-only conference that will focus on laboratory animal science.
Much like the years preceding, LAS 2018 virtual conference will bring together scientists, students, veterinary technicians, veterinarians, technical support staff, IACUC administrators and committee members, as well as training and compliance personnel from around the world to learn about recent advances and challenges within laboratory animal science. This year's theme is Laboratory Animal Research in 21st Century, with the following tracks:

  • Modernization of Animal Studies
  • Imaging and Animal Studies
  • Balancing Risk and Opportunities of Outsourcing Animal Research
  • Refinement

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AAALAC International presents the Bennett J. Cohen Award to Dr. John Harkness and Dr. Bryan Howard

At its 2017 Annual Conjoint Meeting in Bethesda, Maryland, AAALAC International presented its highest honor, the Bennett J. Cohen Award, to Dr. John Harkness and Dr. Bryan Howard. Named in honor of the late Bennett J. Cohen, the Cohen Award recognizes outstanding individuals who have, through their exceptional service and significant contributions to AAALAC International, demonstrated a strong and abiding commitment to advancing science through promotion of the highest standards of laboratory animal care in research, testing, and education. Dr. Cohen was a visionary in the field of laboratory animal science. He was instrumental in the founding of several well-known laboratory animal science organizations including AAALAC, AALAS, and ACLAM, and he was an ardent friend of the animal research and life science community. Dr. Cohen was a steadfast supporter of AAALAC International and the accreditation process and served as the first Chairman of AAALAC's Council on Accreditation. Uniquely, two colleagues with a significant history of service to AAALAC International were selected as dual recipients during 2017...

Dr. Bryan Howard
Throughout his career, Dr. Howard promoted education and training as a way of widely disseminating the Three Rs of animal research. He began his career at the Poultry Research Centre in Edinburgh, working on welfare related issues, leaving in 1973 to fill chairs in veterinary physiology at universities in the Middle East. He returned to the U.K. in 1985 as Director of Animal Welfare for the University of Sheffield. There he established the "Antibody Resource Centre" which later became BioServ U.K.

Dr. Howard served as president of the Laboratory Animal Science Association (LASA), where he founded a Section devoted to evaluating the effectiveness of replacement alternatives. He has been a board member of the National Centre for the Replacement, Refinement and Reduction of Animals in Research (NC3Rs), and chairman of the Universities Federation for Animal Welfare (UFAW). He was a member of the COST Management Committee (initiative for European Cooperation in Scientific and Technical Research) Action B24, and organized national conferences and training schools addressing the need for more effective design and analysis of biomedical experiments. He is a past recipient of the Charles River Prize and the LASA Award for services to laboratory animal welfare and science.

Dr. Howard qualified as a veterinarian from the University of Glasgow and completed his Ph.D. at the University of Edinburgh. He also received a RCVS Certificate in Laboratory Animal Science and an M.Sc. in Laboratory Animal Science (with distinction) from the University of London, leading to his recognition as a Laboratory Animal Specialist by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons.

Dr. Howard was one of the first members of the European Section of AAALAC International's Council on Accreditation, serving from 2004-2011 as a member and also as an Assistant Section Leader. He continues to serve AAALAC today as a European Council Member Emeritus.

Dr. John Harkness
Dr. Harkness spent much of his career dedicated to animal welfare, animals in research and teaching, and veterinary ethics. For the past several decades he has served Mississippi State University as a tenured professor (now professor emeritus) and also in a variety of leadership positions including associate dean and assistant to the dean. He also supervised a university wide animal care program that included five major sites. Dr. Harkness has also worked for Columbia University, the Pennsylvania State University, University of Missouri and Kansas State University in a variety of roles including teacher, consultant and director. He taught in a veterinary school in Nigeria, West Africa, as part of a United States Agency for International Development program.

Dr. Harkness received a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Michigan State University, two master's degrees from the University of Missouri, Columbia, and a bachelor's degree from Rollins College in Florida.

Over the years Dr. Harkness has been active in many professional associations and served a term as president of the American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine (ACLAM), as well as on many leadership committees for organizations including AALAS, ASLAP, ACLAM, and AVMA. Dr. Harkness is also a prolific writer and presenter, authoring dozens of papers, books and parts of books.

Dr. Harkness has a long history with AAALAC International, first serving five years as an ad hoc Consultant/Specialist, then from 1988-1996 as a member of the Council on Accreditation. He served as Council President from 1995-1996.

Please join us in congratulating Dr. Howard and Dr. Harkness on their years of service to the laboratory animal community and on receiving this well-deserved recognition!

AAALAC International appoints Gary Borkowski Senior Director

Gary BorkowskiAugust 17, 2017 - AAALAC International has appointed Gary L. Borkowski, D.V.M., M.S., Senior Director. Dr. Borkowski currently serves as Senior Research Advisor for Lilly Research Laboratories in Indianapolis, Indiana. In his new position as AAALAC's Senior Director, Dr. Borkowski will lead and oversee AAALAC's education and outreach program in North America, including digital resources, educational activities and analysis of accreditation trends. He will also partner with the Global Director in facilitating many aspects of the accreditation program. Dr. Borkowski will assume duties as AAALAC's new Senior Director on August 28th.

Dr. Borkowski has a long history of service with AAALAC International. In 1998 he was selected to become an Ad Hoc Consultant to AAALAC, and in the years following he served multiple terms as a member of AAALAC's Council on Accreditation. From 2007 through 2011 he also served on the AAALAC International Board of Trustees representing the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science (AALAS).

"Dr. Borkowski brings tremendous knowledge and experience in both academic and pharmaceutical laboratory animal medicine and science to his new position as Senior Director for AAALAC International," said Dr. Kathryn Bayne, AAALAC International Chief Executive Officer. "His broad expertise and understanding of the field, combined with his deep knowledge of AAALAC's accreditation program and processes, will serve AAALAC and its constituents extremely well. We are so pleased to welcome him aboard, and look forward to all that he will be able to offer to our accredited organizations."

"For me, joining AAALAC as its Senior Director is a dream come true," said Dr. Borkowski. "I have been involved with AAALAC in one form or another for nearly 20 years, and I am even more impressed today with the mission of AAALAC and its exceptional people than I was in 1998 when I first joined AAALAC as an ad hoc Consultant."

Dr. Borkowski received his veterinary medical degree from Iowa State University, a master's degree in laboratory animal medicine from the Pennsylvania State University, and he is board certified in Laboratory Animal Medicine. He has 30 years of experience in academic and pharmaceutical laboratory animal medicine and science, and has worked at major international research institutions including Vanderbilt University, Pennsylvania State University, Upstate Medical Center, Monsanto, Pharmacia and Pfizer. Dr. Borkowski also worked at the Kennedy Space Center on four Space Shuttle Life Sciences missions for the commercial development of microgravity research. He previously served as the Program Chair for the National AALAS Annual Meeting, and is past-president of both ASLAP (American Society of Laboratory Animal Practitioners) and ACLAM (American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine).

"Every day we read the headlines about the challenges and opportunities we face as a human race to improve human and animal health and the environment," Dr. Borkowski added. "AAALAC's role in ensuring and enhancing the humane care of animals used in research, teaching, and testing as we conquer these challenges has never been more essential. I'm very proud and honored to be part of this effort."

Please join us in welcoming Dr. Borkowski!


AAALAC International adopts new governance structure and accompanying bylaws, holds first meeting of new Directors

February 2017 - During its last annual meeting in September, AAALAC International ratified a change in its governance structure and created a Board of Directors (BOD). Since then, the organization held elections and named a new BOD comprised of six officers, six directors, and two representatives from the Council on Accreditation (the president and vice president). The new BOD was elected by the Member Organization Delegates (previously known as the Board of Trustees) who represent a wide variety of prestigious scientific and educational professional organizations from around the world. The change to the new governance structure enhances the responsiveness of AAALAC International's governing body to the needs of the organization and its program participants and further engages the Member Organizations through the formation of Advisory Groups. The Board of Directors held a very productive first meeting earlier this month.

"The new Board of Directors is committed to the future of AAALAC International and is part of a milestone event in the history of our organization," said Dr. Kathryn Bayne, AAALAC International's Chief Executive Officer. "AAALAC is privileged to be on the receiving end of the Board's expertise and wisdom."


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