VetBioNet and FRAME 3Rs and Experimental Design Training School

 EU H2020 VetBioNet Project is partnering with The Fund for the Replacement of Animals in Medical Experiments (in its 50th anniversary year) to host a 3Rs and Experimental design Training School.  This is a major event organised to train held in at the University of Nottingham, Nottingham, UK. It will run from the 9th to 11th January 2019, is FELASA accredited and qualifies for CPD.

This latest Training School will focus on experimental design and statistical analysis of bioscience and biomedical research, with cases related to infectious disease research.  The programme is structured to lead participants from simple experimental design and statistical ideas, through more complex methods and analysis to effective presentation of findings. Participants are also able to discuss their own research with the Training School’s expert tutors.

The University of Nottingham has partnered with FRAME for a number of years to help deliver training schools to promote the 3Rs – the replacement, reduction and refinement of animals in research – by providing researchers with an understanding of alternative and new design concepts.  The training event will give researchers the ability to learn about more efficient designs for their experiments by stimulating engagement with the 3Rs. It will also give delegates the opportunity to network with scientists across industry and academia.

The programme will be delivered by five expert tutors: Dr Derek Fry, Dr Kate Millar, Dr Michelle Hudson-Shore, Professor Richard Preziosi and Dr David Lovell.

The format includes lectures, group discussions and individual exercises and is aimed at those who are at postgraduate level or above.

The training schools are aimed at postgraduate or postdoctoral researchers but previous events have also attracted heads of department, professors, laboratory animal veterinarians, animal research ethics coordinators, compliance officers and directors. This Training Event supports better understanding of how to properly design experimental programmes and effectively analyse results. It is intended that by attending the Training School participants will go on to produce higher quality science, with more reliable results.

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FRAME is a medical research charity committed to replacing the use of animals in scientific experiments. FRAME is dedicated to the development of new and valid methods that will replace the need for laboratory animals in medical and scientific research, education, and testing. Where the use of animals is currently necessary, FRAME supports the reduction of numbers involved to an unavoidable minimum and refinement of experimental procedures to minimise any suffering caused. The charity was founded in London in 1969 by Dorothy Hegarty. The main aim of FRAME has always been to promote the Three Rs (Replacement, Reduction & Refinement) as a way forward for animal experimentation.  FRAME promotes the elimination of the need to use laboratory animals through various activities including campaigning, publication of a scientific journal (ATLA), office-based and laboratory research and through its educational work. Through its laboratory and desk-based research, FRAME is continually investigating and developing new methods at the forefront of science. It also collaborates with other organisations, industry and laboratories across a wide range of biological and medical fields.