The World Congress on Alternatives and Animal Use in the Life Sciences is the longest running series of international scientific meetings focused on the 3 R’s of animal use in research, testing and education. Held every 2-3 years since 1993, this prestigious conference emphasizes the latest technologies for the reduction and replacement of animals in science and education, and looks ahead to innovative approaches to ethics, animal welfare and public policy.
This past August, NAVS and our affiliate, the International Foundation for Ethical Research (IFER), were proud to participate in the 10th World Congress in Seattle, which brought together over 1,000 participants, including scientists, veterinarians, and individuals from regulatory agencies, industry and animal welfare organizations.
NAVS Executive Director Peggy Cunniff and NAVS and IFER Science Advisors John Harbell, Ph.D., Pam Osenkowski, Ph.D., and Bernard Rollin, Ph.D., were honored to join leading experts from around the world to discuss issues related to the meeting’s theme, “The Three R’s in Action.”
NAVS and IFER advisors also had the honor of speaking at the conference and presenting posters on a wide range of topics:
- Bernard Rollin spoke on the topic of biotechnology and animal welfare.
- Pam Osenkowski gave a presentation about teacher and student use of and attitudes toward dissection and dissection alternatives.
- John Harbell gave a poster presentation on the importance of properly designed controls in cell-based experiments.
- IFER Scientific Advisory Board members Meta Bonner, Ph.D. and Khin Oo, M.D., authored a poster regarding the Environmental Protection Agency’s grant research activities that advance alternatives for the testing of chemicals.
- Georgina Harris, a three-time recipient of IFER’s Graduate Fellowship and current recipient of an IFER Special Merit award, was selected to give an oral presentation on her research which uses a cell-based 3-D model to study Parkinson’s disease.
Conference attendees were impressed by the wealth of information that was shared at the meeting. They were also inspired by the progress that is being made in the development of human-relevant in vitro models that have the potential to reduce and replace traditional animal models in many areas of study.
We at NAVS feel particularly encouraged by the paradigm shift that is taking place, and, with your continued support, remain committed to doing all that we can to end the exploitation of animals used in science.