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2014 Animal Matters Series Lectures

Animal Testing, Animal Research & Alternatives: A Future Vision

Thursday, March 13, 2014
Noon in the UPDATE: HAMILBURG Lecture Hall in the Frankin M. Loew Veterinary Education Center
Andrew N. Rowan, PhD
Chief Scientific Officer for The Humane Society of the US, President and Chief Executive Officer for Humane Society International, Adjunct Professor for Tufts University
Dr. Andrew Rowan was the founder and first and longest-serving director of the Tufts Center for Animals and Public Policy (1983-1997). His history with animal research issues dates back to a stint at FRAME (Fund for the Replacement of Animals in Medical Experiments) in London (1976-78)
Download his biography here

Taking Laboratory Animal Pain Seriously: Progress Made, Progress Needed

Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Noon in the Agnes Varis AUDITORIUM
Larry Carbone, DVM, PhD, DACLAM, DACAW
Sr Veterinarian & Assoc Director, Lab Animal Resource Center, University of California, San Francisco
Watch recorded seminar here

The Future of Animal Research in the Context of the 3Rs (Reduction, Refinement and Replacement)

Friday, April 25, 2014
Noon in the Varis Lecture Hall
Joanne Zurlo, PhD
Director of Science Strategy, Johns Hopkins Center for Alternatives to Animal Testing (CAAT)
Senior Scientist, Department of Environmental Health Sciences, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Download her biography here
Watch recorded seminar here

Fighting Words: Rights vs Welfare. Who Really Cares?

Monday, May 5, 2014
Noon in the Varis Lecture Hall
Jayne Mackta
President, Global Research Education & Training; Publisher, "The Enrichment Record"; Past President, New Jersey Association of Biomedical Research
Download her biography here
In academe, the general community and cyberspace, people are talking about the role and place of animals in society. Sadly, battle lines have been drawn, making it a struggle to engage in a civil discussion about this complex topic without taking sides. A keen observer of human nature and long-time research advocate, our speaker will describe her personal war on words that obfuscate one of the defining issues of our time.
Watch recorded seminar here

Making Laboratory Animal Care More Science-Friendly

Wednesday, October 8, 2014
Noon in the Varis Lecture Hall
Steven M. Niemi, DVM, DACLAM
Director, Office of Animal Resources, Harvard University Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Adjunct Professor, Dept. of Biomedical Sciences, Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University
Dr. Niemi will argue for a new paradigm for lab animal care because the current model is obsolete. As experimental endpoints become more complex and subtle, the usual practice of one-size-fits-all for animal housing and husbandry needs to be replaced with flexibility customized to individual investigators' needs while still affordable and in compliance with regulatory and accreditation standards.
Download his biography here
Watch recorded seminar here

Green Chimneys Farm and Wildlife Center: Animal-Assisted Interventions That Benefit Both Humans and Animals

Wednesday, October 29, 2014
Noon in the Varis Lecture Hall
Michael E. Kaufmann
Director, Green Chimneys Farm and Wildlife Center/Sam and Myra Ross Institute
Green Chimneys is home to 300 animals of diverse species and hundreds of children with special needs. Making ethical decisions about the lives of these animals challenges the Green Chimneys staff team daily. How do we ensure each animal has the best quality of life? There are many sensitive ethical issues surrounding human/animal interaction and there are very different ways of interpreting, modeling or practicing this relationship. Opinions diverge easily. There are a wide range of beliefs or philosophies about the treatment of animals, among our own staff and among guests. Michael will offer concrete examples to demonstrate how the Green Chimneys team applies a progressive, thoughtful, yet also very pragmatic approach as part of a greater human service program that operates in an imperfect world.
Watch recorded seminar here

A Good Life for Laboratory Animals
Live Webcast

Wednesday, November 19, 2014
Streaming Live at Noon into Varis Lecture Hall
Daniel Weary, PhD
Professor, Animal Welfare Program, University of British Columbia
Associate Dean, Graduate Studies
Industrial Research Chair in Animal Welfare, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) of Canada
Dr. Weary co-founded the University of British Columbia's Animal Welfare Program in 1997,where he currently works with students and colleagues using behavioral methods and non-invasive techniques to assess animal welfare. He also serves as the Industrial Research Chair in Animal Welfare for NSERC, a Canadian government entity that awards research grants in science and engineering. He has worked extensively on welfare issues affecting dairy cattle as well as some laboratory species.
"A Good Life for Laboratory Animals" focuses on environmental enrichment for laboratory rodents and its affects on their welfare as well as research outcomes.
This event will be a live interactive webcast with Dr. Weary from his Canadian location to Cummings School's Varis Lecture Hall.
Made possible by the generous support of: Elizabeth A. Lawrence Endowed Fund and the Tompkins Fund
Watch recorded seminar here

Organs-on-Chips as Potential Alternatives to Animal Testing

Tuesday, December 2, 2014
Noon in the Varis Lecture Hall
Geraldine Hamilton, PhD
Lead Senior Staff Scientist, The Wyss Institute, Harvard University
President and CSO, Emulate
Dr. Geraldine Hamilton will discuss the potential impact of novel biomimetic microsystems, Organs-on-Chips, and their application for predicting efficacy, safety and mechanism of action for new drugs, chemicals, and cosmetics. Human organs-on-chips provide exciting new approaches to attack fundamental questions in biology and develop smart in vitro surrogates. By offering a more human relevant alternative to current animal based approaches for disease model development, this technology allows researchers and clinicians a true-to-life window into better understanding human health.
Made possible by the generous support of: Elizabeth A. Lawrence Endowed Fund and the Tompkins Fund
Download her biography here

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