Responsible Animal Research
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Owner/Developer: Responsible Research in Practice Ltd
04 December 2017
Universidad Miguel Hernandez
This workshop will provide a practical guide to research integrity and the responsible use of animals in bioscience research. It will comprise a mixture of presented material interspersed with interactive and reflective activities designed to engage and challenge participants. Research integrity will be defined and discussed in terms of the research framework, openness & transparency, & the reproducibility and reliability of research outputs. Case studies of poor research conduct will be discussed & freely available tools and resources to support researchers to meet good practice standards promoted.
Optional / Voluntary
Animal research licence holders
Researchers, Professionals (e.g. veterinarians)
Continuing Professional Development
Refinement, Reduction, Replacement
Models of animals (e.g. mannequins, simulators, cadavers), Carrying out procedures on animals, Designing procedures and projects, Taking care of animals, Killing animals, Computational methods, In vitro methods, Legislative aspects
Substantial coverage (e.g. multiple modules)
No species is addressed specifically
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Identify the most appropriate research model/method/system – I talk about search strategies, useful websites & discuss the first of the 3Rs ‘replacement’.
Local/national policies, good practice/guidance documents & other relevant documents will be signposted including 3Rs references.
How to design & plan your experiments – the reproducibility crisis will be discussed as well as how to identify and avoiding common pitfalls. The second of the 3Rs ‘reduction’ will also be discussed. Taking in account the PREPARE guidelines.
Other critical things to think about – the animals’ whole lifetime experience, not just time on procedure, good animal welfare = good science because it reduces experimental variables & confounding factors, the third of the 3Rs ‘refinement’ including the concept of marginal gains and the refinement cycle.
Beyond the experiments - the value of critical, creative and challenging thinking will be discussed in addition to research reporting standards including the ARRIVE guidelines and science communication/public engagement more broadly.
Directive 2010/63/EU or equivalent
To improve the planning, conduct and reporting of animal research through greater implementation of the 3Rs
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