Harmonisation of the Care and Use of Fish in Research

Scientific programme

Monday 23 May: Health & Welfare

Welcome, official opening, the challenges of refining methods used in fish research
Magnor Nerheim, Ministry of Fisheries and Coastal Affairs

Reporting fish experiments: are national statistics adequate? (90Kb)  (Abstract)
Bjørn Groven, secretary to the Norwegian Animal Research Authority & Gunvor Knudsen, Laboratory Animal Unit, Norwegian School of Veterinary Science, Oslo

Experiences from the inspection of fish research facilities in the UK (2.6MB) (Abstract)
Kathy Ryder, Home Office Inspectorate, U.K.

What can we learn from established health monitoring practice for other species? (135Kb)  (Abstract)
Jeff Needham, The Microbiology Laboratories, London & Norwegian School of Veterinary Science, Oslo

Health monitoring of fish used in research (1MB)  (Abstract)
Renate Johansen, Laboratory Animal Unit, Norwegian School of Veterinary Science, Oslo

Environmental monitoring in fish experiments  (2.9MB)
Trond Rosten, Norwegian Institute for Water Research, Trondheim

Neurophysiology in fish in relation to pain (2.3MB)
Anne Sverdrup, ILAB, Bergen

How should we conduct fish research in the light of our current knowledge on pain perception? (1.8 MB)  (Abstract)
Victoria Braithwaite, University of Edinburgh, U.K.

Group work: Monitoring and reporting fish used in research

Tuesday 24 May: Guidelines for fish research

How do we run an accredited laboratory animal facility for mammals? What can we learn from each other? (2.2Mb)  (Abstract)   Adrian Smith, Laboratory Animal Unit, Norwegian School of Veterinary Science

Canadian Guidelines for the Care & Use of Fish in Research, Teaching and Testing (3.7Mb)  (Abstract)
Gilly Griffin, Canadian Council on Animal Care

Good Clinical Practice (GCP): a tool to refine fish research  (60Kb)  Hanne Bergendahl, Norwegian Medicines Agency

Anaesthesia and humane killing (1MB)
Tor Einar Horsberg, Norwegian School of Veterinary Science

The use of anaesthetics and analgesics to implement the 3 R's: practical examples (3.2Mb)   (Abstract)
Anders Kiessling, Norwegian University of Life Sciences

Species-specific provisions for fish in the European Convention for the Protection of Animals used for Experimental and Scientific Purposes (45Kb)  (Abstract)
Rod Wootten, Institute of Aquaculture, University of Stirling & Member of the Working Group of the European Convention ETS 123

Laws, regulations and guidelines. What do we have and what do we need? (125Kb) Renate Johansen, Laboratory Animal Unit, Norwegian School of Veterinary Science

Side-effects of vaccination: an example of the conflict between guidelines and real life (1.8Kb)  (Abstract) 
Trygve Poppe, Norwegian School of Veterinary Science

Challenges when designing models for infectious diseases (150Kb)  (Abstract)  Lill-Heidi Johansen, Norwegian Institute of Fisheries and Aquaculture Research

Group work on guidelines and procedures: do we have what we need?


Wednesday 25 May: The 3 R's & fish research

Genetic qualities of research fish: availability and limitations (25Kb)  Unni Grimholt, Norwegian School of Veterinary Science

Choosing the correct number of fish in laboratory and field experiments (500Kb)
Stig Larsen, Norwegian School of Veterinary Science

The three R's and behavioural studies in aquaculture: Trade-off between possible  animal suffering and relevance? (1.5Mb)  (Abstract)  Jon-Erik Juell, Institute of Marine Research, Matre

How does the industry address the 3 R's? (2.6Mb) 
Kjersti Gravningen, Pharmaq AS, Oslo

Alternative techniques in fish toxicity testing (7.7MB)  (Abstract)  
Anders Goksøyr, University of Bergen

The care and use of zebrafish in modern genomic research (5.3MB)  (Abstract)
Peter Alestrøm, Norwegian School of Veterinary Science

Current methods for capture, handling and tagging wild fish (2MB)  (Abstract) Niels Jepsen, Danish Institute for Fisheries Research, Silkeborg

Ethical slaughter of fish: Practices from large-scale production of Atlantic salmon. Past, present and future slaughter methods (600kB)  (Abstract)  
Ulf Erikson, SINTEF Fisheries and Aquaculture, Trondheim

Ethics: different attitudes to fish welfare depending upon the situation? (175Kb) (Abstract) (Full text)
Cecilie Mejdell, Norwegian Council for Animal Ethics

Panel debate and plenum discussion:
Are the methods used in fish research today ethically acceptable?
The panel consisted of representatives for the four "stakeholders" (industry, academia, the animal welfare movement and the authorities): Kjersti Gravningen, Pharmaq AS, Oslo, Erik Sterud, National Veterinary Institute, Oslo, Live Kleveland Karlsrud from the Norwegian Animal Protection Alliance (Dyrevernalliansen) and Bjørn Groven, secretary to the Norwegian Animal Research Authority.

Thursday 26 May:

The challenge of FELASA accreditation of courses in laboratory animal science for fish researchers (100Kb)  (Abstract)   

Adrian Smith, Laboratory Animal Unit, Norwegian School of Veterinary Science

The COST initiative and fish research (91Kb)  (Link)  
Liv Jorun Reitan, National Veterinary Institute

National Platforms for the 3 R's: what are they and how does the Swedish platform function? (600Kb) (50Kb)  (Abstract)  
Adrian Smith, Laboratory Animal Unit, Norwegian School of Veterinary Science & Staffan Jakobsson, Swedish Animal Welfare Agency

Conclusions from the meeting: have we reached consensus? (200Kb)
Renate Johansen, Laboratory Animal Unit, Norwegian School of Veterinary Science

Closing remarks: what are we going to do with the conclusions from this meeting?
Adrian Smith, Laboratory Animal Unit, Norwegian School of Veterinary Science

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