Peter Singer, Princeton University, USA & University of Melbourne, Australia 

Jeff Mogil, Alan Edwards Centre for Research on Pain, McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Mattias von Herrath, Novo Nordisk Type 1 Diabetes Research Center Seattle, USA 

Katarzyna de Lazari-Radek, Lodz University, Poland

Lisbeth Høier Olsen, Department of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, University of Copenhagen, Denmark 

Karolina Westlund, Karolinska Institute, Sweden 

Gregers Jungersen, National Veterinary Institute, Technical University of Denmark 

Karin List, Wayne State University, USA 

Mads F. Bertelsen, Copenhagen Zoo, Denmark 

Carsten Grøndahl, Copenhagen Zoo, Denmark 

Merel Ritskes-Hoitinga, SYRCLE, Department for Health Evidence, Radboud University, Nijmegen, The Netherlands

Benedict Kjærgaard, University of Aalborg, Denmark 

Annette Pedersen, Copenhagen Zoo, Denmark 

Cord Brakebusch, University of Copenhagen, BRIC, Denmark 


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Important dates

  • Meeting: 30th May - 2nd June, 2017
  • Abstract submission is closed
  • Notification of abstract acceptance: End of February 2017
  • Early bird: 31st March, 2017 - POSTPONED to 15th April, 2017

Workshop Program

Registration to the workshops needs to be done before the meeting. Each workshops has limited capacity.

Price per workshop: DKK 180 / EURO 25. Registration through the registration site. If you have already signed up for the conference, please login again and use the modify link. In order to participate in the workshop, registration to the conference is mandatory.

Preliminary workshop program >> DOWNLOAD HERE <<

Workshop 1.

Experimental design
Designing and evaluating animal experiments

Venue: Scandic Copenhagen Hotel, Room 15
Time: May 31, 2017. 09:00-12:00
Organizer: Axel Kornerup Hansen, Jens Lykkesfeldt
Max participants: 36
This workshop will be organized as crash course in the design and evaluation of animal experiments with focus on the relevant statistical methods. If you want to spend some hours to understand how the scientist works with statistical methods, especially if you are not doing that frequently yourself, this is the place to come.
The book of statistics will be written on the wall, and you will have a chance to do some of the tests yourself. You must bring a computer and you must install GraphPad Prism on it before you come. This can be picked for a limited period (so do not do it until the day before) from https://www.graphpad.com/demos

Workshop 2.

Optimizing your animal experiments – focus on the genetics of the animals
Venue: Scandic Copenhagen Hotel, Room 2
Time: May 31, 2017. 09:00-12:00
Organizer: Karen Ekkelund Petersen (Scanbur Academy)
Max participants: 24

Target group: Researchers and veterinarians

Learning goals:

  • Knowing the importance of genetic stability in your colony of animals
  • Realizing how your own programs for this is put together
  • Learning about the impact of genetics of the animals on your research results


• 40 minutes: Presentation (Charles River Laboratories speaker): "Genetic Stability programs for inbred and outbred mice and rats" The participants are divided into groups of 4

• 40 minutes: Task (participants moderated by speaker from Charles River Laboratories and Karen Ekkelund Petersen):
The following questions should be answered in detail, based on a facility of the group members:

  • Do you breed in your facility?
  • If yes, how do you ensure the genetic stability?
  • Do you buy animals from vendors?
  • If yes, which demands do you have in terms of genetic stability?
  • How do you think a solid genetic stability program can affect your research?

Prepare a five-minute-presentation for the other participants. There will be time for feedback and questions for five minutes after the presentation.

• 60 minutes: Presentations and feedback (10 minutes per group)

Workshop 3

Environmental Health Monitoring (EHM) in IVC systems
Venue: Scandic Copenhagen Hotel, Room 2 & 3, 4
Time: May 31,, 2017. 13:00-16:00
Organizer: Patrick Hardy, Allentown
Max participants: 32

Through theory and hands-on, the objective of the WS is to review advances in EHM, efficiency, operational issues and 3Rs contribution

  • 1. Introduction (theory)
    - Principles and objectives of EHM
    - Comparative review of analytical methods used in traditional HM and EHM
  • 2. Different types of environmental sampling usable in IVC systems, at different levels (hands-on / demonstrations)
    - cage
    - manifolds / plenum
    - rack exhaust with in-line system

Work in sub-groups, including a comparison with animal sampling (dummy, no animal use)

  • 3. Comparative efficiency of EHM vs. traditional HM (interactive group discussion)
    - Health monitoring reliability (sensitivity, specificity)
    - Colony and animal facility operational management (including cross contamination control)
    - 3Rs implementation
  • 4. Last questions, conclusion and feedback

Workshop 4

Venue: Scandic Copenhagen Hotel, Room 2
Time: June 01, 2017. 09:30-11:30
Organizer: Henrik Elvang Jensen
Max participants: 24

** all participants have to bring own laptops.

We will go through the comprehensive histopathological observations in 3 discriminative, reproducible and predictable porcine models. In the models, both none-infectious and infectious lesions will be displayed, and the impact of pathology will be discussed in relation to diseases and applicability in humans.
As the slides will be viewed in a virtual microscope, you need to bring a laptop. Your e-mail address and full name will be sent to the organizers in order to create account and get access (username and password ) to the virtual microscope. It is expected that you will bring and have read the below 5 papers prior to the workshop.

Click and download the papers here: Case 1, Case 2, Case 3, Case 4, Case 5

Workshop 5

Generation of genetically modified mice and fish
Venue: Scandic Copenhagen Hotel, Room 3, 4
Confirmed speakers: Javier Martin, Transgenic Mouse Core Facility, University of Copenhagen Cord Brakebusch, Transgenic Mouse Core Facility, University of Copenhagen Pia Rengtved Lundegaard, Zebrafish Facility, University of Copenhagen
Time: June 01, 2017. 09:00-12:00
Organizer: Cord Brakebusch & Javier Martin Gonzalez
Max participants: 24

Genetically modified animals are important research tools to understand tissue development and maintenance as well as complex human diseases. In this workshop we will present transgenic mouse technology in general, the generation of CRISPR genome edited mice, the generation and use of genetically modified zebrafish, and a novel service at the University of Copenhagen that will help users with the molecular biology related to the generation of genetically modified mice.

Workshop 6.

Minipig Workshop Scand-LAS 2017 - Handling, training and blood sampling of Göttingen Minipigs
An introductory workshop to handling Göttingen Minipigs

Venue: Frederiksberg Campus, University of Copenhagen - No transportation is offered.
Time: June 01, 2017. 13:00-16:00
Organizer: Adrian Zeltner, Ellegaard Göttingen Minipigs
Max participants: 12

For any type of work with animals, a profound understanding of the species involved is paramount. Conducting studies with Göttingen Minipigs in a research environment is no exception. Pigs are not predators, but prey, which means that we are dealing with a wary and shy animal. It can require some effort to gain its trust but once established, Göttingen Minipigs can be accustomed and trained to participate actively in a study. Proper handling and training of the Göttingen Minipig will greatly contribute to the success of the study.
Different dosing methods require different restraining. These procedures should be performed with confidence. The Minipig needs assurance and clear guidance, and in this sense staff training is just as important as Minipig training.

This workshop is intended for persons with limited or no experience with Minipigs, who would like to learn the basics. We will explore what it means to handle Minipigs, restrain them for dosing and how to take blood samples.  First, we consider the topics theoretically and then we will have the chance to practice them with live Göttingen Minipigs.

As we will be working with life animals the number of participants will be restricted, so get in early for your registration.

Workshop 7.

Outbreak? Don´t panic!
Venue: Scandic Copenhagen Hotel, Room 3, 4
Time: June 01, 2017. 13:00-15:00
Organizer: Grete Østergaard and Maria Haugaard
Max participants: 30

A case based health monitoring workshop focusing on health related discussions about diagnostic tests, positive findings and action plans in your animal facility.   

Workshop 8.

Severity Classification and Reporting under Directive 2010/63
Venue: Scandic Copenhagen Hotel, Room 2
Time: June 01, 2017. 13:00-16:00
Organizer: Mats Sjöquist and David Smith
Max participants: 30

Directive 2010/63/EU introduced the requirement for the classification of procedures (Article 15) during the application for project authorisation to use animals in scientific procedures. It also introduced the requirement to report the actual severity experienced by each animal used in a procedure. Both these processes provide opportunity to refine the adverse effects of procedures. Consistency of assignment of severity categories across Member States is a key requirement. The workshop will consist of an introduction to the severity framework followed by interactive sessions on approaches to prospective severity classification and actual severity assessment.    

The Meeting Planners
Lyngby Hovedgade 44A, 1
2800 Kgs. Lyngby, Denmark
Phone: +45 6021 7421