Bangalore, India

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Timings Program
08.00 - 09.00 AM Registration
09:00 - 10:00 AM Inauguration of AFLAS Congress
10.00 - 11.00 AM International Harmonization in Ethical Oversight of Research Animals
Dr. Cynthia Pekow,
Secretary General, ICLAS, USA
11:00 - 11:30 AM Tea break/vendor exhibits/poster viewing
Session I A : International harmonization B : Production of quality animals
11.30 - 12.00 PM Asian Federation of Laboratory Animal Science Associations:  Past, Present & Future
Prof. Kasai Noriyuki
Secretary General,  AFLAS, Japan
Quality factors for animal production and use in biomedical research
Dr. Sai Tummala
Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, USA
12.00 – 12.30 PM Harmonizing veterinary training and qualifications in laboratory animal medicine: a global perspective
Dr. Kathryn Bayne
AAALAC International, USA
The big impact of bedding and enrichment on the security of research
Mr. Ralf Hertl
J. Rettenmaier & Söhne GmbH, Germany
12.30 - 01.00 PM Animal research in a global environment: Meeting the challenges
Dr. Ann Turner
American Association for Laboratory Animal Science, USA
What are you feeding your Lab animals? - Dietary variables that can affect animal research
Dr. Sridhar Radhakrishnan
Research Diet, USA
01.00 - 02.30 PM Lunch/vendor exhibits/poster viewing
Session II A: Animal models for infectious/immunological disorders B : Advances in oncology models
02.30 - 03:00 PM Genomics and microbiota: Implications for laboratory animal infection control
Dr. Fumio Ike
RIKEN BioResource Research Center, Japan
Patient derived tumor xenograft models: Current perspectives
Dr. Rajesh Uthamanthil
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Centre, USA
03:00 - 03:30 PM Animal models in understanding the mechanisms of action of therapeutic antibodies
Dr. Srini Kaveri French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS),France
Genetic of glioma: Use of animal models
Prof. Kumar Somasundaram
Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India
03:30 - 04.00 PM The laboratory mouse papillomavirus: a model system for human papillomavirus induced cancer
Dr. John P. Sundberg
The Jackson Lab, USA
Evaluation of functional role of microRNAs differentially expressed in molecular subgroups of medulloblastomas using orthotopic xenograft model
Dr. Neelam Shirsat
ACTREC, Navi Mumbai, India
04.00 - 04.30 PM Tea break/vendor exhibits/poster viewing
Session III A : Animal welfare and 3R’s B : Laboratory Animal Medicine & management
04.30 - 05.00 PM Of mice, welfare and enrichment – How has the journey been?
Dr. Leslie Retnam
Biological Resource Centre, Singapore
No pain, all gain: Multimodal analgesia approach
Dr. Cholawat Pacharinsak
Stanford University, USA
05.00 – 05.30 PM Humane use of animals in research
Dr. S. Chinni Krishna
Blue Cross of India, Chennai, India
Global training programs in laboratory animal medicine
Dr. Cynthia Pekow
Secretary General, ICLAS, USA
05.30 – 06.00 PM Current status of promoting animal welfare and animal experiment ethics in Korea
Dr. Che, Jeong-Hwan
Seoul National University College of Medicine, Republic of Korea
The importance of animal health and genetic quality in research
Dr. Charles Miller
The Jackson Laboratory, USA
06.30 – 07.30 PM Cultural programme
07.30 – 09.30 PM Dinner
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Session IV A: Health monitoring of lab animals B: Regulatory/Pre-clinical studies
09.00 - 09.30 AM Microbiological quality control of laboratory mice and rats
Dr. Nobuhito Hayashimoto
Central Institute for Experimental Animals, Japan
Pre-clinical studies: OECD perspectives
Dr. Ekta Kapoor
NGCMA, Dept. of Science and Technology, New Delhi, India
09.30 -10.00 AM Standardization of rodent health monitoring in Korea
Prof. Yang Kyu Choi
Kunkuk University, Republic of Korea
Alternatives to laboratory animals in pre-clinical studies
Dr. A.B. Pant
CSIR-Indian Institute of Toxicology Research
Lucknow, India
10.00 - 10.30 AM Challenges in diagnostic kit formulation – a brief overview
Dr. G. Dhinakar Raj
Centre for animal health studies, TANUVAS, Chennai, India
Preclinical regulatory toxicity requirement in drug development
Prof. Bikash Medhi
Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh, India
10.30 - 11:00 AM Tea break/vendor exhibits/poster viewing
Session V A : Pathology of laboratory animals B : Accreditation of animal facilities
11.00 – 11.30 PM The morbid landscape of the aging laboratory mouse
Dr. John P. Sundberg
The Jackson Laboratory,  USA
International accreditation of animal care and use program – AAALAC International update
Dr. Montip Gettayacamin
AAALAC International, Southeast Asia, Thialand
11.30 – 12.00 PM Techniques in evaluation of neurotoxic potential of test compound/article in preclinical toxicity studies
Prof. S. K. Vijayasarathi
Eurofins Advinus, Bangalore, India
Accreditation of animal facilities: Necessity for CROs
Dr. Geetha Rajashekhar
Qualtox, Bangalore, India
12.00 - 12.30 PM Pathology of diseases of laboratory animals: A glimpse on Indian scenario
Prof. Ramesh Somvanshi
Indian Veterinary Research Institute, Izatnagar, India
Regulatory requirements for medical device evaluation under GLP or ISO 17025
Dr. P.V. Mohanan
Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute of Medical Sciences and Technology, Trivandrum, India
12.30 - 02.00 PM Lunch/ vendor exhibits/ poster viewing
Session VI A : Advances in transgenic technology B : Alternatives in animal experimentation
02.00 - 02:30 PM Functional annotation of human obesity-related genome through systemic mouse phenotyping
Dr. Je Kyung Seong
Seoul National University, Republic of Korea
Making decisions about whether, when and how animals are used in research - including assessing harms and benefits
Mr. Barney Reed
Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, UK
02.30 - 03:00 PM Advances in mouse reproductive technology
Dr. Toru Takeo
Kumamoto University, Japan
Inappropriate animal models for human diseases Dr. M.A. Akbarsha
National College, Tiruchirappalli, India
03:00 – 03.30 PM Latest trends in mouse genome engineering & Updates on Indian laboratory mouse repositories
Dr. Aurelie Jory
National Center for Biological Sciences, Bangalore, India
Zebrafish: Challenges and Opportunities
Dr. Christian Lawrence
Boston Children's Hospital, USA
03:30 - 04.00 PM Tea break/ vendor exhibits/ poster viewing
Session VII A : Advances in Biomedical imaging B : Biosafety and biosecurity
04.00 – 04.30 PM PSMA as a common human and canine target:  Serum evaluations and hybrid scans
Dr. Lajos Balogh
 National Public Health Center, Hungary
Bio risk in laboratory animal facilities
Dr. Divakar Hemadri
National Institute of Veterinary Epidemiology & Disease Informatics, Bangalore, India
04.30 – 05.00 PM Multimodal molecular imaging in pre-clinical research- A novel approach with a focus on Reduction and Refinement
Dr. Shripad Bangale
Fujifilm Asia Pacific Pte Ltd., Singapore
Environmental risk factors, influencing the canine and feline endocrine functions
Dr. Juliana Thurokzi
Animal Health Center, Hungary
05.00 – 05.30 PM Imaging protocols in disease models
Dr. Raymond Martin F. Serrano
National University of Singapore, Singapore
Biosafety, biosecurity & dual use programs for translational medicine
Dr. Vinod Jyothikumar
Syngene International Ltd., Bangalore, India
05.30 –06.30 PM AGM of LASA
06.30 – 07.30 PM Cultural programme
07.30 – 09.30 PM Dinner
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Session VIII A : Lab animals in biomedical and pharmaceutical research B : Advances in Animal Facility management
09:00 - 09:30 AM Animal models in drug development - Challenges & future directions
Dr. A. Sankaranarayanan
Vivo Bio Tech Ltd, Hyderabad, India
DVC®: activity monitoring in the home cage to enhance animal welfare and automate scientific data collection
Mr. Franco Mondini
Tecniplast, Italy
09.30 –10.00 AM Role of toxicology in human health and risk assessment
Dr. K.S. Rao
Eurofins Advinus, Bangalore, India
Culture of Care – A metrics driven approach
Dr. Suresh Poosala
The Jackson Laboratory, Hyderabad, India
10.00 - 10.30 AM Establishment and application of patient derived xenograft mouse models of liver cancer
Dr. Ran Gao
Institute of Laboratory Animal Science,  China
Exploring the CUBES - expanding PET SPECT and CT imaging capabilities to accelerate translational research
Mr. Niek Van Overberg
Molecubes, Belgium
10.30 - 11:00 AM Tea break/ vendor exhibits/ poster viewing
Session IX A : Non-human primates/ large animals in research B : Oral presentation
11:00 - 11:30 AM Large Animals in Biomedical Research
Dr. Suresh Pothani
ICMR-National Animal Resource Facility for Biomedical Research, Hyderabad, India  
CPCSEA : Its role in laboratory animal welfare
Dr. Kripali Pande
CPCSEA, MoEF, Govt. of India, India

Accreditation of training programme in Laboratory Animal Sciences – The Indian experience
Dr. Ramesh S
Dept. of Laboratory Animal Medicine, Tamilnadu Veterinary and Animal Sciences University, Chennai, India

Characterization of two inbred strains of Gerbil
Dr. Du Xiaoyan
Capital Medical University, Beijing, China

Risk assessment of Chemicals/Additive in foods: Lab animal contribution
Dr. Vijay Pal Singh
Food Safety and Standard Authority of India, New Delhi, India

Exposure to endocrine disruptor Bisphenol- A on F1 prostate pathophysiology using perinatal rat model
Dr. Vikas Dighe
National Institute for Research in Reproductive Health, Mumbai, India

Establishment of a PCR panel for infectious agent screening in laboratory rodents
Dr. Aravindh Babu
TRPVB, Tamilnadu Veterinary and Animal Sciences University, Chennai, India
11.30 - 12.00 PM Fine tuning research on laboratory animals for investigating health issues related to
human and veterinary subjects at systems level, using rodent and primate models
Dr. Subeer S. Majumdar
National Institute of Animal Biotechnology
Hyderabad, India
12.00 – 12.30 PM Göttingen Minipigs in biomedical research
Dr. Lars Friis Mikkelsen
Ellegaard Göttingen Minipigs, Denmark
12.30 - 02.00 PM Lunch/ vendor exhibits/ poster viewing
Session X A : AFLAS country updates B : Human Resource Development
02.00 – 02.30 PM Sri Lanka Association for Laboratory Animal Science (SLALAS) : Where are we and What we are doing?
Dr. Mangala Gunatilake
Sri Lanka Association for Laboratory Animal Science

AFLAS Country Member Update: Indonesia
Dr. Fitriya N. Dewi
Indonesian Association for Laboratory Animal Science

Present situation and future of Laboratory Animal Science development in China
Dr. Gao Ran
Chinese Association for Laboratory Animal Sciences

Laboratory Animal Science in India: Report of the host country
Dr. Arvind Ingle
Laboratory Animal Scientists’ Association, India
Professional development through education and training in laboratory animal science
Dr. Patri Vergara
President, ICLAS, Spain
02:30 - 03:00 PM FELASA contributions to Education and Training: 1978 to 2018 and beyond
Dr. Marcel Gyger
FELASA Vice-President for Education & Training, Switzerland
03:00 - 03.30 PM Tackling occupational health related issue while working in the laboratory animal set Up
Dr. Parag Gaiki
Anand Medicare & Hospitals, Navi Mumbai, India
03:30 - 04.00 PM Tea break/ vendor exhibits/ poster viewing
04.00 – 05.30 PM Closing ceremony and AFLAS flag handover ceremony