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8th International conference of LASA, India on

"Recent Advances in 3R's and Laboratory Animal Science"

25th – 26th November 2017
Venue: Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi

Jointly organized by:
Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi
Institute of Genomics & Integrative Biology (IGIB), New Delhi
National Institute of Biologicals (NIB), Noida

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Dear Colleagues and Friends,

Warm Greetings from Delhi, the Capital of India!!

We are happy to welcome you to the 8th International conference of LASA, India on Recent Advances in 3R’s and Laboratory Animal Science, being jointly organized by JNU, IGIB and NIB in Delhi during 25th- 26th November 2017.

LASA is a national organization dedicated to advancing laboratory animal science by promoting the ethical care and use of laboratory animals in biomedical and veterinary research and encouraging researchers to follow “3R’s” (Replacement, Reduction and Refinement) is one of its key objectives.

This event will include the participation of renowned keynote speakers, oral presentations and poster sessions related to the theme of the conference i.e. 3R’s and Laboratory Animal Science from national as well as international professionals.

Call for Abstracts:

Participants are invited to submit abstracts related to the theme of the conference for the proposed oral and poster presentations which may be forwarded to the conference organizers at  lasadel2017@gmail.com. Deadline for submission of abstracts is 15th August 2017 and the selected speakers and presenters will be informed by 15th September 2017.

The conference will also have a space for companies and/ or institutions to present their products, services, innovations and research results. If you or your company is interested in participating in this exhibition, please write to the conference organizers at lasadel2017@gmail.com.

Finally, the Organizing Committee would like to invite the entire Laboratory Animal Science fraternity to participate in this international event.

We will share further details on registration, sponsorship pre-conference workshop and the scientific program shortly.

Organizing Secretaries:

Dr. Rana P Singh, JNU, Delhi
Dr. Vijay Pal Singh, CSIR-IGIB, Delhi
Dr. Shikha Yadav, NIB, Noida

 

Looking forward to welcoming you all at LASACON 2017 in Delhi!

Conference Reports

7th International Conference of LASA India, 14-15 October 2016.

Laboratory Animal Scientists’ Association (LASA) India and Bristol-Myers Squibb R & D Center, Bangalore jointly organized the 7th International Conference on " Advances in Laboratory Animal Sciences for Modeling Human Diseases” during 14-15 October 2016 at Hotel Sheraton Grand, Bangalore”.  A pre-conference workshop on “Systematic reviews and meta-analysis: Tools to improve the Quality and Translatability of Pre-Clinical Animal Studies” was conducted by Professor Merel Ritskes-Hoitinga, Laboratory Animal Science SYRCLE (Systematic Review Center for Laboratory Animal Experimentation) Radboud University Medical Center,  Nijmegen, The Netherlands. The Conference was inaugurated by Dr. S.R. Rao, Advisor, Dept. of Biotechnology, Govt. of India.

Eminent experts from national as well as international organizations delivered lectures on advances in the field of laboratory animal science that included various animal models in toxicology, immunology, oncology, metabolic diseases, neuroscience, laboratory animal diseases, microbiological monitoring, in vivo imaging and animal welfare. The technical program included 19 invited talks spread over six scientific sessions and 40 poster presentations. Three best posters were awarded 'Best Poster Presentation’ Awards. Handouts of pre-conference workshop containing 25 pages and conference souvenir containing 103 pages was printed and provided to each participant.

An opportunity was provided to 23 vendors to showcase their products during the conference days. A total of 295 delegates attended the conference. LASA India acknowledged the support of the Corporate/Institutional members of LASA India by providing them a 'Plaque' of appreciation during the valedictory function on Oct. 15, 2016. Next conference was declared to be held at New Delhi in Nov. 2017 by Dr. Vijay Pal Singh and Dr. Shikha Yadav.


6th International Conference of LASA India, 15-16 October 2015.

Laboratory Animal Scientists Association (LASA) India organized the 6th International Conference on "Promotion of Animal Research, Welfare and Harmonization of Laboratory Animal Science" in ACTREC, Navi Mumbai from October 15- 16, 2015. This conference aimed at updating members and other biomedical researchers on specific aspects of advances in the field of laboratory animal science that included- Housing, Breeding, Management, Biology, Medicine, Quality control, Animal experimentation, Alternatives, Import, Animal models, Imaging, Drug discovery, Accreditation, Human resource development, Ethics and Welfare etc. There were eminent subject experts as resource persons from national as well as international organizations.

The Organizers organized two unique events- a one-day pre-conference workshop by AAALAC International, USA on October 14, 2015, followed by the two-day conference. In all 41 participants for AAALAC pre-conference and 165 participants for main conference registered and attended the conference including 2 Malaysian participants. The pre-conference workshop was inaugurated by Dr. SV Chiplunkar, Director, ACTREC, Navi Mumbai. The main conference was inaugurated by Dr. MG Deo, Ex. Director, Cancer Research Institute, Mumbai on Oct. 15, 2015 wherein abstract book of the conference and June 2015 issue of LASA journal was released. Dr. Sanjay Deshmukh, Hon'ble Vice Chancellor, Mumbai University graced the occasion of Valedictory function on Oct. 16, 2015.

A spiral bound handout of the presentations of the pre-conference workshop of the AAALAC International was provided to the registered participants of this workshop. The Abstract Book of the conference contained proceedings of oral and poster presentations. The technical program was rich and varied, and included two keynote addresses, 20 invited talks spread over six scientific sessions, 9 technical presentations in the oral sessions, as well as 21 poster presentations. Oral and posters presentations were judged for the 'Best Oral/ Poster presentations'.

Five vendors delivered the technical presentations of their products. Opportunity was provided to 16 various vendors to showcase their products before the laboratory animal professionals coming to attend this conference from across the country and abroad. LASA India also acknowledged the support of the Corporate/ Institutional members of LASA India by providing them a 'Plaque' of appreciation during the valedictory function on Oct. 16, 2015.

LASA India thanks the Director, ACTREC for accepting the proposal to host the LASA conference in ACTREC, Navi Mumbai. Our sponsors - governmental, non-profit, and private- who have provided financial support for this conference deserve special thanks.


Archive

Date Title Location
Nov. 01 - 02, 2006 First National Conference on “Rational Use of Animals in Research” Hyderabad
Dec. 29 - 30, 2007 Second National Conference on "Current Perspectives and Future Challenges in Laboratory Animal Management " Bangalore
Oct. 01 - 03, 2009 Third International Conference on “Laboratory animal science : Applications in biomedical research” Mumbai
Feb. 17 - 18, 2011 Fourth International Conference  on “The Challenges ahead” Mathura
Feb. 07 - 09, 2013 Fifth International Conference on “Laboratory Animal Medicine and Management” Hyderabad

First International Conference of LASA on "Rational Use of Animals in Research", 1st and 2nd November 2006

The First National Conference on 'Rational Use of Animals in Research' jointly organized by the Laboratory Animal Scientists' Association, the Indian Pharmacological Society and the Centre for Advanced Research in Preclinical Toxicology, National Institute of Nutrition (ICMR), Hyderabad was held on 1-2 November, 2006 at the Indian Institute of Chemical Technology (CSIR) Auditorium, Hyderabad.

Dr. B. Sesikeran, Director NIN, welcomed the gathering. Dr. P.V. Diwan, Secretary IPS introduced the Indian Pharmacological Society and its objectives. Dr. S.G. Ramachandra, President, LASA explained the objectives and future plans of LASA. Dr. R.N.S. Gowda, Vice Chancellor, Karnataka Veterinary Animal and Fishery Sciences University opened the conference by 'Lighting the lamp' and delivered the 'Inaugural address'.

The Chief Guest Maj. Gen. (Retd) Dr. R.M. Kharb, Chairman, Animal Welfare Board of India in his address, acknowledged the fact that tremendous contributions have been made by animal usage in scientific experimentation and research in pharmaceutical and bio-medical sciences by way of production of life saving sera and vaccines and perfecting surgical techniques that have saved millions of human lives. But, he also drew the attention of the august gathering to the fact that in the process, animals have undergone stress, pain and suffering. He emphasized the need for a holistic view about the use of animals for scientific experimentation and exploring alternative methods offered by new bio-technological techniques.

Dr. S.P. Vasi Reddy, Chairman and Managing Director, VIMTA Laboratories Ltd. Hyderabad inaugurated the LASA Website. Dr. Manmohan Singh, IAS. Vice Chancellor, Sri Venkateshwara Veterinary University, Tirupati while delivering the 'Special Address' expressed his happiness that a group of committed scientists have started the Laboratory Animal Scientists Association of India. Dr. Y.K. Gupta, Head, Department of Pharmacology, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi and President of the Indian Pharmacological Society, delivered the 'Keynote address' and highlighted the hurdles faced by biomedical science and the scientific community due to the unscientific attitude of some animal activists.

Dr. Syed S.Y.H. Qadri, the Organizing Secretary of the Conference and Secretary, LASA delivered the vote of thanks.


Second International Conference of LASA on "Current Perspectives and Future Challenges in Laboratory Animal Management", 29th and 30th December, 2007

The Second National Conference on "Current Perspectives and Future Challenges in Laboratory Animal Management" was jointly organized by the Laboratory Animal Scientists' Association, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore and Veterinary College, Bangalore that was held on December 29-30, 2007 at the J.N. Tata Auditorium, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore.

Prof. R. Manjunath, Convenor, Small Animal Facility, welcomed the guests, dignitaries and the participants. Dr. S.S.Y.H. Qadri, Secretary, LASA gave introductory remarks about the LASA, its objectives, achievements and future plans of LASA. Dr. S. Yathiraj, Dean, Veterinary College, Bangalore, briefed about the golden jubilee celebrations of Bangalore Veterinary College. Dr. R.N. Sreenivasa Gowda, Vice Chancellor, Karnataka Veterinary Animal and Fisheries Sciences University opened the conference by 'Lighting the lamp' and delivered the 'Inaugural address'. He mentioned that the use of animals for research is a well-established necessity. Hence, health of the animal is major concern to obtain healthy results from the experiment. There is an ever-increasing demand by the animal welfare lobbies to cut down animal experiments and to reduce the number of animals used in experiments. However, the responsibility would lie on the scientific community to evolve methods to reduce the number of animals by using quality animals and refined methodologies in experiments to reduce pain and stress in the animals.

The Chief Guest, Prof. P. Balaram, Director, Indian Institute of Science in his address, explained the difficulty in maintaining the good animal facility and the role of animals in the progress of medicine. He mentioned that the process of developing new drugs and vaccines, testing these drugs on animal is highly essential but these should be tested on animals in most acceptable and most ethical manner as possible. Mr. D. Rajasekar, Secretary, Animal Welfare Board of India, Chennai, released the souvenir and mentioned that as an administrator he understands the importance of science. There is a growing concern for animal welfare in India and all over the world.

Dr. Ramachandra, the Organizing Secretary of the Conference and President, LASA delivered the vote of thanks.


Third International Conference of LASA 1st to 3rd October, 2009

The Third National Conference of the Laboratory Animal Scientists' Association (LASA), India was held at Saraswati Sabhagrah, Mumbai University Campus, Mumbai from October 1-3, 2009 in joint collaboration with National Institute for Research in Reproductive Health, Mumbai.

The International conference was inaugurated by Dr. Gilles Demers, President, International Council for Laboratory Animal Science and also Assessment Director of the Canadian Council on Animal Care. Dr. Lalit Kant, Scientist G, Indian Council of Medical Research, Govt. of India presided over the function and Dr. G.J. Samathanam, Advisor, Dept. of Science and Technology, Govt. of India was the Guest of honour. The programme was started with the welcome address by Dr. S.D. Kolkute, Director, NIRRH, Mumbai. Followed by a brief introduction by Dr. Vrinda Kohle, Scientist F, NIRRH about the objectives of conference.

Dr. S.G. Ramachandra, President of LASA India briefed about the association, its activities and achievements in the last one year. Dr. G. J. Samathanam emphasized the need for quality of laboratory animals in biomedical research. He mentioned that it is the need of the hour in this country to meet the international standards. Dr. Gilles Demers elaborated the efforts made by ICLAS to harmonize the guidance for the care and use of animals in science globally in his chief guest lecture. He appreciated the efforts of LASA India in creating awareness on the quality, care and use of animals in India. Dr. Lalit Kant emphasized on the animal welfare in India and the need for more compassion towards experimental animals in his presidential address.

The souvenir was released by the dignitaries on the dais. Finally Dr. Geeta Vanage, Organizing Secretary concluded the session with vote of thanks.


Fourth International Conference of LASA on "Challenges ahead", 17th and 18th February 2011

Fourth International Conference of Laboratory Animal Scientists Association on "Challenges ahead" was organized on February 17-18, 2011 in collaboration with by the College of Veterinary Science and Animal Husbandry, Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Pashu Chikitsa Vigyan Vishwa Vidyalaya Evam Go Anusandhan Sanstahn (DUVASU), Mathura.

The conference was inaugurated by Prof A.P. Singh, Vice Chancellor of the University and Robert Dysko, President of American Association for Laboratory Animal Science (AALAS) was the Guest of honour. Some of the eminent scientists who attended the conference from abroad were Dr. Steve Niemi, Vice President, American College of laboratory animal Medicine (ACLAM) from Harvard Medical School, Dr. Claire Hankenson, University of Pennsylvania, Dr. Jeffrey Wyatt from University of Rochester, Dr. Christopher Cosgrove, Mr. Fronco Mondini, Dr. Graham Tobin, Dr. Sai Tummula, Director of Jewish Hospital, Denver, USA.


Fifth International Conference of LASA on "Laboratory Animal Medicine and Management", 7th to 9th February, 2013

Fifth International Conference on "Laboratory Animal Medicine and Management" was held at ITC Fortune Manohar Hotel, Hyderabad on 7-9 February, 2013.

Some of the important dignitaries who attended the conference were Dr. Christian Newcomer, Executive Director, AAALAC, USA; Dr. Patri Vergara, President ICLAS; Dr. Ann Turner, Executive Director, AALAS, USA; Dr. Ron Banks, Duke University, USA; Dr. Anne Deschamp, Associate Director, FASEB, USA; Dr. Sai Tummala, Director, OMRF, Oaklahoma, USA; Dr. Karl Field, Executive Director, Bristol Meyers & Squibb, USA and Dr. Lynn S Keller, Bristol Myers & Squibb, USA.