Scand-LAS 2018 Symposium, Kristiansand, Norway

“Beyond legislation – Best practice in animal research”

26-28 April 2018



There will be five dedicated workshops during the conference:




WS 1: Applied genetics in laboratory mice
Organiser: Helene Stuart, University of Bergen


Genotyping has confirmed that your animal is carrying the gene of interest. All is well, right? But is your mouse really what you think it is?
Have you received animals from a collaborator?
Have you bred the same strain in a closed colony for an extended period?
Are you trying to reproduce research but cannot replicate the results?
Your animals may not be what you think they are!
This workshop will give an insight into the importance of sound colony management to maintain genetic integrity over time. This will include the pros and cons of different breeding schemes, backcrossing, and cryopreservation.

Friday 27 April


WS 2: Environmental health monitoring
Organiser: Stéphanie Durand, Charles River & Gian Paolo Milite, Techniplast


A Paradigm Shift in Today’s Health Monitoring
Using soiled‐bedding sentinels for detecting rodent infectious agents has significant limitations. As such, many research model facilities have begun implementing environmental health monitoring in order to complement, and at times even replace, their methods.
This workshop covers health monitoring topics, including:
- The science behind Exhaust Air Dust (EAD®) testing
- Identifying agents that go undetected with traditional methods
- Reducing the number of animals used and savings in terms of both costs and time
- Adding airflow detection to your IVC racking with the Tecniplast Interceptor
After the presentations, we will open up the session for a roundtable open discussion on this topic and answer questions from our attendees.

Friday 27 April


WS 3: Harm-Benefit analysis - Current concepts and practical approaches
Organiser: Aurora Brønstad, University of Bergen


Struggling with the HBA? Register for this interactive workshop on Harm-Benefit Analysis (HBA).
The use of animal in research should be initiated only after reviewers have concluded a harm-benefit analysis (HBA). However, it can be difficult to define which factors and algorithms that should be included in the HBA. The AALAS-FELASA working group on HBA created a new model for harm-benefit analysis. A synthesis of the different methods for HBA previously described was used to create a new tool for HBA, where different modulating factors with aggravating and mitigating effects were defined. Taking mitigating and aggravating factors into consideration contributes to give a better overall impression of the HBA without the misleading precision of an arithmetic assessment.
In this interactive workshop you will be presented the AALAS-FELASA HBA-model and how to apply it.

Saturday 28 April


WS 4: Recognition of pain and distress in laboratory rodents
Organiser: Suzanne Brandt , University of Bergen


Detection of pain in rodents requires training and skilled observation. In this workshop you will be introduced to cage-side assessment of pain and distress in laboratory rodents followed by an interactive session. The interactive session includes the use of scoresheets and case studies (pictures and videos) to illustrate pain-associated behaviors. We will also practice the use of facial grimace scoring.

Saturday 28 April 


WS 5: Health monitoring
Organiser: Alistair Thompson, Surrey diagnostics Ltd


The workshop will consists of talks, questions, and discussions on

  • Why and how do we screen animal colonies for disease, and the importance of a barrier in maintaining the health status of a laboratory animal colony
  • The most common pathogens found in laboratory mice and details of their effects, controls and treatments
  • A comparison of the different techniques used in health monitoring to detect pathogens, explaining the strengths and weaknesses of each.

Saturday 28 April


Please see the PROGRAM for details on schedule.
The workshops are free of charge, but there are limited seats available so we recommend early registration to workshop.

Please read the instructions below carefully before registering:

  • You should register as delegate to the conference before you register to a workshop. Please go to the conference Registration page if you have not already registered as delegate.
  • The workshop is free of charge, but only available for registered delegates
  • There are limited seats available and participation will be granted on a “first come, first served” basis
  • For the time being, it will only be possible to register to one workshop. However, if you are interested in participating in several of the workshops please re-visit this workshop registration site after 1 April, as we then will make any remaining seats available
  • You will receive an e-mail confirming your registration to the workshop within 20 April. Only those that have registered as conference delegates will be reserved a seat at the workshop.
  • You will have to use the electronic registration site below to register:

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