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Reproducibility in Research with Animal Models

May 21st, 2014 by Mary Wood

The first workshop organized by the National Academies ILAR, Roundtable on Science and Welfare in Laboratory Animal Use will be held June 4-5, 2014 in Washington DC, and will discuss reproducibility issues in research with animals and animal models.

Reproducibility Issues in Research with Animals and Animal Models: A Workshop

June 4-5, 2014
Register here to join in person or by webcast


Workshop Agenda
Restoring Faith in the Research Enterprise: A Call to Action
Malcolm Macleod, Univ of Edinburgh ;  Henry Bourne, Univ of California San Francisco

Citizens and Science: How Reproducibility Directly Impacts Public Perceptions
Robert Bazell, Yale Univ ; Jan Piotrowski, The Economist

Great Expectations – Critical Assessment of Published Research
C. Glenn Begley, TetraLogic Pharmaceuticals

Heard but Not Learned? Impact and Outcomes of Previous ILAR Efforts
Jeffrey Everitt, GlaxoSmithKline ;  Coenraad F. M. Hendriksen, Netherlands Vaccine Institute

All Hands on Deck – Actions Taken to Date
Gilly Griffin, Canadian Council for Animal Care ; Jonathan Kimmelman, McGill Univ

Russell and Burch Revisited: Reconciling “Reproducibility” with “Replacement, Reduction, and Refinement”
Michael Festing, Independent Consultant ; Stephen Latham, Yale Univ

Can Research Integrity be Incentivized?
Brian Martinson, HealthPartners Institute for Education & Research ; Elizabeth Marincola, PLoS

Reproducibility Challenges in the Future of Animal Models
Roger Reeves, Johns Hopkins Univ ; Jeffrey Rogers, Baylor College of Medicine ; Monte Westerfield, Univ of Oregon

Improving the Reliability of Published Results
Gaylen Edwards, American Physiological Society ; Elizabeth Marincola, PLoS ; Victoria Stodden, Columbia Univ

IOs, Vets, and IACUCs – Making Internal Regulators Partners in Reform
Kathryn Bayne, AAALAC International ; Stuart Zola, Emory Univ ; Jerry Collins, Yale Univ

An Ounce of Prevention is Worth a Billion of Cure: Proactive Planning in the Preclinical Research Arena
John P. A. Ioannidis, Stanford Prevention Research Center ; Paul Braunschweiger, CITI Program ; Ghislaine Poirier, GlaxoSmithKline

Summing Up: Lessons Learned, Major Themes and Potential Actions for Moving Forward
Kent Lloyd, Univ of California, Davis


The second workshop, to be held September 3-4, 2014, will examine issues relating to transportation of laboratory animals.

Related blog post:  National Academies Launches New Roundtable on Laboratory Animal Science and Welfare


June 19th, 2013 by Mary Wood


2013 AVMA Annual Convention Chicago Illinois

2013 International Conference International Association of  Human-Animal Interaction Organizations

The IAHAIO Conference, July 20-23, will coincide with the AVMA Convention, July 19-23, 2013 in Chicago.

The Chicago convention will celebrate AVMA’s 150th Anniversary, incorporating a variety of resources to celebrate AVMA’s role and highlight the impact on the veterinary profession while honoring 150 years of dedication and achievement.

The International Association of Human Animal Interaction Organizations (IAHAIO) conference, this year held in conjunction with the AVMA, has the theme of “Humans and Animals: the inevitable bond“.

Registration for IAHAIO attendees is being administered through the AVMA. Visit this site to purchase tickets to IAHAIO events.

AVMA 2013 Bannerc

Interdisciplinary Frontiers / Shared Horizons

October 8th, 2012 by Mary Wood


Shared Horizons: Data, Biomedicine and the Digital Humanities

What are the intersections between biomedicine and humanities scholarship? How might biomedical research methodologies influence humanities inquiry? What interpretative processes might humanities scholarship share with biomedical research?

The Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities (MITH) invites biomedical and humanities scholars to investigate data, biomedicine, and the digital humanities.
Together with the Off. Digital Humanities of the Natl Endowment for the Humanities, the Natl Library of Medicine of the NIH, and the Research Councils UK, two-day symposium to:

address questions about collaboration, research methodologies, and the interpretation of evidence arising from the interdisciplinary opportunities in this burgeoning area of biomedical-driven humanities scholarship
investigate the current state of the field
facilitate future research collaborations between the humanities and biomedical sciences


Interdisciplinary Humanities Related … Funding opportunity at UC Davis

Interdisciplinary Frontiers in the Humanities and Arts (IFHA) Program

The UC Davis campus Interdisciplinary Frontiers in the Humanities and Arts (IFHA) program will facilitate the formation and enhancement of interdisciplinary teams to conduct collaborative research of significant value and relevance. An objective of the IFHA program is to further strengthen the ability of UC Davis faculty to compete for major foundation, federal and philanthropic grants and to explore partnerships with civil society and the private sector.

Program objective to create internationally competitive interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary Research Clusters from across UC Davis in all the fields of the humanities, quantitative social sciences, humanistic social sciences, and the creative and performing arts.

Research Opportunity Funds available from the UCOP Office of Research and Graduate Studies

November 3rd, 2010 by Deanna Johnson

The Office of Research and Graduate Studies (ORGS) has a limited pool of Research Opportunity Funds available to support one‐time funding requests to initiate multi‐campus research programs. Funding is for small projects that are intended to spawn larger, long‐term programs, supported by external funding, that will increase UC’s competitiveness, advance research discoveries, impact the lives of Californians, inform public policy or support innovative graduate student research.

Examples may include support for:
– Workshops or Meetings to facilitate system‐wide networking, initiatives or research collaborations;
– Grant Development or planning for large, multi‐campus extramural funding proposals;
– Public Outreach initiatives which can effectively communicate the impact of research discoveries;
– Industry Outreach efforts to better engage researchers from UC with industry; or
– Other projects of system‐wide benefit to UC research.

Typical requests should be no more than $20,000; larger requests will be considered in rare cases for programs of unusual large impact. Projects eligible for competitive grant funding through the Research Grants Program Office (RGPO) should apply through the appropriate grant programs (see the RGPO website for upcoming opportunities). Projects rejected by peer‐review will not be considered. However, projects that fall between RGPO funding cycles or do not fit within the criteria of existing grants may be eligible for Research Opportunity Funds. Requests may be submitted to ORGS throughout the year, and will be considered on a quarterly basis.

Funding requests must have a UCOP sponsor, who will take responsibility for the award, and work with the awardees to produce a product or result. For assistance in finding a UCOP sponsor, contact your campus Office of Research, or email our office at Email your letter of request to Requestors will be asked to provide:
• Names of participating faculty and campus/national lab affiliation
• Description of proposed activities and demonstration of system‐wide nature of the research
• One page budget and budget justification
• Anticipated outcomes and benefits of the project
• Letter(s) of support from the campus Vice Chancellor(s) for Research
• Letter(s) of commitment of matching funds from supporting campuses

What do we mean by “system‐wide nature of the research” and how you can you demonstrate this in your funding request? Below are questions you may want to consider addressing in your request. Not all questions will apply.
– Are my project goals and objectives of strategic value to UC as a system? Is this a field of research of particular importance to UC? Does this project foster research of direct relevance to California?
– Is this project the best way to achieve your stated goals? Are there other comparable efforts at UC? How are they involved with your project?
– Will this project enhance UC’s competitiveness in attracting extramural funding? What types of external funding are currently available in this field? Is there currently external support of your project? How will these seed funds be leveraged to attract additional funds?
– Will this project enhance UC’s competitiveness in attracting top‐notch faculty, graduate students or researchers? Does this project foster collaborations among researchers across campuses? Does it provide access to unique facilities or resources not broadly available to researchers across the UC system?
– Will this project share resources, establish best‐practices or promote efficiencies across the UC system?