Institute of Animal Technology Bulletin G G G Three Minute Interview AS-ET Suppliers Register G G G Branch News Situations Vacant Diary Dates Vol 52 No 4 April 2016
Institute of Animal Technology  Bulletin  G G G  Three Minute Interview AS-ET Suppliers Register  G G G  Branch News Situa...
Bulletin Vol 52 No 4 April 2016 EDITOR* Sarah Lane bulletineditor@iat.org.uk ASSISTANT EDITOR* Carole Wilson bulletinassistant@iat.org.uk ADVERTISEMENT MANAGERS PRC Associates Ltd mail@prcassoc.co.uk Published monthly by the Institute of Animal Technology *Registered Office: 5 South Parade Summertown Oxford OX2 7JL ISSN 0263-2861 For enquiries other than Bulletin related contact: IAT ADMINISTRATOR* admin@iat.org.uk or 0800 085 4380 Final copy date for June Bulletin 1st May The opinions expressed in the Bulletin do not necessarily reflect those of the Editor or the Institute. CONTENTS Terry Priest Retires Three Minute Interview Speaking of Research Report Suppliers Register 5 6-7 9-11 i-xliv Branch News 12 Linda Burr Obituary 13 AS-ET 14-15 Situations Vacant 16-18 Diary Dates 19
Bulletin Vol 52 No 4 April 2016  EDITOR  Sarah Lane bulletineditor iat.org.uk ASSISTANT EDITOR  Carole Wilson bulletinassi...
Bulletin April 2016 • Terry Priest Retires A fter 42 years of outstanding nservice to the University of Manchester, Terry Priest has decided to retire from his role as Director of the BSF with effect from 31st March. Terry’s achievements during this period are numerous and have been fittingly marked in recent months with a hat trick of external recognition. He was awarded an MBE in the New Year Honours list, has been presented with the Laboratory Animal Science Association medal (its highest award) and most recently was invited to become a Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology. Terry’s final day in work was the Thursday 31st of March but the Faculty of Life Sciences will be hosting a reception on Thursday 5th May 2016 to not only mark Terry’s retirement but also to celebrate the unprecedented recent external recognition of his contribution and achievements. The reception is scheduled for 5pm and will be held in the Living World and Fossil Galleries of the Manchester Museum. I hope you will join us in celebrating with Terry and his family. To assist with catering purposes, please email your confirmation of attendance to Graham.Morrissey@manchester.ac.uk 5
Bulletin  April 2016      Terry Priest Retires  A  fter 42 years of outstanding nservice to the University of Manchester, ...
6 • April 2016 Bulletin Three Minute Interview Name: Sue McHugh Job title: External Verifier Describe yourself in 3 words Cheerful, organised and always right. What is your earliest memory? Probably sitting on the counter of my Grandparents fish and chip shop eating fish, chips and mushy peas! When you were at school, what or who did you want to be and why? I wanted to be a vet as I always loved anything to do with animals. What was the first music album you bought? A Hard Day’s Night by the Beatles. (Actually I think my Dad bought it for me after we had been to see the film.) If you could have dinner with one person, who would that be and why? David Bowie, I have always been a fan since Ziggy Stardust and was sad to hear of his death in January. What is the best advice you have been given? Never give up on anything. What is your next goal in life? Enjoy retirement. If you could visit anywhere in the world, where would you choose and why? The Maldives for the sun, beaches and snorkelling, although I still like Cornwall for the scenery, walks and food.
6     April 2016  Bulletin  Three Minute Interview Name  Sue McHugh Job title  External Verifier Describe yourself in 3 wo...
Bulletin April 2016 • 7 What is your favourite quote or saying? New shoes cure the blues. What is the most important thing your job has taught you? Expect the unexpected. Cup of tea or stiff drink? Prosecco definitely. Favourite colour? Blue. Favourite place? Padstow in Cornwall. Last book you read? Ghost Gifts by Laura Spinella. Name something that annoys you? People being late. Printable most embarrassing moment? Losing it completely at work because someone put my chocolate biscuit on top of my coffee causing it to melt. After that whenever I lost my temper everyone then referred to me as having a Trio moment. Hobbies or interests Gardening, buying shoes, afternoon tea, cats, walking and holidays in the sun.
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Bulletin April 2016 • 9 Over 200 animal research institutions publish position statements online O ver 200 research institutions now have clear policy statements or public facing web pages to explain the institution’s position on animal research according to Speaking of Research. In 2015, Speaking of Research began logging the policy statements of research institutions in Europe, North America and Australia. These web statements have been graded from 0 to 4, based on the level of information an institution provides about its animal studies. This information includes the level of detail of an institution’s research, its welfare procedures and the use of case studies, images and videos. To date, only 10 research institutions have received full marks, two in Germany and four in each of the UK and US. The list has been a joint effort by the research community, with scientists and members of the public submitting web statements they find to the Speaking of Research website. Speaking of Research Director, Tom Holder, said: “There is a strong push worldwide towards openness in animal research. Speaking of Research encourages the scientific community to ensure their own institution has a clear and public statement on the importance of animals in medical and veterinary research, and to submit such statements to our website.” The UK has been driving hard to become a world leader in openness. In May 2014, Understanding Animal Research launched the Concordat on Openness on Animal Research in the UK. To date, around 100 institutions who conduct or fund animal research have pledged to be “clear about, when, how and why [they] use animals in research”. Wendy Jarrett, CEO of Understanding Animal Research, said: “It is a requirement of signing the Concordat that signatory organisations provide a public-facing statement on their websites explaining their position on the use of animals in research. We are delighted that almost half of the websites featured on the Speaking of Research list are UK-based. This
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10 • April 2016 Bulletin demonstrates the game-changing role that the Concordat has had in encouraging more and better communication about why and how animals are used in scientific research.” Craig Brierley, Head of Communications at the University of Cambridge, which recently won an award for its openness on the subject, said: “At Cambridge, we are strong believers in being open about animal research, so we are delighted to receive recognition for our efforts. Animal research relies on public support, so it’s essential that we make public as much as possible to help inform the debate around this issue. Since signing the Concordat on Openness in 2014, we’ve made sure our animal research policy and detailed information and statistics are available online, and recently produced an award-winning film that examines the role of mice in the development of treatments for cancer.” For more information on the web statements, see: http://speakingofresearch.com/get-involved/statements-on-animal-research Speaking of Research also provides a background briefing on animal research in the UK: https://speakingofresearch.files.wordpress.com/2008/05/background-briefingon-animal-research-in-the-uk-2015.pdf More information about Understanding Animal Research can be found here: www.understandinganimalresearch.org.uk While many institutions have received zero or one tick, they are still doing much better than the hundreds of institutions which do not discuss their animal research on their website at all. We congratulate each and every institution that puts up any statement which clearly explains why they conduct animal studies. Those institutions with full marks are: – Imperial College, London – UK – Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics – Tübingen – Germany – Max Planck Institute of Neurobiology – München – Germany – National Primate Research Centers – US – Southwest National Primate Research Center (SNPRC) – US – University College London (UCL) – UK
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Bulletin – – – – University University University University of of of of April 2016 • Cambridge – UK Michigan – US Oxford – UK Wisconsin-Madison – US In addition, the websites of the following animal research advocacy organisations also fulfil the criteria for full marks: – Speaking of Research – Understanding Animal Research Contact Details: Tom Holder – tom@speakingofresearch.com +44 (0)7802 482 994 Images: For free-to-use images of research animals, please visit our website: http://speakingofresearch.com/links/media-downloads/#2 Please credit all images to www.speakingofresearch.com Tom Holder www.speakingofresearch.com 11
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12 • April 2016 Bulletin London Branch News T he Director of BRF Operations Francis Crick Institute, Gary Childs has recently been elected as Chair of the London Branch. When asked about the benefits of joining the London Branch, Gary’s response was “I have been a committed supporter of the IAT for nearly 40 years and I am delighted with my new role. With the opening of the Francis Crick Institute in Central London, this is a great opportunity for our staff to become actively involved in our local branch and meet with fellow animal care staff and others working in the Universities and Institutes throughout London in a friendly, open environment. As a technician I was able to attend college on a weekly basis to increase my education and knowledge and over the years I have developed lasting friendships that still exist today. Most of the younger technicians are now gaining their qualifications via distance learning or in-house education programmes and do not have the opportunity to build the same kind of relationships. I believe that local IAT branches around the UK bridge this gap. Our Branch meets routinely in Central London and although well attended we would warmly welcome new and existing members to join us. We encourage members to openly discuss and voice opinions on any issues; for example improvements and innovations into animal care and welfare and we have a team of committed dedicated volunteers who are currently working on both scientific and social events to be held by the London Branch for the forthcoming year. Details of these will be published in the IAT Bulletin”. For further information about joining the London Branch or attending meetings, please contact Gary at gary.childs@crick.ac.uk or Jayne at j.holby@ucl.ac.uk
12     April 2016  Bulletin  London Branch News  T  he Director of BRF Operations Francis Crick Institute, Gary Childs has...
Bulletin April 2016 • OBITUARY LINDA BURR (11th September 1955 – 24th February 2016) I am writing with great sadness to let members of the IAT and former colleagues of Linda Burr know that Linda passed away suddenly on Wednesday 24th February 2016. Linda had a heart attack at work and passed away in the ambulance on the way to Papworth Hospital. Linda leaves behind her partner Barry, her children, Leigh-Ann (38), Paul (36), Anna-marie (34), Christopher (25) and Alex (23) and her grandchildren Jack (17), Conor (17) and Robert (15). Linda was a well-respected animal technician and all round lovely lady. She began her career as an animal technician in 1974 at May and Baker and had a long career working in many establishments including the University of Cambridge, the MRC Prion Unit and finally the Laboratory of Molecular Biology, where Linda had worked on a permanent contract from the 24th October 2011. Linda’s priority was the care and welfare of the animals and she always went that extra mile to ensure that the animals under her care were well looked after. This ethos always applied to the way Linda looked after her friends, family and colleagues. Linda was a mother to us all. Her good humour and lively nature were infectious and she made the work environment a fun place to be. Linda was due to retire on the 1st May 2016 and had made plans to return to her hometown of Romford and a new part-time job as a children’s party entertainer (she would have been great!). Linda was a huge character who was firm, fair, kind and loving and all will sadly miss her. Her death is a huge loss to the industry and all who knew her. Lesley F Drynan Head of LMB Biological Services Group 13
Bulletin  April 2016      OBITUARY  LINDA BURR  11th September 1955     24th February 2016  I am writing with great sadnes...
14 • April 2016 Bulletin AS-ET Young Presenters Symposium For the second year running the West Middlesex Branch (WMB) invited AS-ET to organise the Young Presenters Symposium at its Annual Trade Show. We are pleased to be associated with this meeting which is one of the most valuable and enjoyable of the annual events. We thank the WMB for allowing us to be part of the day. Six younger speakers took part, they were: Matthew Bilton, Selina Hopkins and Scott Kemp, Clare Sims, Rosemary Keeble and Melanie Crooks. Their talks covered the benefits of becoming a MIAT and RAnTech, creating a germ free unit, rearing Zebrafish and three papers covering welfare topics. All were of a very high standard and we congratulate all the speakers and thank them for their presentations. The Young Presenters symposium also gives the opportunity for people to experience chairing a symposium session for the first time. The three chairs, Amy Wathen, Helen Cooper and Clare Sims coped excellently with this role which is not as easy as it may look. The day ended with a guest lecture from the Chair of the AS-ET Board of Trustees, Prof Sir Richard Gardner FRS who spoke on a topic he knows better than most as he was one of the pioneers in this area, the History and Use of Chimaeras in Biomedical Research. Sir Richard’s talk brought the symposium to a very successful end. Finally we would like to thank Fraser Darling who managed the lecture room making sure everything went smoothly. Speakers at the 2016 Young Presenters Symposium From the left: Guest speaker Prof Sir Richard Gardner, Rosemary Keeble, Melanie Crooks, Scott Kemp, Matthew Bilton, Clare Sims and Selina Hopkins
14     April 2016  Bulletin  AS-ET Young Presenters Symposium  For the second year running the West Middlesex Branch  WMB ...
Bulletin April 2016 • 15 AS-ET is a charity to advance education and promote excellence in the care and welfare of animals used in science. Sponsors of AS-ET are listed below and to find out more please visit the website www.as-et.org.uk
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Bulletin April 2016 • DIARY Dates 14 April Exploring the Home Office’s Expectations of the NIO Role Buckinghamshire Details from www.redkitevets.co.uk 27-30 June 30th Annual Charles River Short Course on Laboratory Animal Science Providence, RI, USA Details from lisa.antolick@crl.com 18-20 April Workshop: Assessment, Prevention and Alleviation of Pain and Distress in Laboratory Animals Newcastle Details from www.ncl.ac.uk 27 June – 8 July Laboratory Animal Science Course The Netherlands Details from www.uu.nl/lascourse 11 May 2nd Large Animal Research Meeting – Disease Models in Pigs and Other Farm Animals Details from brfinfo@sgul.ac.uk 16 July NEE Branch Family Event at Yorkshire Wildlife Park Yorkshire Details from iatnortheastbranch@hotmail.co.uk 12 May Delivering an Effective AWERB Central London Details from www.goo.gl/forms/SAaXbtB4jF 23 May Fish Welfare Buckinghamshire Details from www.redkitevets.co.uk 13-16 June FELASA Congress Brussels Details from www.felasa.org.eu Cover photo: Puffin – Maria Rasmussen 27-28 September LAVA & BSTP Joint Meeting – Infectious Diseases in Laboratory Animals Nottingham Details from e.ross@har.mrc.ac.uk 22-24 November LASA Winter Meeting Details from info@lasa.co.uk 19
Bulletin  April 2016      DIARY Dates 14 April Exploring the Home Office   s Expectations of the NIO Role Buckinghamshire ...