Swiss 3Rs Competence Center (3RCC) update!

The idea for Swiss competence center dealing solely with the 3Rs was conceived in July 2015 when the Federal Council published a report on the subject of the 3Rs, in which it proposed various measures for further promotion of the 3Rs. As a follow up to this report, in the spring of 2016, the federal […]

Share aged mice with ShARM

ShARM is a not for profit organisation, open to all scientific investigators in the UK and overseas, aiming to accelerate research into ageing by facilitating the sharing of resources. ShARM provides immediate and cost effective access to aged murine models and their tissues, and promotes the networking for researchers via its online collaborative environment. Click […]

Alternative mouse handling

Alternative handling techniques for improved experimental standardisation, reproducibility and reduced stress in laboratory mice Despite decades of artificial selection and inbreeding, laboratory mice retain the fight or flight response to restraint which kept enough of their ancestors alive during predation attempts to genetically cement it into their innate behavioural repetoire. Even what might seem like […]

DART 3R DEVELOPMENTS

All DART (Developmental and Reproductive Toxicity) tests demand large numbers of animals, as parental and offspring generations are involved, and depending on circumstances, developmental toxicity studies can be required to be executed in two species (i.e. one rodent and one non-rodent). Despite little change in the last few decades, in recent years, major updates have been made […]

Farewell 3R Research foundation

Join us to celebrate! The 3R Research Foundation ends its tireless commitment after 30 years and will be replaced by the 3R-Kompetenzzentrum of swissuniversities. The BLV is pleased to invite you to a farewell synopsium for the foundation. The performance of the organisation is to be duly acknowledged and celebrated. The event is open to […]

Are you aware of PREPARE?

As part of ongoing efforts to reduce the number of animals and increase reproducibility of animal research, a group of experts led by the Secretary of Norecopa (Norway´s National Consensus Platform for the advancement of the 3R´s) has produced a set of guidelines for planning animal experiments:   PREPARE (Planning Research and Experimental Procedures on […]

Animal Free Research: Call for project proposals

The overall aim of the funding opportunity is to support researchers who want to develop and/or implement a 3R-relevant project. The focus lies on replacement/reduction. Funding sum: max. 100’000 Swiss Francs. The applicants’ salaries and any materials directly linked to the project will be covered under this funding line Project duration: max. 2 years (1.1.2018 […]

22.5.2017 Prof. Dr. Gerald Schwank

Organe aus dem Reagenzglas – Nutzen für Mensch und Tier Prof. Dr. Gerald Schwank Institute of Moleculare Health Sciences, ETH Zürich Montag, 22. Mai 2017 | 19:30 Uhr Universität Zürich | Hauptgebäude KOL-G-217 FfL_Flyer_Referat_geraldschwank

Optimizing reliability of mouse performance in behavioral testing

The major role of non-aversive handling Abstract: Handling laboratory animals during test procedures is an important source of stress that may impair reliability of test responses. Picking up mice by the tail is aversive, stimulating stress and anxiety. Responses among anxious animals can be confounded further by neophobia towards novel test environments and avoidance of […]