U.S. and European Animal-Research Regulations: Impact on Neuroscience Research

When: July 26, 2011 - July 27, 2011 (8:00 AM GMT+1)
Where: Kavli Royal Society International Centre (Chicheley Hall)

Topics Public Health, Biomedical and Health Research, Substance Use and Mental Health, Diseases, Aging, Quality and Patient Safety
Activity: Forum on Neuroscience and Nervous System Disorders
Board: Board on Health Sciences Policy

Numerous regulations, laws, directives, and policies are in place to ensure the ethical use of animals in medical and life-sciences research. These regulations are intended to ensure the humane care and use of animals in research and that practical steps are taken to use the smallest number of animals to give significant results while ensuring that each individual animal experiences minimum pain or distress. The goal of the workshop was to bring together researchers, legal scholars, administrators, and other key stakeholders to discuss current trends and differences in animal regulations. Particular attention was paid to identifying potential implications of new regulations on neuroscience research. The workshop also provided an opportunity for international dialog around engaging the public regarding animal use in research and the development of core principles and outcomes for animal care and use. The workshop agenda is available via the link on the right hand side of this page.

This activity was conducted in collaboration with the Committee on Science, Technology, and Law and the Institute for Laboratory Animal Research.

Meeting Objectives:

With particular reference to neuroscience research, to:

·         Identify and discuss international differences in animal-research regulations.

o    Discuss current and emerging issues.

·         Discuss legal trends and activity in the courts that may impact research.

·         Examine the implications of regulations on the neuroscience research enterprise.

·         Discuss current communication strategies regarding animal research.

·         Explore the feasibility of developing a set of global core principles and outcomes for animal care and use.

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