Roundtable Activities

The Roundtable is a balanced and civil forum to stimulate dialogue and collaboration, to help build trust and transparency among stakeholders, and to provide a new medium to promote the responsible use of animals in science. The Roundtable may convene scoping meetings, commission white papers, and host workshops and webinars to inform its dialogue and discussion.

Topics of interest to the ILAR Roundtable include:

  • Transportation of laboratory animals, a critical international policy issue;
  • The value of animal models and their appropriate application;
  • Improvement of data sharing, along with negative results, failed models, and best practices;
  • Design, implementation, monitoring, and sharing of performance standards with regulatory and accreditation support
  • Navigating increased regulatory complexities

Workshop #1:  Reproducibility Issues in Research with Animals and Animal Models, June 4-5, 2014
Reproducibility Issues in Research with Animals and Animal Models discussed fundamental aspects of experimental design of research using animals and animal models, aimed at improving reproducibility. Invited speakers provided background and context on how to ensure that animal studies are of sufficient quality and relevance, and described in adequate detail for the findings to provide an evidence base for any decision to proceed into clinical trials or other outcomes of public importance.

The Workshop in Brief from this workshop is now available. Please click here to view the document online or download for free.

 

Workshop #2: Transportation of Laboratory Animals, September 3-4, 2014
Transportation of Laboratory Animals examined critical issues relating to the transportation of research animals. Invited speakers addressed the challenges of transporting laboratory animals humanely and safely to ensure adequate supply for biomedical research in the face of increasing societal opposition to the domestic and international movement of these animals.

 

Workshop #3: Design, Implementation, Monitoring and Sharing of Performance Standards, April 20-21, 2015
Design, Implementation, Monitoring and Sharing of Performance Standards provided a neutral forum for the discussion of established performance standards particularly targeting any standards that may require revision or alteration to conform with today’s experimental environment. Speakers explored this issue to encourage improvement and innovation.

The Workshop Summary from this workshop is now available. Please click here to view the document online or download for free.

 

Workshop #4: Gene Editing to Modify Animal Genomes for Research – Scientific and Ethical Considerations, December 7-8, 2015
Gene Editing to Modify Animal Genomes for Research – Scientific and Ethical Considerations will review the current state of science regarding using gene editing techniques to alter the genomes of laboratory animals, provide an overview of current regulations regarding these animals, and spend the entire second day of the workshop discussing the potential ethical, legal, and social issues that surround this work.