2012 - Irvine, CA

 


Ride the Wave into the Future of Research

District 8 AALAS Meeting
Hyatt Regency Hotel - Irvine, CA
April 11-13, 2012

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Exhibitor/Vendor Information Link
 

Hyatt Regency Irvine Hotel: 17900 Jamboree Road Irvine, California 92614 See map

A room rate of $95.00 per night plus tax which includes wireless high speed internet access, local and toll-free telephone calls, incoming fax service, daily newspaper delivered to each guest room, in-room coffee service, airport transportation, valet and covered parking, and access to the fitness center.

Tell them you are attending the District 8 meeting to get the room rate.

Use the following number for reservations: (949)975-1234 or visit the D8 weblink

 

Registration is Open!
 

Cost is only $195 for 2 day registration, $100 for 1 day registration

For questions, please contact the Registration committee at Christian_Stoffers@edwards.com

 

The AALAS District 8 Southern Pacific AALAS Branches are hosting a fun, informative, educational, and affordable meeting.

  • IACUC 101 workshop on April 11th. For more information visit: http://iacuc101.org/courses.

  • District 8 will be hosting a local Veterinary Technician Program April 12th.

  • Plans are in the works for  workshops at local institutions and the hotel

  • Technician tracks based on ALAT and LAT Manuals!

  • Vet Tech and Management orientated tracks!

  • Meet and greet Wednesday night!

 

For more information stay tuned or contact Publicity Chair, Morag Mackay: morag@liai.org

 

District 8 Poster Abstract Submission
For information about submitting posters, contact Gina Ma
Abstract must be received by March 2, 2012

The presentation of a poster provides an alternative opportunity for presenting new ideas at the District 8 Meeting. Authors will be expected to be present to discuss their posters during a set period of time, to be listed in the District 8 program. Detailed poster construction instructions will be forwarded to all accepted abstracts.

Poster Categories:

  1. Facility Management/Operations
  2. Animal Welfare/Regulatory
  3. Veterinary Medicine/Scientific

 Preparation of Abstract:

  1. All abstracts must be written in English.
  2. Abstracts should be informative, containing: a) the study’s specific objective, unless given in the title; b) brief statements and methods, if pertinent; c) summary of the results; and conclusions. It is not satisfactory to state: “The results will be discussed”.
  3. Use short specific titles.
  4. The content of the abstract including the title, authors, and all figures and /or tables must be included within the borders of the abstract form (see style below).
  5. Abstract must be received by March 2, 2012.

Abstract Submission Guidelines: 

Style: Submit your abstract electronically as a Microsoft Word or Acrobat PDF document to fit on one side of an 8 ½” x 11” page with 1” margins. Use only font Times New Roman in a minimum of 10 pt and maximum of 14 pt. size. Images and drawn objects should be formatted carefully and checked to be sure that they transmit correctly.  

Layout: The title of the abstract should be in UPPER CASE (CAPITAL letters, bolded). Abbreviations must not be used in title. Name (s)/ institution (s): List the author’s name (s), institution (s), where the work originated, city, state and country. Indicate the SURNAME of each author followed by his or her INITIALS only. Please underline the attending author’s name. Double space after affiliations. 

Submission: Abstract should be submitted by email to: gma@somarkinnovations.com

 

 

Registration is Open!
 

Cost is only $195 for 2 day registration, $100 for 1 day registration

For questions, please contact the Registration committee at Christian_Stoffers@edwards.com

 

2012 DISTRICT 8 MEETING PROGRAM
NOTE: topics and speakers are subject to change

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·         IACUC 101 workshop on April 11th. For more information visit: http://iacuc101.org/courses.

·         District 8 will be hosting a local Veterinary Technician Program April 13th.

·         Workshops at local institutions and the hotel

·         Technician tracks based on ALAT and LAT Manuals!

·         Vet Tech and Management orientated tracks!

·         Meet and greet welcome reception on Wednesday night! Come join us for a fun get together J

Keynote Speaker on Thursday, April 12th

J. David Jentsch, Ph.D. Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry and Bio-behavioral Sciences, UCLA 

“Both the number and the types of threats to biomedical research emerging from the animal rights community are increasing. From targeting students for harassment to criminal vandalism to neighborhood protests and more, there is a strong and consistent push from the animal rights community against researchers. What we generally lack is community response of our own. Instead, individuals under duress often stand on their own, with other members of the scientific community hoping to avoid unwanted attention. This is a failed strategy that we must address with a sense of communal obligation to support science and scientists and to advocate individually for the work that our community does. This presentation will review some useful steps towards this kind of scientific activism to enable broader networks of individuals involved in the animal research community to play their own role in its defense.”

 Keynote Speaker on Friday, April 13th

Paul McKellips, Executive Vice President at the Foundation for Biomedical Research. Renowned author of the book “Uncaged”.

This 45-minute multimedia presentation traces the 30-year decline in public support for the use of animals in research and outlines the rise and exploits of the Animal Rights Movement in both mainstream media and underground terrorism. McKellips will play several videos from the Animal Liberation Front and other extremist groups. Contrasted to the AR movement, McKellips reveals how positive, assertive media messaging that features biomedical research increases public support for the use of animals in research.  The presentation is powerful, motivational and inspirational for all audiences, especially for those who work directly with research animals and are often times forced to be less than transparent about their jobs due to public scrutiny and misinformation. 

This year’s District 8 meeting will focus on four areas:

  • Technician Certification with an emphasis on specific topics addressed in the ALAT and LAT training manuals
  • Management
  • Veterinary Science
  • Veterinary Technology

 Tracks during the first day, Thursday April 12th, will include Basic Husbandry, “Protecting” the Facility, Data Collection, and Veterinary Science.  Highlights from each track include:

7:30 – Continental Breakfast

8:00 – 8:30 – Opening Session

8:30 – 9:30 – Keynote Speaker David Jentsch

9:30 -10:00 – Dedicated vendor presentations

10:00-10:30 – Break and visit with the vendors

  • Basic Husbandry Track 1
    • 10:30am - Aquatics Care by Dr. George Sanders from the University of Washington
    • 11:00am - Feeding and Nutrition by Sarah Watkins at Newco
    • 11:30am – Bedding types, uses and performance by Gail Thompson from Peak AR
  • “Protecting” the Facility Track 2
    • 10:30am – Sanitation in the Animal Room by TBD
    • 11:00am – Washing and Sterilization – Are you doing it correctly? by Glenn Phillips from UCLA
    • 11:30am - Emergency Preparedness from a coordinators perspective by Debbi McFall from Cal Poly Pomona
  • 10:30 – 12:00 Workshop (free) - AAALAC Site Visit Process and Implementing the New Guide by Dr. Marc Hulin and Deb Frolicher

12:00 – 2:00 – Buffet Lunch, visit with vendors

12:45 – 1:15 – Personal Development in Laboratory Animal Science by Morag Mackay from LIAI

1:15-1:45 – Dedicated vendor presentations

  • Data Collection Track 3
    • 2:00pm - The GLPs – What you need to know for Certification by Dr. Stacy Pritt from Absorption Systems, Inc.
    • 2:45pm - Animal Identification Techniques by Gina Ma from SOMARK Innovations

3:20 – 3:45pm - Break and visit with the vendors.

    • 3:45pm – Parameters and measurement associated with preclinical in vivo infusion by Merryl Cramer and Matt Ruiter from SAI
    • 4:15pm - Environmental Recording Devices by Mark Ford and Kevin Anderson from Edstrom
  • Veterinary Science Track 4
    • 2:00pm - Euthanasia by Dr. Larry Carbone from UCSF
    • 2:45pm - Disease and Health Surveillance by Dr. Charlie Clifford from Charles River

3:20 – 3:45pm - Break and visit with the vendors. Raffle

    • 3:45pm - Ethologically relevant enrichment by Dr. Christina Winnicker from Charles River
    • 4:15pm - Sterility is Hard: An Introduction to Aseptic Technique, Surgical Support and Anesthesia by Dr. Lauren Drew Martin from OHSU
  • 2:00 – 2:30pm – Workshop (free) - Packing Animals for Shipment by Dierk Briggs and Nicola Eaton
  • 2:00 – 3:30pm – Workshop (free) – Management of the Radiation Oncology Defined Flora Facility at UCLA. Highlighting over 30 years of changes in caging and equipment and how a closed colony has adapted to survive by Colin McLean.

 

Tracks during the second day, Friday April 13th, will include Basic Husbandry, Diagnostics, Management, and People & Animals.  Highlights from each track include:

7:30 – Continental Breakfast

8:00 – 8:30 – Opening Session and Ron Orta Award Presentation

8:30 – 9:30 – Keynote Speaker Paul McKellips

9:30 -10:00 – Dedicated vendor presentations

10:00 -10:30 – Break and visit with the vendors

10:00 – 12:00 – Talking Posters

10:00 – 4:30 – Veterinary Technician Program

·        Basic Husbandry Track 5

10:30am - Nonhuman Primate in a Research Setting by Mary Watson from the Mayo Clinic

o   11:00am - Cage wash, the heart of the facility by Sandy Graciano from Salk

o   11:30am - Transporting Animals Near and Far by Dierk Biggs from UCLA and Nicola Eaton from LIAI

·        Diagnostics Track 6

o   10:30am - Experiments, necropsy and histology by Dr. Mat LeBlanc from Salk

o   11:00am - Beach Blanket Romance – Mousey Style by Jodi Everitt from TSRI

o   11:30am – Water, the Universal Solvent by Jorge Armenta from Salk

·        10:30 – 12:00 – Workshop (free) – Care and Management of Avian Species in the Laboratory by Sandra Schenone

·        10:30 – 12:00 – Workshop (free) – Euthanasia with field study emphasis by Dr. John Hasenau

12:00 – 2:00 – Buffet Lunch, visit with vendors

1:00 – 1:30 – Musts and the New Guide by Marc Hulin from Amgen

1:30 -2:00 – Dedicated vendor presentations

·        Aspects of Management Track 7

o   2:00pm - “I can’t Count Just Two” by Pete Willhite from LIAI

o   2:45pm - Tales from the Dark Side: from manager to Vendor in One Giant Leap by Diana Kelsey from Allentown

o   3:30pm – Effective Evaluation and Interviewing Skills – Strategies for Success by Susan Cully, faculty member from the Long Beach City College

·        People and Animals Track 8

o   2:00pm - The Importance of being involved and doing outreach – a panel discussion including topics “It’s Not As Difficult As You Think” by Dr. John Young from Cedars Sinai, “ leveraging Social Media for Public Outreach” Gene Rukavina from UCLA and “Make a Connection with Students, Our Future Voters” David Gonzalez from Salk

o   3:00pm - Role of the Veterinary Technician in Laboratory Animal Science by Ellen Teneriello from UCSD, Nicole Sammons from CalTech, and Kendra McCafferty from LIAI

o   3:45pm – Reaching the Animal Mind Through Clicker Training by Nicole Sammons from CalTech

·        3:10 – 4:20pm – Workshop (free) – Learning how YOU can actively participate in K-12 life science outreach by Susan Adler and Dr. Amanda Carson Banks

·        2:00 – 3:30pm – Workshop (free) – How others have done it; “Is it a job or a career?” by Debbi Yoakum, Gail Thompson, and Michael Barajas

4:30pm – Concluding Remarks and Announce Poster Winners

 

There will be a featured speaker during each lunchtime session:

April 12 - Morag Mackay from the La Jolla Institute for Allergy and Immunology will give us an exciting talk on Personal Development in Laboratory Animal Science.

April 13 - Dr. Marc Hulin from Amgen, an AAALAC Council Member, will be discussing regulations that technicians need to know about, with a focus on the 8th edition of the Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals.

The Veterinary Technology student program will be held all day Friday.  Students will be interacting with poster presenters, talking to vendors, and attending the People and Animals Track on Friday afternoon.  A special social event will be held that evening for the students, Track speakers, and invited guests.

 

District 8 Workshops
For questions on workshops contact: John Hasenau or Roger Geertsema.

Note:  Registration is First come, First serve.  Times for workshops are subject to change. 

Cancellation Policy:  Registrations are NOT transferable.  Requests for refunds of registration, workshops or wet labs fees must be submitted in writing 30 days prior to the start of the 2012 District 8 Meeting.  A $25 processing fee will be withheld for registrations, and a $10 processing fee will be withheld for each workshop and wet lab.  Requests for refunds of registration, workshops or wet labs submitted in writing less than 30 days prior to the start of the 2012 District 8 Meeting will be considered by the District 8 Planning Committee on an individual basis.  Please allow up to 30 days for any refund requests to be processed.

 

Workshops to be held at the Hyatt Regency on Wednesday April 11th

Suturing Workshop AM
Room: TBD
Leader: John Chrisler
Time:  8:00-11:30
Workshop cost:
Free, sponsored by the AALAS Ben Cohen Education Fund

Workshop limit: 20 Attendees (First come, first serve)

Agenda:  Suture History, Instruments & Material, Tissue handling and healing concepts, Basic knot tying techniques & suture patterns will be practiced on food grade pig’s feet (No live animals will be used during training).  Note:  Suture and suturing kit will be provided

Suturing Workshop PM
Room: TBD
Leader: John Chrisler
Time:  1:00-4:30
Workshop cost:
Free, sponsored by the AALAS Ben Cohen Education Fund

Workshop limit: 20 Attendees (First come, first serve)

Agenda:  Suture History, Instruments & Material, Tissue handling and healing concepts, Basic knot tying techniques & suture patterns will be practiced on food grade pig’s feet (No live animals will be used during training).  Note:  Suture and suturing kit will be provided

Aquatics Workshop
Room: TBD
Leader: John Stilliti
Time: TBD
Workshop cost: Free

Workshop Limit: TBD Attendees (First come, first serve)

Description: This workshop will provide insight and technical skills on water testing for your aquatic research systems. The nitrogen cycle will be discussed along with basic water quality parameters. Multiple electronic testing units will be used along with many manual test kits to provide insight to accuracy and ease of use. A great workshop for those that are new into aquatics systems in their facilities.

 

Aseptic Cage Changing/Handling and Mouse Manipulation Technique Workshop
Room: TBD
Leader: Michael Sidelsky
Time: 12:30-2:30pm or 3:00-5:00pm
Workshop cost: Free

Workshop Limit: 20 Attendees each session (First come, first serve)

Description: The workshop will offer techniques from the cage & rack to Biosafety cabinet ( BSC ) or Animal Transfer Station (ATS), including preparation of the work surface of either, and incorporation of the use of sterile and/or  irradiated cages, water, feed, and bedding.  The  video using live mice from shipping carton to cage, along with all use of the BSC & ATS will be shown. Additionally, a  power point showing the process  being done in an animal facility is included. Decontamination techniques using VHP, ClO2 gas, and steam sterilization will be covered.  Attendees will learn  how to control contamination  at the room,  or macro level, and micro, at the cage level.

 

Workshops to be held at UC Irvine on Wednesday April 11th

Rodent Ultrasound Technique
Room: TBD
Leader: Personnel from Visualsonics Ultrasound InVevo
Time:  4 hours in PM
Workshop Cost: $90

Workshop Limit: 10 Attendees (First come, first serve)

Description:  Use of the Doppler In-Vevo 2100 ultrasound machine for mouse imaging will be the focus of this wet lab.  This is a hands-on lab allowing participants to interactively image areas of interest and fine hone their technical skills in ultrasound imaging to allow for best data collection and interpretation.

  

Rodent Assisted Reproduction Technologies
Room: TBD
Leader: Tom Fielder
Time: 4 hours in PM
Workshop Cost: $90

Workshop Limit:  15 Attendees (First come, first serve)

Description: Rodent assisted reproductive technology is the main focus of this workshop. The processes of embryo collection, manipulation, implantation, cryopreservation, and sperm collection and cryopreservation will be demonstrated and/or discussed. Participants will gain an understanding of why and how these techniques are performed. A question and answer session will follow. The workshop is intended for animal care technicians interested in acquiring a better understanding of transgenic mouse and rat production.

 

Rodent Behavior Testing
Room: TBD
Leader: Kellie Sharp
Time: 4 hours in PM
Workshop Cost: $90

Workshop Limit: 20 Attendees (First come, first serve)

Description: Behavior testing of mice and rats will be the focus of this workshop. The lab will consist of discussions on the purpose of performing different behavior assessments are, how they are performed, and some of the common problems encountered. Participants will be exposed to demonstrations on how equipment is set up, calibrated, and used.

 

Rabbit and Rodent Injection and Blood Collection
Room: TBD
Leader: John Hasenau, Annie Ristig, Sirinda Sriwanthana and Ami Kaye
Time: 4 hrs in PM
Workshop Cost: $90

Workshop Limit: 20 Attendees (First come, first serve)

Description: This is a very hands-on course with demonstrations of common methods of handling, holding and restraint of mice, rats, and rabbits.  Proper methods of substance administration inclusive of Oral, SQ, IM, IP will be emphasized as well.  The most common methods of bleeding animals and use of the most humane techniques and best practices from across the lab animal community will be emphasized.

  

Workshops to be held at Edwards Lifesciences on Wednesday April 11th

Pig Cannulation workshop
Room: Edwards Lifesciences OR1
Leader: Fernando Garcia and Eden Paster
Time: 8:30-12:30
Workshop Cost: $90

Workshop Limit: 10 Attendees (First come, first serve)

Description: The leader will demonstrate how to cannulate the femoral artery, femoral vein, jugular vein and carotid artery using the seldinger technique.  The students will then with instruction cannulate the different sites using the seldinger technique.  The students will also have demonstrated and be allowed to float a swan-ganz catheter into the pulmonary artery without using fluro. 

 

Registration to all workshops is First come, First serve.  Times for workshops are subject to change. 

Cancellation Policy:  Registrations are NOT transferable.  Requests for refunds of registration, workshops or wet labs fees must be submitted in writing 30 days prior to the start of the 2012 District 8 Meeting.  A $25 processing fee will be withheld for registrations, and a $10 processing fee will be withheld for each workshop and wet lab.  Requests for refunds of registration, workshops or wet labs submitted in writing less than 30 days prior to the start of the 2012 District 8 Meeting will be considered by the District 8 Planning Committee on an individual basis.  Please allow up to 30 days for any refund requests to be processed.

 

2012 District 8 Vendor Information

Exhibitor & Sponsor Registration Link

·        Location:  Hyatt Irvine Hotel, Irvine, CA

·        Save the Date!!  April 11-13th, 2012  

·            Welcome Reception - April 11th 

·     The exhibit hall is open the following hours:

Wednesday: 5:00pm - 6:00pm

Thursday 7:30am - 5:00pm

Friday: 7:30am - 2:00pm

·        What’s included in Vendor Sponsorship Package?

1.     Welcome Reception (with RSVP)

2.     Food (Continental Breakfast, Breaks & Lunch)

3.      Access to Conference, if desired

4.     Optional activities will be available.  Please email D8vendorinfo@gmail.com for more information

5.     Sponsorship levels are limited – First Come, First Serve

6.     Registration through 123signup or through mail. Sign-up early and save.

7.     Platinum sponsors are eligible to provide promotional items to conference attendees at registration. Total quantity per sponsor is 400. Please indicate item description i.e., pens, magnets, etc.

Register early and save. Payments received after Feb. 1st will be assessed a $25.00 late fee.

Great Orange County location!!  The hotel is close to Airport, Beach, Shopping. Free self-parking, $95 per night room rate, Free In-room Internet access, Pool, Gym, and more.

 

Level

Platinum

Gold

Silver

Exhibitor

Number Available

12

24

48

36 (or more)

Cost

$800

After 2/1: $825
 

$700

After 2/1: $725

$600

After 2/1: $625

$500

After 2/1: $525

 

Description

Vendor Presentation Opportunities

Signage

General Speaker Sponsorship

6 ft Exhibit Table

2 Attendees + food

½ Page ad in program

Sponsor Ribbon

Signage

General speaker sponsorship

6 ft Exhibit Table

2 attendees + food

¼ Page ad in program

Sponsor Ribbon

Signage

6 ft Exhibit Table

2 attendees + food

Sponsor Ribbon

6 ft Exhibit Table

1 attendee + food

Exhibitor Registration Form - for those preferring to print and fax their form

For more information contact Kim Rossall, Commercial Sponsor Chair, 949-477-8030

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