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8th World Congress Update

Gilly Griffin, WC8 Scientific Program Committee, and Guidelines and Three Rs Programs Director, Canadian Council on Animal Care, and Sherry Ward, AltTox Contributing Editor

Published: June 28, 2011

The Eighth World Congress on Alternatives and Animal Use in the Life Sciences (WC8) will be taking place from August 21-25, 2011 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. The host for the WC8, the Canadian Council on Animal Care (CCAC), would like to remind attendees to take advantage of the reduced early bird registration fee by registering on or before June 30. Single day registration is also available.

The Scientific Program of the WC8 is divided into five Themes:

Theme I: Safety and efficacy testing of chemicals, pharmaceuticals and biologicals
Theme II: Policy/law on animal use, public engagement and ethical review
Theme III: Incorporation of the Three Rs in education and training
Theme IV: Animal welfare for Refinement and high quality science
Theme V: Replacement and Reduction in basic research

Information on the plenary lectures is available on the WC8 website. The overall program is available here. The names of presenters for each of the sessions will be available on the website by July 1st.

The WC8 Co-chairs, Clément Gauthier and Herman Koëter, are pleased with the enthusiastic response to WC8, as evidenced by the number and quality of abstracts, and the number of registrants to date. Based on the current registration of almost 800 participants, approximately 900 meeting registrants are expected. Approximately 550 abstracts were submitted by the April deadline (submission is now closed). Of those, around 180 have been selected for oral presentations. Exact numbers cannot yet be reported because the program is just being finalized by the CCAC.

The Co-chairs also observed that people seem to have embraced the Theme – “The Three Rs — Together it’s Possible.” The CCAC is particularly pleased about this as Canadian policy and decision making is based on “consensus building.”
Several of the sessions that illustrate the goal of the WC8 “to bridge the distance between science and policy and to identify opportunities for collaborations” are the following:

  • Additional Session (supported by the Institute for Laboratory Animal Research): The role of partnerships in advancing the Three Rs: together it’s possible! Panelists in this session will present case studies of successful partnerships that have generated science-based breakthroughs in the 3Rs with an eye not only toward business needs (i.e., affordability) but credibility and acceptance by the research community.
  • Additional Session (Supported by the European Partnership for Alternative Approaches to Animal Testing): The EPAA, a model for private-public partnerships supporting the advancement of Three R approaches.
  • Satellite Session on Tox21 (Supported by The Humane Society of the United States): CAAT and the Human Toxicology Project Consortium

An Awards Ceremony will take place on the morning of Thursday, August 25. Awards to be presented include: The Humane Society of the United States Russell and Burch Award; the Dieter Lütticken Award sponsored by Intervet/Schering-Plough Animal Health; the Charles River Laboratories Excellence in Refinement Award; the CAAT Recognition Award; and the Henry Spira Award.

The WC8 is also supporting young scientists with travel awards. Travel Grants have been provided 24 students and young scientists whose abstracts were selected for either oral or poster presentation. Travel Grants were awarded based on (i) the quality of the work proposed for presentation, and (ii) the particular needs expressed by the applicant.

The meeting Co-chairs and the CCAC look forward to seeing you at the 8th World Congress in Montreal in August.

The developers of AltTox – the HSUS and Procter & Gamble – are two of the many sponsors of the WC8. AltTox will be presenting a poster and hosting a breakfast meeting for the AltTox Editorial Board at the WC8. Additional information on the WC8 on AltTox: