Report on the 22nd Annual Meeting of the JSAAE

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Report on the 22nd Annual Meeting of the JSAAE

Hajime Kojima, Japanese Center for the Validation of Alternative Methods

Published:December 21, 2009

The 22nd Annual Meeting of the Japanese Society for Alternatives to Animal Experiments (JSAAE) was held on November 13 to 15, 2009 at Osaka University in Osaka, Japan, under the auspices of JSAAE Annual Meeting President Tsutomu Miki Kurosawa, DVM, MPhil, PhD, DVCS, DJCLAM, Osaka University Medical School. The theme of the meeting was The 3Rs: Refinement and then Reduction and Replacement. Dr. Kurosawa opened the meeting by noting that the program included sessions relevant to all of the 3Rs, but that there was increased emphasis on refinement because of the opportunity for refinement alternatives to immediately benefit the welfare of animals that must still be used. Around three hundred scientists participated in the meeting.

The Special International Session included several presentations:

  • Dr. William S. Stokes (Director, NTP Interagency Center for the Evaluation of Alternative Toxicological Methods, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, National Institutes of Health, USA) delivered the keynote special lecture on “Advancing laboratory animal welfare and public health science: The role of innovative refinement, reduction and replacement strategies”
  • Dr. Soon Young Han (Director, Korean Center for the Validation of Alternative Methods or KoCVAM, National Institute of Food and Drug Safety Evaluation, Korea) provided an “Introduction of KoCVAM for Alternative Test Methods in Korea”
  • Dr. Coenraad F.M. Hendriksen (Netherlands Centre Alternatives to animal use, The Netherlands) addressed the “Revision of EU council directive 86/69/EEC on animal experimentation: an overview of its impact on animal welfare and science,” and
  • Dr. Roger Curren (Institute for In Vitro Sciences, USA) discussed “Three-dimensional reconstructed human tissue models: Current status of regulatory acceptance and industrial use.”

Another International Session included presentations by three Chinese, two Korean and one Japanese speakers who addressed animal welfare in each country.

The Annual Meeting also included four symposia (“Project of NEDO,” “Embryonic Stem (ES) Cells and Induced Pluripotent Stem (iPS) Cells,” “Drug development and 3Rs,” and “Laboratory animal science”), two luncheon seminars (“Alternatives and anesthesia” and “The function of NARCOBIT – the inhalation anesthesia system for small laboratory animals”), a challenge contest for students, and a public seminar “Thinking about life.” Forty-three posters and eight oral presentations were included in general sessions.