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Of Mice and Men: Animals, Research, and Alternatives Conference Examines Relationship

Animals, Research and Alternatives ConferenceMice, like humans, express pain through facial expressions, according to recent study. In the experiments, mice were harmed to inflict pain. Sadly, the number of mice used in animal experimentation like this is increasing, rather than decreasing. But next month, PCRM’s Animals, Research, and Alternatives conference will bring together experts to discuss alternatives to the use of animals in research.

Fifty years after the development of the model for the refinement, reduction, and replacement of animals in research, often referred to as the “3 Rs,” the conference, taking place on Aug. 26 and 27, 2010, in Washington, D.C., will focus on ethical consideration regarding the use of animals in research and burgeoning alternatives to animal research.

At the conference, Alicia Karas, D.V.M., an assistant professor at Tufts University, will speak about the physiological effects of the pain and stress millions of mice endure in laboratories. Karas joins more than 20 scientific experts who will speak at the conference. The lineup also includes:

  • Susan Love, M.D., of the Love/Avon Army of Women, who will explain how her organization has challenged breast cancer researchers to expand their focus to prevention research conducted on healthy women.
  • Robert J. Kavlock, Ph.D., director of the Environmental Protection Agency’s newly formed National Center for Computational Toxicology (NCCT), who will discuss how nonanimal testing methods fit into the NCCT’s mission to improve risk identification in assessing environmental chemicals.
  • Lori Marino, Ph.D., of Emory University, who will discuss noninvasive research on dolphin and whale cognition.

At the conclusion of this two-day event, medical professionals, scientists, ethicists, policymakers, and students will understand how expanding knowledge of animals’ psychological and social attributes warrants their protections in research, and the latest and most promising alternatives to the use of animals in research.

This conference offers 16.5 continuing education units for physicians. The George Washington University Medical Center is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (provider number 0000369) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

To see the complete presentation lineup and register for the conference, visit


PCRM Online, July 2010

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