Animals, Research, and Alternatives Conference: Call for Abstracts
This August, PCRM will bring together a global panel of experts for the Animals, Research, and Alternatives: Measuring Progress 50 Years Later conference. Attendees will discuss animal experimentation, changing cultural perspectives about the status of animals in society, and burgeoning alternatives to animal research. In conjunction with the conference, abstracts on these themes are now being accepted.
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:
- frameworks for protection of human and animal research subjects;
- advancements and challenges in preclinical research;
- scientific discoveries relevant to animals’ cognitive and emotional capabilities; and
- existing and promising alternatives to the use of animals in research.
“Scientific research has produced substantial social benefits. But it has also posed troubling ethical questions within the scope of human and animal experimentation,” says PCRM director of research policy Hope Ferdowsian, M.D., M.P.H., “Difficult questions have been raised about both the effectiveness of animal testing and research in predicting human outcomes and the adequacy of existing ethical and welfare guidelines. There are replacements for animal tests that have the advantages of being human biology-based.”
Scientists, researchers, medical professionals, ethicists, students, policymakers, and government officials are all encouraged to join the conversation by submitting abstracts on any of the following themes:
- alternatives to animal research;
- ethical considerations regarding animal research; or
- scientific considerations regarding animal research.
PLoS ONE has agreed to create a collection of those articles that a) are accepted for presentation at the conference and b) pass the PLoS ONE editorial criteria. PLoS ONE is a large, peer-reviewed, online-only open access journal from the Public Library of Science. If your abstract is accepted by the conference, then you will also receive instructions for making a full submission to PLoS ONE. Each paper must fit the scope of PLoS ONE and will be subject to all of the conference and PLoS ONE conditions for publication. The journal will peer review each article and render an accept/reject decision based on the merits of each individual article.
The George Washington University Medical Center and the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, along with the Johns Hopkins University Center for Alternatives to Animal Testing, the Institute for In Vitro Sciences, and the Kennedy Institute for Ethics at Georgetown University, are co-sponsoring the conference.
To submit an abstract by the April 30, 2010, deadline and learn more about the conference, visit ResearchAlternatives.org.
Hope Ferdowsian, M.D., M.P.H.
PCRM Online, March 2010