2017 SNEAALAS Meeting at BI
September 28, 2017 @ 1 PM
Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Great Speakers, Food, and CEUs
Topics and Speakers:
1. Gnotobiotics 101 & Novel Approach to Housing Gnotobiotic Mice
Michael G. Sidelskiy Sr., RLATG
Rodent Facility & Housing Specialist - MGS LAS Consulting
Abstract: Housing of Gnotobiotic mice has traditionally been done in glovebox isolators. In today's world housing in those isolators, while effective, does not afford the end user expansion options and drastically limits the research output of very expensive laboratory floor space. In addition, Microbiota experiments at a rate necessary to explore the multiple microbes found in the gut lag behind due to the space limitations and low productivity of the glovebox isolator method. Introducing a novel IVC housing system, in conjunction with a partnership with consultants well-versed in helping to co-developed appropriate SOPs, allows for a vast expansion of Gnotobiotic mouse research and exponentially increased throughput without the need for facility renovation or expansion.
2. Reducing Mouse Aggressive Behavior with Cage Dividers
Bret R. Tallent, LATG
Research Lab Manager - Univ. of Arizona and Barrow Neurological Institute at Phoenix Children's Hospital
Abstract: Reducing aggressive behavior in mice has long been the goal of institutions and investigators. The consequence of aggressive behavior is single housing, which impacts animal social behavior and welfare, and increases research costs. Our goal was to develop a method to reduce aggression in group-housed mice, maintain social housing while avoiding drugs or techniques that modified behavior from "normal", and avoid undue costs or labor for staff. Few publications evaluate the effects of cage dividers or complex caging in mice. Of those that do, the modifications include a much larger cage, or caging system, that varied in the complexity of customization to cages. No simple, cost effective home-cage interventions are available to reduce aggression and maintain animal welfare. Therefore, we conducted an observational study of group-housed mice within standard disposable individually ventilated mouse cages with the addition of custom built dividers.
SNEAALAS Members: FREE.
Non Members: $25 to cover cost of food and speakers.
You must be registered for this event and your name MUST be on the security list to gain access.
NO WALK INS allowed. Parking onsite. Please bring your government issued ID.
**Registration closes on September 21, 2017**
Please arrive 30 minutes early (12:30pm) to ensure enough time for Visitor Gate registration.
12:30 Arrive at BI, Visitors Gate Registration
1:00 - 2:00 Lunch and Business Meeting
2:00 - 3:00 First Speaker
3:00 - 3:30 Isolator Demonstration, Q&A, and Break
3:30 - 4:30 Second Speaker
4:30 - 5:00 Q&A and Dessert
Cancellation policy: If you registered and you can not make the SNEAALAS event, please cancel at least 3 days prior to the event to help us minimize excess food costs and spoilage. Please send your cancellation notice to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Walk in policy: Because this event is held in a secure facility, we can not allow walk ins. You must be registered 7 days prior to the event to attend.