Program Scientific Program

Ethics of Animal Use in Research

Sessions in this theme will explore the current thinking surrounding harm/benefit analysis, role of ethics committees/IACUCs in promoting ethical research, ethics of using certain species for research, and ethical challenges presented by new technologies.


Harm-Benefit and Beyond
How Can IACUCs and Ethics Committees Improve to Further Benefit Animals
Ethical Selection of Species
Creative Approaches to Refinement - Creating a Good Life Experience 
Ethical Considerations for New Technologies


Lessons Learned From Successful Applications of Alternatives that Resulted in Replacement of Animals in Safety and Toxicity Testing

Sessions will highlight regulatory acceptance of replacement methods in the US and Europe, the acceptance of replacement methods for investigative new drug applications, the use of virtual screening and read across methods and integration of in vitro methods for organ toxicity screening, and novel and upcoming possibilities for incorporating in vitro methods for safety and toxicity testing.


In vitro Assays as Bioanlytics for Safe Water
Tox21 10 Year anniversary
Read Across
Govt legislation driven - EDSP/TSCA
Govt legislation driven -Cosmetics
Integrating in vitro to predict organ tox
IND Examples
Novel Uses of Genomics for Product Safety 
Tipping Point: Using In Vitro to Discriminate Adverse from Adaptive Effects


Innovative Models for Safety

There are new and emerging methods that are being developed or used in chemical evaluation as models of human disease.  Sessions in this theme will be organized around organ systems and disease models and will include talks on basic physiology, talks on disease states as well as applications including translation to novel adverse outcome pathways (AOPs) and or Mechanisms of Action (MOAs).  Computational toxicology approaches will also be addressed within the model discussions.   This theme will include sessions on metabolism and kinetic models to link outcomes for translation.  Exposure considerations for these models will also be included as will review of models for evaluating drugs, environmental agents, vaccines and medical devices for safety and efficacy.


Developmental Neuro Toxicity
Models of Brain Disorders and Disorders and Diseases
Models of Developmental and Reproductive Biology
Genotoxicity and Cancer Models
Ecology and Ecotoxicology
Medical Devices
Regulatory Issues Related to Organs on a Chip
3D Organ Models
Exposure Model


Sustainability Methods Research and Development

This theme will focus on more sustainable methods research and development. Green chemistry will include the development and application of new tools, technologies and approaches to guide the design and use of inherently safer chemicals, such as through the development, acceptance and implementation of new computer- and cell-based 21st century technologies. One Health will address efforts to practice and promote proper stewardship of biological and animal resources, whether through conscientious use of antibiotics, the development of sustainable agricultural.


Predictive Safety Approaches Role in the Design of Inherently Safer Chemicals
Creating a Sustainable Environment: The Intersection of LCA & Green Chemistry
Approaches and Frameworks to Advance Alternative Analysis  
Educating and Training Scientists to be Future Leaders in Sustainability
Naturally Occurring Disease Models in Animals to Improve Human and Animal Health
Animal Populations/Zoonoses
Sustainable Agriculture & Antibiotic Resistance


Systems Biology and Big Data

This theme will address challenges and emerging solutions for big data to support systems biology for 3Rs with regards to scientific empiricism, theory, simulation and prediction: what are the resources available now to deal with the surfeit of biological data and information; what are the pragmatic approaches for visualization; and how do we prepare for the challenges of bigger data in the future.practices, or the use of naturally occurring disease models in place of traditional laboratory animals.


Global Initiative Updates and State of the Art for Modeling
Resources and Tools Underpining Big Data
Best Practices for Modeling Data
Harnessing Big Data for Decision Making at Different Levels
Future of Big Data in 3Rs and Recommendations


Communicating and Utilizing the Three Rs in Academia, Education & Research

This theme will address the use of animals and new non-animal technologies in education, the communication of the 3Rs information and its implementation around the world, incorporating the 3Rs into basic research and funding for 3Rs.


Evaluation of the global impact of the 3Rs in education and Training
Knowledge Sharing in Promoting 3Rs Advances
Training for humane use of animals in veterinary education and biomedical research
Innovative Teaching & Training Methods using Alternatives
Acceptance and Implementation of the 3Rs in Asia
The 3Rs in Research and Funding Opportunities for 3Rs Research
The Importance of Experimental Design in Animals Experiments 


Translation and Best Practices for Alternatives

This theme encompasses best practices and mechanisms (including validation) to achieve optimal translation of research into practice. Topics will include biomarkers, relevance of animal models of human disease, implications of systematic review of animal and non-animal methods and best practices for various replacement alternative methods.


Relevant Disease Models
Best ES/IPCS Practices
21st Century Cell Culture Practices
Implications of Systematic Review
IVIVE Approaches


Refinement and Animal Welfare

In this theme, sessions will cover the use of technology to improve animal welfare, advanced methods for recognition and alleviation of pain in laboratory animals, how to achieve better reproducibility in animal experiments, and welfare concerns about genetically modified animals.


Evolution of Research Animal Welfare
Advances in Technology to Enhance Animal Welfare
Establishing a Culture of Care Through Assessment, Transparency, and Communication
Ensuring Good Welfare for Genetically Engineered Animals
Humane Endpoints and Euthanasia Considerations for Research Animals
Training Animals for Better Science and as Partners in Scientific Process
Promotion of the 3Rs and Research Reproducibility
Advances in Recognition and Treatment of Pain in Laboratory Rodents (sponsored session)


Global Cooperation and Harmonization

This theme will address efforts around the world to harmonize methods and validation efforts, the role of international science in promoting the 3Rs, role of advocacy groups in promoting the 3Rs globally and international cooperation.


Animal Welfare: A Global Perspective
Interanational Approaches to Validation
International 3Rs cooperation: The role of international science
Global Regulatory Updates
Global Regulatory Harmonisation
3Rs Communication and advocacy 
Examining the gap between regulatory acceptance and industry use of alternative methods
Global Efforts Movng towards Replacement of Animals