Training course: Validity and translational aspects of animal models in vaccine research
Date: 12/13 March 2020
Deadline: 1 March 2020
Participants: up to 30 participants
Organizer/Location: Wageningen University (SWR) / Lelystad, The Netherlands
Accommodation is not covered, to be arranged by participants (information on accommodation will be provided)
Increased expertise on animal model assessment in veterinary and biomedical research and vaccine development; provide guidelines to select the most appropriate animal model for the research question addressed; provide guidance on study designs.
Who should apply
PhD students, postdocs and senior scientists performing (pre) clinical vaccine studies.
Participants will be asked to actively participate in the discussions; animal studies are an essential part of current/planned research. Preferentially, applicants are certified to conduct animal experiments.
In various phases of pre-clinical vaccine development, animal experiments are indispensable. However, animal models are a matter of continuous discussion in regard to biomedical relevance and ethical concerns. The use of the most suitable animal model, the appropriate design of an animal study and the realistic expectation on the achievable information from the study are essential to the success and justification of the of use animals in research. This course is organized together with the EU infrastructure project TRANSVAC (info see https://www.transvac.org/m4-validity-comparison-animal-model) and designed to critically discuss the design of animal studies: choice of animal models, presentation of less frequently used animal species, animal numbers and the extrapolation of results to humans.