This popular course provides essential training in designing, undertaking analysis and reporting experiments using mice. In addition, participants will learn how to ensure animals of the appropriate quality are generated through the use of best practices in breeding and control of the animal environment.

The course (formally Genetics, Breeding and Welfare of Laboratory Mice) is a collaboration between the MRC Harwell, South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute and the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute. The content has continually evolved to meet the requirements of the mouse research community. The focus this year will be on experimental design to maximise animal welfare and the application of the 3Rs.

Mice now account for almost 70% of animals used in scientific research, and the number of mice used continues to grow annually. Over the past few years there has been an increased focus on the enhancing validity and reproducibility of research outcomes. Preclinical research using animal models appears to be particularly susceptible to this problem. The reasons are many, and include the use of non-standardised strains and housing conditions, poor experimental design, inappropriate data analysis or inadequate reporting of experimental conditions in publications.

Applications are invited from research and scientific staff who coordinate experimental work on genetically altered mouse lines, including the maintenance of mouse colonies. Applicants should ideally have degree-standard knowledge of genetics, or equivalent.

Application Deadline:
22 April 2016

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