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Webinar + Networking Event

Washington Branch AALAS is hosting a webinar viewing and networking event at the University of Washington on March 28th from 3:30pm-5:30pm.
WBAALAS will be re-broadcasting the AALAS webinar, Noise and Vibration in the Vivarium, at the UW WaNPRC.  Refreshments will be provided, along with opportunities to network before and after the webinar. Happy hour will follow, beginning at 5:30pm at Agua Verde Café.
If interested in attending, please RSVP Here or email  See the event flyer here.
Thank you to our event sponsors!




Vivarium Manager Roundtable

The purpose of this quarterly meeting is to bring together area Vivarium Managers and Leads in an informal setting to network and problem solve. Lunch is provided!
Where: Novo Nordisk When: Thursday, April 11th from 12pm-2pm
Please RSVP by April 5th to You will receive parking and entry information prior to the meeting.
Thank you to our sponsor Geneva Scientific.

If you would like to attend, host, or sponsor this roundtable, contact

District 8 AALAS Annual Meeting – April 25th and 26th, 2019  at the Hyatt Regency Seattle

Please join us at the Hyatt Regency for the 2019 District 8 meeting hosted by Washington, Oregon, and Northern Rocky Mountain Branches of AALAS. This multi-day conference will feature speaker presentations, poster sessions, and workshops designed to help educate and bring new ideas to those in the laboratory animal field. Attendees will also have the opportunity to visit the Exhibit hall to talk to vendors about new and upcoming products in the lab animal field.
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Keynote Speaker: Dr. Melween Martinez, Director of the Caribbean Primate Research Center in Puerto Rico: Disaster Recovery Efforts after Hurricane Maria
Featured Speaker: Ann Turner, PhD, FASAE, CAE; Executive Director of AALAS: History and globalization of AALAS
Additional Speakers:
Heather Sidener, DVM, DACLAM; Oregon National Primate Research Center (ONPRC), Oregon Health and Sciences University (OHSU) "Open your doors" concept/public outreach/transparency
Helen Diggs, MEd, DVM, DACLAM; Research Office, Oregon State University; AAALAC International AAALAC
Andrew Burich, DVM, MS, DACLAM, CPIA Benaroya Research Institute at Virginia Mason Bringing back the dirty mouse
Tracy Parker; AALAS Career/team development
Randall C. Kyes, PhD; Washington National Primate Research Center (WaNPRC), University of Washington (UW) Global Partnerships in Field Training & Outreach Education: Promoting Human-Primate Coexistence
Sally Thompson-Iritani, DVM/PhD, CPIA, CCFP; Washington National Primate Research Center (WaNPRC), University of Washington (UW) Handling adverse events
J. Preston Van Hooser; Office of Animal Welfare, University of Washington (UW) Compassion fatigue
Ken Gordon; Northwest Association for Biomedical Research (NWABR) Why biomedical research is important
Jim Olson, MD, PhD; Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center (FHCRC) Tumor Paint
Neurosurgery and Behavior Team (Robert Howard, Jenifer Luviano, Kat North, & Andy Cho); Allen Institute Surgical Training Program
Caroline Thomas; ACTS Training Stress Management
Dianne Lattemann, PhD; VA Puget Sound Health Care System (VAPSHCS) Motivation of Dietary Choices
Cyrus Ghajar; Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center (FHCRC) 2-P imaging
Christine Tafoya; Western Washington University (WWU) Biosafety hazards and risk assessment


Wednesday 4/24/19 - Workshop 1 & 2 occur back to back at the UW. Consider attending both!
Workshop 1 - 1:30-3:00 Chin bleeds: The newest mouse bleeding technique. Enrollees will learn to perform chin bleeds on mice.
Presenter: Erika French
Limit 12
Transportation to UW provided - Will leave the hotel at 1:00pm
Workshop 2 - 3:00-5:00 Come visit the University of Washington animal facility and the Washington National Primate Research Center: Environmental enrichment of various species will be emphasized.
Presenters: TBD
Limit 20
Transportation to UW provided - Will leave the hotel at 2:30pm
Thursday 4/25/19
Workshop 3 - 2:00-5:00 Positive Reinforcement in the research environment - Tools of the Trade: This is an interactive workshop teaching you the tools you need to effectively train animals to be successful in the research environment. From mice to monkeys, and maybe some co-workers- clicker training is a remarkable tool that has applications across disciplines.
Presenters: Kelly Morrisroe (WaNPRC) and Lisa Houser (ONPRC)
Limit 30
Friday 4/26/19
Workshop 4 - 2:00-4:00 How to respond to an IACUC inspection, a facility perspective: Target audience: facility managers and animal care personnel. Enrollees will learn how to respond to questions from IACUC members. Sample questions and responses will be included.
Presenter: Jamie Kenfield
Limit 12
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