Information and Bookings

Trainer: Dr Nikki Osborne
(Course Director) Responsible Research in Practice Ltd
Internal: No Charge
Externals: £100
Times: 09:30 - 17:00

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Research involving the use of animals or animal derived material is expected to be conducted in accordance with good practice standards relating to the responsible use of animals in bioscience research.

This short course will provide a practical guide to meeting the college’s and funder’s expectations with regards animal welfare, implementation of the 3Rs principles of humane experimental technique and standards of contemporary good practice. Content will be discussed in the context of statistics on animal use, public engagement and trends in public opinion, the culture of scientific research in the UK, the research framework, and initiatives to improve experimental design, planning and research reporting standards.

Key Areas

Session 1:

  • Overview of animal use in the UK and at Imperial, plus trends in public opinion and initiatives to improve openness and transparency in the use of animals in research
  • What is a testable hypothesis?
  • How to identify the most appropriate research model/system, including ‘replacement’
  • What does ‘responsible use of animals’ mean in practice at Imperial?
  • Culture of scientific research in the UK and what can go wrong

Session 2

  • Overview of good practice in experimental design and planning, including common pitfalls and how to avoid them, plus implementing ‘reduction’
  • Introduction to animal welfare and what it means in practice for each animals lifetime experience, plus implementing ‘refinement’
  • Identifying and managing experimental variables or confounding factors that can impact upon animal welfare
  • Critical thinking

General Information:

Course Aim

The course aim is to provide bioscience researchers wanting to conduct research involving the use of animals and/or animal derived material with access to all the information, resources and/or further support they may need to implement standards that reflect contemporary good practice.

The course will include how to generate a testable hypothesis, approaches to identify the most appropriate research model/method/system, what good experimental design means plus how to identify and avoid common pitfalls. The local and national research framework will also be covered, including advice on how to go about implementing the 3Rs principles of human experimental technique, the importance of critical thinking and a good culture of care.

Course Methods

This short course will include a mix of presented material, workshop activity and group discussion designed to make the session interesting, engaging and interactive. Examples of good practice will be provided and real life case studies of poor practice discussed.
Following the course all participants will receive a PDF copy of the course material including hyperlinks to all freely accessible reference documents, published papers, resources and tools.

Who Should Attend?

This course will be of interest to bioscience researchers at any stage of their career whose research projects involve the use of animals and/or animal derived material. It is open to personal and project license holders, as well as researchers whose animal use is not regulated under ASPA.

Why Should I Do This Course?

Participants will leave the course with a contemporary understanding of good practice as it relates to the responsible use of animals in bioscience research, and an awareness of the tools and resources that are freely available to support improvements in research practices. Application of this will enhance the reliability and reproducibility of studies involving the use of animals, or animal derived material, thus ensuring that the benefits of the research are maximized, and harms minimized.