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					Tuesday Special Topics and Round Tables
   *- pre-registration required
*8:30 am - 11:30 am CMAR Examination
Marti White
American Association for Laboratory Animal Science
Memphis, TN

The Certified Manager Animal Resources (CMAR) certification program is
designed to raise competency and professionalism in the field of Animal
Resources Management. The CMAR designation involves a series of four
examinations: three exams arranged via an organization called the Institute
for Certified Professional Managers (ICPM), and the Animal Resources Exam
offered by AALAS. Obtaining the CMAR designation is a sign of professionalism
in the field of animal resources management.

ST 1 A - 9:00 am - 10:30 am
AALAS Learning Library and On-Line Training
Pam Graebel
American Association for Laboratory Animal Science
Memphis, TN

The AALAS Learning Library (ALL) is an on-line training tool with over 135
animal care and use courses. This workshop will present some general
concepts of on-line training and then show you how the ALL can be used to
meet various training needs, such as for AALAS technician certification and for
investigative staff compliance training. After reviewing ways to effectively
manage groups on the ALL, various options to enhance your experience on the
ALL will also be demonstrated, such as customizing courses and automating
login and transcript download procedures.

ST 2 - 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Maximizing Laboratory Animal Facility Performance
Dan Frasier
Cornerstone Commissioning, Inc.
Boxford, MA 01921

The performance of laboratory animal facilities is one of the most crucial
aspects of biomedical research. Achieving the performance required in these
buildings is extremely challenging and, for new or renovation projects,
involves a dedicated commissioning team. This presentation will address how
the commissioning process is applied to new and existing facilities to verify
that the performance of building systems meets the owner’s requirements.
*ST 3 - 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
IACUC Protocol Review: The Good, the Bad and the Complicated
Maximum participants: 40
MJ Shepherd , Pfizer, Groton, CT
and Cecilia Pate, sanofi-aventis, Bridgewater, NJ

This special topics presentation will teach participants to be able to identify
the key elements of effective protocol review. The target audience is new
Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) members, researchers
with limited experience in IACUC protocol review, and more experienced
IACUC members who desire an opportunity to refine their skills.
This three-hour session consists of a brief introduction to IACUC protocol
review followed by a series of breakout groups where participants will review
three different mock IACUC protocol submissions. The sample protocols will
vary in complexity and completeness and illustrate a range of issues
confronted regularly by real IACUCs. Functioning as an IACUC, each group will
identify the strengths and weaknesses of the submissions and summarize
their findings in a wrap-up session. Experienced IACUC members who will also
serve as facilitators for the breakout groups will prepare the mock
submissions.

RT 1 - 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
How Did I Get Here? Careers in Laboratory Animal Science
Denise DiFrancesco, AS, LATG, CMAR
The Wistar Institute, Philadelphia, PA
Gina Ward, MS, RLAT
University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
Katie Coleman, RLAT
Edstrom Industries, Waterford, WI
Asael Alvarado,
Medimmune, Gaithersburg, MD

This roundtable focuses on the variety of career paths that LAS offers and the
challenges involved with stepping up the career ladder and crossing to and
from LAS positions to parallel or related fields. Participants include
supervisors, managers, sales professionals, and research technicians. The
target audience for this roundtable is technicians and managers.


*ST 4 - 2:15 pm - 4:15 pm
What I Wish I Had Learned About Management in School
Ann Turner, Ph.D., CAE
Executive Director: American Association for Laboratory Animal Science
Memphis, TN

Historically, academic management courses concentrate on “problem solving”
and traditional topics such as coordination, evaluation, program planning,
budgeting, and so forth. While these management theories and practices are
important, creating the environment for a positive culture is the foundation of
a successful organization. One way to move toward this type culture is
through a way of thinking called Appreciative Inquiry. Appreciative Inquiry
focuses on what is right and builds on success. This presentation will outline
the basic assumptions of Appreciative Inquiry and provide examples of how to
use the method in the laboratory setting.


Wednesday Special Topics and Roundtables
   *- pre-registration required
*ST 5 - 8:30 am - 11:30 am
Suturing Techniques
Maximum participants: 30
Dr. Jan Penraat
Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research
East Hanover, NJ

This workshop will be useful for the beginner and intermediate surgeon, who
would like to learn the basics of surgery. Included will be an overview of basic
sterility practices, preparation of operative site, suture materials,
instruments used and hands-on experience of practicing different suture
patterns.




ST 1 B - 9:00 am - 10:30 am
AALAS Learning Library and On-Line Training
Pam Graebel
American Association for Laboratory Animal Science
Memphis, TN
The AALAS Learning Library (ALL) is an on-line training tool with over 135
animal care and use courses. This workshop will present some general
concepts of on-line training and then show you how the ALL can be used to
meet various training needs, such as for AALAS technician certification and for
investigative staff compliance training. After reviewing ways to effectively
manage groups on the ALL, various options to enhance your experience on the
ALL will also be demonstrated, such as customizing courses and automating
login and transcript download procedures.

RT 2 - 9:00 am - 11:00 am
Supervisors/Managers’ Forum
Facilitator - Carmine Bianco
Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research
East Hanover, NJ

The Supervisors/Managers Forum promotes discussion and sharing ideas,
experiences and knowledge among Supervisors and Managers in the field of
laboratory animal science. The topics discussed in this session may be: use of
SOPs, training, documentation, sanitation, validation, equipment maintenance
and calibration, husbandry, inspections and staffing related areas. Attendees
are encouraged to bring questions for discussion among the group.

10:30 am - 12:00 pm
NJ ABR Sponsored Enrichment Competition
see page 18 for more details




RT 3 - 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
The Ventilated Rack Dilemma - Do They Perform as Billed?
M. Lynn Fleck, ASAST, CMAR, RLATG
SANOFI-AVENTIS Pharmaceuticals, Bridgewater, NJ
Jonathan Lowrie BS, MS, MPH, AHT, RLATG
Schering Plough Research Institute, Kenilworth, NJ
Amy Ingraham BA, RLATG
Pharmacal Research Laboratories, Ephrata PA
Ann Marie Dinkel, BS, MBA, RLATG
Alternative Design Manufacturing, Lewes DE

This Roundtable encourages participants to be involved in the discussion of
issues surrounding use, care, maintenance and sanitation of ventilated racks.
The focus is on expectations, typical and unusual maintenance requirements,
the potential limitations of vent racks and the direction toward defining best
practices for sanitation of this increasing common piece of equipment.


RT 4 - 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Adoption and Retirement of Laboratory Animals
Facilitator - Dr. Dianne Garnes, Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation, East Hanover,
NJ
and Carolyn Sterner, Cascade Beagle Rescue-East, Yardley, PA
This facilitated discussion is intended to be an interactive session in which the
participants can share their ideas and experiences regarding Adoption,
Donation and Retirement of Laboratory Animals. The discussion will cover
the legal aspects, general recommendations, commonly included or excluded
species, and related company policies and SOPs. This session should be useful
for those who are considering implementing an adoption policy at their
facility or for those who have an existing procedure that they would like to
expand or refine.



*ST6 - 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
The Practical Application of Positive Reinforcement Training for Non-
Human Primates
Maximum participants: 40
Margaret Whittaker, Animal Behavior Consultant
Active Environments, Galveston, TX

This 2 hour workshop will briefly review the terminology of operant
conditioning, some of the techniques used in the application of positive
reinforcement training (PRT), and provide participants the opportunity to
explore the use of some of the tools of PRT. We will also look at real life
situations and challenges that face those working with non-human primates in
the laboratory setting and how the application of PRT techniques can enhance
the care and welfare of non-human primates. Positive reinforcement training
has many direct benefits to captive animals and the people that care for and
work with them. Mastering the techniques of PRT is a skill that takes time to
develop; this workshop will offer a starting point for those just beginning to
use PRT, and for those who are already using PRT, the opportunity to discuss
more advanced techniques and applications.

				
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