Our upcoming webinar, Microbiota of Laboratory Animals: An Emerging Frontier, will be on May 23, 2018 from 12:00 to 1:30 pm CT.

The speaker will discuss:

  • Impact of gut microbiota on health and disease
  • Technologies to define and analyze gut microbiota, such as:
    • Complex microbiota targeted rederivation (CMTR)
    • Generation and maintenance of standardized GM profiles
  • Refinement of animal models to maximize reproducibility and translatability

The following webinar, Strategies for Gnotobiotics Program Startup and Development, will be on June 19, 2018 from 12:00 to 1:30 pm CT.

The speaker will discuss centrally-managed gnotobiotics programs:

  • Core elements of the programs
  • How they differ from standard rodent housing
  • Elements that contribute to program success, including:
    • Facility requirements and retrofitting
    • Staff development
    • Managements of costs and labor
    • Microbiological monitoring

Viral Infections of RatsThe next webinar, Viral Infection of Rats, will be on July 12, 2018 from 12:00 to 1:30 pm CT.

This webinar will provide an update on well-known as well as newly recognized viral infections of rats, and the speaker will discuss how:

  • Increased production of genetically engineered rats may result in greater impact, susceptibility, and prevalence of viral infections.
  • A new polyomavirus and a new cardiovirus have been discovered.
  • Advances in genomics have enabled screening for previously unknown viral infections.

AALAS Educational Opportunities

AALAS offers a host of educational opportunities and resources.

  • Visit our Educational Resources page to learn about materials available through the AALAS Bookstore.
  • The AALAS Learning Library contains a variety of courses designed for laboratory animal professionals at any career level.
  • The pinnacle of the AALAS year is the National Meeting. This event is designed to provide attendees with educational opportunities throughout the five day meeting.
  • Finally, the GLAS program (Grants for Laboratory Animal Science) offers competitive short-term research grants in the LAS field.