Boning Up on Animal Science
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Boning Up on Animal Science

The only "Short" Course offering 400 years of combined experience

Have you ever wondered about the significance of biomedical research? Brian Anderson sure has. Anderson is presenting one of the 19 new lectures at this year's Charles River Short Course, where he will share the story of his daughter, Liviya.

Liviya was just 6 years old when she was taken to the emergency room following alarming blood work results. Testing revealed she had aplastic anemia, a rare condition in which the body's immune system turns on itself.

Treatments consisting of anti-thymocyte globulin (ATG), an animal-derived serum containing antibodies that kill destructive T cells, saved Liviya's life. The experience with Liviya's illness thus launched the family's campaign to promote the biomedical research that results in life-saving treatments and potential cures for childhood diseases.

Anderson, a Business Development Director at the Getinge Group, a company that specializes in infection control, extended care and medical systems, is not a scientist. But his situation does emphasize the importance of biomedical research in the development of vital therapies, and acknowledges the work that needs to be done to raise awareness.

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Audio: An introduction to this year's Short Course

Aside from Liviya's talk, the 2015 Short Course, which will be held June 15th-18th at the Boston Marriot Hotel in Newton offers 18 other new lectures ranging from experimental design to proper care of laboratory animals. For instance, Critical Care Considerations for Laboratory Mice and Rats and Structures of Microbiome Studies in Animal Models are both new talks in those areas. Kathryn Bayne, the global director of the Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care International (AALAC), will mark the 50th Anniversary of the organization by reflecting on the changes and progress that has occurred over these five decades within the fields of laboratory animal science and medicine.

The Short Course is organized into three tracks that include over 60 topics presented by Charles River staff and guest speakers from academia, contract research laboratories, and animal research organizations. Attendees can go to the lectures of their choice among the three tracks; there is no need to sign up for a particular track.

Whether you are an experienced animal researcher seeking continuing education credits, a veterinarian studying for the ACLAM boards, or just starting your career, the Short Course can serve as a stepping stone to increased knowledge in the field of biomedical research.

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Migliaccio M., Boning up on Animal Science. Eureka blog. Jun 2, 2015. Available: