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Northern California Branch of AALAS
Northern California Branch of the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science P.O.Box 60068, Palo Alto, CA 94306 |

Join us in Newport Beach in May.

2018 District 8 AALAS Meeting

The District 8 AALAS branches (Southern California, San Diego and Hawaii) welcome our Rockstars of Science to the 2018 District 8 Meeting in sunny Newport Beach, CA!

We will be hosting several fantastic workshops on Wednesday, May 9th and Thursday, May 10th, alongside two days of platform presentations on May 10-11th. The always popular Leadership Academy will be held on Friday, May 11th. There will be a poster session and an exhibit hall, as well as a welcome reception Wednesday night, raffle prizes, and a Technician Fun Fair! We look forward to welcoming you at the Duke Hotel!

Good times and Great Learning in Newport Beach in May

Come ahead of time and attend the ICARE (Interagency Collaborative Animal Research Education) academy, which is scheduled from May 7-9th. Register separately for this event via the ICARE website.

Newport Beach has the largest recreational harbor on the west coast, with ten miles of extraordinary fishing, swimming, surfing, and aquatic sports. Ten distinct neighborhoods make up Newport Beach, each with its own unique personality, natural beauty, and story to share.  From sunset cruises to surf lessons, wine tastings to harbor-front promenades, Newport Beach offers something for everyone. We invite you to join us to learn, unwind, and enjoy picturesque views of California's sunrise and sunsets - Paradise is what the locals call it. Please see the "Location" tab on the website for more information on this fabulous meeting location!

Registration open now!

The Program

ICARE Events in Newport Beach, CA

Monday, May 7th
Advanced Train the Trainer institute

Tuesday- Wednesday, May 8th & 9th - ICARE Academy which will end at 4 PM on the 9th

If making hotel reservations for both the ICARE events and the D8 Meeting, please be sure to give both names when making your reservation.  This will ensure you get the appropriate discount for both events!

The preliminary program includes two tracks, plus the mini-Leadership Academy and small-group break-out discussion sessions on topics such as rodent transportation.

For our Technician Track, we are planning subjects such as:

  • Mouse Genetics 101
  • Imaging Techniques
  • Health considerations for genetically altered animals
  • Biosafety for husbandry personnel
  • Zoonotic challenges
  • Quality assurance for aquatic species
  • Sentinel testing
  • Training for AALAS certification- where to start?
  • From Technician to Supervisor
  • General leadership principles
  For our Veterinary/Management Track, we are planning subjects like:
  • Training Programs
  • Regulatory Site Visits
  • How to Talk About Your Job with the Public
  • Biosafety for Managers
  • Caring for a Multiple Species Facility
  • Facility Remodel and Equipment Optimization
  • Microbiome Research and Gnotobiotics
  • Disaster Planning: Aftermath & Recovery
  • Rabbit Social Housing and Enrichment

Make sure to enjoy the pool.

The mini-Leadership Academy is an exciting opportunity available to those of you who want to develop your leadership skills and learn more about volunteerism in the AALAS community! Come and join us for a half day workshop, facilitated by leaders in the field who want to share their experiences with you and support you on the path to leadership. This is an interactive workshop where attendees will be introduced to different leadership styles, learn about the benefits of volunteerism, and receive information on the AALAS structure. Don't miss the chance to join in this workshop! Registration for the workshop is free but spaces are limited.


Rodent Imaging (May 9th): Participants will receive a live animal demonstration and hands-on opportunity to work with a rodent ultrasound machine.  In addition, there will be a demonstration and discussion on rodent PET/CT scanning technology. 12 participants max.
Surgical Techniques (May 9th): Participants will be able to learn three different surgical techniques: 1) hands-on subcutaneous mini-pump implantation in mice, 2) a demonstration of jugular vein catheterization in rats, and 3) a demonstration of stereotaxic intracranial set-ups in mice. 16 participants max.

Basic Techniques for the Rabbits and Rodents (May 10th): Participants will gain hands-on experience and training in common injection techniques, including IV injections. The workshop will also include hands-on training in IV blood collection and oral gavage (rodents only). 15 participants max.



AALAS District 8 Action

SAVE THE DATE: 2018 District 8 Meeting May 9-11 at the The Duke Hotel, Newport Beach, CA

District 8 of the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science (AALAS) is one of eight AALAS District divisions in the United States. District 8 encompasses Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Nevada, Montana, Oregon, Utah, and Washington. AALAS District 8 has within it's boundaries 10 of the nearly 50 affiliated Branches of the Association. Each District has 2 elected members to the AALAS Board of Trustees who, along with the Officers, serve as the governing body of AALAS. The 2017 D8 Meeting was in March.

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The Usual Suspects

Send us your photos from NCB-AALAS events, along with brief notes on names places and happenings so we can record some history together. Our generous volunteer directors have been so busy running events like the annual Educational Symposium that we miss recording the actual day. So let's do it individually and gather pix from cell phones that were on scene! Send the goods to Carl at web services.

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