The Rodents Who Help

Inside Shanghai’s Laboratory Animal Center

By Wang Zhefeng Source:Global Times Published: 2014-11-4 18:58:01

In a quiet yard in Shanghai’s Songjiang district stands a memorial for laboratory animals with a plaque reading: “Dedicated to the memory of laboratory animals.”

This memorial is tucked away in the Shanghai Laboratory Animals Center (SLAC) at the Shanghai Institutes for Biological Sciences (SIBS) under the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS).
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GR8 Brings Team to SHAFC

“A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.”
-Chinese Proverb

In the past three years, GR8 has taken some giant steps towards overcoming long-standing cultural and communication barriers by building trust in the lab animal training we provide each summer in China.

This July, GR8 brought a dynamic team to Shanghai Vocational & Technical College of Agriculture & Forestry (SHAFC) to introduce 24 eager third-year animal science students to fundamentals of laboratory animal care & use.
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Overcoming Cultural Differences

It took time and trust, but 2012 students in the GR8/SHAFC “Introduction to Elementary Laboratory Animal Care & Use” course finally felt comfortable raising their hands to ask “Why?”

Encouraged to admit when they did not understand, these eager learners overcame cultural and language barriers to explore complex concepts essential to the development of a personal and professional ethic of CARING.
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Animal Science Students Will Lead The Way

They are young. They are highly motivated — professionally and personally. They all love animals. And they dream of helping China find innovative ways to conquer some of the world’s most devastating health threats.

They are 23 select students at the Shanghai Vocational and Technical College of Agriculture and Forestry (SHAFC), who are participating in an intensive training course to prepare them for careers in laboratory animal science.

The 10-day training in basic care and handling of laboratory animals is a partnership between SHAFC and Global Research Education & Training (GR8), a US-based consortium dedicated to promoting international standards of animal welfare wherever animal research is conducted.
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2010 Sharing Conference

The 2nd Annual Shanghai Laboratory Animal Welfare Sharing Conference was held September 18-19, 2010.

Co-Organizers: Shanghai Laboratory Animal Research Center
• AAALAC Int’l • Global Research Education & Training (GR8) • GSK R&D/China
Global Platinum Partners: GlaxoSmithKline • Pfizer
Global Gold Sponsors: AstraZeneca • Eli Lilly • Roche
Global Silver Supporters: AALAS • Charles River • Covance
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2009 Sharing Conference

The 1rst Annual Shanghai Laboratory Animal Welfare Sharing Conference was held September 26-28, 2009.

Hosted by Office of Shanghai Administrative Committee for Laboratory Animals • AAALAC INTERNATIONAL • Global Research Education & Training (GR8)

Premier Sponsor: GlaxoSmithKline
Global Sponsors: Pfizer • Roche • Wuxi • AppTec
International Sponsors: Covance • American Association for Laboratory Animal Science • AstraZeneca • Lilly • Tecniplast
Media Sponsor: ALN World
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