AFLAS Congress 2020 Educational and Scientific Program Overview (as of January 13, 2020)

On behalf of the TALAS Educational and Scientific Program Committee, it is our ultimate goal to meet all AFLAS Congress participants’ expectation and the congress theme, “Asian Visions of Innovative Laboratory Animal Science to Improve Animal Welfare and Human Health”. We consider all of your roles and the importance of your contribution to the advancement of laboratory animal science. This is the main reason to have five separate tracks focusing on the unique roles of animal technicians/ managers, scientists, veterinarians, and the institutional animal care and use committee members through the entire conference.

Complimentary Registration Gifts:

Please be sure to register well in advance to get a complimentary choice of “male or female Northern (Lanna) Thai style shirt or blouse” packed in a white cotton gift bag. The gift set will fit well with the “green” congress concept. We will offer the shirt and blouse to the first 700 “pre-registered participants” only. When register, please review the photos and the shirt or blouse sizes, and select the suitable size to fit you well. We will wear the shirts and blouses at the welcome ceremony and farewell activities.

Educational and Scientific Program:

At this time, all the five-day congress schedules in the five rooms have been filled. We have more than 76 speakers from 21 countries committed to the program. Please click the program tabs: “Pre-Congress Program Activities” and “Main Congress Program” to view the tentative program tables. Short biography of all speakers is available, “Speakers” tab. The deadline for submission of abstracts for oral scientific papers and poster presentations will be April 15, 2020. Please be sure to submit your abstract timely! As there is limited time for oral scientific paper presentation, the committee will select the suitable ones and inform applicants6

Conference Center:

The convention center building has three levels: the ground floor (registration), the second Floor (Chiang Mai Ballrooms No. 1 to 5) and the third floor (exhibition hall). It will be convenient to stay at the Empress Hotel where is adjunct to the convention center and two other hotel buildings.

Congress Program:

The program will be fantastic and includes pre-congress, main congress and post-congress activities respectively. As it will be “green congress”, please bring your portable electronic devices such as Laptop or Tablet to download handout files of the presentations.

The Pre-congress program (June 22-23, 2020) has the following workshops:
  1. 22 – 23 June 20: Advanced IACUC Training – International Perspective and Case Scenarios Discussion (organized by AAALAC International)
  2. 23 June 20: Housing, care and welfare of Göttingen Minipigs (sponsored by Ellegaard Göttingen Minipigs)
  3. 23 June 20 (morning): Practical Workshop: Tool Kits – Experimental Design in Preclinical Research Studies (sponsored by ICLAS)
  4. 23 Jun 20 (afternoon, 2 hours): Animal Selection and Reporting for Rigor and Reproducibility (sponsored by ICLAS) This workshop will be followed by ICLAS General Assembly which is opened for any participants.
  5. 23 Jun 20: A day with Zebrafish, the Fastest Growing Research Model (Sponsored by Tecniplast)
  6. 23 Jun 20: Rodent Anesthesia Workshop (sponsored by Kent Scientific Corporation)
The main AFLAS Congress (June 24-26, 2020)

has “five tracks” organized concurrently in the five adjacent rooms (Chiang Mai Ballrooms 1 to 5). The topics are focusing on, “Global issues, Veterinary Issues, Husbandry and Management, Current and Future Animal Models, and Research and Scientific Topics”. Participants can easily stay in the track of their interest for the three days. The program schedule will be timely and participants can also freely switch between the rooms to listen their interested topics in other tracks. Some of the key topics are:

Global issues
  1. How accreditation improves animal welfare around the world and Pacific Rim region
  2. Research animal welfare – Global standards
  3. Research animal behavioral management – Practical approach
  4. Global perspectives on high quality research and reproducibility
  5. Reproducibility of data from animal research models – Practical approach
  6. Experimental Design and the Avoidance of Unnecessary Suffering
  7. Research animal transportation
  8. Nonhuman Primate Update on Biosafety Best Practices
  9. Zoo Animal Welfare Inspection and potential Accreditation
  10. A One Health Success Story
Veterinary issues
  1. Common research animal health monitoring updates – Current trends
  2. Research animals anesthesia – Asian situation
  3. Pain Management – Practical Approach and Research Applications in Asia Situation
  4. Animal Welfare Scoring and Humane Endpoints – Practical Approach
  5. Nonhuman Primate Pain & Distress Assessment
  6. Animal Biosafety Concepts and Emerging Diseases Response
  7. Training Physicians – What are the Veterinary Care Challenges?
  8. Nausea – an overlooked problem needing a treatment
  9. Nonhuman Primate Health & SPF Colony Management
  10. The Uniqueness of Minipigs – Veterinary Issues
  11. Caring for cattle, poultry and horses as laboratory animals
  12. Overview of AVMA Guidelines for Euthanasia: 2020 Edition
  13. Humane euthanasia for research animals – Application for Asia
  14. Basic Euthanasia for Aquatics
  15. Round Table Discussion: Meeting Attending Veterinary idols (career development and common veterinary care issues solution)
Husbandry and Management
  1. The Soft Skills are Hard!
  2. Animal Technician Training Opportunities
  3. Developing and Sustaining a Facility Based Training Program
  4. All about Minipigs Management – Tip and Practices
  5. Social Housing of Rabbits – Are they social animals at all ages?
  6. Improve efficiency and workflow in Cage wash
  7. Managing Reptiles in Research
  8. How to use ICLAS Laboratory Animal Quality Network Updates in Asia
  9. Animal behavior and enrichment in Zoos
  10. Risk assessments and training program for high containment operations
  11. ABSL- 3 and 4 management and operations
  12. Improving Animal Welfare – Practical Refinements in the housing, care and use of research animals
  13. Outside and Inside the Cage: Housing, Care and Responses
  14. Improving Animal Welfare – Essential Roles of Technicians
  15. Water Outage in a Large Rodent Facility – Issues, Actions and Lessons Learned
  16. Management of aquatics in a research environment
  17. Service Oriented “Lean” Management of a Modern Mouse Facility
  18. Why plastic cages become cloudy and criteria for selection and maintenance of rodent cages and related equipment
  19. Principles of cage washing and validation of a cycle
  20. Sustainable vivarium design
  21. Energy saving – Practical approach
  22. Day-to-day HVAC operation issues and preventive maintenance example
Current and Future Animal Models
  1. Radionuclide use in rodents and large animals
  2. Next generation cancer immunotherapy – Where are we?
  3. Precision oncology – Role of mouse models
  4. Pathology of Laboratory Animal in Safety Assessment by Organ System
  5. Malaria treatment – Past and Present: Why it is complicated?”
  6. Malaria models – Aotus Spp.
  7. Camelids (dromedary) as Current and Future animal models
  8. ‘Cavefish’ as an unusual aquatic model organism
  9. Enhancing Ethics & Promoting NHP Models in Biomedical Research
  10. Sheep as Models for Cardiovascular Diseases
  11. Humanized Models and Aged Mice
  12. Management of Aquatics in a Research Environment
  13. All about Zebrafish tips and techniques and their popular research use
  14. Zebrafish Diseases
  15. Zebrafish and Xenopus laevis – Tips for veterinarians
  16. Animal models for periodontal disease
  17. Wild desert rodents as animal models: implication in biomedical research
  18. How will be Laboratory Animal Science in 2040? The trends in our science for the next 20 years
Scientific Topics
  1. Scientific Papers Oral presentations
  2. Advanced Research and Technologies in P.R. China, Japan and Republic of Korea
  3. AMMRA & AMPC Sponsored Topics
The Post-Congress net-working activities (June 27-28, 2020)

have several semi-educational tour choices. The number of vans or buses will be limited, please register well in advance.

The Exhibition Hall

The Exhibition Hall is located in the third floor of the convention center and offers more than 50 exhibitors. The opening remarks, group photos and dinner; as well as farewell ceremony will be organized here. The conference room refreshment schedules for breaks will be slightly overlapped. The participants will gradually proceed to the exhibition hall where tea, coffee and refreshments will be offered.

Empress Hotel and Convention Center

Level 1: Registration and Luncheon
Level 2: Meeting Rooms
Level 3: Exhibition and Poster Boards