Lectures and seminars Webinar: Translational potential of rats in research
The aim of these CPD webinars (Continuing professional development) is to follow the legal requirements for maintenance and demonstration of competence in laboratory animal science, and to facilitate the implementations of the 3R’s in routine animal work.
Translational potential of rats in research
Rats have made significant contributions to investigations into human disease. Their relative size, intelligence, docile nature, and physiological similarity to humans have made them preferred models for pharmacology, toxicology, neurobiology, and cardiovascular studies. While mice have historically been the preferred species for genetic studies, advancements in gene targeting technologies in the rat have significantly closed the gap.
Indeed, the past two decades have seen major advances in our understanding of human disease using rats as research models, including the translational success of therapies for heart failure, Alzheimer’s Disease, hypertension, and diabetes. The advantages of the rat as a model of human disease, and the continued proof of the success of this model, make it likely that rats will remain one of the most widely used species for biomedical and pharmaceutical research for years to come.
Sara Hashway, DVM, Diplomate ACLAM, is the Director of the Office of Animal Resources (OAR) and Attending Veterinarian at the University of Colorado Boulder, U.S.
Her primary research interests include animal model refinement and optimization of husbandry practices. She co-authored the chapter "Translational Potential of Rats in Research" within the 3rd edition of the book "The Laboratory Rat".
Register here (by Dec 8).
LAS CPD credits: 1 hr.