The IMPROVE co-chair experience at the 12th World Congress on Alternatives and Animal Use in the Life Sciences (WC12)
August 27-31, 2023 at Niagara Falls, Canada
Thanks to a grant under CA -IMPROVE, Arti Ahluwalia presented two seminars at the WC12:
- Symposium “Future of Multi-Scale Modelling and Simulation in Disease and Toxicology”
Title: Lab on a laptop: beyond the experimental model
- Symposium “ Implementing the 3Rs in Education under the theme Next-Gen Education”
Title: Centro 3R, mainstreaming replacement through pervasive 3R education
The first presentation described some of the virtual models developed by her lab. Talk puts forward the proposal that in vitro models might be replaced by the “lab on a laptop”. Following the symposium, Dr. Ahluwalia was involved in engaging discussions on the value of in-silico models, analysing why they are not widely used and how to render them accessible to enable the implementation of viable and valid alternatives to animal experiments. This is a central theme in IMPROVE.
In the second presentation the talk was focused on describing the state of knowledge on the 3Rs at Italian universities before and after the Italian Centro 3R’s (www.centr3r.it) campaign of pervasive education at all levels. The results showed how education significantly increases the application of the 3Rs and promotes responsible research.