Annual Report 2016 foreword
The Danish 3R-Center started its work in late 2013 with a three-year grant. This means that, as the grant expired at the end of 2016, it is now a good time to review the centre’s results.
We have made great accomplishments over these past three years with the establishment of a website providing lots of information and many news stories, holding annual symposia with inspiration and networking, distributing research funding, publishing newsletters, preparing teaching materials for both lower and upper-secondary schools, presenting 3R awards, setting up collaboration in Denmark and abroad, mapping 3R knowledge among users of laboratory animals – to mention just a few of our achievements.
In September 2016, the Danish 3R-Center organized yet another international symposium entitled “3R Successes”. The many attendees and presentations served to prove that we definitely have many 3R success stories, which we could sometimes be better at spotlighting.
At the symposium, the 2016 3R Award was presented to the QSAR group at the National Food Institute. For more than 15 years, the research group has drawn on lessons learnt from previous animal testing, cell experiments and clinical trial data to develop mathematical models in their efforts to predict the effects of chemical substances in humans.
At the symposium, several of the research projects receiving funding from the 3R-Center were presented in talks or on posters. As was the case in 2014 and 2015, the 3R-Center awarded grants for three new research projects in 2016 and the centre has now supported a total of ten 3R projects.
For last year’s annual report (2015), we asked Aarhus University to describe their enhanced focus on the 3Rs. This year, we have asked Novo Nordisk to present their new 3R department to acknowledge and raise awareness of this effort. We would be happy to hear from other institutions that would like to describe their approach to making a difference in the 3R area.
Dissemination and communication is also an area of priority for the 3R-Center. As an example, last year’s annual report gave an account of the preparation and publication of teaching materials on laboratory animals and the 3Rs for upper-secondary school students. In 2016, these teaching materials have been adjusted for use in the senior grades of the lower-secondary school (grades 8–10). The materials can be downloaded from our website (3rcenter.dk). We are generally continuing our efforts to develop and make the website more professional with information about laboratory animals and the 3Rs, as we take our obligations to disseminate information seriously.
Finally, I would like to take this opportunity to thank my fellow board members and the secretariat for their great dedication in 2016. It has been a pleasure working with you.
Last, but not least, I express my gratitude to the Danish Animal Welfare Society, LEO Pharma, Lundbeck and Novo Nordisk for their support for the Danish 3R-Center. Here, in late 2016, the decision was made to continue the Danish 3R-Center for three more years with the support from the above stakeholders; also, the animal welfare organization DOSO has opted to join the group of stakeholders. We welcome DOSO. With your support and that of the Ministry of Environment and Food of Denmark, we can continue creating a frontrunner environment for disseminating information and applying the 3Rs for the benefit of research and laboratory animals.
Chairman of the board of the Danish 3R-Center