2019 was an eventful year for the Danish 3R-Center. Our annual international symposium attracted a record-setting number of participants, including quite a number of international guests seeking to share their knowledge with us and learn more about our current research. It is pleasing to know that the Danish 3R-Center’s work has an impact outside Denmark as well.
The 2019 3R Prize was awarded to Thomas Bertelsen of Novo Nordisk for his long-standing efforts targeting laboratory animals and those whose work involves laboratory animals. Thomas’ work on and commitment to Culture of Care impressed the board in particular. His Culture of Care efforts have also put Denmark on the 3R world map. Therefore, I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate Thomas once again for winning the prize.
Another recurring event is the annual allocation of research funding to the 3R area where we always look forward to reading the many applications as they reflect a deep commitment in the field. The board is keenly interested in continuing to receive such large numbers of qualified, relevant research applications.
The Danish 3R-Center was established for the sake of the laboratory animals, which is why it makes good sense to heighten awareness of the 3Rs – replacement, reduction and refinement – in laboratory animal settings. Scientific progress has opened up options for contemporary researchers that were not available in the past, enabling them to focus much more on non-animal methods as the primary option. Accordingly, we of the Danish 3R-Center have articulated a statement paper that describes this situation. Thus, in our work going forward, the Danish 3R-Center will endeavour to raise awareness of not only the 3Rs in laboratory animal settings but also of non-animal methods so researchers who use animal models will think along other lines and use different methods.
This year, we once again invited an external company to talk about its efforts focusing on the 3Rs. In this annual report you can read about the 3R activities at LEO Pharma. We are very pleased that LEO Pharma accepted this invitation.
I would take this opportunity to thank my fellow board members and the secretariat for their great dedication in 2019. It has been a pleasure working with you.
Last, but not least, I wish to express my gratitude to the Danish Animal Welfare Society, DOSO, LEO Pharma, Lundbeck, Novo Nordisk and the Ministry of Environment and Food for supporting the Danish 3R-Center in 2019. All these parties have stated that they intend to continuetheir financial support of the Danish 3R-Center, as they are satisfied with our work. Their support enables us to continue creating a leading environment for communicating information about how to use the 3Rs for the benefit of both research and laboratory animals.
Chairwoman of the board of the Danish 3R-Center
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