NEW DRUG LABELS

Please note APCF is dispensing all veterinary drugs according to HK dispensing laws. Therefore APCF has a new labels for application to vials containing dispensed medications. Unless otherwise stated, expiry of all dispensed drugs is 30 days after date of dispensing

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NEW CAGE CARDS TO BE USED FROM OCTOBER 3RD

From the 3rd of October APCF will be providing one colour only of cage cards – white.

For Faculty that have been using colour coded cage cards APCF will provide colour stickers, that they can place in the top right hand corner of the cage cards. Users must also include the IACUC number on the cards.

We have purchased 6 of the most commonly used colours but can access up to 20+ additional colours if required.

Below are examples of the new cards and the cards with the colour coded stickers.

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APCF STAFF ATTEND AFCD CONFERENCE: ONE HEALTH: CONNECT & PROACT

APCF staff attended the One health – Connect and Proact Conference on the 5th and 6th September.

Taken from the AFCD website this short introduction tells us what One Health means:

The concept of One Health is a paradigm shift. Contrary to the traditional regimen of handling the health of humans, animals and the environment separately, it considers the health of the three domains as an integrated whole. The health of the three domains are inter-connected, not just animal health or human health or environmental health, but One Health.

The One Health concept has a long history of origin but has only been recognised globally by international organisations in the early 2000s, and its recognition and significance has not ceased to surge due to the increase in antimicrobial resistance, climate change and emerging of life threatening zoonoses in recent years. The World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) estimated that today at least 75% of emerging infectious diseases of humans have an animal origin and three out of five new human diseases appear every year are of animal origin. With no doubt, the health of humans and animals are bound to and influencing each other closely. Remedial or preventive measures and policies carried out by either the medical or veterinary sector solely will not be able to effectively or thoroughly address the issues that we are facing.

Now all over the world, veterinarians, medical doctors and professionals from other disciplines are adapting the One Health concept and are working together to achieve a better health for all.

The objectives of the conference are to promote the concept of One Health to the public and to provide a platform for professional exchange among scholars on One Health research from all over the world. The conference is expected to gather participants including local and overseas government representatives, veterinary, medical and scientific counterparts from various institutions, professional bodies and academic fields as well as other interested individuals from Hong Kong and elsewhere.  The conference presentations will be in English with some presentations in Putonghua. Simultaneous translation between the two languages will be provided.

About 18 world-renowned speakers are invited to share their expertise and experience on various topics related to One Health and the conference will be a very meaningful and beneficial event to all participants.

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IF YOU NEED EVIDENCE THAT ANIMALS ARE SENTIENT THEM READ THIS

Gregory Berns Knows What Your Dog Is Thinking (It’s Sweet)

Dr. Gregory Berns, 53, a neuroscientist at Emory University in Atlanta, spends his days scanning the brains of dogs, trying to figure out what they’re thinking. The research is detailed in a new book, “What It’s Like to Be a Dog.”

Among the findings: Your dog may really love you for you — not for your food.

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LABORATORY ANIMAL EUTHANASIA

Searching for consensus on the most humane ways to kill laboratory animals.

The inevitable fate for many animals used in scientific research is that they are killed humanely, but are researchers using the best possible methods? A recent meeting in Newcastle focused on the issue of laboratory animal euthanasia, with experts from across the field of animal research attending to discuss current methods and possible alternatives, in an attempt to reach a consensus in this controversial area.

NC3Rs grantholder Dr Huw Golledge, University of Newcastle, reports.

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VISIT TO APCF BY PROF. CAMERON RICHARDS

Prof Richards spent time at APCF discussing with the Director (Dr James) the inter-cultural complexities of ethical review committees, which Dr James found valuable as it is an area of personal interest for Dr James and because it is an extremely relevant topic as APCF seeks AAALAC accreditation

Prof Richards with APCF senior staff

Dr. Cameron Richards’ is an Australian professor of interdisciplinary studies with extensive experience in the Asia-Pacific region – including at QUT, Nanyang Uni. Singapore, Hong Kong Institute of Education, University of Western Australia, UTM in Malaysia and Chulalongkorn University in Thailand. He has a multi-disciplinary background for a current/future focus on sustainability studies, policy research, academic research and writing methodology, leadership and organizational learning, educational technologies, intercultural communication, curriculum innovation, and new literacies. He currently holds adjunct positions with Southern Cross University and Chulalongkorn University. He also continues to collaborate with NGOs and other agencies (recently including the Indonesian Rainforest Foundation, Arbonaut, and Worldview) on ‘sustainable policy’ projects and proposals in South-East Asia focused on the global and local challenges of better reconciling economic, social and environmental sustainability. He continues : (a) to assist with the academic capacity and policy studies professional development of colleagues (and PhD students) within higher ed. institutions within the region, and (b) to further explore how future academics and universities (e.g. in terms of the complex problem-solving applications of interdisciplinary frameworks) can better work with governments, industries/business, and local community contexts of/for future sustainability.

 

 

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PERFORMANCE ASSESSMENT ON RNA MICRO-INJECTION FOR CRISPR/cas9 GENOME EDITING

Drs. Joanne Tam & Siva Tsang – Performance Assessment on RNA Microinjection for CRISPR/cas9 Genome Editing. This work serves as an assessment on the quality of services provided to research groups to generate CRISPR/cas9 genome edited mice. To minimize the influence of variables generated by genotyping and for easy estimation of knockout efficiency, mutagenesis was generated in Tyrosinase (Tyr) on chromosome 7 which is responsible to black coat color and eye pigmentation. A well characterized and efficient CRSPR/cas9 knock out strategy was adopted from Chen et al. (2016) to ensure the assessment outcome is closely associated with the service performance to be assessed. Lastly, to reduce the involvement of more sensile animals (the 3Rs principles) and to speed up the assessment process, E12.5 embryos, instead of postnatal pups, developed from manipulated zygotes were harvested to obtain the assessment outcome. The assessment outcome was quantified by the proportion of embryos losing retinal pigmentation, presumably as the results of detrimental mutations in Tyr. (ref: PMID: 27151215) Transgenic Service Performance Assessement Mar2017

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2017 IACUC TRAINING CONFERENCE

Between the 2nd and 4th of August 3 staff from APCF and 1 staff from HSEO went to southern Taiwan to attend a conference organised by the National Pingtung University of Science and Technology and AAALAC on how an IACUC should function in an AAALAC accredited facility. It was most comprehensive and covered topics such as:

  • Supporting Effective Regulation & Ethical Review of Animal Research
  • Animal Use Protocol Review
  • Program Review & Facility Inspection
  • Veterinarian Role in IACUC
  • OHS Program – What the IACUC should know
  • Role and Function of the IACUC
  • Avoiding IACUC Pitfalls
  • Program Review – Myth and fact
  • AAALAC Expectations for an Animal Care & Use Program
  • AAALAC Program Writing Tips

The speakers were an excellent mix of international and local colleagues and all were experienced with AAALAC international accredited programmes.

The HKUST staff came away with a better understanding of what is required for us to achieve AAALAC accreditation and we took away four things of note:

  • the essential role an effective and active non-affiliated member of IACUC plays in a successful programme
  • the IACUC must meet regularly in face-to-face meetings
  • AAALAC has 15 areas of concern that must be addressed in an IACUC protocol submission
  • the IACUC has an active role in ensuring worker safety and not just humane care and use of animals

HKUST staff with Mr Wong CEO of the Contract Research Organisation called Dr Pig. Mr Wong was also a sponsor of the seminar

The attendance certificates of the APCF staff – we were proud to have participated in a well organised Conference

HKUST staff and Director of the NPUST animal facilities outside the AAALAC accredited reptile facility of NPUST

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