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30th Symposium of the Korean Association for Laboratory Animal Science

The Korean Association for Laboratory Animal Science held their 30th Symposium in Incheon, Korea from August 12-14, 2015.

KALAS President, Dr. Byung-Hwa Hyun, welcomed delegates and speakers to this international conference, which explored the theme, ‘Deciphering Secrets of Humans in Animal Models’. The plenary sessions covered a range of topics, including large scale mouse mutagenesis, regulation of inflammatory diseases, autophagy, translational cancer research, models for metabolic syndrome, and models for neurologic diseases. The symposium also featured a session on primate resources and international primate transportation as well as a jointly sponsored session with the Korean College of Laboratory Animal Medicine (KCLAM) on education and training needs for laboratory animal veterinarians and technicians. The meeting was well attended and emphasized the importance of laboratory animal science in developing and refining animal models of human diseases, as well as the need for highly trained laboratory animal professionals to improve research translation and enhance animal welfare.