On Tuesday 15th November, EARA's Executive Director Kirk Leech took part in a panel discussion at the Society for Neuroscience (SfN) Annual Meeting in San Diego, USA. The discussion was organised by Mar Sanchez, chair of SfN's Committee on Animals in Research (CAR) with the support of the National Primate Research Centres in the USA.

In the session entitled 'How to Engage Institutions to Publicly Support Animal Research; a Top-Down Approach', the panel discussed the proven benefits of positive institutional public communication and openness which has been successful in the UK, Spain, Belgium and Germany, and how this approach could develop in North America (Source: EARA).

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EURL ECVAM (the European Union Reference Laboratory for Alternatives to Animal Testing) has published its latest Status Report. In the Report, EURL ECVAM outlines the progress it has made in the development, validation, dissemination and regulatory acceptance of alternative approaches since the previous Status Report that was published in September 2015 (Source: EARA).

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Scientists based at Imperial College London in the UK are working on a non-invasive way of delivering deep brain stimulation (DBS), they announced at the Society for Neuroscience conference in San Diego, USA. The non-invasive deep brain stimulation works by placing two electrical fields of different frequencies outside the head. The team have tested the technique in mice, as well as on healthy human volunteers.

DBS traditionally requires invasive and risky surgery to implant electrodes deep in the brain. Originally developed thanks to research in primates, DBS is used as a treatment in Parkinson's disease. More research is needed to refine the method to become as specific and to reach as deep as conventional DBS does (Source: EARA).

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The November 2016 issue of FEBS News is now out – browse in flipbook format on the FEBS website or download as a pdffor updates on FEBS events, journals and community.

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You can read the 2nd IUBMB Newsletter clicking here.

The Spanish National Centre for Cardiovascular Research (CNIC, Madrid, Spain) is searching PhD CANDIDATES to carry out a research project in the cardiovascular field.
The CNIC is a "Severo Ochoa Centre of Excellence" and is dedicated to excellence in cardiovascular research and to translating new knowledge into real improvements in clinical practice.
The CNIC will act as a hosting institution within the INPhINIT "la Caixa" Fellowships Programme.

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The Basel Declaration Society aims to bring together the scientific community to advance the implementation of ethical principles such as the 3Rs in animal research worldwide. Members of animal welfare organisations are continuing to claim that the implementation of the 3Rs (Reduce, Refine, Replace) is inadequately low in biomedical research labs. Therefore, the Basel Declaration Society has decided to survey researchers like you to determine the degree of 3R awareness and implementation by the research community. This analysis should also highlight the 3R principles and their implementation in animal research laboratories and thereby improve the quality of research.

To get to the survey click here

This PhD position is offered at the Spanish Cardiovascular Research Center Foundation (CNIC) through the AYUDAS PARA CONTRATOS PREDOCTORALES SEVERO OCHOA (MINECO 2016 CALL). Research involves advanced signal processing, 3D imaging techniques and computational simulations aimed at increasing the understanding of the mechanisms underlying life-threatening cardiac arrhythmias and providing novel solutions to effectively terminate them. The recruited candidate will be involved in the following project: "Spatial and Temporal Characterization of Ventricular Fibrillation and its Relationship with the Underlying Three-dimensional Substrate".

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he new academic year is a time for new beginnings: new challenges, opportunities, students, colleagues and, most importantly, new ideas. Among the ideas in this issue, why not enter a school competition at CERN, test how well our eyes really work, or learn more about the evolution of galaxies?

You can find the full issue online and if you subscribe to the print version, your copy should be arriving soon.

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In this issue you will meet the Keystone Symposia Class of 2017; hear thoughts on mentoring and science diversity from the first Director of Diversity in Life Science Programs (DLSP) Dr. Laina King, who was the first Annual Andy Robertson Lecturer; and listen to comments from Fellows who have experienced Keystone Symposia conferences on distant shores, including one Fellow who is starting a new position in London, England! You will also find some final advice on mentoring from a dear colleague, Dr. Nora Savage, Program Director in Nanotechnology at the National Science Foundation, who strives to balance her scientific work with "Life."

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Dr. Mercedes Ricote´s lab is looking for enthusiastic and highly motivated candidates interested in developing a bioinformatic master project in her lab under the CNIC "Becas Máster" Program.

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Starting with this issue, most Science in School articles will be fully open access: published under a Creative Commons attribution (CC BY) licence. This means that you can not only download, print and share the text, but also re-use it for almost any purpose, as long as you acknowledge the author.

In the run-up to the Olympic Games, why not investigate the technology of running tracks? Encourage your students to enter our writing competition? Or investigate how the robot Philae bounced as it hit a comet?

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