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Pan American conference for alternative methods to help companies reduce animal testing

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Baltimore — Experts and stakeholders from across the Americas will gather on April 12-14, 2016 at Johns Hopkins University for the Pan American Conference for Alternative Methods to share information on non-animal testing methods. The PETA International Science Consortium Ltd. is a co-sponsor of the event, which will focus on how to reduce and replace animal testing.

The Science Consortium presentations will describe modern non-animal test methods that can replace animal tests and will provide suggestions on how researchers can transition to these methods.

A presentation by the Science Consortium will address how to increase companies' use of non-animal tests following their development, validation, and acceptance by regulatory agencies. The presentation will focus on the use of alternatives for eye irritation testing. In the historically used animal test, which dates back to the 1940s, a substance is dripped into rabbits' eyes and the damage is recorded. Non-animal methods are available that better predict human eye reactions.

A Science Consortium poster will discuss the advantages of non-animal affinity reagents (recombinant antibodies and aptamers) as compared to animal-derived monoclonal antibodies; their applications in research, testing, and therapeutics; and steps that the scientific community can take to transition to their use. Consortium Advisor Katherine Groff explains that "replacing animal-derived antibodies with modern technologies will save time, money, and tens of thousands of animals while improving the reproducibility of research."

PETA Science Consortium affiliate PETA US will also present a poster on its groundbreaking partnership with simulation manufacturer Simulab Corporation (Seattle, WA) and trauma surgeons to replace the use of live dogs, pigs, and goats in surgical training exercises as part of Advanced Trauma Life Support programs in Bolivia, Costa Rica, Mexico, Panama, and Trinidad and Tobago. This innovative partnership has improved medical education, reduced training costs, and saved animals' lives.

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About the PETA International Science Consortium Ltd.: The PETA International Science Consortium was established in 2012 to coordinate the scientific and regulatory expertise of its members – PETA UK, PETA US, PETA France, PETA Germany, PETA India, PETA Netherlands, PETA Asia, and PETA Australia. The Science Consortium works to accelerate and fund the development, validation, and global implementation of alternatives to testing on animals.

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