Hybrid - The Jackson Laboratory, Bar Harbor ME, & Virtual
Participants completing this workshop will obtain: 1) a thorough understanding of colony management best practice that incorporates the latest developments and trends and 2) instruction on how to achieve rigor and reproducibility standards when working with laboratory mice.
Registration is CLOSED
Please contact the event organizer for more information
03 - 06
This workshop provides training in the theory and practice of maintaining mouse colonies for research. This workshop is designed for anyone requiring an understanding of issues relating to the management of mouse colonies for research. Participants completing this workshop will obtain a thorough understanding of mouse colony management best practice that incorporates the latest developments and trends in the use of the laboratory mouse in research. Additionally, to help researchers achieve rigor and reproducibility standards when working with mice, this workshop includes instruction on experimental design such as how to control biological variables (i.e., mouse strain, gender, age, weight, health, etc.) and how to manage colony data.
Workshop Format The Workshop on Colony Management will be offered both in-person and virtually. The in-person event will take place October 3-6 with hands-on biomethods training on October 3rd and didactic sessions October 4-6. The virtual option includes live streamed didactic sessions October 4-6 and does not include biomethods training. Both in-person and virtual participants will receive access to recorded lectures for 3 months following the event.
Lecture topics include: mouse Genetics; gene and strain nomenclature; colony set-up and breeding strategies; importing mice; maintaining severely immune compromised mice; genetic quality control; genetic background effects on phenotype; web-based resources for mouse researchers; guidelines for maintaining mouse health; eliminating infectious contaminants; cryopreservation; using assisted reproductive technologies (ARTs); reproductive biology of the laboratory mouse; technologies & repositories: PDX, CRISPR-Cas, KOMP, T1D, & JAX Mice; nutritional aspects of maintaining animal health and phenotype; screening for microbiota; and basics of Cre-LOX.
Hands-on biomethods include: mouse handling, restraint, oral gavage, injections (IP, subcutaneous and tail vein), blood collection (submandibular, tail tip and cardiac puncture), primary and secondary euthanasia and perfusion.
Scholarships are available for both in-person and virtual participation in this workshop. To be considered for a Kent Scientific Scholarship award or reduced fees to attend in-person, please select the select the Scholarship Applicant type at registration and provide further details.
Certifications:This workshop may be used for continuing education units for AALAS and ASR recertification.
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Not engage in or encourage action that creates an intimidating, hostile, or unprofessional work environment.
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Discrimination or harassment, as outlined above.
Unprofessional or disrespectful behavior that interferes with the learning environment.
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Misuse or excessive personal use of JAX property or resources including equipment, computers, internet and network infrastructure, supplies and residential/hospitality resources.
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Lodging accommodations at JAX’s Highseas Conference Center is available for an additional fee. Highseas, located approximately 1 mile from The Jackson Laboratory, is a spacious estate built in 1912, overlooking the entrance to Frenchman Bay and adjacent to beautiful Acadia National Park. Attendees are responsible for their own transportation from the Conference Center to the course venue for the duration of the course. Highseas is handicap accessible (please indicate accessibility needs in registration). This lodging option cannot accommodate families.
Check in: October 2nd, 4:00 pm ET
Check out: October 7th, 9:00 am ET
Participants interested in securing off-campus lodging may refer to the Bar Harbor Chamber of Commerce website for a guide on hotels, motels, bed & breakfasts, and short-term rentals in the Bar Harbor area.
Meals will be provided by JAX’s campus dining services throughout the event. Participants staying off-campus may still partake in meals at Highseas. Please refer to the event schedule for more information.
Participants must adhere to Maine State travel, health and safety guidelines at the time of the event and use good judgement when arranging lodging. We recommend participants be familiar with their hotel’s cancellation policies prior to booking. The Jackson Laboratory is not responsible for lodging expenses or losses incurred due to the cancellation or rescheduling of an event.
Public transportation is not available from local airports. Please visit the Bar Harbor and Bangor airport services webpages for information on shuttles to and from Mount Desert Island. Rideshare options like Uber or Lyft are not commonly available.
Bar Harbor is approximately 5 hours by car from the greater Boston area. Rental cars are available from Hertz at either nearby airport. Additionally, there is a free Island Explorer bus system which can be used around the island and the national park.