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The Indonesian Association for Laboratory Animal Science (IALAS) in collaboration with the Indonesian Laboratory Animal Veterinarians Association (ILAVA) and the Primate Research Center of Bogor Agricultural University (PRC-IPB) has jointly hosted an International Seminar on Laboratory Animal Science. The theme of the Seminar was “Laboratory Animals Science in Indonesia: Perspective and Future Challenges”, and the event was held on July 24-25 July 2018 at the IPB International Convention Center in Bogor, Indonesia. The Seminar served as the first event in the country that gathers about 150 attendants from laboratory animal science community in Indonesia with various backgrounds, consisting of researchers, lecturers, students, veterinarians, medical professionals, technicians and ethics committee members from academic institutions, government agencies, and pharmaceutical industry. The event was a unique opportunity to discuss on the strength, potential, regulation and challenges of laboratory animal research, relevant to the situation in Indonesia. Scientists of various backgrounds were also allowed to share their exciting research and study findings in the topics relevant to laboratory animal science and medicine. The organizer invited a number of international and national experts to share their knowledge and experience in the field, among them were:

  1. Montip Gettayacamin, DVM, DACLAM
    [Senior Director for Southeast Asia, AAALAC International]
    Topic: Regulation and Policies of Animal Research in the Region
  2. Susan R. Vogel, DVM, MSc, DACVS-LA
    [Director, Veterinary Care and Services, Charles River Laboratories, Montreal, Canada]
    Topic: Experimental Surgery in Biomedical Research
  3. Vijay Pal Singh, DVM, PhD
    [Professor, CSIR Institute of Genomics and Integrative Biology, India]
    Topic: Ethics in Animal Research
  4. Kimberly A. Phillips, PhD
    [Professor, University of Trinity, San Antonio, Texas, USA;
    President, the American Society for Primatologists]
    Topic: New World Monkeys as Model for Neurodegenerative Disease
  5. YasminaA. Paramastri, Drh, DACLAM
    [Senior Associate Director, Head of Veterinary Services,
    Comparative Medicine, National University of Singapore, Singapore]
    Topic: Zebrafish for advancement of human medicine
  6. DondinSajuthi, Drh, MST, PhD
    [President, ILAVA;Professor, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Bogor Agricultural University, Indonesia]
    Topic: The role of Laboratory Animal Medicine in Promoting Sound Science
  7. Raymond R. Tjandrawinata, dr, MBA, PhD, FRSC
    [Director, Innovation and Scientific Development, Dexa Medica, Indonesia]
    Topic: Laboratory Animals in Pharmaceutical Industry
  8. JokoPamungkas, Drh, MSc, Dr
    [President, IALAS; Lecturer, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Bogor Agricultural University, Indonesia;]
    Topic: Laboratory Animal Research in Indonesia
  9. Huda S. Darusman, Drh, MSi, PhD
    [Head, Primate Research Center, Bogor Agricultural University; Lecturer, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Bogor Agricultural University, Indonesia]
    [Head, Primate Research Center, Bogor Agricultural University; Lecturer, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Bogor Agricultural University, Indonesia]
    Topic: Nonhuman Primates in Academic Research
  10. Maharani, Drh, MSi, Dr
    [Head of Laboratory Animal Division, PT. Bio Farma Tbk]
    Topic: Transgenic animals use for vaccine research in Indonesia: challenge and strength

The seminar also presented 10 posters from attendants and supported by 15 sponsors, i.e. PT. ITS Science Indonesia, PT. Diastika Biotekindo, PT. Dexa Medica, PT. Bogor Life Science and Technology, PT. Sciencewerke, BioLASCO Taiwan Co., Ltd, Mochtar Riady Institute for Nanotechnology, American Institute for Indonesian Studies, PT.Bimana Indomedical, PT. Labquip Indoprima, Animal Resources Centre Australia, PT. Prima Indo Biotek, USAID Predict Indonesia, PT.GaiaScience Indonesia and PT. Elokarsa Utama.