District 8 Annual Meeting

2020 District 8 AALAS Meeting
April 9-10 - Sheraton Grand Sacramento Hotel

2020 D8 Meeting Cancelled Due to Coronavirus Travel Restrictions

  • We’ve been diligently watching the COVID-19 situation as it impacts travel, gatherings, etc.. and as of today California has banned gatherings of 250+ people.
  • We will not be holding the 2020 D8 Meeting on April 9-10.
  • We have worked with the hotel to resolve issues from cancelling.
  • Please be patient while we figure out the details.
  • We will communicate next steps with everyone as we receive them. 

Situated near Old Town Sacramento, a short drive from wine country, the Sheraton Grand Sacramento Hotel offers unparalleled access to downtown activities.  Close to family-friendly attractions such as the Sacramento Zoo, Arden Fair and Fairytale Town. 

Join our hosts, the Sacramento Valley and Northern California Branches, in the capitol of California for this years' meeting!

Print and Post flyer: to promote the meeting at your institution      

This years’ theme:  One Health

We are pleased to announce Dr. Christine Kruder Johnson, VMD, MPVM, Phd, Associate Director of the UCDavis One Health Clinic and Director of the EpiCenter for Disease Dynamics will be give our Keynote Address!

 Attendees will have the opportunity to gain 1 AALAS CEU for attending 1 hour of this meeting. 
We have also applied for RACE credits.

Registration is open: http://ncbaalas.org/event-3609213
General registration: $325, Single day registration: $175

Contact ncbaalas@gmail.com for bulk registrations

Sheraton Grand Sacramento Hotel, 1230 J Street - Sacramento, California - (916)447-1700 - from $189.00/night

 Registration flyer: /sites/default/files/flyers/D8-2020_Registration-flyer.pdf

Preliminary Program - Pdf for printing 
Wednesday, April 8th
11 am Workshop Registration (Grand Nave Foyer) Sheraton Grand Hotel
12 - 1 pm

Rat Tickling Workshop - How to Best Handle Your Rats

Facilitators: Megan Lofollette, Amy Robinson-Junker MS, Brianna Gaskill PhD

Location: UC Davis Cole Facility

Registration Required

Attendees are required to complete online training before the workshop

12 - 4 pm

Explore JAX: Learn from the Experts and Experience Innovation

Location: Jackson Laboratory, Sacratmento

Registration required

You must have valid ID with you to attend this event

12:30 - 2:30 pm

Submental Bleed and Other Peripheral Bleed Biomethods in Mice Workshop

Facilitators: ELizabeth Carbone DVM, DACLAM; Betty MA DVM, DACLAM; Kristin Evans DVM, DACLAM

Location: UC Davis Cole Facility

Registration Required

2 - 3 pm

Rat Tickling Workshop - How to Best Handle Your Rats

Facilitators: Megan Lofollette, Amy Robinson-Junker MS, Brianna Gaskill PhD

Location: UC Davis Cole Facility

Registration Required

Attendees are required to complete online training before the workshop

1 - 5 pm

Mini-Leadership Academy - held during the conference on April 9th

Location: Sheraton Grand Hotel

Registration Required

Thursday, April 9th
7 am Registration (Grand Nave Foyer) Sheraton Grand Hotel
8 am Breakfast  - Welcome (Grand Nave Ballroom
8:30 am

Keynote Speaker - One Health at the Interface of Environmental Change and Global Health Security
Christine Kreuder Johnson 
School of Veterinary Medicine, UC Davis

Grand Nave Ballroom

  One Health:
Animals, People and the Environment
Animal Care & Husbandry
9:40 am

Lyme Disease: A Medical Review

Scott Crabtree MD,
UC Davis

Decipher Cell Signaling in the Primary Cilium in the Developing Brain

Xuecai Ge PhD,
UC Merced

TBD
10:30 - 10:55 am

Morning Break & Commercial Exhibits

Grand Nave Ballroom

10:55 am

Advntages of a One Health Approach to Address Challenges of Climate Change

Patricia A. Conrad DVM, PhD,
UC Davis

TItle

Ariel Escobar PhD,
UC Merced

Title

Kristin Evans, DVM, PhD

11:45 am

Viral Emergence in Marine Mammals in the North Pacific May Be Linked to Artic Sea Ice Reduction

Tracey Goldstein, PhD

Tarantula Medicine

Jenessa Gjeltema, DVM, Dipl ACZM

D8 Council Meeting
by invitation only
12:35 - 1:20 pm

Lunch & Ron Orta Award Presentation

Grand Nave Ballroom

1:20 - 1:40 pm

Commercial Exhibits

Grand Nave Ballroom

  One Health:
Animals, People, and the Environment

Mini-Leadership Academy Workshop
Registration required

1:40 pm

Recent Mouse Enrichment and Aging Studies at The Jackson Laboratory

Andy Schile

The North American 3Rs Collaborative
Animal Welfare Meets Human Welfare: Professional Quality of Life &
Compassion Fatigue

Megan R. LaFollette

Introduction/Speaker Introductions
1-1:30 pm

Why Volunteer?

Morag Mackay
AALAS Past President
1:30-2:15 pm

Leadership Styles

Cindy Pekow
AALAS Past President

2:15 - 3 pm

The Path to Leadership and Overcoming Challenges

Tracy Parker
AALAS President

3-3:15 pm

Break
3:15-3:50 pm

Volunteer Opportunities and the Benefits for You

Tom Chatkupt
District 8 Trustee

3:50-4:30 pm

What Committee Positionis
is Right for Me?

Marc Hulin
Vice President Elect

4:30-4:45 pm

Open Session Question & Answer

4:45-5 pm

Closing Remarks & Survey

2:30 pm

TBD

Exhibitor Presentation

TBD

Exhibitor Presentation

2:35 pm

Leading Change in a Lab Animal Science Environment

Linda Waterman

Title

Brian Byrd

3:25 - 3:45 pm

Afternoon Break & Commercial Exhibits

Grand Nave Ballroom

3:45 pm

New Concepts in Patient Monitoring and Support During Anesthesia

Dave Daunt, DVM

Evaluating Emerging Evidence of Pain in Cephalopods

Robyn Cook, PhD

4:40 - 5:10 pm

Poster Judging

Grand Nave Foyer

5:10 - 6:10 pm

Wine & Cheese Reception

Grand Nave Foyer

Friday April 10th
7 am Registration (Grand Nave Foyer) Sheraton Grand Hotel
8 am Breakfast - Poster Award Presentations (Grand Nave Ballroom)
  One Health:
Animals, People, and the Environment
8:30 am

Modeling Development of the Gastrointestinal Epitheliumin Zebrafish Embryos

Stephanie Woo, PhD

Title

Catherine Sohn

Title

Tracy Parker

9:20 am

Virus-free Stable Transgenesis

Chih-Wen Ni, PhD

Title

Michael Wilkes

Body Mass and Blood Pressure in a Model of Metabolic Syndrome

Ruby Ortiz, PhD

10:10 -10:30 am

Morning Break & Commercial Exhibits

Grand Nave Ballroom

10:30 am

Genome Inspired Investigations into Biological Novelty

Chris Amemiya

Host Immune Responses Shape Coccidioides Infection Outcome

Katrina Hoyer, PhD

Gene Transcription in Neuronal Development and Function

Ramendra N Saha, PhD

11:20 am

TBD

Exhibitor Presentation

TBD

Exhibitor Presentation

TBD

Exhibitor Presentation

11:25 -11:50 am

 

Commercial Exhibits

 

11:50 - 12:30 pm

Lunch

Grand Nave Ballroom

  One Health:
Animals, People, and the Environment
12:30 pm

Marine Mammal Oral Trauma -
A Case Study

Judy Force, DVM, FAVD, DAVDC

A Sticky Situation: Unraveling How Candida Alvicans Forms Biofilms

Clarissa J Nobile, PhD

 
1:20 pm

Planarians Flatorms as Model Organsm to Understand Molecular Basis of Tissue Regeneration and Human Disease

Nestor Jo Oviedo, PhD

Overcoming Early Adversity: What We Can Learn from Orphaned Kittens

Mikel M Delgado, PhD
Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist

 
2:10 pm

Title

TBD

Title

TBD

 

Workshops - Limited Space, first come first serve - Wednesday, April 8th

Bus service from the conference hotel to the UC Davis Campus will be available on April 8.  Instructions regarding bus service times will be emailed to participants prior to the date of the workshop at the email address provided on their registration information.  For those who will be driving locally, limited daily pay campus parking will be available across from the Cole facility.

Submental Bleed and Other Peripheral Bleed Biomethods in Mice - April 8: 12:30-2:30 pm. - Cole Facility on the UC Davis campus

Instructors: Elizabeth Carbone* DVM, DACLAM; Betty Ma DVM, DACLAM; Kristin Evans DVM, DACLAM

Workshop Synopsis:  This workshop is targeted toward laboratory animal technicians, veterinarians, and research staff working with mice requiring survival blood sampling.  The workshop will provide an overview of the peripheral blood collection areas most commonly used for repeat blood collection in mice and how to choose the best peripheral site based on collection need.  In this workshop, the participant will focus on learning and practicing techniques for obtaining peripheral blood samples from the submental vein in the mouse.  Instruction will include the location of the peripheral vessels available for peripheral bleed biomethods in the mouse, handling of the mouse to achieve best access to each peripheral vessel, and an overview of supplies needed.  While the focus of the workshop will be on participant practice obtaining samples from the submental vein, other peripheral bleeding sites including facial vein, tail vein, and saphenous vein will be reviewed. 

Maximum Attendees: 20 students

Price: $95 per attendee

Location: Workshop held at the Cole Facility on the UC Davis campus on Wednesday April 8, 2020 from 12:30-2:30 pm.

Special Instructions: Bus service from the conference hotel to the UC Davis Campus will be available on April 8.  Instructions regarding bus service times will be sent to participants prior to the date of the workshop at the email address provided on their registration information.  For those who will be driving locally, limited daily pay campus parking will be available across from the Cole facility.

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How to Tickle Your Rats: Best Practices for Rat Handling - April 8: 12-1pm or 2-3pm - Cole Facility on the UC Davis campus

Instructors: Megan Lafollette*, Amy Robinson-Junker MS, Brianna Gaskill PhD

Workshop Synopsis:  Handling of laboratory rats and other common husbandry and experimental procedures can be a source of stress leading to the development of aversive responses to handling or human presence that are suggestive of emotional distress. Aversive handling of animals can lead to a fearful relationship with humans, making handling difficult, and increasing the risk of injury for both handler and animal, thus affecting human and animal welfare. Recent research has provided evidence that tickling, a handling technique which mimics aspects of rat rough-and-tumble play behavior, is effective at reducing fear of humans when rats are handled for common husbandry activities and medical and research procedures such as injection. It has also been shown that tickling is perceived as positive by rats, improves the human-rat relationship and rat welfare. In order to effectively mimic the behavioral components of rat rough-and-tumble play and induce positive affect, the handler must learn how to properly interact with the rat. This workshop will provide a detailed description of the technique, close-up demonstration, and hands-on experience for participants to effectively acquire and apply the technique. Attendees will be required to complete a 30 min to 1 hour, interactive, online training about the technique prior to coming to the hands-on portion of the workshop. During the workshop attendees will be required to demonstrate proper technique on stuffed rats before then tickling live rats.

Maximum Attendees: 40 Attendees

Price: $75 per attendee (* Please read required pre-work below)

Location: Two workshop sessions will be offered. Workshop held at the Cole Facility on the UC Davis campus on Wednesday April 8, 2020 from 12-1 pm or 2-3 pm.

Special Instructions:

*Attendees will be required to complete a 30 min to 1 hour, interactive, online training about the technique BEFORE coming to the hands-on portion of the workshop. At the end of the online training, proof of online training can be printed and this will be need to be provided at the start of the hand on workshop.  Attendance to the hands on workshop will not be granted without proof of completion of the online course.  The online course is free of charge and should be completed any time prior to the hands on course.  Please choose the option for the certification course.  The online certification course is located at https://storage.googleapis.com/ecourses/Rat%20Tickling%20Certification/story_html5.html

Bus service from the conference hotel to the UC Davis Campus will be available on April 8.  Instructions regarding bus service times will be emailed to participants prior to the date of the workshop at the email address provided on their registration information.  For those who will be driving locally, limited daily pay campus parking will be available across from the Cole facility.

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Explore JAX: Learn from the Experts ad Experience Innovation - April 8: 12-4pm - The Jackson Laboratory Sacramento

Synopsis: JAX has been innovating in a lot of ways, and with one of our facilities being located in Sacramento, the District 8 AALAS meeting is a perfect time to find out how. This is a great opportunity to experience state of the art technology and to learn from our experts about how we are making changes for the better. 

This event will feature rotating sessions and time for Q&A with JAX experts.  Will include a guided tour of innovative and efficient warehouse feed inspection room.  Attendees will experience ergonomic program. TIme to visit different stations and learn about JAX innovation.  Q&A with Andy Schile, PhD, Senior Scientific Advisor; Kathy Vandegrift, Associate General Manager; and other JAX experts.

This event will start at 12pm and will wrap up around 4pm.

Maximum Attendees:  Attendees

Price: $ per attendee 

Transportation from the Sheraton Grand will be provided. We hope you will take the time to visit our facility and learn about our efficiency and improvements to our processes.

You must have valid ID with you to attend this event

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Mini-Leadership Academy - April 9: 1-5pm at the Sheraton Grand Hotel - see topics in preliminary schedule above

Come and join us for an afternoon workshop at the District 8 meeting this year facilitated by leaders in the field who want to share their experiences with you and support you on the path to leadership. This is an interactive workshop where attendees will be introduced to different leadership styles, learn about the benefits of volunteerism, and receive information on the AALAS structure. Don't miss the chance to join in this workshop!

 

Posters

Get poster form: https://ncbaalas.org/resources/Documents/D8-2020%20Poster%20Submission.pdfSubmit  a poster abstract by March 13th
ncbaalas.org/resources/Documents/D8-2020%20Poster%20Submission.pdf

Questions? contact khsison@ucdavis.edu

We hope you can make the trip to Northern California for the 2020 D8 Meeting!

Exhibitor Registration Levels

Platinum Sponsor (Limit 10) - $850

  • 6' Draped Table
  • Priority Placement
  • Special Recognition in Program and on Signage
  • 1/2 Page advertisement in Program
  • 5 minute Presentation
  • Registration for 2 people

Gold Sponsor (Limit 15) - $725

  • 6' Draped Table
  • Priority Placement
  • Special Recognition in Program and on Signage
  • 1/4 Page advertisement in Program
  • Registration for 2 people

Silver Sponsor (Unlimited) - $5

  • 6' Draped Table
  • Special Recognition in Program
  • Business Card advertisement in Program
  • Registration for 1 person

Bronze (Unlimited) - $425

  • 6' Draped Table
  • Registration for 1 person

Additional Vendor Registration - $120

  • After paying sponsorship, an additional vendor attendee can be registered for $120

Additional Monetary Donations 

  • Special Recognition in Program

 

2020 D8 AALAS Meeting: Commercial Exhibitor Sponsorship Opportunities

AM (x2) Break: Thursday & Friday Mornings

  • 6 x $250 Vendor Sponsorships be made available.
  • This includes: Power drinks and assorted fruit juices, fresh whole fruit, Nutri-grain, power bars and trail mix, Starbucks freshly brewed coffee, a selections of teas and hot chocolate, Starbucks Frappaccinos.

PM (x1): Break: Thursday Afternoon

  • 2 x $250 Vendor Sponsorships available.
  • This includes: Assorted cookies and brownies, whole fruit, Pepsi brand sodas, bottled water and flavored sparkling water, Starbucks freshly brewed coffee, decaf and a selection of teas.

Social Event: 

  • 3 x $750 Vendor Sponsorships available.

Keynote Sponsorship: 

  • 1 x $1,000Vendor Sponsorship available.
  • This is an Exhibitor opportunity to sponsor the Keynote Speaker and also allows them to introduce the keynote speaker, as the sponsor.

D8 Event Tote Bags:

  • 4 x $250 Vendor Sponsorship available

Vendor Raffle:

  • There will be the usual event Vendor raffle for which exhibitors are encouraged to contribute and no individual “raffles” at individual exhibitor tables.
  • Please email vinnie@ancare.com & dee@lithgowservices.com to let us know if you will be participating and what your company will provide for event raffle items.

Exhibitor questions?  Contact Dee or Vinnie

 

?   ?   ?   Frequently Asked Questions   ?   ?   ?
 
Q:  My institution has recently put a moratorium on travel through May 1st  due to the coronavirus.  I will not be able to attend next month’s District 8 conference.  Is there any way to get a refund on the prepaid meeting?
A:  The 2020 Planning Committee have been working diligently to put a plan together. Once they have something in place, we can begin to communicate it with the district.  Please be patient while we work out the details.
 
Q: Is there a shuttle from the airport to the hotel?
A: According to the hotel website they do not have an airport shuttle.  There is Taxi service, Uber/Lyft, shuttles, bus service availability.  All info on transportation service from Sacramento Airport is found at this site under parking and transportation https://sacramento.aero/smf
 
Q:  Im signed up for one of the workshops on wednesday.  Do I have to check in to the Sheraton Grand Hotel before the workshop?
A: You dont need to check into the hotel before the workshop.  Once you register online you will receive more information from us before the meeting date.
 
Q: I booked my hotel room through the link provided on the D8 meeting page and wanted to add a guest to my reservation.  The Sheraton was not able to do it on their end and suggested I contact someone from AALAS?

A:  Contact us at D8aalas@gmail.com and we will get back to you.  Thanks for your patience!

 

 


The AALAS District 8 holds an annual educational meeting in the spring of each year. The meeting is rotated between the Branches to allow for greater participation by the local Branch members. Each annual meeting is a three day event running from the opening activities on Wednesday afternoon through the conclusion of the educational presentations on Friday afternoon.

The Branches of District 8 entered into a cooperative agreement with the formation of the District 8 Council whose sole charge is to support, promote, and insure continuation of the annual District 8 meeting and to provide the best meeting for our members.

The current District 8 zones:

  • Northwest: Northern Rocky Mountain, Oregon, & Washington
  • Capitol Bay Area: Sacramento Valley, & Northern California
  • Desert: Mountain West & Arizona
  • South Pacific: Hawaii, Southern California, & San Diego

The current District 8 Meeting schedule is:
2020 – Capital-Bay Area (No Cal, Sac Valley) - Cancelled due to coronavirus travel restrictions
2021 – Desert Zone (Arizona, Mountain West)
2022 – South Pacific Zone (Palms to Pines, San Diego, So. Cal)
2023 - National AALAS Meeting - Salt Lake City, UT - October 22-26
2024 – Northwest (Northern Rocky Mtn., Oregon, Washington)

 

View Previous Meetings

2009 - South San Francisco, CA - 482 attendees (324 individuals, 158 vendors)
2012 - Irvine, CA - 192 attendees (113 individuals, 79 exhibitors)
2013 - Portland, OR - 276 atendees (189 individuals, 87 exhibitors)
2015 - National AALAS in Phoenix - 4047 attendees with 1400 exhibitors
2017 - Salt Lake City, UT - 161 attendees (96 individuals, 65 exhibitors)
2018 - Newport Beach, CA - 262 attendees (159 individuals, 103 exhibitors)
2019 - Seattle, WA (215 attendees, 54 exhibitors)