2019 - Seattle, WA

District 8 AALAS was held April 25 & 26, 2019 at the Hyatt Regency Seattle in Seattle, Washington for our 2019 District 8 AALAS Meeting! Located in the heart of downtown Seattle, Hyatt Regency Seattle is within a mile of Seattle’s must-see attractions, including the SpaceNeedle, Chihuly Garden & Glass, Pike Place Market, and more.

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The 2019 District 8 meeting will be hosted by the Washington, Oregon, and Northern Rocky Mountain Branches of AALAS. This multi-day conference will feature speaker presentations, poster sessions, and workshops designed to help educate and bring new ideas to those in the laboratory animal field. Attendees will also have the opportunity to visit the Exhibit hall to talk to vendors about new and upcoming products in the lab animal field.

Hotel Information: To make reservations for your stay at the Hyatt Regency Hotel using the AALAS District 8 Meeting group rate!, visit: https://www.hyatt.com/en-US/group-booking/SEARS/G-FRED  

Transportation options from airport to the Hyatt - Though the Hyatt does not offer shuttle service from Sea-Tac, there are several options for getting to the hotel: The Link Light Rail runs from the airport to the Westlake station which is just a couple blocks from the hotel. (Cost is less than $5 each way) or there is also Uber, Lyft (Cost $30-40) and regular taxi service (Cost $50) available - perhaps you can find someone else to share the cost to the Hyatt

REGISTER TODAY for the District 8 Meeting: https://www.123signup.com/event?id=rqmbk - Registration is open and we'd love for you to join us April 25th and 26th. 

Online Registration for Exhibitor Booths is now closed.  Please contactJabbott@medline.com to inquire about purchasing a booth.  Online registration is still open for guests of those already registered.

Unable to attend the meeting but want to be a sponsor? Sponsorship opportunities are available online, visit https://www.123signup.com/event?id=hkjgn for information and to register.

Here’s just a sample of what's in store for you at this year’s District 8 meeting in Seattle!

Keynote speaker: Dr. Melween Martinez, Director of the Caribbean Primate Research Center in Puerto Rico: Disaster Recovery Efforts after Hurricane Maria

You will not want to miss our keynote speaker, Dr. Melween Martinez! Dr. Martinez is the Director of the Caribbean Primate Research Center in Puerto Rico and she will share with us many of the challenges that occurred from hurricane Maria, September of 2017. I don’t want to give away anything that Dr. Martinez wants to share with us, but I have been reading about the Cayo Santiago Field Station and have found out some amazing tidbits! By the way, the station continues to do research despite the devastation.

It all began in 1938 when a primatologist, Clarence Carpenter, brought 400 macaques to Cayo Santiago, “Monkey Island” in 1938 by ship. It took two months. He was the sole caretaker of these monkeys until they reached San Juan! Can you imagine? That’s a lot of monkey poop! Even back then, all these macaques were ID’d and their pedigrees were known. It’s an amazing story! Google it for more information.

Caretakers from Punta Santiago commute to work by boat every day to provide the monkeys with food. Water is provided by collecting rainwater and distributed through a watering system. After Hurricane Maria, all 1700 macaques were alive and well, however, there is still a lot of work to be done to restore the infrastructure on the island.

If this is something that has peeked your interest, make sure you get registered, and come prepared to hear more about Monkey Island and Dr. Melween Martinez’ career!

Featured Speaker: Ann Turner, Executive Director AALAS:History and Globalization of AALAS

With over 40 years of experience in association management, health care administration, and education, Dr. Ann Turner has served her communities in various manners. She is currently the executive director of the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science (AALAS) in Memphis, Tn. Dr. Turner earned a bachelor’s degree in Home Economics from the University of Tennessee, a Masters of Education in Child Development and Family Relations from Pennsylvania State University, and a Doctor of Philosophy in Community Systems Planning and Development also from Penn State.  Dr. Turner has been a Certified Association Executive (CAE) since 1989 and was awarded Fellow status in the American Society of Association Executives in 2006. She served on the Board of Directors for ASAE and the ASAE Foundation 2011 - 2013. Ann is a member of the University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center IACUC.

Preliminary program:

Wednesday, April 24
1:30-3pm Chin Bleeds: the Newest Mouse Bleeding Technique Presenter: Erika French (UW)1:30-3:00pm (1:00-3:30pm with transportation)
3-5pm Tour of the University of Washington and the National Primate Research Center: Focus on Environmental Enrichment Presenter: TBD 3:00-5:00pm (2:30-5:30pm with transportation)
5-6pm Networking
6-9pm Welcome Reception
Thursday, April 25
  Breakout Sessions Veterinary & Scientific Track Management & Technical Track Workshops
7-8am Breakfast Sponsored by DRE Scientific
8-8:20am Welcome/Opening Session
8:20-9:10am   Global Partnerships in Field Training & Outreach Education: Promoting Human-Primate Coexistence - Randall C. Kyes, PhD AALAS: The Journey - Ann Turner, PhD, FASAE, CAE  
9:10-10am   2-P Imaging - Cyrus Ghajar Promoting the Public's Trust in Biomedical Research - Ken Gordon, Bachelor of Social Science, Grad. Diploma in Business Studies, Post Grad. Diploma in Public Policy  
10-10:20am Morning Break Sponsored by Animal Specialties
10:20-11am Vendor Fair
11-12pm   KEYNOTE
Resiliency: A concept abruptly learned after Hurricane Maria - Melween Martinez, DVM
12-1pm Lunch 
1-1:50pm   DeepSqueak: Machine Learning Methods for Clustering Ultrasonic Vocalizations - Kevin R. Coffey, PhD The Power of Negotiation - Tracy Gluckman, MS, DVM,DACLAM  
1:50-2:40pm   A Tricky "Tail" of Pet Store Mice Used in Research - Andrew Burich, DVM, MS,DACLAM, CPIA Roadmap to Your Future-How to Get There from Here - Tracy Parker, BS, MBA, CMAR,CPIA, PMP  
2:40-3:20pm     Poster Session Sponsored by Lab Products, Inc.  
3:20-4:10pm D8 Council Meeting 
(By Invite Only)
Things that make you go Hmmm… - Christine Tafoya, Safety Officer, CBSP, SM (NRCM)

When Things Go Wrong: Causes, Cures, and Prevention - Sally Thompson-Iritani, DVM/PhD, CPIA, CCFP, CHABP & Kamm Prongay, DVM, MCR, DABVP

Positive Reinforcement in the Research Environment – Tools of the Trade - Kelly Morrisroe (UW) & Lisa Houser (ONPRC)2:00-5:00pm

4:10-5pm   Personal Story - Melween Martinez, DVM Compassion Fatigue - Preston Van Hooser  
Friday, April 26
  Veterinary & Scientific Track Management & Technical Track Workshops
7-8am Breakfast Sponsored by Allentown, Inc.
8-8:50am Tapping into billions of years of Nature's drug discovery to create new therapeutics (tumor paint) - Jim Olson, MD, PhD Mad Libs for staff who work with animals in research: Filling in the blanks for friends and acquaintances about what you do and the animals you love - Heather Sidener, DVM, DACLAM & Thomas Briner, BA, CMAR, LATG

Rodent Water: Methods, Issues, andTroubleshooting

Presenter: Nicholas L. Reyes (UW)


8:50-9:40am What's your diagnosis? Practical Pathology of Mice and Rats - Jessica Snyder, DVM, MS, Diplomate ACVP AAALAC International's Horizon - Helen Diggs, MEd, DVM, DACLAM  
9:40-10am Morning Break 
10-10:40am Vendor Fair
10:40-11:30am Optimization of Neurosurgical Training Improves Quality in Mice and Maintains Reproducibility for Large-Scale Research - The Allen Institute, Neurosurgery and Behavior Team: Robert Howard, Jennifer Luviano, Kat North, & Andy Cho Zoo Enrichment - Patrick Owen  
11:30-12pm Awards: Ron Orta / Poster / Fun Fair / Raffles
12-1pm Lunch
1-2pm Platform Presentations(4 x 15 min talks) Platform Presentations(4 x 15 min talks)

How to Respond to IACUC Inspections: A Facility Perspective

Presenter: Jamie Kenfield (UW)1:00-3:00pm

2-2:50pm “Can I See a Dessert Menu?”The Brain Biology of Sweet Reward - Dianne Figlewicz Lattemann, BS, MS, PhD, Grad. Cert. in Public Health Stress Management - Caroline Thompson  
2:50-3:40pm Clicker Training Minipigs: Using Positive Reinforcement to Shape Behavior - Jamie Lovaglio, DVM, DACLAM The California Mouse (Peromyscus californicus): A Laboratory Mouse Model for Gender Equality - Janet Bester-Meredith, PhD  
3:40-4pm Closing Session

4/24/19 Join us Wednesday for an extra day of workshops prior to the welcome reception! Workshops 1 & 2 occur back to back at the UW. Consider attending both!

Workshop 1 - 1:30-3:00pmChin bleeds: The newest mouse bleeding technique

Enrollees will learn to perform chin bleeds on mice.

Presenter: Erika French

Limit 12

Transportation to UW via Lightrail, tickets are provided - a group will leave the hotel at 1:00pm, meeting location will be sent out

Workshop 2 - 3:00-5:00pm  Environmental Enrichment at University of Washington and the Washington National Primate Research Center

Visit the University of Washington animal facility and the Washington National Primate Research Center. Environmental enrichment of various species will be emphasized.

Presenters: TBD

Limit 20

Transportation to UW via Lightrail, tickets are provided - a group will leave the hotel at 2:30pm, meeting location will be sent out


Workshop 3 - 2:00-5:00pm - Positive Reinforcement in the research environment - Tools of the Trade

This is an interactive workshop teaching you the tools you need to effectively train animals to be successful in the research environment. From mice to monkeys, and maybe some co-workers- clicker training is a remarkable tool that has applications across disciplines.

Presenters: Kelly Morrisroe (WaNPRC) and Lisa Houser (ONPRC)

Limit 30


Workshop 4 - 8:30-10:30amRodent Water: Methods, Issues and Troubleshooting

This workshop will explore different water-delivery methods for rodents, including Hydropac, water bottles, re-circulating and flow-thru automatic water delivery systems. Participants will assemble Hyrdopac bags, examine different types of bottles, and troubleshoot automatic watering issues including contamination and system cleaning.

Presenter: Nicholas L. Reyes

Limit 15

Workshop 5 - 2:00-4:00pmHow to respond to an IACUC inspection, a facility perspective

Target audience: facility managers and animal care personnel. Enrollees will learn how to respond to questions from IACUC members. Sample questions and responses will be included.

Presenter: Jamie Kenfield

Limit 12


You won't want to miss all the other interesting presentations and posters too.  Posters will be displayed in the hall - attendees are encouraged to visit while the authors are present at their posters to ask questions.

The exhibit hall will feature snacks and refreshments. Attendees will have several chances to view the exhibit hall during breakfast, breaks, and between speaker sessions.

Exhibitor Registration

Online Registration for Exhibitor Booths is now closed.  Please contactJabbott@medline.com to inquire about purchasing a booth.  Online registration is still open for guests of those already registered.

Sponsorship Opportunities:

Unable to attend the meeting but want to be a sponsor? Sponsorship opportunities are available online, visit https://www.123signup.com/event?id=hkjgn for information and to register.

View Previous Meetings

2022 - San Diego, CA (215 attendees, 54 exhibitors)
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)