2022 - San Diego, CA

2022 District 8 AALAS Meeting


The Southern California, San Diego, and Hawaii AALAS branches are proud to host
the 2022 D8 meeting May 23-25 in sunny San Diego!


Our Tuesday Keynote Speaker will be  Dr. Cindy Buckmaster of the GetReal! Podcast! 

Dr. Buckmaster developed a very deep connection with Danny, a monkey she worked with in her own research many years ago. She made a promise to Danny that changed the trajectory of her life's mission - that she would spend her life fighting for compassionate reform in animal research and testing, striving for a day when animals are truly no longer needed for biomedical progress.

With over 25 years of experience, Dr. Buckmaster has been directly involved in nearly every aspect of animal research and she has the courage and conviction to be transparent about all of it.

Marc Hulin, 2022 National AALAS President will be our Wednesday Keynote Speaker and our closing ceremony host                

The location is at Liberty Station Conference Center, 2600 Laning Road, San Diego, CA  92106.

There is no set hotel as of now since the event will be taking place in a large conference center, this was done to circumvent issues with room minimums that may come up because of COVID.

Suggested Hotels: 

Courtyard By Marriott San Diego Airport/Liberty Station, 2929 Laning Rd, San Diego, CA 92106 - (619) 221-1900

Homewood Suites by Hilton San Diego Airport/Liberty Station, 2576 Laning Rd, San Diego, CA  92106 - (619)222-0500


Program Highlights

Monday, May 23rd

  • ​Xenopus in Research Workshop​

  • Suture Techniques Workshop​

  • Welcome Reception and Ron Orta Award

Tuesday, May 24th

  • Keynote Speaker Dr. Cindy Buckmaster- Sponsored by TransnetYX​

  • Technician Track ​

  • Management/Veterinarian Track​

Wednesday, May 25th

  • Keynote Speaker Dr. Marc Hulin, current AALAS president​

  • Technician Track​

  • Management/Veterinarian Track ​

  • Closing Ceremony With Marc Hulin


Call for Poster Submissions

Submit your abstract for poster presentation at the upcoming 2022 District 8 AALAS Meeting!

Abstracts for poster submissions are due March 18, 2022 and can be sent to kchase@caltech.edu.

We are accepting applications for the following categories:

  • Clinical
  • Husbandry/Management
  • Animal Welfare, Training and 3Rs

Abstracts should be a single paragraph, not to exceed 300 words, with an informative title limited to 20 words. Format and content will follow the guidelines for the AALAS National Meeting.

General technical/style information may be found on the National Meeting website under Presenters: www.aalas.org/national-meeting.

Please reach out with any questions! See the attached flyer for details as well!



Xenopus in Research
Cost: $99
Date: Monday, May 23: 8:30 am – 12:00 pm
Transportation leaves at 8:00 am from Liberty Station Conference Center.
Primary Instructor: Erika Wright-McAfee, DVM MLAS
Location: Salk Institute of Biological Sciences, San Diego, CA

Workshop limit: 11 students max

Agenda: Discussion topics will include Xenopus in Research, Xenopus Care, Anatomy, Diseases, Health Program & Proper Handling. Hands-on will include frog euthanasia techniques and an in-depth step-by-step necropsy procedure.

What’s included? Transportation to and from Liberty Station, water & light snacks, handouts, necropsy form, dissection kit and great teachers!


Suture Techniques
Cost: $99
Date: Monday, May 23: 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm - Transportation leaves at 1 pm from Liberty Station Conference Center.
Primary Instructor: Ekaterina Perminov, DVM
Location: Mesa College, San Diego, CA

Workshop limit: 11 max

Agenda: Description of surgical instruments, suture materials, tissue handling, and healing concepts will be discussed. Basic knot tying techniques & suture patterns will be practiced on food-grade pig’s feet and silicon skin (No live animals will be used during training).  A suture kit and suture material will be provided.

What’s included? Transportation to and from Liberty Station, water & light snacks, handouts, suture kit, and great teachers!

Specific COVID guidelines per institution will be provided upon registration.

Lunch is on your own.  There are many local restaurants at Liberty station​

Exhibitor * Sponsorships * Registration

Commercial exhibitor - Platinum - $825
Platinum Level Includes: 6’ Draped Table, Priority Placement (for first 10 commercial exhibitor registrants), Special Recognition in Program and on Signage, 1/2 Page Advertisement in Program, 5 minute Presentation, Registration for 2 people

Commercial Exhibitor - Gold - $725
Gold Level Registration Includes: 6’ Draped Table, Priority Placement (for first 10 commercial exhibitor registrants), Special Recognition in Program and on Signage, 1/4 Page Advertisement in Program, Registration for 2 people

Commercial Exhibitor - Silver - $500
Silver Level Includes: 6’ Draped Table, Business Card Advertisement in Program, and Registration for 1 person

Additional Registrant - $120
These are for Commercial Exhibitors who have more than 2 people attending.

General Registration - 1 Day - $175
This includes a one-day registration for the District 8 2022 Meeting

General Registration - 2 Days - $300
This includes a two-day registration for the District 8 2022 Meeting

Workshops - $99
This includes transportation, water and light snacks, handouts, kit, and great teachers!

Welcome Reception - $10
This ticket includes entry to the welcome reception on Monday, May 23. The Ron Orta Award will be presented.


The AALAS District 8 Annual Meeting program committee is announcing its call for speakers

Do you know someone who is working on cutting edge research projects?
Do you care for unusual animal models?
Know any motivational speakers?
Is there a topic you want to hear about?
Read an interesting article lately?

Let Us Know! This is YOUR District 8 Annual Meeting, and we want to know what YOU are interested in learning about. Please reach out with your suggestions, topics, and/or speaker information by email to Shelly Courtney at scourtne@scripps.edu or Christina Boykin at christina.boykin@novartis.com


For more information and registration, visit:  https://www.socalaalas.org/events-1/district-8-aalas-conference


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)