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    LSM_Writing a good application for ethical approval for laboratory animal experiments.

    Wednesday, 14 November, 2018 - 17:00 to Monday, 26 November, 2018 - 20:00
    Campus: Brussels Health Campus
    Building A
    Faculty Meeting Room (Jette Campus)

    2 Dates: 14 or 26 November 2018 (17-20:00)

    Target group: PhDs and postdocs applying for ethical approval for laboratory animal experiments

    Format: Instructor-led presentation, discussion

    Free materials: PowerPoint slide show (in PDF).

    Language of instruction: English

    Presenter: Prof. Karine Breckpot (VUB)

    Max. participants/session: 15

    Room: Faculty Meeting Room (Jette Campus)

    Sandwiches and soft-drinks provided.


    Research projects involving live, non-human, vertebrate animals, performed on- or off-campus by students or staff of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB), must receive ethical clearance. Therefore, a project application needs to be submitted to the Ethical Committee for Laboratory Animals (Dutch translation: Ethische Commissie Dierproeven [ECD]) of the VUB.

    The ECD only approves research projects on animals for which no alternatives are available. Furthermore research projects need to (i) comply with the legislation (laboratory license, researcher license, etc), (ii) take in account the 3R rule (reduction, refinement, replacement), (iii) avoid duplication of previously conducted research, and (iv) have scientific merit.

    While most projects fulfill the requirements above, they need two or more rounds of evaluation by the ECD because of incorrect completion of the application form (including the non-technical summary). This workshop is purposed to provide you with guidelines on how to complete your application and as such avoid repeated submission, hence delaying your research!

    Content of the infosession:

    -      Introduction on the Ethical Committee for laboratory animals of the VUB

    -      Detailed information/background on each topic to be completed in the application

    -      Non-technical summary of the project (do’s and don’ts)

    -      What to do in case of changes to the Ethical Protocol


    Register here

    Free of charge for PhD students 

    We kindly ask you to register only once and only when you can actually participate. In case you have already registered but are not able to participate, please be so kind as to notify us by sending an e-mail to lsm@vub.ac.be so we can offer your place to one of your PhD colleagues on the waiting list. 

    Please be aware of the fact that the cancellation and no-show policy of VUB applies. Cancellation of your participation is only allowed up to 48 hours before the start of the course. Otherwise, the policy as described on the doctoral school website will be followed.

    Registration Rules: https://student.vub.be/en/phd/doctoral-training#registration
    No Show Policy: https://student.vub.be/sites/vub/files/no_show_policy_may2017.pdf