We wholeheartedly welcome you to the 55th Annual Meeting of the GV-SOLAS and 17th IGTP training in Cologne. Aging research is a key focus area represented in Cologne with the Max Planck Institute and CECAD, the Cluster of Excellence of the University of Cologne.
How can animals be used to investigate the causes of the aging process and to develop successful therapies to treat age-related diseases such as cancer, diabetes, stroke or neurodegeneration? Such translational approaches regarding aging research will be a focus of the GV-Meeting 2017.
Current developments in the field of targeted genetic modifications lead to expectations that the spectrum of genetically modified experimental animals with harmful phenotypes will increase and present the field of Laboratory Animal Science with new challenges. Initially limited to a few species, such genetic changes are now possible in a variety of organisms and can be performed quickly and with little expertise required. The conference will provide a platform for a lively exchange in this area.
An integral part of our meeting in the form of seminars and workshops include classic laboratory animal issues such as veterinary medicine, nutrition, hygiene management, the application of the 3Rs principles, new developments and the practical implementation of the Protection of Animals Act and the General Administrative Directive for the Execution of the Protection of Animals Act, aspects of training and, not least, public relations.
The always controversial debate about the the use of laboratory animals in research continues to have great social relevance. In this meeting, we want to provide insight in ways to support the acceptance of animal research using scientifically based justifications and logical, reasonable answers.
I look forward to an exciting congress and to welcome you to the city of Cologne with its 2000 year history.
Prof. Dr. Branko Zevnik
President of the Organizing Committee