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New Experimental Design and Statistical Analysis Training School Announced

RatfinkGood planning and design can have a major impact on reducing animal usage in research programmes and on the welfare of the animals used.


So FRAME runs regular training courses, aimed at post graduate students and biomedical research scientists, to teach the principles of effective experimental design and statistical analysis.


The latest is planned for June 15 - 17 at the University of Edinburgh and will provide an appreciation of the factors that can help produce better data but use fewer laboratory animals.


Through a series of focused workshops, group exercises and discussions, the school will offer an appreciation of the factors that need to be considered when designing experiments.


Delegates will learn the skills needed to design and analyse their work to refine procedures and housing, minimise the number of animals needed, and maximise the quality and relevance of their scientific output.


Experimental design text books usually offer no guidance on how to plan individual experiments to reduce the number of animals needed or to minimise the severity of the procedures involved. Well-planned experiment sequences can help to achieve research goals with a minimum of suffering caused to the animals.


Past courses have proved extremely popular with delegates, who have praised them highly. Most say they would recommend the course to colleagues. 


Closing date for applications is May 6 but places are limited and there is always heavy demand so an early response is recommended.


Details of the school are:

FRAME Reduction Steering Committee Training School in the Experimental Design & Statistical Analysis of Biomedical Experiments. University of Edinburgh, June 15-17, 2011.


To find out more and to download an application form please click here.


Archived May 9, 2011

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