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FRAME Experimental Design Poster Now Available in Spanish

POsterThe original Strategic Planning Chart For Reducing Animal Use in Biomedical Science was drawn up by the FRAME Reduction Steering Committee two years ago.

It has proved so popular with UK universities and research establishments that the committee also aims to translate it into other languages. French and German versions are currently in preparation and it is hoped to add Portuguese to the list later this year.

FRAME Scientific Officer Michelle Hudson said: “We offer training schools in experimental design and statistical analysis and they are always very popular with European researchers. By creating these posters we hope to reach many more laboratories across the continent.

“We are very grateful to everyone who has helped make these posters possible, particularly those who have given their time to translate them for us.”

At present the Spanish version is only available to download but if any universities or other bodies would like printed copies please email michelle@frame.org.uk. FRAME is assessing demand and will produce printed copies if there is sufficient need for them.

Experiments using animals do not normally occur as isolated ‘one-off’ studies, and assessment of experimental results in the context of the complete programme may offer considerable scope for decreasing overall severity and reducing the number of animals.

Experimental design texts usually provide no guidance on how to design an individual experiment to minimise severity, or on how to organise a sequence of experiments.

A well-planned programme incorporating the steps indicated on the poster should allow the achievement of an experimental goal that involves minimal animal use and severity, while maximising the quality of the resultant scientific output.

To download a copy of the poster in English or Spanish click here.


Archived June 3 2011