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Another successful FRAME training school

The FRAME Experimental Design and Statistical Analysis of Biomedical Experiments training school, at the University of Edinburgh, attracted delegates from all over the UK as well as from Europe, Scandinavia and the Far East. 

Taking part in group exercises 

The schools are extremely popular and, as a result, are always over-subscribed. Plans are already in place to hold another school in UK next year and possibly others in Europe and further afield. Places are limited to 50 each time to ensure that trainees receive the best instruction and have the opportunity to talk over specific challenges in their research.


Attendees were given instruction in how to design effective experiments in order to maximise the data collected from the minimum number of animals. Many of them are responsible for training other researchers, as well as carrying on their own work, so the schools help to reduce the number of animals that will be used in laboratories in the future.


The programme for the three day event included focused workshops, group exercises and an opportunity for delegates to discuss their research problems and experiences with each other and the expert tutors.


School organiser Michelle Hudson, FRAME Scientific Officer, said: “This was a particularly successful school and the feedback from those who attended was extremely positive. We hope to be able to hold many more schools in the future to build on that success.”

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The event was made possible by generous sponsorship from the European Partnership for Alternative Approaches to Animal Testing (EPAA) and Laboratory Animals Ltd. FRAME is also grateful to the lecturers who give their time free of charge and to the University of Edinburgh for its support.

Archived July 5, 2011