CSIR-North East Institute of Science & Technology (CSIR-NEIST), Jorhat, in association with the Laboratory Animal Science Association of India (LASAI) organised the two days National Symposium on ‘Crosstalk between Animal Research & Alternatives (NSARA-2023)’ and one-day hands-on training cum workshop on experimentation techniques in animals and available alternative tools” during 7-9 September 2023. The event was the first of its kind in the northeast region in which around 170 participants including scientists, faculties, research scholars and students from different academic and research institutions across the country registered.
The one-day training cum workshop was attended by around 70 participants on 7 September 2023 which was inaugurated by Er Jayanta Jyoti Bora, Chief Scientist, CSIR-NEIST. Invited resource personnel from various institutions of the country had deliberations on different significant areas like care and management of research animals, designing of experiments, ethical and welfare issues during experimentation, pain management, biology and behaviour of laboratory animal species, computation as alternative tools.
Hands-on training cum practical demonstration on handling and restraining of animals, different experimental techniques like sampling, route of administration, anaesthesia and euthanasia, necropsy were performed in the experimental animal house of CSIR-NEIST, Jorhat. The inaugural session of the symposium was graced by Dr Prabodh Kumar Trivedi, Director, CSIR-CIMAP, Lucknow, as Chief Guest and Dr Suresh Poosala, Founder, Acastha Health and Oncoseek Pvt. Ltd, Hyderabad, as Guest of Honour. Dr Himangsu K Bora, convener, NSARA 2023 welcomed the delegates, invited guests and participants and briefed about the symposium.
During the two days, in five scientific sessions of NSARA 2023, invited speakers from various research organisations delivered their talk on different thematic areas such as (i) Importance, management and ethical regulations in Animal Research, (ii) Alternatives to experimental animals, (iii) Animals as a tool for Basic Research and (iv) New generation animal models. There were 11 oral and 31 poster presentations on relevant thematic areas in which the best five presenters were awarded with certificates during the valedictory session on 9 September 9 2023. The valedictory session was graced by Dr Subeer S Mazumdar, DG, GBTU, Ahmedabad and Dr Vijay Pal Singh, CSIR-IGIB, New Delhi, as Chief Guest and Guest of Honour respectively.