AMU to hold workshop on Alternatives to Animal experimentation

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Bab-E-Syed_AMUALIGARH January 20: The Department of Pharmacology, Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College, Aligarh Muslim University is organizing a National Workshop cum CME on “Alternatives to Animal Experimentation in Medical Science Education” on February 24-25, 2014.

Dr. Syed Ziaur Rahman, Organizing Secretary said that animal experiments are an integral part of teaching at medical colleges. However, in consonance with the recent guidelines by the Ministry of Environment and Forests, Government of India, experimentation on animals for training undergraduate and post-graduate students in colleges has to be stopped and use of its alternatives such as computer-aided simulators need to be adopted.

He said that the UGC and MCI have recommended not sacrificing animals for teaching in undergraduate classes. Moreover, it is difficult to experiment with animals because of problem in procurement of animals, strict regulations, ethical issues, change in attitude for animal experiments and finances.

He said that the main objective of organizing the workshop is to provide participants an opportunity to explore the expanding possibilities of alternatives to animal experimentation, to train and instill confidence for use of alternatives, to encourage participants to adopt these alternatives in their teachings and to start similar labs in their colleges and departments.

Dr. Rehman said that eminent scientists engaged in the development and designing of alternatives to animal experimentation, both in Pharmacology and Physiology, will be attending the workshop as resource persons. Prof. M. A. Akbarsha, Chairman, Mahatma Gandhi Doreinkemp Centre for Alternative to Animal Experimentation in Medical Science Education, Bharatidasan University, Trichirapally, Prof. K. C. Singhal, Department of Pharmacology and Vice Chancellor, NIMS University, Jaipur, Prof. Sandhya T. Avadhany, Department of Physiology and Vice Dean, St. John’s Medical College, Bangalore, Prof. R. Raveendran, Department of Pharmacology, JIPMER, Pondicherry, Prof. C. R. Patil, Department of Pharmacy, R. C. Patel College of Pharmacy, Karvand Naka, Shirpur, Dhule, Gujrat, Prof. S. K. Bajaj, Department of Physiology, MAMC, New Delhi, Dr. Mohd Tariq Salman, Department of Pharmacology, Era Medical College, Lucknow and Dr. Varun Gupta, Head Education Solutions on Alternatives, Elsevier, Gurgaon are expected to participate in the workshop.

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