National Workshop on Ethical Contemplation of Animal Resources for Experimentation (WeCARE–2021)

CSIR-IMTECH (Institute of Microbial Technology), Chandigarh and Centre for Animal Resources and Experimentation (iCARE), virtually organised a seven-day workshop on “Ethical Contemplation of Animal Resources for Experimentation (WeCARE-2021)” from 20 July to 26 July 2021. The workshop was part of the “Accelerate Vigyan” programme of SERB, DST, India, which strives to provide a big push to high-end scientific research and prepare scientific manpower that can venture into research careers and knowledge-based economy.

Dr Rajat Sandhir, Professor, Department of Biochemistry, Panjab University, in his keynote address, touched upon various animal models available for neurodegenerative diseases.

Twenty-four participants from different academic and research institutes attended the workshop. The workshop covered a wide range of topics related to the ethical and humane treatment of animals and their husbandry practices, biosafety and occupational hazards. The workshop also harped upon the need to have proper training in handling animals and the biology of animals to avoid the stress encountered due to improper use of techniques.

Dr Sanjeev Khosla, Director CSIR-IMTECH, in his inaugural address discussed the importance and contributions of animal research in improving human health. Dr Sanjeev Khosla, Dr Rajat Sandhir, Dr Manoj Raje and Dr Neeraj Khatri also released a manual on “Basic Bio Methodology of Laboratory Animals” on the occasion.

Speaking on the sidelines of the workshop, Dr Neeraj Khatri, Head of IMTECH’s Animal Facility said that, “This workshop enables increase in employability and entrepreneurial potential of the participants in the biotechnology and pharmaceutical domain.”

The participants were evaluated during the seven-day workshop through on-spot assignments and e-poster presentations. The top three participants were felicitated with an Award of Excellence for WeCARE-2021. The participants also shared their training experiences during the valedictory session.

The faculty for the workshop were drawn from a panel of experts in the field of laboratory animal science from different organisations like PGIMER, TIFR, ACTREC Mumbai, Panjab University, Chandigarh, National Institute of Immunology, New Delhi, GADVASU, Ludhiana and CSIR-IMTECH.