The 3RCC awarded two young researchers at its 3Rs Day for their presentations. Andre Dos Santos Rocha from the Department of Acute Medicine at the University of Geneva won the 3RCC Poster Award for his presentation on A rabbit model of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease: how to refine animal experiments in respiratory medicine. Together with colleagues he developed a refined rabbit model of chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases, where they addressed animal welfare at all steps. To identify signs of suffering as early as possible, they evaluated the animals twice a week. If any of the score parameters were positive they would give supplementary oxygen, bronchodilators and/or analgesics.
Victoria Schreiner from the Division of Pharmaceutical Technology at the University of Basel received the 3RCC Oral Award for her presentation Development of a sustained-release depot formulation of buprenorphine for pain relief in experimental animals. Together with colleagues at the University of Basel and the University of Zurich she developed a sustained-release formulation of an analgesic that is frequently used in veterinary medicine for post-surgical pain release in mice and rats. Their sustained-release depot of buprenorphine based on biodegradable microparticles prolonged the effect to the marketed standard formulation to at least 24 hours.