• Use science critically and comprehensively to review the literature on which our regulations and guidelines are based. The review can be done by subject area, by species, and so forth.

  • Leave behind our other agendas, whether they are political, social, personal, or other, so that there is a dialogue and a meaningful exchange of ideas and information results.

  • Focus on ideas to create dynamic, flexible standards that are science based and that benefit animals and science.

The risk of not taking these steps is great and has an impact on all of us. Similarly, the work and effort to change and improve will be great. We are fortunate to have a wealth of expertise present, either with our speakers or with our workshop participants. The knowledge and experience here are significant. I encourage you all to engage and to participate actively. Our speaker sessions, our workshop, and the breakout sessions have been organized to allow you to be participatory and interactive.



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