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GUIDELINES FOR THE CARE AND USE OF MAMMALS IN NEUROSCIENCE AND BEHAVIORAL RESEARCH

Committee on Guidelines for the Use of Animals in Neuroscience and Behavioral Research

Institute for Laboratory Animal Research

Division on Earth and Lifes Studies

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COMMITTEE ON GUIDELINES FOR THE USE OF ANIMALS IN NEUROSCIENCE AND BEHAVIORAL RESEARCH

Richard C. Van Sluyters (Chair),

University of California, Berkeley, School of Optometry, Berkeley, California

Michael Ballinger,

Abbott Laboratories, Comparative Medicine, Abbott Park, Illinois

Kathryn Bayne,

Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care International, Rockville, Maryland

Christopher Cunningham,

Oregon Health & Science University, Department of Behavioral Neuroscience, Portland, Oregon

Anne-Dominique Degryse,

Centre de Recherche Pierre Fabre, Laboratory Animal Resources, France

Ronald Dubner,

University of Maryland Dental School, Department of Oral & Craniofacial Biological Sciences, Baltimore, Maryland

Hugh Evans,

New York University School of Medicine, Nelson Institute of Environmental Medicine, Tuxedo, New York

Martha Johnson Gdowski,

University of Rochester, Department of Neurobiology and Anatomy, Rochester, New York

Robert Knight,

University of California, Berkeley, Department of Psychology, Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute, Berkeley, California

Joy Mench,

University of California, Davis, Department of Animal Science, Davis, California

Randy J. Nelson,

Ohio State University, Department of Psychology and Neuroscience, Columbus, Ohio

Christine Parks,

University of Wisconsin, Madison, Research Animal Research Center, Madison, Wisconsin

Barry Stein,

Wake Forest University, Department of Neurobiology & Anatomy, Winston-Salem, North Carolina

Linda Toth,

Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, Division of Laboratory Animal Medicine, Springfield, Illinois

Stuart Zola,

Yerkes National Primate Research Center, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia

Consultants

Terrie Cunliffe-Beamer,

Genetics Institute, Andover, Massachusetts

Peggy Danneman,

The Jackson Laboratory, Bar Harbor, Maine

Timothy Mandrell,

University of Tennessee, Department of Comparative Medicine, Memphis, Tennessee

Randall J. Nelson,

University of Tennessee, Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology, Memphis, Tennessee

Staff

Jennifer Obernier, Study Director

Kathleen Beil, Administrative Assistant

Marsha Barrett, Project Assistant

Norman Grossblatt, Senior Editor

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INSTITUTE FOR LABORATORY ANIMAL RESEARCH COUNCIL

Peter A. Ward (Chair),

University of Michigan Medical School, Department of Pathology, Ann Arbor, Michigan

Stephen W. Barthold,

University of California, Davis, Center for Comparative Medicine, Davis, California

Rosemary W. Elliott,

Roswell Park Cancer Institute, Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology, Buffalo, New York

Michael F. Festing,

University of Leicester, MRC Toxicology Unit, Leicester, United Kingdom

Janet C. Gonder,

Pinehurst, North Carolina

Coenraad F.M. Hendriksen,

National Institute of Public Health and the Environment, Central Animal Laboratories, Bilthoven, Netherlands

Jay R. Kaplan,

Wake Forest University School of Medicine, Department of Comparative Medicine, Winston-Salem, North Carolina

Hilton J. Klein,

Merck Research Laboratories, Department of Laboratory Animal Resources, West Point, Pennsylvania

William Morton,

University of Washington, National Primate Research Center, Seattle, Washington

Randall J. Nelson,

University of Tennessee, Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology, Memphis, Tennessee

Emilie F. Rissman,

University of Virginia, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics, Charlottesville, Virginia

Lilly-Marlene Russow,

Purdue University, Department of Philosophy, West Lafayette, Indiana

William S. Stokes,

National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, Environmental Toxicology Program, Research Triangle Park, North Carolina

Michael K. Stoskopf,

North Carolina State University, College of Veterinary Medicine, Raleigh, North Carolina

Thomas Wolfle,

Cambridge, Maryland

Staff

Joanne Zurlo, Director

Marsha Barrett, Project Assistant

Kathleen Beil, Administrative Assistant

Ralph Dell, Associate Director

Jennifer Obernier, Study Director

Susan Vaupel, Editor of ILAR Journal

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Preface

Thirteen years ago, a group of 30 some neuroscientists, laboratory-animal veterinarians, and institutional animal care and use committee (IACUC) members gathered at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, MD, for a workshop sponsored by the National Eye Institute (NEI). The group’s purpose was to draft a set of guidelines to help in the preparation and review of protocols for the use of animals in neuroscience. The result was a 45-page report titled Preparation and Maintenance of Higher Mammals During Neuroscience Experiments. Published by NIH in 1991, the booklet ultimately went through three printings, and NEI distributed over 30,000 copies to IACUCs, veterinarians, and neuroscientists throughout the world. The Red Book, as it came to be known for its bright red cover, was far more successful than any of the participants in that original workshop ever dreamt it would be.

In the years since the Red Book first appeared, neuroscience research has changed in a number of significant ways. To begin with, it has grown phenomenally. Attendance at the 1989 annual meeting of The Society for Neuroscience was 13,767. By 2001, it had more than doubled to 28,774. Neuroscience institutes, centers, and departments have sprung up in virtually every major research university. The number of students and faculty engaged in neuroscience research is at an all-time high, as is the number of animals that the researchers use in their studies of the nervous system. Like other fields of biomedical research, neuroscience has embraced the use of transgenic methods; as a result, the number of rodents, especially mice, used in biomedical research has increased enormously. With the advent of modern brain-imaging techniques and advances in operant-

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conditioning methods used to study nonhuman primates, the use of animals in studies of cognitive brain function has risen dramatically. As a result, a number of institutions have formed cognitive-neuroscience centers, where researchers conduct experiments with both human and animal subjects in a two-pronged effort to unravel some of the brain’s more complex functions.

Against that backdrop of growth in neuroscience research, the regulatory environment of the use of animals in research has also changed since 1991. The Animal Welfare Act continues to be refined as new policies and regulations are promulgated. In 1996, the National Research Council published the sixth revision of the Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals, a primary source of animal care and use guidance for researchers, veterinarians, and IACUCs. Compliance with the Guide is mandated by the Public Health Service as a prerequisite for receiving support from the NIH. The Guide is also the standard used by the Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care International to accredit more than 650 animal care and use programs worldwide. The 1996 revision of the Guide reiterates the requirement to use professional judgment, as opposed to rigid engineering standards, in the application of many of its recommendations. The extent to which the Guide relies on professional judgment has substantially increased, as has the expectation that institutions will develop and use performance-based standards to monitor situations in which professional judgment has an impact on animal welfare.

The task of the Committee on Guidelines for the Use of Animals in Neuroscience and Behavioral Research was to revise and update the guidance provided by the 1991 Red Book and provide information on best use practices for all mammalian species in neuroscience research, not just the “higher mammals” discussed in the 1991 Red Book. Thus, this report presents new information on the use of rodents, including transgenic models. Similarly, whereas the 1991 Red Book offered only a limited discussion of behavioral techniques, this volume includes an extensive coverage of the use of behavioral methods to study brain function. Specifically, the committee was asked to: (1) identify common research themes in contemporary neuroscience and behavioral research based on input from neuroscience and behavioral researchers most familiar with current standards of practice and veterinarian specialists in laboratory animal medicine; (2) exercise collective, professional judgment in applying current animal care and best use practices to procedures in these areas of research; (3) obtain information about new scientific and responsible use developments used to maintain animals during these experiments; (4) prepare a report to serve as an informational resource to assist researchers, laboratory animal medicine veterinarians, and IACUC members in the interpretation and implementation of current standards of practice and promote the training of animal care specialists in this area.

This report, like its predecessor, is intended to provide information and guidance to assist researchers, veterinarians, and IACUCs in interpreting and

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applying current animal-welfare laws, regulations, policies, and guidelines. It is not meant to replace the Guide, nor does it seek to establish policy. It also is not intended to reflect a departure in any way from official animal care and use guidelines.

Like the Guide, this report starts with the understanding that a researcher has already decided to use animals in neuroscience research. It is designed to help the neuroscientist prepare an animal-use protocol that provides the information needed by the veterinarian and IACUC that will review it. It is also intended to assist veterinarians and IACUCs in meeting their mandated responsibilities to ensure that complex neuroscience animal-use protocols comply with official animal-welfare regulations and guidelines.

This report has been reviewed in draft form by individuals chosen for their diverse perspectives and technical expertise, in accordance with procedures approved by the National Research Council’s Report Review Committee. The purpose of this independent review is to provide candid and critical comments that will assist the institution in making its published report as sound as possible and to ensure that the report meets institutional standards for objectivity, evidence, and responsiveness to the study charge. The review comments and draft manuscript remain confidential to protect the integrity of the deliberative process. We wish to thank the following individuals for their review of this report:

Michael Fanselow, University of California, Los Angeles, Department of Psychology, Los Angeles, California

Roy Henrickson, Private Consultant, Point Richmond, California

Julian Hoff, University of Michigan, Department of Neurosurgery, Ann Arbor, Michigan

Neil Lipman, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and Cornell University Medical College, Research Animal Resource Center, New York, New York

Eric Nestler, University of Texas, Southwestern, Department of Psychiatry, Dallas, Texas

Marek Niekrasz, Northwestern University, Center for Comparative Medicine, Chicago, Illinois

Gaye Ruble, Aventis, Inc., Laboratory Animal Science and Welfare Department, Bridgewater, New Jersey

David Solomon, University of Pennsylvania, Departments of Neurology and Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Charles Vorhees, Children’s Hospital Research Foundation, Division of Developmental Biology, Cincinnati, Ohio

Although the reviewers listed above have provided many constructive comments and suggestions, they were not asked to endorse the conclusions or recom-

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mendations nor did they see the final draft of the report before its release. The review of this report was overseen by:

Floyd Bloom, Scripps Research Institute, Department of Neuropharmacology, La Jolla, California

Marilyn Brown, Charles River Laboratories, Animal Welfare and Training, East Thetford, Vermont

Appointed by the National Research Council, they were responsible for making certain that an independent examination of this report was carried out in accordance with institutional procedures and that all review comments were carefully considered. Responsibility for the final content of this report rests entirely with the authoring committee and the institution.

No report of this magnitude could be undertaken without the cooperation and expertise of a group of experts, and in this case a special debt of gratitude is owed to the individuals who participated in the workshop that was held, the consultants to the committee, my fellow committee members, and the ILAR staff.

Richard C. Van Sluyters, Chair

Committee on Guidelines for the Use of Animals in Neuroscience and Behavioral Research

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Expanding on the National Research Council’s Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals, this book deals specifically with mammals in neuroscience and behavioral research laboratories. It offers flexible guidelines for the care of these animals, and guidance on adapting these guidelines to various situations without hindering the research process. Guidelines for the Care and Use of Mammals in Neuroscience and Behavioral Research offers a more in-depth treatment of concerns specific to these disciplines than any previous guide on animal care and use. It treats on such important subjects as:

  • The important role that the researcher and veterinarian play in developing animal protocols.
  • Methods for assessing and ensuring an animal’s well-being.
  • General animal-care elements as they apply to neuroscience and behavioral research, and common animal welfare challenges this research can pose.

The use of professional judgment and careful interpretation of regulations and guidelines to develop performance standards ensuring animal well-being and high-quality research. Guidelines for the Care and Use of Mammals in Neuroscience and Behavioral Research treats the development and evaluation of animal-use protocols as a decision-making process, not just a decision. To this end, it presents the most current, in-depth information about the best practices for animal care and use, as they pertain to the intricacies of neuroscience and behavioral research.

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