CoMO Seminars

CoMO organizes annual seminars from the current topics for researchers who use animals in their studies.
Recordings of Finnish 3R Center webinars

Webinars on Three Rs
Hosted by Vootele Voikar

Adrian Smith (Norecopa)
PREPARE for Better Science: A practical guide to available resources (date 2.4.2024)

Julia Menon (
Preregistration of Animal Studies (date 12.3.2024)

Steve Niemi (Boston University, USA):
Aging lab animals, aging research, aging standards (date 27.2.2024)

Esther Pearl (NC3Rs, UK):
Robust experimental design with the Experimental Design Assistant (date 15.1.2024)

Natasha Karp (AstraZeneca, UK):
One sex fits all? The current thinking on sex inclusive in vivo research (date 14.11.2023)

Megan Jackson (University of Bristol, UK):
The positive welfare impacts of playpens and ball pits in laboratory rats (date 11.10.2023)

Kim Wever (Radboud University Medical Center, The Netherlands):
The benefits of systematic review and meta-analysis of animal research (date 22.8.2023)

Elin Törnqvist (Karolinska Institutet and National Veterinary Institute, Sweden) and Julia Swan (University of Oulu, Finland):
What the mouse face tells you - recognizing distress during handling and procedures (date 9.5.2023)

Nuno Franco (University of Porto, Portugal):
National Animal Welfare Body Networks (date 31.3.2023)

Achieving a good "Culture of Care" 2.3.2022

Barney Reed (RSPCA, UK)

CoMO & FIRN webinar 10.11.2021

"Best practice in pre-clinical animal research: Navigating the guidelines and principles “

Preclinical studies using animal models are an integral part of biomedical research. However, their value is dependent on their scientific validity and reproducibility, which are, in turn, dependent on rigorous study design and reporting. This symposium aims to update on the guidelines developed and recommended for achieving robust research output.

When: November 10, 2021; 12:30 – 17:00 EET (Finland)
Organizers: Finnish Reproducibility Network and HiLIFE Comprehensive Model Organisms infrastructure platform

Further information:

Hanno Würbel (University of Bern, Switzerland): Making a case for animal research: the 3Vs and 3Rs principles

Uli Dirnagl (Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Germany): From 3R to 6R: Improve the quality and value of animal experiments in biomedicine

Matthew Brooke (NC3Rs, London, UK): Introducing the ARRIVE guidelines 2.0: revised guidelines for reporting animal research

Thomas Steckler (Janssen Pharmaceutica NV, Belgium): The EQIPD Quality System


Links to the relevant literature / web-sites:

Hanno Wurbel - what are the 3Rs and 3Vs

Uli Dirnagl – what are the 3Rs missing

Adrian Smith – PREPARE  

Matthew Brooke – ARRIVE

Thomas Steckler  - EQIPD Quality System

Jan Rozman  – Infrafrontier quality principles

The Dark Side of Science 26.5.2021

Webinar by Elisabeth Bik, on 26.5.2021 for University of Helsinki, hosted by Vootele Voikar.

Link to the webinar: /fi/unitube/video/4d9a1ea9-9df9-4e7a-ad76-5a0a79be13a2

EQIPD workshop 21.4.2021

Rigor, reproducibility and data management in nonclinical research

  Malcolm Macleod (University of Edinburgh) - Why changes in research practice are needed now and one cannot wait until tomorrow?  

  Thomas Steckler (Janssen Pharmaceutica NV) - The need to recognize "research conducted with sufficient rigor"  

  Vootele Voikar & Andreas Scherer (HiLIFE) - Do we need a reproducibility network in Finland?  

  Valentina Vengeliene (Vilnius University) - Rigor in collaborative research

CoMO Seminar 2019

Ethics, transparency and rigor in research with animal models


Ulrich Dirnagl (Charité Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Germany):
“Your lab is closer to the patient bed than you think”

Merel Ritskes-Hoitinga (Radboud University Medical Center, The Netherlands):
“How can preclinical systematic reviews improve ethics, transparency and rigor in research?”

Lluis Montoliu (Centro Nacional de Biotecnologia (CNB-CSIC), Madrid, Spain):
“Transparency agreement on animal research - 3 years of experience in Spain”

  Satu Kuure (University of Helsinki):
“Ethics and assurity of genome editing in CRISPR era”  

  Hanna-Marja Voipio (University of Oulu):
“Severity classification – nuisance or beneficial tool in experiments?”  

  Kirk Leech (The European Animal Research Association):
“Animal Research: Time to Talk!”  


CoMO Seminar 2018

Reproducibility and reliability of animal experiments

  Timo Nevalainen (Prof. emeritus, Laboratory Animal Center, University of Eastern Finland):
"Why and how laboratory animals are being used?"  

Emily Sena (Centre for Clinical Brain Sciences, University of Edinburgh, UK): "Navigating preclinical research: directions from meta-research"  

  Adrian Smith (Norecopa and Norwegian Veterinary Institute, Norway): "PREPARE before you ARRIVE: how to plan animal experiments from day one"  

  Natasha Karp (Quantitative Biology, Discovery Sciences, IMED Biotech Unit, AstraZeneca, Cambridge, UK): "Standardization - a cause of poor replicability?"  

  Ville Hietakangas (Department of Biosciences and Institute of Biotechnology, Head of Drosophila Lab, University of Helsinki): "Controlled genetic experiments with Drosophila"  

  Peter Hohenstein (Leiden University Medical Center, The Netherlands):
"Use of GM-models in biomedical studies: 3R rule in scientifically sound research"