Pain Assessment in Research Animals and the Role of Pain as a Confounder in Animal Based Research

About the Speakers…

Dr. Jennifer Lofgren, University of Michigan Medical School

Dr. Lofgren is a Clinical Assistant Professor with the Unit for Laboratory Animal Medicine at the University of Michigan Medical School.   Additionally, she is the faculty lead for the Enrichment and Social Housing Committee and serves as the University’s Associate Attending Veterinarian with a focus on Practice Standards and Enrichment. She is also the co-founder of the Refinement and Enrichment Advancements Laboratory (REAL).   REAL’s goal is to optimize biomedical research efforts through improved animal wellbeing by understanding the relationship between the animal’s lived experience and the scientific results.  Dr. Lofgren has received 3 grants including from the American College Laboratory Animal Medicine (ACLAM Foundation) and the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science (GLAS) to support nociceptive and behavioral research to identify pain behaviors and effective alleviation of pain in rodent species.   Prior to joining the University of Michigan, Dr. Lofgren completed a visiting research fellowship at Newcastle University where she learned how to conduct scientifically rigorous studies that isolate and evaluate pain behavior in rodents.  She became a Diplomate of the American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine in 2011 after completing post-doctoral training in Comparative Medicine at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.   While at MIT, Dr. Lofgren engaged in infectious disease and cancer research, as well as refining husbandry and veterinary care to improve animal welfare.    Dr. Lofgren completed a dual degree Masters in Comparative Biomedical Sciences and a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Tufts University.


Norman C. Peterson, DVM, PhD, DACLAM, MedImmnune

Dr. Peterson received his BS, MS, and DVM from the University of Illinois and residency training in Laboratory Animal Medicine and PhD in Comparative Medicine from the University of Pennsylvania.  Prior to joining Medimmune, he was on faculty at Johns Hopkins University.   He has been at MedImmune/AstraZeneca for 12 years and is currently the Director of Veterinary Sciences.   His interests are in animal model development and applications in in vivo imaging technology.  While at MedImmune he contributed to the development of over 30 discovery and pipeline projects using the latest in vivo optical imaging technology.  Recently, he has been instrumental in bring PET-CT imaging to Medimmune and will be expanding expertise in this area.  He is also actively involved in the promotion and development of technologies and models that support the 3Rs (Alternatives to Animals).

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