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IPR to Host Major Workshops in 2012


IPR to Host Major Workshops in 2012 This year IPR will be organizing and hosting a number of important workshops on biomedical research and animal sciences: International Diagnostics Workshop: Bringing Diagnostics Prototypes to Point of Care. This workshop will be held in Nairobi in June 25-29, 2012 with plenary sessions held mostly at the NMK-LSB Auditorium with laboratory sessions and exhibitions at IPR.



The workshop is sponsored by Grand Challenges Canada after a successful grant application between the University of Alberta,Canada (Prof Ratmir Derda) and IPR (Drs John Kagira, Evans Taracha and Thomas Kariuki).



This workshop has three main elements. There will be talks by eminent world leaders in the field of diagnostics development describing the point-of-care devices that are available or under development.



This will be followed by hands-on demonstrations of the devices, and finally techniques on how to produce high quality, paper-based cheap but effective devices will be unveiled, so that production on site will be undertaken.



The organizers expect up to 150 participants including close to 30 international speakers and local and regional groups representing scientists and policy makers from research institutions, universities and ministries of health.For more information, registration guidelines and speaker lineup visit the workshop website:;or the IPR website: International Workshop on Animal Sciences: Positive Reinforcement training (PRT) of research animals: This workshop will be held at IPR and is sponsored by the European Union Primate Network (EUPRIM-Net), a network that brings together major EU research centers that utilize animals especially non-human primates in biomedical research so as to foster close collaborations and adopt uniform high standards of animal welfare, husbandry and facilities.



For the last four years IPR has been working to raise the standards of research undertaken at the Institute and paying special attention toanimals used in research. In 2011, following an invitation by the EUPRIM-Net coordinator Prof Stefan Treue (DPZ, Germany),IPR scientists (Maina Ngotho, Mercy Akinyi and Thomas Kariuki) submitted an application to the EUPRIM-Net to join the Network and to benefit from the funding, experience and quality standards of the EU partners.



This application was accepted and IPR is today an Associate Partner of EUPRIM-Net. This has already translated into training opportunities for IPR animal and biomedical scientists and three of them (Maamun Jeneby, Hitla Rikoi and George Omondi) recently attended short courses on primate welfare and biology in Holland and Germany organized by the Network. The workshop on PRT will be held between September 22-30, 2012. Three facilitators from EU including the Project Coordinator Prof Treue are expected to attend.



The main participants will be animal scientists at IPR who work daily with research animals (veterinarians, animal technicians and handlers), and a few slots will be reserved for other local participants. PRT is based on the premise that animals,especially higher mammals such as non-human primates can be trained to ‘participate willingly’ in experimental procedures.


This will be a major improvement on animal welfare standards at the Institute when it becomes widely applied after this workshop, and in fact prior training sessions on PRT havealready started in earnest at the Department of Animal Sciences.


For more information on the workshop visit the IPR website(, or the EUPRIM-Net website to learn more about their programs ( Workshop: Development of National Guidelines and Regulations for Lab Animal Sciences: Kenya lacks national guidelines for use and regulation of animals used in research. This means that there are no national standards on how animals used in research centers, university laboratories,pharmaceutical companies, or training/educational institutions, should be housed, monitored, bred, disposed off etc. Very few Kenyan research organizations have adopted international best practices on laboratory animal sciences.


A major workshop is planned for April 4, 2012 in Nairobi that will bring together all key stakeholders to ventilate on
these issues with the ultimate goal of developing national guidelines that will be freely available, robust and enforceable,and which will help make Kenyan research institutions and laboratories attractive to local and international partnerships.


The 1st stakeholder’s workshop will be sponsored by the Consortium for National Health Research (CNHR) and the
National Council for Science and Technology (NCST). The organizing committee is led by NMK/IPR with Dr Idle Farah as team leader. Invitations to all the key national strategic and user organizations are being prepared and it is expected that a major outcome will be the formation of a technical working group that will spearhead this important national agenda.

For more information on the issue contact Mr Said Abdulhamid of CNHR ;


April 22, 2013