On Monday 25th September 2017 a round table meeting funded by LAL was
held to discuss how to enhance the rate at which the quality of reporting animal
research can be improved. This meeting took place during the LAVA-ESLAV-ECLAM
conference on reproducibility in animal studies in Edinburgh. It was attended by
individuals & organisations proactively working on this issue across Europe
including research funders (MRC, Wellcome Trust, ZonMw), journals (EMBO,
F1000Research, PLOS ONE, BMJ Open Science, BMC, British Journal of Pharmacology
(BJP), The Lancet, Laboratory Animals) & others including ESLAV, EQUATOR,
CAMARADES, SYRCLE, Responsible Research in Practice. NIHR were also present to share
learning from the perspective of a funder of later phase clinical research.
All reiterated a commitment to drive improvements in the quality of
animal research reporting to improve reproducibility, and call upon both academics
and laboratory animal veterinarians to help drive this cultural change. In our
experience relevant and useful training in experimental design, planning, reporting
and data sharing is not universal within academic institutions, despite the
perception that it might be. This must change, and academic institutions need to act
now if scientists are to be skilled in the conduct of reproducible and reliable
Round table participants: Nicola J Osborne* (Responsible Research in Practice & SYRCLE ambassador), Merel Ritskes-Hoitinga* (SYRCLE & ECLAM), Amrita Ahluwalia (British Journal of Pharmacology),
Sabina Alam (F1000Research), Matthew Brown (Wellcome Trust), Hayley Henderson (BMC Veterinary Research), Wim de Leeuw (University of Utrecht), Joan Marsh (The Lancet & EASE), David Moher (Centre for Journalology, Ottawa Hospital Research
Institute), Erica van Oort (ZonMw), Frances Rawle (Medical Research Council),
Beat Riederer (Laboratory Animals), Jose Sanchez-Morgado (ESLAV), Emily Sena (CAMARADES & BMJ Open Science), Caroline Struthers (EQUATOR), Matt Westmore (National Institutes for Health Research).
* Co-organisers of the round table meeting.
Supporters: Marc Avey (Canadian CAMARADES group & SYRCLE ambassador), Rony Kalman (ECLAM), Annette O’Connor and Jan Sargeant (MERIDIAN), Anja Petrie (LAVA), Adrian Smith (Norecopa).