Upcoming Event

The Institute for Laboratory Animal Research's 60th Anniversary Celebration

13:00 EST - 17:00 EST
September 11, 2013
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Location: National Academy of Sciences Building
2101 Constitution Ave NW Washington DC 20418

Come and Join us for the Institute for Laboratory Animal Research's 60th Anniversary Celebration!

Please join us on September 11, 2013 for ILAR's 60th Anniversary Celebration. The Celebration Symposium will be held from 1pm - 5pm in the Lecture Room at the National Academy of Sciences, 2101 Constitution Avenue, NW in Washington, DC, with a reception immediately afterwards. Speakers from NIH, APHIS/USDA, FDA, NSF and GlaxoSmithKline will discuss the continuing role of animals in research (see program below).

Register to attend the symposium: please RSVP by September 10, 2013.

Symposium Program

Click the speaker's name to view a video of their talk.


Dr. Steve Niemi, DVM, Director, Office of Animal Resources, Harvard University, member of ILAR Council
Dr. Barbara Schaal, former Vice President, NAS, and Chair, NRC Division on Earth and Life Studies | Download Presentation PDF

ILAR and Its Achievements: Dr. Patricia Brown, Director, Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare, National Institutes of Health | Download Presentation PDF

Panel on the Future of the Life Sciences and the Continuing Role of Animals in Research Moderator: Floyd Bloom, Chair, ILAR Council

  • Dr. John Clifford, Deputy Administrator and Chief Veterinary Officer, Veterinary Services Program, APHIS
  • Dr. Margaret Landi, Chief of Animal Welfare, Ethics and Strategy, major pharmaceutical company (video coming soon)


Wrap-up: Dr. Steve Niemi, DVM, Director, Office of Animal Resources, Harvard University, member of ILAR Council


ILAR Journal Special 60th Anniversary Virtual Issue

Welcome to this special e-issue of the ILAR Journal, which celebrates the 60th anniversary of the Institute for Laboratory Animal Research. The papers selected for this special e-issue come from issues of the ILAR Journal published in the last decade, and are meant to provide the reader with a taste of the depth and breadth of subjects covered by the journal. All back issues of the ILAR Journal can be found at the ILAR Journal homepage.


Read the Anniversary Issue here at Oxford University Press.


The Institute for Laboratory Animal Research (ILAR) is a nationally and internationally recognized leader in developing science-based guidelines for responsible animal care and use. Laboratory animals play a vital role in efforts to treat and cure human and animal diseases, and polls confirm that the public supports biomedical research using animals. But the public also wants to know that scientists, veterinarians, and other laboratory workers take seriously their obligation to provide humane care for laboratory animals. Research shows a direct link between better care for laboratory animals and reliable, high-quality scientific results.


For more than 50 years, ILAR has provided independent, objective advice through expert reports, the ILAR Journal, and other resources that help biomedical researchers, veterinarians, and institutional animal care and use committees fulfill the requirements of the Animal Welfare Act and the U.S. Public Health Service Policy on Humane Care and Use of Laboratory Animals. For example, the Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals, now in its eighth edition (2011), provided the first standards for evaluation of laboratory animal care facilities and programs and has, over time, become one of the most influential documents on laboratory animal care and use.