Alan L. Chedester DVM, DACLAMDr. Alan (Lee) Chedester graduated from the Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine in 1979. He was trained in laboratory animal medicine in a US Army training program and became a diplomate in the American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine in 1990. His professional career has included positions at several US Military Laboratories (including the joint Thai and US Armed Forces Institute of Medical Sciences in Bangkok, Thailand), and the US National Institutes of Health. His particular interests include investigator support, experimental design, microsurgery, and the design and fabrication of new instrumentation and surgical techniques. Having retired from the US Army in 1992 and the US Civil Service in 2002, and currently working a contract consultant, his continuing goal is to retire early and retire often! His interests include canoeing any stream or river more than 12 cm deep with his wife, and fly fishing anywhere there are really hungry fish.
Barney Reed BSc (Hons) MScBarney has worked in the Research Animals Department of the RSPCA since 2002. Before this, he gained a Master of Science degree with distinction in Applied Animal Behaviour and Welfare from the University of Edinburgh, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology (with Biology) from University of Exeter. He has also previously been employed in the UK government department that regulates the use of animals in science. Barney promotes effective ethical review and the 3Rs, advising on how the use and care of laboratory animals can be improved to reduce the impact on animals and advance standards of scientific research. Barney has been involved in the organization and delivery of international training events on laboratory animal care and uses in countries around the world. He is on the Institutional Animal Welfare and Ethical Review Bodies of a number of UK research establishments and has been an invited member of Expert Working Groups set up by the European Commission to help European Union countries understand and enforce the European law (Directive 2010/63/EU) on the use of laboratory animals. He currently sits on the council of the UK Laboratory Animal Science Association (LASA) and is Vice-Chair of the Eurogroup for Animals - Working Group on Research Animals. In 2016, Barney was appointed to the Animals in Science Committee (ASC), a body required by legislation to provide independent, expert advice to the UK Government Minister of State for the Home Office. Further information: www.rspca.org.uk/researchanimals www.researchgate.net/profile/Barney_Reed2/publications
Bryan Emmett Ogden, DVM, DACLAMBryan E. Ogden is the Director of both the SingHealth Experimental Medicine Centre and the National Large Animal Research Facility, as well as an Adjunct Associate Professor at Duke-NUS Medical School in Singapore. Dr. Ogden earned his veterinary degree from the University of Minnesota in 1980. Prior to beginning his career in laboratory animal medicine, Dr. Ogden worked eight years in private veterinary practice, including farm animals, pets, and critical care. He has served on 12 different IACUCs during his career. His previous positions have included: Director, Veterinary Services, Maccine Pte. Ltd.; Animal Resources Division Head and Assistant Director, Oregon National Primate Research Center; and Associate Director, Department of Comparative Medicine, Oregon Health & Science University. He is a Diplomate of the American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine and currently serves as a Council Member Emeritus for AAALAC International.
Carlo DemaldèCarlo is a Mechanical Engineer specialized in Technological Processes. After graduation at Polytechnic of Milan (Italy), he has been involved in sales management activities for multinational companies operating in the mechanical engineering industry. Since 2014 he’s been working as Area Manager for Tecniplast covering South-East Pacific and African regions. He attended practical training in different animals facilities like University College of London, Oncology Institute IEO-IFOM (Milan) and Mario Negri Institute for Pharmacological Research (Milan). He developed specific knowledge in housing systems, laminar flow equipment, washing, and decontamination solutions. Carlo is working for a Company permanently committed to the improvement of the quality and safety standards in animal facilities. Tecniplast high product quality/reliability, project management consultancy and efficient after sales service makes Tecniplast the leading company in the lab animal industry since 1949. Further information: www.tecniplast.it www.iwtsrl.it
Dennis Tan, B.Arch (Hons)Mr. Dennis Tan earned his Bachelor of Architecture Degree at the University of New South Wales, Australia. Dennis has been practicing Architecture for 16 years and for the last 10 years, has specialized in designing laboratories, hospitals and specialized animal research facilities all over S.E. Asia. As a director of the ITS Group of companies, a leading regional Research and Medical Turnkey Solutions company in S.E. Asia, he has a vast experience in designing and project managing laboratory and medical facilities with a strong focus in providing a total solution for the client. Combining the architecture background and the research & medical workflow solutions knowledge of the ITS group of companies, Dennis possesses the unique skill set to provide total solutions tailored to the specific needs of the clients in this field. He has been involved a large number of animal research laboratories and hospital projects from the integration of capital equipment, facility design through to project management, construction, and commissioning. Some key design and build projects: • Vietnam: Ho Chi Minh Biotech Animal Facility. 1000m2 rodent facility – 3500 cages. • Malaysia: NIH Invivo Animal Facility. (Applying for AAALAC Accreditation) 1800m2 mice facility – 6500 cages. • Malaysia: University of Malaya (AAALAC Accredited). 1000m2 rodent & rabbit facility over 5 floors – 2500 cages • Malaysia: MR SPF and GLP Facility – 1200m2 rodent facility – 2000 cages.
Eakkapob Srichamnan, BE, LATGMr. Eakkapob Srichamnan is Senior Facilities QA Engineer at U.S. Army Medical Directorate – Armed Forces Research Institute of Medical Sciences (USAMD-AFRIMS). He received his Bachelor of Engineer from King Mongkut’s University of Technology Thonburi, Bangkok, Thailand in 1998. He is an American Association for Laboratory Animal Science certified Laboratory Animal Technologist (AALAS, LATG). He was a team member to renovate USAMD-AFRIMS animal facility in 1999-2000. He assisted in reviewing design drawings of the animal facilities of Faculty of Science, Mahidol University and Faculty of Veterinary Science, Chulalongkorn University. He also was one of the key personnel who developed physical plant of the USAMD-AFRIMS’ animal care and use program for AAALAC International accreditation and the program has attained AAALAC International accreditation since 1999. Mr. Eakkapob has 20 years of experience in laboratory animal facilities and research facilities including Animal Biological Safety Level 3 (ABSL-3) containment, Biological Safety Level 3 (BSL-3) containment, a class 100,000 surgical suite, rodent, and non-human primate facilities, arthropod facilities, diagnostic and pathology laboratories, and cryogenic freezer facilities.
Gary L. Borkowski, DVM, MS, DACLAMGary L. Borkowski is Global Director for AAALAC International, and has been in this role since November 2018. He is responsible for overseeing the accreditation program for AAALAC International, with over 1000 accredited units in 47 countries. Dr. Borkowski has a long history of service with AAALAC International. In 1998 he was selected to become an Ad Hoc Consultant to AAALAC, and in the years following he served multiple terms as a member of AAALAC’s Council on Accreditation. From 2007 through 2011 he also served on the AAALAC International Board of Trustees representing the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science. Dr. Borkowski received his veterinary degree from Iowa State University and a master’s degree in laboratory animal medicine from Pennsylvania State University. He has 30 years of experience in academic and pharmaceutical laboratory animal medicine, having worked at Vanderbilt University, Pennsylvania State University, Upstate Medical Center (New York), Monsanto, Pharmacia, Pfizer, and the Eli Lilly Company. Dr. Borkowski has presented and published on topics such as rodent aseptic surgery, animal facility design and construction, institutional animal care and use committees (IACUCs), electronic medical records, microgravity research, and management and leadership. Dr. Borkowski previously served as program chair for the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science (AALAS) Annual Meeting, is past President of the American Society of Laboratory Animal Practitioners (ASLAP) and past president of the American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine (ACLAM).
Jae-Hoon Choi, DVM, PhDDr. Jae-Hoon Choi is a professor in Department of life science, Hanyang University in Seoul, South Korea. He received his veterinary medicine degree from Seoul National University, Seoul, Korea in 1998. He got PhD of veterinary pathology at same university. He performed immunological research related to atherosclerosis, a representative inflammatory vascular disease. Especially, he firstly defined the presence of antigen-presenting dendritic cells in mouse aorta when he was a postdoctoral trainee of Dr. Ralph Steinman who got Nobel Prize 2011 for his finding of dendritic cells. He joined the Department of life science as a PI in 2011 and is now a full professor. His laboratory continues to study the immunological mechanisms of several cardiovascular diseases including atherosclerosis, aortic valve sclerosis and pulmonary hypertension using mouse models. He published several prestigious papers in Immunity, Cell Metabolism, and Circulation Research showing novel immunological mechanisms of atherosclerosis.
Kai Voges, PhDAs a Research Fellow at the National University of Singapore (NUS), Dr. Kai Voges is working in an interdisciplinary team to create real world applications with brain-machine interfaces. There he led the data collection and analysis for a 5-year Competitive Research Program (flagship grant at the Singapore Institute for Neurotechnology) for the successful midterm review through the National Research Foundation. Currently, he is coordinating his team for the final demonstration of a fully implantable neural prosthesis in non-human primates. The goal is to restore hand dexterity in patients with peripheral nerve damage. Before he successfully finished his PhD thesis at the Erasmus Medical Centre, Rotterdam, the Netherlands where he was awarded a Marie-Curie Fellowship, with access to an international network and invited talks at several universities. During his thesis, he developed a new theoretical framework for the motor control of eye movements. Besides his scientific work and together with Immersive Display (London, UK), he developed a miniaturized virtual reality for rodents, combining a projection system with physiological read outs. Immersive Display sold additional units of this type to other customers and universities. Furthermore, he developed an analysis software for data processing of a wide range of biomedical signals. The software is now used in many laboratories around the world with customers in the Netherlands, Italy, China, and the USA. At Shanghai Ocean University (SHOU), China, Kai leads the design and implementation of a neurophysiological laboratory for aquatic animals. Within the short time period of 7 months, the team negotiated, purchased and assembled the laboratory. The project was finalized with the first high precision measurements of their kind at SHOU. He also trained the local researchers on the equipment and gave a course in computer science. The laboratory is still in use to this day and has since been built on.
Lars Friis Mikkelsen, DVM, MS, MBADr. Lars Friis Mikkelsen is the CEO of Ellegaard Göttingen Minipigs in Denmark. He received his veterinary degree in 1994 and Master in Laboratory Animal Science from the University of Copenhagen in 2007. Further, he received an Executive MBA degree from the National University of Singapore in 2014. Lars worked in general practice until joining Novo Nordisk, Denmark in 2000, becoming globally responsible for Novo Nordisk external animal welfare monitoring program. In 2011, he joined Merck/MSD, Singapore as Director, In Vivo Pharmacology and became responsible for the preclinical research strategy and study coordination and execution in the Asia-Pacific region. In 2014, Lars founded LarSolution, a Singapore based consultancy company servicing the scientific community by offering support and solution for in vivo pharmacological research and business development plus professional advice on laboratory animal care and use. In early 2015, Lars joined Ellegaard Göttingen Minipigs in his current position as CEO of the company. Lars vision of doing a difference for the society, the patients and the animals being used in research plus his passion for combing science and business have led to a number of peer-reviewed publications in well-recognized journals. Further, Lars is a well-known and often invited speaker at international scientific meetings and conferences sharing his knowledge and experience in topics ranging from blood sampling techniques, biomarkers, animal models to animal welfare and monitoring and optimizing external collaborations.
Leslie Retnam, B.Vet.Sc., MLAS, MRCVSGraduated from the University of Queensland, Australia with B Vet Sc and began a career as companion animal veterinarian in Singapore. Joined National University of Singapore (NUS) as Singapore’s first laboratory animal veterinarian and obtained Masters in Laboratory Animal Science (MALS) at Hahnemann University, Pennsylvania, USA. Returned to NUS and eventually become Acting Director, Laboratory Animal Centre. Moved to Biological Resource Centre, Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR), and appointed Director for Veterinary Services. Then returned to NUS as Senior Associate Director, IACUC Office, Office of the Deputy President (Research and Technology). First elected to AAALAC-International as Ad Hoc site visitor, then as Council Member with the Pacific Rim Section. Was elected Section Leader of the Pacific Rim Section for 2 years, and is currently Assistant Section Leader. Member of: Singapore’s National Advisory Committee on Laboratory Animal Research (Chair, Subcommittee on Training); Singapore’s Accreditation Council (Chair, Council Committee on Laboratories); Ministry of Health’s Advisory Committee on Restricted Research; Agri-food and Veterinary Authority’s Veterinary Professions Committee and Non-permanent member of Wildlife Reserves Singapore animal welfare and ethics committee. Former President of Singapore Veterinary Association and Singapore Association for Laboratory Animal Science.
Montip Gettayacamin, DVM, DACLAMDr. Montip Gettayacamin is Senior Director for Southeast Asia at AAALAC International, a position she has held for the past ten years. In this role she supports AAALAC International’s accreditation program to advance research animal welfare in the region and assists institutions to attain accreditation. Dr. Montip received her veterinary medicine degree from Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand in 1984. She is a diplomate American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine. She has over 30 years of experience in Laboratory Animal Medicine and previously served as Assistant Chief for Research and Laboratory Animal Medicine, and Senior Research Scientist at Department of Veterinary Medicine, United States Army Medical Component, Armed Forces Research Institute of Medical Sciences (USAMC-AFRIMS), Bangkok, Thailand. The program has attained AAALAC International accreditation since 1999. She has authored and coauthored more than 50 scientific publications. She translated the Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals, National Research Council (NRC, 1996 and 2011), the Occupational Health and Safety in the Care and Use of Research Animals (NRC, 1997) and the Guide for the Care and Use of Agricultural Animals in Research and Teaching (FASS 2010) to Thai. Dr. Montip is a reviewer of Journal of Visualized Experiments (JoVE) and a member, Editorial Board, Animal Models and Experimental Medicine (AMEM) Journal. She is a former member of AAALAC International Council on Accreditation. She has served on International Council for laboratory Animal Science (ICLAS) governing board and the co-chair of Asia Regional Committee for 2015-2019.
Nattapon Panupinthu, MD., PhD Dr. Nattapon Panupinthu is a Director of Central Animal Facility, Faculty of Science, Mahidol University (MUSC-CAF). He also serves as a Faculty Member at the Department of Physiology, Faculty of Science, Mahidol University. He received his M.D. with first class honours from Faculty of Medicine, Ramathibodi Hospital, Bangkok, Thailand, Ph.D. in Physiology from Western University, London, Ontario, Canada and postdoctoral research fellowship from Division of Cancer Medicine, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, Texas, United States. He has extensive experience on the generation and use of transgenic and knockout animals for basic and translational medical research. He has been actively involved in establishing MUSC-CAF as one of the internationally recognized for the care and use of research animals in Thailand. The program has attained AAALAC International accreditation since July, 2011. Besides being a Director, he also serves as Occupational Health and Safety Advisor at MUSC-CAF overseeing the health-related issues for staff and researchers at the Faculty of Science, Mahidol University.
Sarayut Yumvilai, BEMr. Sarayut Yumvilai is an Associate Mechanical Engineer at the Laboratory Animal Center, Chiang Mai University (LAC-CMU) since 2011. He received his Bachelor of Engineering Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Rajamangala University of Technology Lanna, Chang Mai, Thailand in 2007. He participated in designing for the LAC-CMU facility and currently serves as the team leader for the Engineering Department of the CMU’s animal care and use program. The program has attained AAALAC International accreditation since 2015. Mr. Sarayut has 10 years of experience in routine HVAC operations and preventive maintenance of HVAC system for laboratory animal facility. He also has served as a safety officer for management level at LAC-CMU since 2018.
Susan Vogel, DVM, MS, DACVSDr. Vogel is the Director of Laboratory Animal Medicine and Surgery and Attending Veterinarian for Charles River’s Canadian Safety Assessment sites. She joined Charles River in February of 2016. Previously Susie worked for Elanco Animal Health and Eli Lilly Company where her role focused primarily on animal welfare. She has also worked for Cook Medical developing surgical models in sheep, pigs, and rabbits in order to evaluate medical devices. In her current position, Susie’s work focuses on toxicology and discovery studies in an array of subspecialties at the Senneville and Sherbrooke sites in Quebec. After earning her DVM from The Ohio State University, Susie remained at Ohio State for an internship in food and fiber animal medicine and surgery. She earned her MS from the Université de Montréal during her residency in large animal surgery at the university’s farm animal hospital. Susie is a diplomate of the ACVS in large animal surgery, a licensed veterinarian, and is an AAALAC ad hoc specialist. When Susie is not braving the 6 months of winter in Canada, she tries to spend her time outdoors with her family kayaking, paddle boarding or exploring in the woods.
Thattawan Kaewsakhorn, DVM, PhD , RLATGDr. Thattawan Kaewsakhorn is Director of Laboratory Animal Center, Chiang Mai University (LAC-CMU). She also serves as a faculty member of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine at Chiang Mai University. She received her veterinary degree with first class honors from Kasetsart University, Bangkok, Thailand in 1998 and her Ph.D. in veterinary biosciences from the Ohio State University, the USA in 2007. She is an American Association for Laboratory Animal Science certified Laboratory Animal Technologist (AALAS RLATG). She participated in designing for the LAC-CMU facility and currently serves as the team leader for the development of animal care and use policies and guidelines for the CMU’s animal care and use program. The program has attained AAALAC International accreditation since 2015. Dr. Thattawan has 10 years of experience in laboratory animal medicine and 13 years of teaching experience in veterinary pathology. She has served as a Committee member of Thai Association for Laboratory Animal Science (TALAS) since 2016. She currently serves as an ad hoc Specialist for AAALAC International.
Thunyatorn Yimsoo, DVM, LAMDr. Thunyatorn Yimsoo is Acting Director of Laboratory Animal Center, Advanced Science, and Technology, Thammasat University (LAC-TU). She received her veterinary degree from Mahidol University, Nakhon Pathom, Thailand in 2011. She received a Certificate in Laboratory Animal Medicine from University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada in 2017. She has served as an Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee member at Thammasat University (IACUC-TU). She also participated in the Institutional Biosafety Committee at Thammasat University (IBC-TU). The animal care and use program of Thammasat University has attained AAALAC International accreditation since 2017. Dr. Thunyatorn has 6 years of experience in laboratory animal medicine.
Viji Vijayan, MBBS, MSc, MD, RBP, MScMy career began in a biomedical research laboratory, where I worked for about 10 years after which I switched to Research Operations and Laboratory Safety. In this latter role, I have been intimately involved in the practice and teaching of safety. I now hold the position of Assistant Dean in the Duke-NUS Medical School. In this role, I oversee Safety, Health and Emergency Management; Procurement; and Research Operations. I also chair the School’s safety and crisis management committee which oversees all aspects of safety and emergency preparedness in the School. Safety science is a passion that I have developed in the last three decades, especially the integration of safety into daily work life. I have completed the WSQ Advanced Certificate in Training and Assessment (ACTA) certification and I have a Master’s degree in human factors and systems safety from Lund university in Sweden. My extensive expertise in the field of biorisk, together with the knowledge I have gained through the Master’s Program, gives me a specific set of skills and abilities that enable me to develop and implement biorisk management systems with a distinctive approach. The ACTA certification is especially relevant in the field of biorisk, where the learners are working adults who require specific, tailored training with a professional focus. With this unique skillset and diverse experience, I look for training approaches that benefit the learners maximally, and am enthusiastic about the new ideas, challenges, and circumstances that present themselves with each training session. Training has always been my passion and I believe that it is through training and dialogue that we can nurture and build a high standard of biorisk management at the work place. I also serve in various organizations relating to the practice of safety. From 2014 to 2017, I was the President of the Biorisk Association of Singapore and, upon completion of my term, I continue to serve as a member. I am a member of the Board of Directors of International Federation of Biosafety Associations and Vice President of Asia Pacific Biosafety Association. My recent consultancy experience includes 1) International Expert for CBRN Centers of Excellence Project 46, an initiative that aims to enhance the CBRN capacities of South East Asia in addressing CBRN risk mitigation concerning CBRN first response, biosafety and biosecurity, awareness raising, and legal frameworks; 2) Developing a simple sustainable biorisk safety management system in a public institution in Lao PDR; 3) Subject Matter Expertise in International Biorisk Management in support of World Health Organization’s project entitled “Technical Support on Poliovirus Containment”; and 3) Short Term Senior Expert for Business and Strategies in Europe Blvd de al Woluwe, 2, 1150 Brussels, Belgium - B&S EUROPE – in project entitled “On-site Technical Support to the EU Centre of Excellence Regional Secretariat in Manila”.
Wanna Sirimanapong DVM, MSc, PhDDr. Wanna Sirimanapong graduated a Doctoral of Veterinary Medicine with second class honors form Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Chiang Mai University in 2001, her Master of Science in Aquatic Animal Diseases from Faculty of Veterinary Science, Chulalongkorn University in 2004 and her PhD in Aquatic Veterinary from Stirling, UK in 2014. She has been assessed and completed accredited training for personnel working under the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986 in general, freshwater and marine aquatic animal species modules from Scottish Accreditation Board (SAB) science 2010. She has experience in aquatic animal research include aquatic animal diseases and medicine such as carp, goldfish, catfish, tilapia and pangasius. The other animals are crocodile and frog. Her current research focuses on aquatic animal immune system and emerging diseases in aquatic animal to improve the aquatic animal health and aquaculture in Thailand.
Wanyong (William) Pang, BVM, MS, PhDWanyong (William) Pang, B.V.M., M.S., Ph.D. is a Director, Translational in vivo Models Global Research Platform, Sanofi R & D, based in Beijing, China. Dr. Pang received his veterinary medical degree and master’s degree in Veterinary Pathology from the China Agricultural University College of Veterinary Medicine, Beijing, China and a Ph.D. in Veterinary Medicine (Animal Health and Welfare) from the School of Agriculture, Food Science and Veterinary Medicine, University College Dublin, Ireland. He has expertise in animal care and use programs in pharmaceutical research and development, in addition to his experience in veterinary vaccine development and preclinical toxicology. Dr. Pang is board certified in laboratory animal medicine by the American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine and is a standing Council member of the Chinese Association for Laboratory Animal Sciences. He currently serves as a member of the AAALAC International Council on Accreditation.
Yao Li, PhD, DVM, RLATGDr. Yao Li is the deputy director and attending veterinarian for Shanghai Jiao Tong University, School of Medicine, Department of Laboratory Animal Science (DLAS). Dr. Li received his veterinary medicine degree from Hunan agriculture university, China in 2002, and received Ph.D. degree from South China Agricultural University, China in 2008. Dr. Li completed his laboratory animal medicine training and received the certificate at Duke University Medical Center, US, in 2014. At the same year, he got the RLATG certification and graduated from the Institute for Laboratory Animal Management (ILAM) of AALAS. In 2019, he studied how to build "transgenic mouse bank" to manage mouse colony by embryonic technology in Kumamoto University, Japan. With more than 11 years’ experience in laboratory animal facility management, he is considered a veteran in animal facilities system design and maintenance, animal husbandry management, transgenic animal resource management, funding management, animal use protocols management and auditing. He acted as the key person in charge of Medicine School AAALAC International accreditation. In 2017, he became an ad hoc specialist of AAALAC International. From 2008 to 2012, he as the key investigator in charge of China National Transgenic Major Project which supported by the Ministry of Agriculture science and technology major project, and China National High-tech R&D Program (863 Program). From 2015 being the principal investigator, he is in charged of four national and Shanghai government science foundations on human diseases search by the transgenic animal models which include pig, mouse and rabbit. Dr. Li was the principal contact person & investigator in charge of China-US joint project, "monkey spinal injury model research" from 2008 to 2011. In 2007, he successful produced the cloned piglet and transgenic cloned piglets by spindle view system, the first time of the world. He has authored and coauthored more than 20 scientific publications, including Cell Metabolism, Diabetes, and CELL PHYSIOL BIOCHEM, Scientific Reports, JAALAS, iJBCB, etc. He is a sub-editor of book “Laboratory animal science” in 2013, and an editor-in-chief of the book, “Medical laboratory animal science” in 2018. He is an Editorial board member of “Laboratory Animal and Comparative Medicine” from 2017. In 2014, Dr. Li became the member of Laboratory Animal Management Association (LAMA), in 2016 he became a member of Committee of Small Animal physicians at Chinese Association for Laboratory Animal Sciences. He is a Deputy Secretary-General of Shanghai Laboratory Animal Science Association from 2015 to present. As of June 2019, he serves as a member of the AAALAC International Council on Accreditation.
Yong-Meng Goh, DVM, PhDDr Goh Yong Meng is currently a Professor (Veterinary Physiology), and Head of Department, at the Department of Veterinary Preclinical Sciences, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Universiti Putra Malaysia. He is a qualified veterinarian and holds a PhD in Nutrition Physiology from Universiti Putra Malaysia, and certification in the area of Data Science from Johns Hopkins University. He is currently a member of the Animal Welfare Board, an animal welfare oversight body established under the Animal Welfare Act 2015, apart from his extensive involvement in the subcommittees of the Malaysian Veterinary Council. His special research interest is on membrane lipid functions, and how these mechanisms affect cognitive ability, stress response and the onset of insulin resistance in animal models. He has extensive involvement in the area of animal welfare, from drafting of act legislations, code of practices to managing welfare physiology research projects. He is involved multipartite research projects investigating animal response to distress by virtue of his acclaimed expertise in veterinary electroencephalography. He has managed and participated in various multiple international projects. He was the country coordinator for an European Union-funded research project under the Asia-Link programme between 2007-2011 in Malaysia. He was also a technical consultant for a project on pre-slaughter welfare and meat quality in cattle in an Australian-funded consortium involving the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO), Victorian State Government, Australia, Meat and Livestock Association (MLA) Australia and the Department of Veterinary Services Malaysia. He is currently a member of three ministerial and five institutional animal use and care committees (IACUC) in Malaysia, namely Universiti Putra Malaysia, Institute for Medical Research, Ministry of Health Malaysia, Ministry of Agriculture and Agro-based Industries, and Ministry of Science Technology and Innovation. He is very much involved in domestic and international trainings to promote responsible and ethical use of animals in research, in conjunction with professional associations and institutions of higher learning. These explained his active involvement Asian Federation for Laboratory Animal Science Associations (AFLAS) and other organizations. He has published more than 200 articles in leading international journals and had no less than 350 international and national proceeding articles. In recognition to his contribution, he was awarded the outstanding international young scientist award by the Japanese Association of Laboratory Animal Science (JALAS) in 2008.
Yottana Khunatorn, B.Eng , MS, PhDDr. Yottana is a Deputy Director at the Energy Research and Development Nakornping Institute, Chiang Mai University, Thailand. He also serves as a faculty member of the Department of Mechanical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering at Chiang Mai University. He received his mechanical engineering degree from Chiang Mai University in 1992 and his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from University of Colorado at Boulder, the USA in 2002. He participated in Laboratory Animal Center, Chiang Mai University facility construction during 2010-2011 as an HVAC consultant. He was also an HVAC designer for many building construction projects in Chiang Mai University, such as Faculty of Engineering Building Modification, Underground Parking Building, Faculty of Economics, Faculty of Law Building and Faculty of Nursing. Dr. Yottana has more than 15 years of experiences in cardiovascular engineering, computational fluid dynamics, heat transfer, flow visualization, fuel cell, and engineering piping.
Yuan-Ji (Eric) Day, MD, MS, PhDProfessor and Director, Department of Anesthesiology, Hualian Tzu Chi Hospital, Buddhist Tzu Chi Medical Foundation, Taiwan R.O.C. Member, AAALAC International Council on Accreditation Yuan-Ji (Eric) Day, M.D., M.S., Ph.D. is Professor and Director, Department of Anesthesiology, Hualien Tzu Chi Hospital, Buddhist Tzu Chi Medical Foundation, Hualien, Taiwan, Republic of China (ROC). Dr. Day received his medical degree and a master’s in Pharmacology from the National Defense Medical Center, Taipei, and a master’s and doctorate degree in Physiology from the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia. He currently serves as a member of the AAALAC International Council on Accreditation.