The 67th Annual Meeting of the Japanese Association for Laboratory Animal Science (JALAS) (President: Toru Urano) is being held on May 23-25, 2020 at the Osaka International Convention Center.
JALAS holds a meeting in Kansai (the western region of the main island in Japan) every 5 years. Previously in 2010 and 2015, the meeting was held in the historical city of Kyoto, but this year, the venue is going to be in the water city of Osaka. Following the footsteps of our seniors, we would like to hold the meeting in conjunction with the Kansai Laboratory Animal Research Association and with the support of the The Japanese association of laboratory animal facilities of laboratory animal facilities of MHLW-related organizations.
Recently, due to developments in science, medicine, and medical treatment, as well as improved living environments, the average life expectancy has increased to 87.26 years for women and 81.09 years for men as of 2018, putting Japan 2nd and 3rd in the global ranking for longest life expectancy. However, there is still a gap between life expectancy and healthy life expectancy. How to improve healthy life expectancy is now an urgent issue. We believe that laboratory animals heavily contribute to solving this issue, so we decided on the main theme of this year's meeting to be "Laboratory Animals supporting Healthy Life Expectancy." We are planning special lectures based on this topic.
We are inviting Wendy Jarrett, the Chief Executive of Understanding Animal Research of the United Kingdom, as a special guest to give a lecture on this topic. We hope it will give us a chance to learn about how to share information to the greater non-scientific community through the work of Understanding Animal Research. Moreover, we are also preparing other great programs to explore a bridge connecting us to the next generations.
We are eagerly looking forward to seeing you at the meeting.
Kyoko Shioya, DVM