BMC Veterinary Research

, 13:314 | Cite as

Letter to the editor - round table unites to tackle culture change in an effort to improve animal research reporting

  • Nicola J. Osborne
  • Merel Ritskes-Hoitinga
  • Amrita Ahluwahlia
  • Sabina Alam
  • Matthew Brown
  • Hayley Henderson
  • Wim de Leeuw
  • Joan Marsh
  • David Moher
  • Erica van Oort
  • Frances Rawle
  • Beat M. Riederer
  • Jose Sanchez-Morgado
  • Emily S. Sena
  • Caroline Struthers
  • Matthew Westmore
  • Marc T. Avey
  • Rony Kalman
  • Annette O’Connor
  • Jan Sargeant
  • Anja Petrie
  • Adrian Smith
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Abstract

A round table discussion was held during the LAVA-ESLAV-ECLAM conference on Reproducibility of Animal Studies on the 25th of September 2017 in Edinburgh. The aim of the round table was to discuss how to enhance the rate at which the quality of reporting animal research can be improved. This signed statement acknowledges the efforts that participant organizations have made towards improving the reporting of animal studies and confirms an ongoing commitment to drive further improvements, calling upon both academics and laboratory animal veterinarians to help make this cultural change.

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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 animal studies.

Yours Faithfully.

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).

Notes

Authors’ contributions

All authors read and approved the final letter.

Competing interests

Hayley Henderson is the Editor for BMC Veterinary Research.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Nicola J. Osborne
    • 1
  • Merel Ritskes-Hoitinga
    • 2
  • Amrita Ahluwahlia
    • 3
  • Sabina Alam
    • 4
  • Matthew Brown
    • 5
  • Hayley Henderson
    • 6
  • Wim de Leeuw
    • 7
    • 8
  • Joan Marsh
    • 9
  • David Moher
    • 10
  • Erica van Oort
    • 11
  • Frances Rawle
    • 12
  • Beat M. Riederer
    • 13
    • 14
  • Jose Sanchez-Morgado
    • 15
  • Emily S. Sena
    • 16
  • Caroline Struthers
    • 17
  • Matthew Westmore
    • 18
  • Marc T. Avey
    • 19
  • Rony Kalman
    • 20
  • Annette O’Connor
    • 21
  • Jan Sargeant
    • 22
  • Anja Petrie
    • 23
  • Adrian Smith
    • 24
  1. 1.Responsible Research in PracticeHorshamUK
  2. 2.Radboud University Medical CentreNijmegenThe Netherlands
  3. 3.Barts & The London School of Medicine & DentistryQueen Mary University of LondonLondonUK
  4. 4.Faculty of 1000LondonUK
  5. 5.Wellcome TrustLondonUK
  6. 6.BMC Veterinary Research, BioMed CentralLondonUK
  7. 7.Animal Welfare Body UtrechtUtrechtThe Netherlands
  8. 8.UtrechtThe Netherlands
  9. 9.The Lancet PsychiatryLondonUK
  10. 10.Centre for Journalology, Clinical Epidemiology Program, Ottawa Hospital Research Institute, The Ottawa Hospital - General CampusOttawaCanada
  11. 11.ZonMwThe HagueThe Netherlands
  12. 12.Medical Research CouncilLondonUK
  13. 13.Platform of Morphology, Faculty of Biology and MedicineUniversity of LausanneLausanneSwitzerland
  14. 14.Centre for Psychiatric Neuroscience, Department of PsychiatryUniversity Hospital of the Canton VaudLausanne-PrillySwitzerland
  15. 15.Trinity College DublinThe University of Dublin, College GreenDublin 2Ireland
  16. 16.Centre for Clinical Brain SciencesUniversity of EdinburghEdinburghUK
  17. 17.Centre for Statistics in Medicine, Nuffield Dept. of Orthopaedics, Rheumatology and Musculoskeletal Sciences (NDORMS)University of Oxford, Botnar Research Centre, Nuffield Orthopaedic CentreOxfordUK
  18. 18.National Institute for Health Research Evaluation, Trials and Studies Coordinating CentreUniversity of SouthamptonSouthamptonUK
  19. 19.ICFDurhamUSA
  20. 20.Authority for Biological and Biomedical ModelsThe Hebrew University of JerusalemJerusalémIsrael
  21. 21.Lloyd Vet Med Center Rm 2424, College of Veterinary MedicineIowa State UniversityAmesUSA
  22. 22.Centre for Public Health and Zoonoses, and Department of Population Medicine, 2502 Stewart Building, Ontario Veterinary CollegeUniversity of GuelphGuelphCanada
  23. 23.The University of Aberdeen, Medical Research FacilityAberdeenUK
  24. 24.Norecopa, c/o Norwegian Veterinary InstituteOsloNorway

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