Annual Meeting

Join District 8 AALAS April 25 & 26, 2019 at the Hyatt Regency Seattle in Seattle, Washington for our 2019 District 8 AALAS Meeting! Located in the heart of downtown Seattle, Hyatt Regency Seattle is within a mile of Seattle’s must-see attractions, including the Space Needle, Chihuly Garden & Glass, Pike Place Market, and more.

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The 2019 District 8 meeting will be hosted by the Washington, Oregon, and Northern Rocky Mountain Branches of AALAS. This multi-day conference will feature speaker presentations, poster sessions, and workshops designed to help educate and bring new ideas to those in the laboratory animal field. Attendees will also have the opportunity to visit the Exhibit hall to talk to vendors about new and upcoming products in the lab animal field.


Registration is now opened and we would love for you to join us in Seattle, April 25th and 26th. Here’s just a sample of what is in store for you at this year’s District 8 meeting!

Keynote speaker: Dr. Melween Martinez, Director of the Caribbean Primate Research Center in Puerto Rico: Disaster Recovery Efforts after Hurricane Maria

You will not want to miss our keynote speaker, Dr. Melween Martinez! Dr. Martinez is the Director of the Caribbean Primate Research Center in Puerto Rico and she will share with us many of the challenges that occurred from hurricane Maria, September of 2017. I don’t want to give away anything that Dr. Martinez wants to share with us, but I have been reading about the Cayo Santiago Field Station and have found out some amazing tidbits! By the way, the station continues to do research despite the devastation.

It all began in 1938 when a primatologist, Clarence Carpenter, brought 400 macaques to Cayo Santiago, “Monkey Island” in 1938 by ship. It took two months. He was the sole caretaker of these monkeys until they reached San Juan! Can you imagine? That’s a lot of monkey poop! Even back then, all these macaques were ID’d and their pedigrees were known. It’s an amazing story! Google it for more information.

Caretakers from Punta Santiago commute to work by boat every day to provide the monkeys with food. Water is provided by collecting rainwater and distributed through a watering system. After Hurricane Maria, all 1700 macaques were alive and well, however, there is still a lot of work to be done to restore the infrastructure on the island.

If this is something that has peeked your interest, make sure you get registered, and come prepared to hear more about Monkey Island and Dr. Melween Martinez’ career!


Featured Speaker: Ann Turner, Executive Director AALAS: History and globalization of AALAS

With over 40 years of experience in association management, health care administration, and education, Dr. Ann Turner has served her communities in various manners. She is currently the executive director of the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science (AALAS) in Memphis, Tn. Dr. Turner earned a bachelor’s degree in Home Economics from the University of Tennessee, a Masters of Education in Child Development and Family Relations from Pennsylvania State University, and a Doctor of Philosophy in Community Systems Planning and Development also from Penn State.  Dr. Turner has been a Certified Association Executive (CAE) since 1989 and was awarded Fellow status in the American Society of Association Executives in 2006. She served on the Board of Directors for ASAE and the ASAE Foundation 2011 - 2013. Ann is a member of the University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center IACUC.

Additional Speakers:

Heather Sidener, DVM, DACLAM; Oregon National Primate Research Center (ONPRC), Oregon Health and Sciences University (OHSU)

"Open Your Doors" concept, Public Outreach Transparency

Helen Diggs, MEd, DVM, DACLAM; Research Office, Oregon State University; AAALAC International


Andrew Burich, DVM, MS, DACLAM, CPIA Benaroya Research Institute at Virginia Mason

Bringing Back the Dirty Mouse

Tracy Parker; AALAS

Career/Team Development

Randall C. Kyes, PhD; Washington National Primate Research Center (WaNPRC), University of Washington (UW)

Global Partnerships in Field Training & Outreach Education: Promoting Human-Primate Coexistence

Sally Thompson-Iritani, DVM/PhD, CPIA, CCFP; Washington National Primate Research Center (WaNPRC), University of Washington (UW)

Handling Adverse Events

J. Preston Van Hooser; Office of Animal Welfare, University of Washington (UW)

Compassion Fatigue

Ken Gordon; Northwest Association for Biomedical Research (NWABR)

Why Biomedical Research is Important

Jim Olson, MD, PhD; Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center (FHCRC)

Tumor Paint

Robert Howard, Jenifer Luviano, Kat North, & Andy Cho, Neurosurgery and Behavior Team, Allen Institute

Surgical Training Program

Caroline Thomas; ACTS Training

Stress Management

Dianne Lattemann, PhD; VA Puget Sound Health Care System (VAPSHCS)

Motivation of Dietary Choices

Cyrus Ghajar; Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center (FHCRC)

2-P imaging

Christine Tafoya; Western Washington University (WWU)

Biosafety Hazards and Risk Assessment



Join us Wednesday for an extra day of workshops prior to the welcome reception! Workshops 1 & 2 occur back to back at the UW. Consider attending both!

Workshop 1 - 1:30-3:00pm
Chin bleeds: The newest mouse bleeding technique

Enrollees will learn to perform chin bleeds on mice.

Presenter: Erika French

Limit 12

Transportation to UW via Lightrail, tickets are provided - a group will leave the hotel at 1:00pm, meeting location will be sent out

Workshop 2 - 3:00-5:00pm  
Environmental Enrichment at University of Washington and the Washington National Primate Research Center

Visit the University of Washington animal facility and the Washington National Primate Research Center. Environmental enrichment of various species will be emphasized.

Presenters: TBD

Limit 20

Transportation to UW via Lightrail, tickets are provided - a group will leave the hotel at 2:30pm, meeting location will be sent out


Workshop 3 - 2:00-5:00pm - Positive Reinforcement in the research environment - Tools of the Trade

This is an interactive workshop teaching you the tools you need to effectively train animals to be successful in the research environment. From mice to monkeys, and maybe some co-workers- clicker training is a remarkable tool that has applications across disciplines.

Presenters: Kelly Morrisroe (WaNPRC) and Lisa Houser (ONPRC)

Limit 30


Workshop 4 - 8:30-10:30am
Rodent Water: Methods, Issues and Troubleshooting

This workshop will explore different water-delivery methods for rodents, including Hydropac, water bottles, re-circulating and flow-thru automatic water delivery systems. Participants will assemble Hyrdopac bags, examine different types of bottles, and troubleshoot automatic watering issues including contamination and system cleaning.

Presenter: Nicholas L. Reyes

Limit 15

Workshop 5 - 2:00-4:00pm
How to respond to an IACUC inspection, a facility perspective

Target audience: facility managers and animal care personnel. Enrollees will learn how to respond to questions from IACUC members. Sample questions and responses will be included.

Presenter: Jamie Kenfield

Limit 12


You wont want to miss all the other intereting presentations and posters too.  Posters will be displayed in the hall - attendees are encouraged to visit while the authors are present at their posters to ask questions.

The exhibit hall will feature snacks and refreshments. Attendees will have several chances to view the exhibit hall during breakfast, breaks, and between speaker sessions.

Registration is open for exhibitors  -  Early registration: Dec 1-Feb 16/ Regular registration Feb 17 - Apr 20

Direct link to exhibitor registration page:


Sponsorship Opportunities: See for more information

  • Platinum Level Sponsor
  • Gold Level Sponsor
  • Silver Level Sponsor
  • Bronze Level Sponsor
  • Break Sponsor
  • Breakfast Sponsor
  • Lunch Sponsor
  • Lanyard Sponsor
  • Tote Bag Sponsor
  • Wifi Sponsor
  • Poster Session Sponsor
  • Welcome Reception Sponsor
  • Keynote Speaker Sponsor


The AALAS District 8 holds an annual educational meeting in the spring of each year. The meeting is rotated between the Branches to allow for greater participation by the local Branch members. Each annual meeting is a three day event running from the opening activities on Wednesday afternoon through the conclusion of the educational presentations on Friday afternoon.

The Branches of District 8 entered into a cooperative agreement with the formation of the District 8 Council whose sole charge is to support, promote, and insure continuation of the annual District 8 meeting and to provide the best meeting for our members.

The current District 8 zones:

  • Northwest: Northern Rocky Mountain, Oregon, & Washington
  • Capitol Bay Area: Sacramento Valley, & Northern California
  • Desert: Mountain West & Arizona
  • South Pacific: Hawaii, Southern California, & San Diego

The current District 8 Meeting schedule is:
2019 – Northwest (Northern Rocky Mt., Oregon, Washington)
2020 – Capital-Bay Area (No Cal, Sac Valley)
2021 – Desert Zone (Arizona, Mountain West)
2022 – South Pacific Zone (Palms to Pines, San Diego, So. Cal)

2023 - National AALAS Meeting - Salt Lake City, UT - October 22-26

View Previous Meetings

2009 - South San Francisco, CA - 482 attendees (324 individuals, 158 vendors)
2012 - Irvine, CA - 192 attendees (113 individuals, 79 exhibitors)
2013 - Portland, OR - 276 atendees (189 individuals, 87 exhibitors)
2015 - National AALAS in Phoenix - 4047 Attendees with 1400 Exhibitors
2017 - Salt Lake City, UT - 161 attendees (96 individuals, 65 exhibitors)