Welcome to Congress

General details

Dear colleagues, scientists and experts from field of laboratory animal science, it is our pleasure to welcome You to 3rd Congress of Croatian Laboratory Animal Science Association (CroLASA) and 2nd joint CroLASA and Society for Laboratory Animals of Slovenia (SLAS).


Croatian Laboratory Animal Science Association (CroLASA) with Society for Laboratory Animals of Slovenia (SLAS)


Matica hrvatska hall, Matice hrvatske 2, 10000 Zagreb


25th and 26th October 2018

Organizing Committee

Sofia Blažević, Julija Erhardt, Vladimir Farkaš, Damjan Franjević, Maja Lang Balija, Maja Lazarus, Andreja Prevendar Crnić, Blanka Smolić, Dubravka Švob Štrac

Scientific Programme Committee

Srećko Gajović, Andrea Gudan Kurilj, Marija Heffer, Nataša Jovanov-Milošević, Simona Kranjc, Valentina Kubale Dvojmoč, Nada Oršolić, Martina Perše, Tatjana Pirman, Bojan Polić, Damir Sapunar, Ranko Stojković, Dubravka Hranilović

Official languages

Croatian and English


The organizer reserves the right to change the program


Thursday 25 th octiber 2018.
8:30 - 9:15
Entrance hall
9:15 - 9:30
Large hall
Opening ceremony
9:30 - 10:15
Large hall
A new role of an old player: IFNɣ-mediated crosstalk between the immune and endocrine systems in viral infectionsBojan Polić
10:15 - 10:35
Large hall
Multimodal imaging as an important tool for improving mouse preclinical studies of ischemic strokeSrećko Gajović
10:35 - 10:55
Large hall
PET imaging in small animal modelsVladimir Farkaš
10:55 - 11:15
Small hall
11:15 - 11:35
Large hall
In vivo and in vitro models in diabetes researchMarijana Popović Hadžija
11:35 - 11:55
Large hall
Experimental models of traumatic brain injuryKristina Pilipović
11:55 - 12:15
Large hall
Gene therapy in animal tumour modelsSimona Kranjc
12:15 - 12:35
Large hall
Stem cell therapy in animal model of kidney injury-preclinical promises and challenges for translationŽeljka Večerić Haler
12:35 - 12:55
Large hall
Metabolic syndrome, lipid physiology - animal and alternative modelsDomagoj Đikić
12:55 - 13:15
Large hall
Advanced solutions for the lab animal facilitiesHrvoje Komac MMK trgovina

Carlo Demalde
Tecniplast and IWT
13:15 - 14:15
Small hall
14:15 - 14:45
Large hall
3R – Animal cell technology – Achievements and challengesIgor Slivac
14:45 - 15:05
Large hall
Example of 3R approach in D. melanogaster: Investigating neurogenetics of addiction to psychostimulantsRozi Andretić Waldowski
15:05 - 16:45
Mala dvorana
16:45 - 17:05
Large hall
The standards in animal researchMartina Perše
17:05 - 17:25
Large hall
Selected examples of spontaneous pathology and pathology of aging in GEMs, NSG and NOG miceAndrea Gudan Kurilj
17:25 - 17:45
Large hall
Evolving rodent housing. Improvement of standards in holding laboratory animalsPeter Hepburn
Animal Care Systems
17:45 - 18:00
Small hall
The best poster presentation award
Closure of the first day
18:00 - 19:00
Small hall
Petak 26. listopad 2018.
8:30 - 9:10
Entrance hall
9:10 - 9:40
Large hall
Opto- and pharmacogenetic approaches in animal modelsDóra Zelena
9:40 - 10:00
Large hall
Retrospective assessment of the projectBranka Buković Šošić
10:00 - 10:20
Large hall
Classification of animal pain and distress levelsDaša Ševeljević Jaran
10:20 - 10:40
Large hall
Impact of three handling methods on the anxiety of three different strains of laboratory miceTatjana Pirman
10:40 - 11:10
Small hall
11:10 - 11:30
Large hall
The role of optineurin in Amylotrophic Lateral SclerosisIvana Munitić
11:30- 11:50
Large hall
Animal research using approaches of synthetic biologyDuško Lainšček
11:50 - 12:10
Large hall
Transgenic mice models and alternative approach for the study of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease and hepatacellular carcinomaKaja Blagotinšek Cokan
12:10 - 13:10
Small hall
13:10 - 13:30
Large hall
Photoacoustic and Microultrasound Imaging in preclinical research with the Vevo LAZR System: Principles and ApplicationsMilan Kopeček
FUJIFILM VisualSonics, Inc
13:30 - 14:45
Small hall
David Anderson
14:45 - 15:00
Small hall
15:00 - 16:45
Small hall
David Anderson
16:45 - 17:00
Small hall
Closing ceremony

The organizer reserves the right to change the program

Registration and submission

Participation at the Symposium is confirmed by payment of the fee according to the prices in the table below and covers all items from the Program (lectures, materials, refreshments  and lunch the first day of the Symposium). All participants should fill up their personal information (first and last name, contact email address) in the form below and indicate whether they wish to participate in the Workshop. Participation in the symposium can be passive and active. Active participants should enclose the abstract for their posters presentation.

Registration and Submission

  • Early registration: 17. 05. – 15. 09. 2018.
  • Late registration:  16. 09. – 24. 10. 2018.
  • Abstracts submission:  17. 05. – 15. 09. 2018.
  • Cancellation of participation and return of the entry fee: until 01. 10. 2018.

Registration fee

Registraion feeEarly (HRK)Late (HRK)
CroLasa/SLAS/Felasa members350450

Registration fee includes

  1.  Active / passive participation in scientific activities and certificate of attendance (on request)
  2. Congress material (Book of abstracts, Programme)
  3. Lunch the first and second day of Symposia
  4. Refreshments (coffee, tea) during the breaks
  5. Workshop attendance (number of places is limited, and participants will be chosen according to the order of submission of requests)

Registration fee payment

Registration fee should be payed in advance to the account number below. All payments are bank transfer in kunas, payment by credit card is not possible. Payment by cash is going to be possible on site during the congress.

NOTE: Please send Your confirmation of registration fee payment at info@crolasa.com.

Payment details

  • Bank: HPB, d.d.
  • Address: Rooseveltov trg 6, Zagreb
  • For: Hrvatsko društvo za znanost o laboratorijskim životinjama
  • Account number: IBAN: HR4623900011100319222
  • Model: HR00
  • Payment reference : 20183
  • Purpose: Kotizacija za Simpozij CroLASA 2018

Submission form

Personal details

Workshop attendance

If you want to attend the workshop, please select the checkbox below. You can find more information about the workshop by clicking tab "About workshop".

Abstract submission

The abstracts should be submitted through the form on the Congress web site. The abstract text should be written in English, Times New Roman style, font size 12pt, one line spacing, with maximum length of 250 words. At the beginning it should contain the author’s names, the names and addresses of the author’s institution, the title of the work and at the end the maximum of 6 keywords. Accepted summaries will be published in the book of abstracts.

Invoice details


About workshop

Workshop on the Severity Classification and Reporting under EU Directive 2010/63/EU (26th October 2018)


The new Directive 2010/63/EU on the protection of animals used for scientific purposes entered into force in Member States on January 1st, 2013. As with the previous Directive 86/609/EEC, this Directive requires that experiments are designed to cause the least pain, suffering, distress or lasting harm to the animals used.

However, there is a new and additional requirement that all procedures are assigned a severity classification in advance of the procedure being performed. Furthermore, the actual severity experienced by each individual animal must be reported in the Statistical returns. This actual severity of any previous procedure is a key consideration in determining whether or not an animal can be re-used in further procedures.

The implementation of a severity classification process, both prospectively and retrospectively, is a big challenge in animal studies as it entails legal and ethical implications. On the other hand, it is an important and useful tool for properly evaluating research projects with regards to their prospective severity classification so as to implement the least constraining procedures (refinement), and keep the level of severity of procedures to the lowest possible. The reporting of actual severity will  help to refine similar procedures going forward and improve communication with the public by providing a more detailed picture of what animals experience during procedures.

The animal models used in the workshop will be based on commonly used laboratory species and will address the three steps described in the document of the Commission’s Expert Working Group which was endorsed by the National Competent Authorities in 2012: designing the project, monitoring it when it is performed and assessing the outcomes after it has ended.

The workshop will consist of lectures, case studies and group participation/ discussions.

The workshop is addressed to project leaders, scientists applying for project applications, veterinarians, responsible persons for animal welfare, advisors to and members of Animal Welfare Body, senior technicians, animal care staff and members of Ethical Review Boards.

The workshop will be hosted by FELASA trainers

  • David Smith, VP European Affairs for FELASA, Chair ETPLAS and Former President of FELASA and LASA (UK)
  • David Anderson , Technical Adviser to the European Commission on implementation of Directive 2010/63/EU and immediate past-president of LASA in UK.

Number of places is limited and participants will be accepted according to the order of application.

All participants will receive a Certificate of Attendance.

Attendance to the Workshop will be confirmed after the payment of Congress registration fee. Please send Your confirmation of registration fee payment at info@crolasa.com.]


Call for Support

Dear Sir/Madame,

The Croatian Laboratory Animal Science Association (CroLASA) is organising the 3rd Congress of the CroLASA and 2nd joint CroLASA-SLAS (Society for Laboratory Animals of Slovenia) meeting which will take place 25th and 26th October 2018 at the Matica hrvatska hall in Zagreb, Croatia.

The aim of the Congress is to exchange knowledge, experience and ideas from both scientific and professional areas that involve laboratory animals or models and methods that replace them. The Scientific programme will be presented by eminent experts and young scientists from Croatia and Slovenia that use equipment and material provided by Your Company, so we see this Congress as an opportunity for you to interact with participants and promote the latest product lines of interest for the audience. For this purpose, we ensured that all session breaks and poster sessions take place within the exhibition area.

There are several opportunities for your Company to support Congress organisation either by sponsoring the congress activities, or promotion/advertising of your Company on-site and/or in our printed and e-materials. You can find details HERE.

If you should have any questions or suggestions, feel free to contact us by email at info@crolasa.com or with your application before 15th August 2018.

We are looking forward to welcoming you at the Congress.

Call for Support Download Link


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