UCL Division of Surgery and Interventional Science


RoAR: Replacement of Animals in Research

31 October 2016

ROAR Conference

The first cross-discipline RoAR Conference was held on 12th October 2016. The event

was a success with 90 attendees and the venue at capacity. Conference opened by representatives from the National Centre for the 3Rs (replacement, reduction and refinement of animals in research). 

The event has a very good representation across SLMS and BEAMS, with talks ranging from tissue engineering of 3D models of disease in the laboratory on using computational methods to determine disease progression and response to treatment. 

Following the conference there was a networking event with break out groups to discuss current NC3R challenges. 

Immediate outcome from the conference: putting together a showcase presentation

from this conference to be used as a learning tool and present alternatives for UCL colleagues that are considering using animals in research.

ROAR Conference two

Organiser: Professor Marilena Loizidou

Oversight committee: Medicine: Jill Norman, Nathan Davies, Surgery: Brian Cousins, AWEB: Duncan Moore, Engineering: Guy Moss, Vanessa Diaz. 

3Rs: Replacement, Reduction, Refinement of animals in research

NC3Rs: National Centre for the 3Rs.


RoAR is the UCL forum for promoting innovative, cross-disciplinary technologies to replace animals in research, within the 3Rs initiatives at UCL.


  • Serve as a platform for collaborations across diverse UCL groups, to include Biosciences, Engineering and Computational Biology, for creative approaches to alternative technologies
  • Foster relationships with NC3Rs, grant awarding bodies and Industry.
  • Maintain awareness and highlight achievements, within the 3R UCL initiatives.

3Rs: Replacement, Reduction, Refinement of animals in research

NC3Rs: National Centre for the 3Rs.