Workshop Reports

Review the meeting summaries and reports below to find out what happened at events related to ORIP's mission and programs.

Comparative Medicine and Resource Related Reports

View the latest comparative medicine and resource related reports to see how animal models are furthering clinical and translational research and Resources are managed to maximize efficiency. Visit Archived Workshop Reports to view reports from before the last 5 years.


Enhance Rigor and Reproducibility in Animal Research by Managing Extrinsic Factors

September 23, 2022 to September 30, 2022

The Office of Research Infrastructure Programs (ORIP) organized this workshop with the support of the following seven NIH Institutes:

  • National Cancer Institute (NCI)
  • National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI)
  • National Institute on Aging (NIA)
  • National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID)
  • Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD)
  • National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK)
  • National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS)

The workshop served as a forum to discuss the current status of and needs for understanding extrinsic environmental factors, their potential impact on animal research outcomes, as well as how facilities may optimally manage, monitor, and report these extrinsic factors to enhance rigor and reproducibility in animal research. The focus of this workshop was on identifying gaps, opportunities, and new approaches in husbandry of commonly and widely used animal models; measuring and monitoring relevant environmental factors and conditions; and exploring the need for novel instruments, equipment, and infrastructure for animal research core facilities.

Session 1. Aquatic Animals, September 23, 2022

Session 2. Rodents, September 28, 2022

Session 3. Large Animals (Nonhuman Primates/Swine), September 30, 2022

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Thirteenth Comparative Medicine Resource Directors Meeting: Innovating, Adapting, and Sustaining Resources for a Dynamic Biomedical Landscape

August 3, 2021 to August 4, 2021

The biennial Comparative Medicine Resource Directors (CMRD) Meeting is intended to provide a forum for exchange of new information, advances, and ideas; facilitate the development of synergistic working groups, interactions, and collaborations among resources, as well as with National Institutes of Health (NIH) Institutes, Centers, and Offices; and offer opportunities for sharing experiences, strategies, and best practices to optimize access, use, and administration of resources. The thirteenth CMRD Meeting was held virtually on August 3–4, 2021. The purpose of the 2021 meeting was to form and strengthen new and existing connections, disseminate information about new resources and opportunities to collaborate, expand networks, share COVID-19 experiences, learn about new NIH strategic plans and policies, and reinforce the important roles the CMRD community plays in driving biomedical research.

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Virtual Seminar Series: “Validation of Animal Models and Tools for Biomedical Research”

January 19, 2021

The Office of Research Infrastructure Programs (ORIP) presented a virtual workshop on “Validation of Animal Models and Tools for Biomedical Research”. The workshop was organized by ORIP in collaboration with the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), the National Institute on Aging (NIA), the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS), and the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), and was held as a series of sessions from November 17, 2020 to January 19, 2021.

This workshop provided a venue to discuss the status and needs regarding the validation and rigor/reproducibility of animal models used in biomedical research. The focus of this workshop series was on identifying obstacles, technology and resource gaps, and new approaches for assessing the value and limitations of animal models used to address basic science questions and/or to study human diseases.



Modernization of Biomedical Research Facilities Workshop – Tools for Biomedical Research

August 25, 2020

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The Modernization of Biomedical Research Facilities Workshop was held on August 25, 2020, to gather feedback from the biomedical research community on how modern equipment supports operations and enhances the research-support functionality of shared resource facilities. The discussion was divided into three topics: (1) advanced equipment to improve management through automation of shared facilities, (2) advanced equipment to improve care and maintenance of research animals, and (3) advanced equipment to improve research-supporting functions of core facilities. Throughout the Workshop, several common themes emerged: equipment (e.g., upgrades, maintenance, automated monitoring, and small equipment purchases), data management, coordination across facilities, digitization, and training.

Pre-meeting to the Workshop on Validation of Animal Models and Tools for Biomedical Research

May 29, 2020


Current Status and Future Enhancements to Animal Models for AIDS Research

September 23, 2019 to September 24, 2019

The Office of AIDS Research (OAR) and the Office of Research Infrastructure Programs (ORIP) co-sponsored a two-day highly focused, high-level workshop of experts in Animal Models for HIV research. These invited individuals provided the necessary background and latest perspectives to understand the status of existing and emerging animal models, as well as gaps in knowledge and resources that limit or circumscribe their use in HIV research. Through a process of summary presentations and discussion groups, these experts provided leadership to develop recommendations for NIH and the research community regarding current, emerging and potential enhancements to animal models for AIDS research.

Workshop Objectives:

  • Identify the most important enhancements to existing animal models to support HIV research
  • Identify the best animal models for specific HIV research goals (e.g., stage of infection, age groups)
  • Identify new and emerging animal models that merit further development and support
  • Determine how best to apply new technologies to improve and support animal models of HIV infection
  • Promote sharing of models and samples


Last updated: 04-28-2023