With the support of stem cells sciences and technologies development headquarter of the Vice-Presidency for science and technology affairs, the first version of information website and national system of animal modeling network and in-vivo research is established and available for researchers.
According to the information center of National Elites Foundation, the first version of information website and national system of animal modeling network and in-vivo research is established and available for researchers. The national network of animal modeling and in-vivo research was found in 2016 with the support of stem cells sciences and technologies development headquarter of the Vice-Presidency for science and technology affairs, creation of which led to proper conditions for interaction between activists of this area and scientific and applied research synergies.
Given this significant event, we interviewed with Ali Moshiri, secretary of workgroup of laboratory animals of stem cells sciences and technologies development headquarter of the Vice-Presidency for science and technology affairs and manager of the animal modeling and in-vivo research project, as follows:
Could you please elaborate on the background of formation of animal modeling and in-vivo research network?
From the beginning of my working with stem cells headquarter, we had a strong consensus of opinion about the presence of applied research in various areas of basic medical sciences, especially in important regions of cells science and technology. However, this does not mean that there is no applied research in Iran. The point is that there is a vast distance between idea and market in the field of stem cells and medical reform science and technology. In this regard, the majority of research has been applied in the in-vitro phase, which creates barriers to appropriate clinical application of extracted results from the basic research.
Therefore, according to the suggestion of Amir Ali Hamidieh, secretary of stem cells sciences and technologies development headquarter of the Vice-Presidency for science and technology affairs, a special workgroup was created to follow up any problems in this field in the country. In addition, all the experts of this area, especially research and technology deputies of universities of medical sciences and deans of veterinary schools of the world, are invited to evaluate and detect the current problems and offer different strategies to establish the necessary foundations for development of areas related to laboratory animals science and technology.
Could you please explain about the main approach of the network?
This network has been mainly formed to connect all the activists in the field of laboratory animals science and technology, assess the current facilities, evaluate the country’s needs, create new infrastructures in the form of animal farms and science and technology parks based on animal modeling applied research and development of the present facilities through presenting motivators and spiritual and financial supports. We hope that the present barriers to the formation of knowledge-based economy in the field of new science and technology, such as cell therapy, tissue engineering and medical reform could be eliminated.
Who can you this network and what kind of amenities and facilities are provided for them?
All of those individuals who are related to the laboratory animals science and technology to some extent or need this new industry to follow their commercialization plans can use this network. Therefore, researchers, scientists, physicians, veterinarians, professors, producers, importers, exporters, knowledge-based companies, all laboratory animals centers, hospitals and research veterinary medical centers can apply for this service. By joining the network, all of these people can learn about various facilities that are available in the country and use these amenities for their benefit to make progress in their research and commercialization affairs.
Furthermore, there is information about conferences, workshops, calls and other related news on the website of this network.