Thank you to all that made our first virtual meeting a great success!

CE credit tracking was available until December 14, 2020 at 5:00 pm Pacific Time (North America).  Certificates will be distributed shortly after CE tracking closes by the Academy.

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Keynote Lectures

Bridging the Translational Gap in Spina Bifida: Surgical Animal Models and In Utero Repair

A recent randomized trial demonstrated that open fetal surgery is effective in reducing the postnatal neurologic morbidity, as evidenced by decreased incidence and severity of postnatal hydrocephalus and reduced need for postnatal ventricular-peritoneal shunting. However, as open fetal surgery has been noticed to be associated with increased potential for maternal-fetal morbidities, innovative minimally invasive fetoscopic techniques to repair MMC are receiving growing attention for their less invasiveness and are now under clinical study in humans. A validated animal model is needed to bridge the translational gap to the clinic and should mimic the human condition to assess the efficacy of novel fetal therapies.

Marc Oria

Marc Oria, PhD
Research faculty Instructor,
Center for Fetal and Placental Research,
Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center (CCHMC), University of Cincinnati (UC)

About Marc

Pain in Rodents: Why We Need to Minimize It; Recognizing and Treating It

During this lecture we will explore methods for recognizing and assessing pain in rodents, including the common pitfalls and challenges to accurate pain assessment in these species and promising new methods for point-of-care use. In addition, we will review evidence-based analgesic strategies and touch upon the need to weigh both the potential impact of analgesics and unalleviated pain on research outcomes.

Session Sponsor:

Fidelis Pharmaceuticals - EthiqaXR
Jennie Lofgren

Jennie Lofgren, DVM, MS, DACLAM
Global Head of Animal Welfare and Compliance
Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research, Inc.

About Jennie

Thank you to our Platinum Sponsor, Bristol Myers Squibb

Learn more about their research and partner initiatives today!


Academy of Surgical Research 36th Annual Meeting


Typically, the Academy hosts an annual meeting each fall in varying locations across the U.S. However, due to rapid escalation of the COVID-19 pandemic and increasing uncertainty around travel restictions, the ASR Board of Directors has made the decision to move forward with a virtual meeting this year. The program will include a combination of live and on-demand content – importantly, the meeting will be hosted over two days, providing opportunity for attendees to participate in all sessions.  Conveniently, the program content will also be accessible on-demand for a number of months following the event.

CE Credit Information:

Registration and attendance to the virtual meeting will provide opportunity to collect CE credits recognized by the Academy.  Credits are available on a per session basis and are awarded based on the following criteria: a tracked attendance of 90% or more of the lecture or poster duration AND completion of session “check-points” when presented during the lectures.  In total, the virtual program will provide opportunity to collect a total of 13.5 CEUs.  An additional 1.5 credits can be earned by viewing the on-demand posters and submitting a review (report) of one of the posters to the Certification Committee following the virtual meeting.

Importantly, the entire virtual meeting is now available “on-demand”. Credits will be awarded for watching/participating in the on-demand sessions, providing ample opportunity to all meeting registrants/attendees to earn the maximum credits available. NOTE: you must complete the CE requirements by December 14th, 2020 at 5:00 pm Pacific Time (North America).


The annual meeting breaks down barriers between colleagues around the globe and provides a platform to discuss and share best practices in surgical research. Attendees of the annual meeting have a great deal of diverse surgical research experience, facilitating the perfect atmosphere for cross-specialty consultation and accessibility to expertise. The concerns approached, questions answered and experiences shared in conversation between members of all backgrounds (scientists, technicians and veterinarians) at the annual meeting has strengthened science. Furthermore, the connections created by attendees do not end when the meeting concludes – long lasting support and best practice sharing are a hallmark of ASR and its members.

Attendees of the annual meeting can expect a diverse program including various topics such as:

  • Anesthesia
  • Analgesia
  • Pre-, intra-, post-operative recommendations
  • Suturing Techniques
  • Catheter and Vascular Access Port Care and Maintenance
  • Telemetry
  • Surgical Techniques
  • Surgical Outcomes
  • Organ Transplantation
  • Bioengineering
  • 3 R’s
  • Ethics and Animal Welfare
  • Medical Devices

Who should attend?  Those who are…

  • designing and managing studies
  • performing surgeries
  • involved in pre-, intra-, or post-operative support
  • interested in the latest advancements in experimental surgical models
  • Veterinarians
  • Medical Doctors
  • Technicians
  • Scientists
  • Residents

Areas of Specialty:

  • Cardiovascular
  • General Surgery
  • Infusion
  • Telemetry
  • Respiratory
  • Gastrointestinal
  • Neurology
  • Soft Tissue
  • Vascular
  • Anesthesia
  • Analgesia
  • Wound healing
  • Transplantation
  • Orthopedic
  • Medical devices & implantation
  • Interventional surgery
  • Model development
  • Consultation
  • Trauma
  • Other

Animal Models:

  • Mouse
  • Rat
  • Hamster
  • Gerbil
  • Guinea Pig
  • Ferret
  • Rabbit
  • Ground Squirrel
  • Fish
  • Cat
  • Dog
  • Minipig/Pig
  • Non-human Primate
  • Goat
  • Sheep
  • Poultry
  • Woodchuck

Academy of Surgical Research 36th Annual Meeting


Scientific Lectures:

Bridging the Translational Gap in Spina Bifida: Surgical Animal Models and In Utero Repair.
Marc Oria, PhD – Center for Fetal and Placental Research, University of Cincinnati

A bioengineered pancreas supports high density islet cell transplantation without immunosuppression in nonhuman primates.
Melanie L. Graham, MPH, PhD – University of Minnesota

Novel Technique for Wound Healing – Intact Fish Skin Grafts in the NHP.
Leslie Stoll, SRS, LATG, LVT – Charles River Laboratories – Safety Assessment, Nevada

Pre-clinical safety assessment of the Coventor Covid-19 ventilator developed at the University of Minnesota.
John Carney, MBA – University of Minnesota

Bronchoalveolar Lavage in the Nonhuman Primate.
Jon Ehrmann, B.S. SRS, SRA, LATG – Bristol-Myers Squibb

Aseptic Surgical Technique in Rodents: Fact or Fiction?
Bertrand Lussier, DVM, MSc – Université de Montréal

Pain in Rodents: Why We Need to Minimize It; Recognizing and Treating It. 
Jennie Lofgren, DVM, MS, DACLAM – Global Head of Animal Welfare and Compliance, Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research, Inc.

Practicing the Art of Surgical Research in the Development of New Medical Devices and Pharmaceuticals.
Vince Mendenhall, DVM, PhD – Consultant, Preclinical Surgery

Comparison of transdermal fentanyl and oral tramadol for lateral thoracotomy in dogs.
Kate Read, MA, Vet MB, MRCVS, Cert AVP – Covance

Nonhuman Primate Model of Critical Calvarial Defects
Heather DeLoid, DVM – Wake Forest School of Medicine

Evolution of a Cardiac Reperfusion Injury Model in Swine Over 15 years.
Randall Pielemeier, LVT, SRS, BS, LATg – Charles River Laboratories

The Role of Hemorrhage and Infection in the Outcomes of Patients with Open and Unstable Pelvic Fracture.
Andrew Khalifa, MD – John H Stroger Hospital of Cook County

Derivation of Respiratory Time and Volume from the Diaphragmatic EMG.
Michael Horsmon, MS, SRS – US Army CCDC – Chemical Biological Center


Surgical Approach to Creating an Adjustable Fractional Flow Reserve (FFR) in a Pig for MRI Perfusion Studies  [Shawn Kozlov]

Microporous Polysaccharide Hemosphere (MPH)-Based Surgical Hemostat Powder Does Not Interfere with Healing When Applied to a Surgically-Created Ovine Bone Defect  [Darcy Gagne]

Development of a Novel Expandable Graft for Repair of Congenital Heart Defects  [John Carney]

The « European Academy of Surgical research » Project  [Delphine Bouard]

Extending the Use of Exposed Jugular Vascular Access Ports in Miniature Swine  [Emily Callahan]

Implementation of Ethanol Injection to create a Complete Atrioventricular Block in a Rodent Model  [Abdelmotagaly Elgalad]

Optimizing Echocardiographic Imaging in a Cardiomyopathy Swine Model  [Martha Joslyn]

A novel low incision force asymmetric 3 edge blade for Insertable Cardiac Monitor (ICM) application  [Shawn Chen]

Local And Systemic Effects Of Fibrin* And Octyl-Cyanoacrylate** Adhesives Applied To Lung Lesions In Rabbits  [Marcus Carvalho]

A usability survey comparing an asymmetric 3 edge blade to traditional symmetric blades for use as Insertable Cardiac Monitor (ICM) incision tool  [Steve Vargas]

Refining Rodent Vascular Access [Lena Medina, Instech]

ALZET Osmotic Pumps

ALZET® Osmotic Pumps are small, implantable devices designed to deliver agents at precise rates to lab animals as small as mice. These pumps are a simple, cost-effective and superior alternative to repeated injections and external pumps. They deliver compounds for 1-42 days without further animal handling; and no external connections, batteries, or electronics that can fail. Made in the USA, ALZET pumps have been used more than 40 years in 20,000+ publications that demonstrate their reliability.

American Preclinical Services is a state-of-the-art, AAALAC and ISO17025 accredited, USDA registered and GLP compliant Contract Research Laboratory specializing in medical device and pharmaceutical testing. By utilizing our catalogue of services, which include regulatory consulting services, ISO10993 biocompatibility testing, analytical services, interventional & surgical research, toxicology, pharmacology, pain research, physician training and bioskills, and complete pathology services, you will be able to develop and conduct a full preclinical research program, all under one roof.

Northern Biomedical Research-R2

Incorporated in 1993, Northern Biomedical Research (NBR) is a state of the art research facility dedicated to supplying in vivo support to the biomedical research industry in the areas of pharmacology, toxicology, pharmacokinetics, safety and medical device evaluation. For over 25 years NBR has been a leader in the growing field of central nervous system (CNS) delivery of therapeutics and the development of novel techniques to characterize the pharmacokinetics and biodistribution of pharmaceuticals following administration. These therapeutic compounds have included small molecules, recombinant proteins, peptides, oligonucleotides, viral particles and cell implants.

Fidelis Pharmaceuticals

Fidelis Pharmaceuticals delivers unique and innovative veterinary pharmaceuticals to address unmet animal health needs. New Ethiqa XR® from Fidelis Pharmaceuticals is the first and only pharmaceutical grade extended-release buprenorphine that’s FDA-affirmed to control post-procedural pain for laboratory mice and rats up to 72 hours after just one injection.

Kent Scientific

With 30 years of experience, Kent Scientific Corporation serves medical and research scientists as a worldwide provider of integrated solutions for pre-clinical research and drug discovery advancement. As the world leader in non-invasive blood pressure, physiological monitoring and anesthesia systems for mice and rats, we enable our customers to achieve results that are fast, consistent and exceedingly accurate. Customers can rely on our informative web site to effortlessly purchase research products through our online shopping cart. Choose from thousands of products in our online catalog. Enjoy the latest technological advances in research products at the best prices.

Colonial Medical Supply

For 40 years, Colonial Medical Supply has been dedicated to delivering the highest standard in medical equipment, personalized customer service and on-site anesthesia machine maintenance to the animal health community. We take pride in the equipment we sell, support and service to run as smoothly as possible every day.

Lomir Biomedical

Lomir is the world’s largest manufacturer of animal jackets, infusion products and restrainers. In depth knowledge enables Lomir to design and manufacture equipment with the exact precision to meet your objectives. Continued innovation in manufacturing and materials enable researchers to consider new applications and refinements to animal welfare and well-being as our priority. Celebrating our 30th anniversary in 2019, come and discuss how working with the manufacturer can benefit your research. Check out the latest designs, materials and capabilities. Whether you need simple modifications to existing products or entirely custom items Lomir is here to work with you.

Access Technologies

Founded in 1981, Access Technologies is a global company that designs, manufactures, and markets innovative infusion devices that provide solutions to meet the needs of our customers in the ever changing world of biomedical research and veterinary medicine.

We design and manufacture innovative and reliable infusion equipment including: a full line of Vascular Access Ports, Huber Needles, Infusion and Extension Lines, Custom Catheters, and offer Bulk Tubing and Accessories for all species from mice to non-human primates

Instech Laboratories, Inc.

Founded in 1971, Instech Laboratories, Inc. is a privately-owned company focused on the design, development and manufacturing of instruments for biomedical research. We offer a range of products that evolved from the founder’s experience in basic medical sciences, including laboratory animal infusion systems, miniature pumps and dissolved oxygen monitors. We are committed to our customers in university, government, and corporate laboratories by offering our products in standard and custom configurations, and by making them available directly from us and from a number of distributors worldwide.

SAI Infusion Technologies

SAI creates systems for preclinical infusion and sampling, including pumps, ports, harnesses, buttons, swivels, catheters, and accessories. Many of our products are fully customizable for both small and large laboratory animal species. Our team of Toxicologists and Surgeons are eager to work for you to make your studies successful. SAI, delivering research solutions.

Avante Animal Health (DRE Scientific)

Avante Scientific, formerly DRE Scientific, is your source for new and professionally refurbished medical equipment. Our product line encompasses anesthesia (including rodent and MRI-compatible), ventilators, monitoring (telemetry), tables, lighting, electrocautery, and more. We offer anesthesia machines and vaporizer calibration services along with biomedical field service preventative maintenance programs, performance verification, and parts.

AVA Biomedical, Inc.

AVA Biomedical, Inc. is a leading manufacturer of cutting-edge infusion/sampling devices for laboratory animal research. With over 23 years experience designing and manufacturing products we provide researchers with complete, customized infusion/sampling systems designed to give you results you can trust. AVA Biomedical designs and manufactures a unique variety of products including; New Conventional Ports for all species, Cath-In-Cath 2 Port systems, the gold standard for long-term access and sampling, the FastTether2 modular rodent infusion system and state of the art infusion pump systems for tethered or ambulatory applications. Come see what makes us different.

Meeting Report of the 35th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Surgical Research: Summary of Presentations, Labs, and Workshops, Focusing on Experimental Surgery, Clearwater Beach, FL, 25–27 September 2019

Authors: Melanie L. Graham, Jenifer Sweet, & Jennifer Sheehan

DOI: 10.1080/08941939.2020.1782543

Meeting Report of the 34th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Surgical Research: Summary of Presentations, Labs, and Workshops, Focusing on Experimental Surgery, September 26–28, 2018 – Charleston, SC

Authors: Melanie L. Graham, Leslie J. Stoll & Jon Ehrmann

DOI: 10.1080/08941939.2019.1649767

Meeting Report of the 33rd Annual Meeting of the Academy of Surgical Research: Summary of Presentations, Labs, and Workshops, Focusing on Experimental Surgery, October 4–6, 2017 – Las Vegas, NV

Authors: Melanie L. Graham, Tracy Ziegelhofer & Jon Ehrmann

DOI: 10.1080/08941939.2018.1450911

Future Meetings of The Academy of Surgical Research:

La Jolla, CA – 2021

Clear Water Beach, FL – 2022

Cancellation Policy

All cancellations of conference registration received by the ASR Headquarters before 5:00 PM (central time), September 22nd, 2020 will be honored and processed within 30 working days.  Each conference registration cancellation will be assessed a $50 (USD) processing fee.

Cancellation requests received on or after September 23rd, 2020 will require justification and explanation behind the reason for cancellation. Refunds will be granted at the discretion of ASR, less any expenses incurred by ASR. Refunds will not be granted for no-shows. Registrants assume responsibility for notification to and verification of receipt by the ASR Headquarters.  Please send your refund requests to

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