Aug. 24, 2020

29. Overcoming Challenges in Lab Animal Science & National Meeting Updates with AALAS President Tracy Lewis Parker

29. Overcoming Challenges in Lab Animal Science & National Meeting Updates with AALAS President Tracy Lewis Parker

American Association for Laboratory Animal Science National Meeting November 2020 Announcements and Personal Interview

Legal Drugs Podcast host, Angela Stoyanovitch, interviews Tracy Lewis Parker, current President of the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science (AALAS) to discuss the organization's plan for a virtual meeting in lieu of the corona virus pandemic. The meeting was scheduled to take place in Charlotte, North Carolina, USA this October 2020. In this discussion, members and non-members of the AALAS community will learn about the many opportunities available for this year's National Meeting along with insight into Tracy's personal background and enthusiasm for AALAS' mission. Listeners will also learn more about laboratory animal science and gain insight into animal research as it relates to the legal drug business and drug development. 

Every year since 1950, AALAS has held an annual National Meeting. During the five days of the meeting, members and nonmembers come together to enjoy the workshops, lectures, poster sessions, and exhibits. The program is designed to have topics relevant to the entire membership. Exhibitors have an opportunity to interact with AALAS members from the academic community, research institutions, government organizations, and commercial companies. The AALAS National Meeting is the largest gathering in the world of professionals concerned with the production, care, and use of laboratory animals.

Tracy Parker, MBA, BS, CMAR, RLATG, CPIA, is Program Manager at Intuitive and President of AALAS.  She moved to California in 2018 after living her entire life on the east coast.  She started her career in lab animal at a CRO, first as a research technician and then as the company’s first training coordinator.  She moved to a pharmaceutical company in 2001 as a supervisor and, over the next 17 years, held positions of ascending responsibility.  She completed her MBA, achieved CMAR, CPIA and PMP certification while working full time and raising two kids.   Mentoring others is her passion.  Outside of work, you’ll most likely find her in a kayak, teaching a spin class, or kicked back with her rescue dogs, Luther and Xena and her recently adopted kittens, Miss McTosie and Smidgini.

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