The Aim of
�@�@�@�gJapanese Congress of
�@�@�@�@�@�@Laboratory Animal Science
�@�@�@�@�@�@�@�@�@�@�@�@�@and Technology 2001�h

�@�@�@�@�@�@�@�@Kazuyoshi Maejima, D.V.M., Ph.D.
�@�@�@�@�@�@�@�@Professor, Keio University School of Medicine
�@�@�@�@�@�@�@�@President,The Japanese Congress of Laboratory
�@�@�@�@�@�@�@�@Animal Science and Technology 2001

�@�@In�@order�@to�@promote�@high-quality�@animal experimentation�@in a poor
researchenvironment following�@World War�U,�@�@�@Japanese medical�@and
biological researchers established in�@1951�@the �@�@�@ �gJapanese Society for
Studying Experimental Animals�h,�@�@�@ which has evolved into the present �@
�gJapanese Association for Laboratory�@ Animal Science, Corp. �h ( JALAS ).
The development of JALAS has also given birth,directlyor�@indirectly, �@to�@
more than20�@societies�@or�@associations relevant�@to�@laboratoryanimals. �@
These societies or associations collaborated or competed with each other to
develop laboratory animal science,�@�@ technology and industries and as a
result have contributed to the progress of medicine and biology.  JALAS,�@
which has the longest history among the societies�@or�@associations related
to laboratory animals in Japan, wil�@hold its�@48th�@academic meeting in
2001. The year 2001 falls on the 50th anniversary of the establishment�@
of the Japanese Society for Studying Experimental Animals, �@in other
words,�@the birth �@of�@ the Japanese cademic world of laboratory animal
science. Hence we have planned, with�@the�@collaboration�@of�@pertinent
societies or associations in Japan,�@ to hold a monumental �@�@�gJapanese
Congress �@of�@ Laboratory Animal Science and�@Technology �@2001�h,�@ in
which the history�@of�@the past�@ 50 �@years will be reflected in the field of  
laboratory animal science and technology.The opportunity will be taken to
discuss future directions and developments as well.

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