Tours

IMPORTANT TOUR NOTES:

  • YOU MUST SIGN UP IN ADVANCE (SEE REGISTRATION FORM) AND HAVE WRITTEN CONFIRMATION FROM TRADELINE IN ORDER TO ATTEND THE TOUR.
  • Site tour attendance is limited. Space on the site tours will be filled on a first-registered, first-served basis.
  • No more than 5 people per organization will be confirmed on a tour.
  • Failure to check-in at the tour desk in the lobby 15 mins. prior to departure time may result in your seat being forfeited to those on the stand-by list.
  • All tour participants must arrive at the site on the tour bus with the tour group. For security reasons, no one may meet the group at the tour site.
  • A $25 bus transportation fee will be charged to your registration fee. This fee is non-refundable for cancellations made within two weeks of the tour date.
  • Tour #1: The LEAN vivarium at Massachusetts General Hospital

    Check-in at tour desk in hotel lobby at 12:45 p.m.; Departs at 1:00 p.m.; Returns to hotel by 4:15 p.m.

    The MGH Research Institute is the largest hospital-based research program in the United States.  The Center for Comparative Medicine (CCM) comprises approximately 95,000 sf of animal housing facilities dispersed among 8 facilities located in 3 cities in and around Boston and cares for close to 105,000 animals including rodents and USDA-regulated species. The wide variety of caging types and operations equipment technology brings unique efficiency challenges when there is continuous movement of animals and equipment between facilities. Lean processes deployed include team-based work organization, 5S techniques for workplace organization, Visual Workplace for employee and customer success, pull systems for cagewash, Kanban systems for cages and supplies, vendor partnerships for just-in-time deliveries, employee idea generation programs for employee engagement, enhanced technician skills training for early diagnosis of health issues. 

    Occurs:
    Sun, 09/29/2019 - 1:00pm-4:15pm
    AIA CES Units: 1.00
    HSW Units: 0.00
  • Tour #2: New Vivarium at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute (DFCI)

    Check-in at tour desk in hotel lobby at 8:15 a.m.; Departs hotel at 8:30 a.m.; Bus drops off at Boston Logan International Airport by Noon; Returns to hotel by 1:00 p.m.

    The brand new 30,000 sq. ft., state-of-the-art rodent housing facility at DFCI is a resource to over 90 investigators, and 300+ laboratory staff, postdoctoral fellows, and graduate students studying basic science, infectious disease, and cancer research. The facility contains 16,300 rodent cages and eleven animal holding rooms with adjacent procedure space – some with floor to ceiling windows. The facility utilizes an individually ventilated caging system that operates passively on house exhaust (no electrical power required), an automatic watering system, dry heat sterilization, and automated cage washing. Unique to the facility is a large room designated as “touchdown space” with floor to ceiling windows where investigators and their staff can work, catch up on emails, etc., in between experimental time points.  
    Occurs:
    Wed, 10/02/2019 - 8:30am-1:00pm
    AIA CES Units: 1.00
    HSW Units: 0.00