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About Us


COB AALAS is the Central Ohio Branch of the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science. COB is one of four branches that make up District 5 AALAS. COB holds meetings every quarter in which we educate and further the development of our members. Meetings include an Awards Banquet to start the year off and recognize members for the past year's achievements, a Technical Information Exchange in the spring where members can present on happenings from their institutions, a fun summer event and educational fall event.  Elections are held annually in the fall and members are encouraged to participate.


Click  HERE to see our Constitution and By Laws.

Our History


  • May 1984 - The District 5 Conference was held for the first time in Central Ohio at the Hyatt Regency organized by Dr. H. Hugh Harroff Jr.

  • September 27, 1984 - The first organizational meeting for COB was called at Battelle by Dr. Harroff.

  • April 18, 1985 - The first election meeting was held at Battelle. The first president was Douglas Little and the president elect was Chip Keys.

  • May 1, 1985 -  A petition was sent to AALAS asking for national affiliation as a branch and was signed by the national members.

  • June 20, 1985 - The branch had 54 paid members.

  • 2006 COB received the National AALAS Branch Challenge Award for membership growth.

  • April 2008 - COB AALAS was incorporated.

  • COB has been represented throughout the years by its members on many National AALAS committees and in various leadership positions.


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