The Program Committee for the 63rd annual meeting of the American Association for Laboratory Science (AALAS), chaired by Sonja Chou, chose trauma recovery research as a spotlight topic. This theme was reflected in the keynote address by Major General James K. Gilman during the Opening General Session on Sunday, November 4. Major General Gilman discussed recent advances in battlefield medicine and patient care and the role of lab animals in contributing to these advances. The spotlight topic was also highlighted in presentations throughout the conference that focused on working animals (such as dogs trained for military and other service); lab models of radiation syndrome and traumatic injury; and in vitro adjuncts to animal-based trauma research.Lab Anim. (NY) 42, 45 (2013).