RELEASE DATE:  January 3, 2003


National Institutes of Health (NIH)

The NIH Office of Biotechnology Activities, the NIH Office of 
Laboratory Animal Welfare, the American Biological Safety Association, 
and the Applied Research Ethics National Association are partnering to 
sponsor a conference titled, "The Future Face of IBCs: Evolving Roles 
and Responsibilities, Upcoming Challenges and Opportunities."  This 
event will take place February 20-22, 2003 at the Town and Country 
Resort Hotel in San Diego, California.  Registration is now open.  
The main conference will take place February 21-22 and is intended for 
Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC) members, staff, and others who 
have an interest in the oversight of recombinant DNA research.  This 
event will be preceded on February 20 by a half-day training session on 
the fundamentals of recombinant DNA oversight.  Although primarily 
targeted at IBC members and staff, the conference and fundamentals 
training session will also be of interest to research administrators, 
biosafety officers, regulatory affairs officers, and members and staff 
of other institutional oversight committees, such as IRBs and IACUCs.

The agenda and registration information are available by connecting to 
the IBC page on OBA's Web site.  Connect to: and scroll down to 
Meetings and Conferences.

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