OLAW News Flashes and Archives

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

The IACUC Administrators Association (IAA) will present a Best Practices Meeting on August 4-5, 2016 in Oklahoma City, OK. This meeting is for IACUC staff and animal program operations personnel to present and share best practices in the humane care and use of laboratory animals. For more information, visit IAA Link to Non-U.S. Government Site - Click for Disclaimer or email wggreer@UMich.edu.

Thursday, June 9, 2016

IACUC 101/201 workshops will be held August 3-4, 2016 in Sioux Falls, SD.

IACUC 101: The Basics is a one-day didactic and interactive exploration of IACUC fundamentals appropriate for new and seasoned IACUC members, IACUC affiliates, and individuals responsible for their institution's animal care program. The course provides a basic yet comprehensive overview of the laws, regulations, and policies that govern the humane care and use of research animals.

IACUC 201: Beyond Basics is a highly interactive advanced program that builds upon the fundamentals learned in IACUC 101, applying them to the process and mechanisms of ensuring compliance. The program includes six workshops delivered to three audience tracks based on IACUC role, responsibility, and interests. Workshops address protocol review, program review, facility inspection plus additional timely topics. The program also includes a complex faculty scenario that combines multiple IACUC challenges.

Learn more at IACUC 101. Link to Non-U.S. Government Site - Click for Disclaimer

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Join OLAW for a webinar: Balancing Public Interests, Benefits, and Risks in Animal Research, on June 9, from 1:00 to 2:00 pm ET. Dr. Allyson J. Bennett at the University of Wisconsin-Madison will talk about the responsibility to conduct benefit and risk analysis and some of the key factors that play a role. Analysis of potential benefit and potential risk is embedded in multiple levels of review and decision-making about animal research activities. How that analysis occurs and informs decisions that balance humane care of research animals, scientific goals, and the public interest in scientific advances, is not always well understood. The IACUC is one of the important groups that contribute to the analysis and also one that can contribute to better public understanding.

About OLAW Webinars

The OLAW Online Seminars program is a free webinar series to help IACUCs and IOs explore their responsibilities in the oversight of PHS-funded research that involves the use of live vertebrate animals. A one-time enrollment is required to participate in the program. Enrollees receive registration information prior to each event. Find out more at http://grants.nih.gov/grants/olaw/e-seminars.htm. For past webinars, visit the archive on the Education Resources webpage.

Monday, May 23, 2016

NIH, USDA, and FDA have participated under a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) Concerning Laboratory Animal Welfare for over 30 years. Each agency, operating under its own authority, has specific responsibilities for fostering proper animal care and welfare. This agreement sets forth a framework for reciprocal cooperation intended to enhance agency effectiveness while avoiding duplication of efforts in achieving required standards for the care and use of laboratory animals. The new MOU is available at: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/olaw/references/finalmou.htm.

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Looking for social housing resources? Recordings of select presentations from the Symposium on Social Housing of Laboratory Animals held March 17-18, 2016 are now available. In these videos, experts in animal behavior and welfare discuss socialization, species-specific considerations, oversight requirements, and more. Presentations from earlier Symposiums can be found here: August 22-23, 2013 | October 5-6, 2014.

Visit OLAW’s Enrichment and Social Housing webpage for these and other resources.

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Visit the Guidance section on the OLAW website for updated Commentary on Lab Animal Protocol Review columns. In the May 2016 issue, A Word from USDA and OLAW responds to the topic “A hairy surgery.” Download the column here: Lab Animal 2016; 45(05). (PDF)

To further explore this and other topics, browse the OLAW Topic Index. For additional information, visit OLAW.

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Proposing the use of animal models in your application? OLAW has a new podcast on writing the Vertebrate Animals Section in your grant application or contract research proposal. Join Dr. Patricia Brown, OLAW Director, for a discussion of why this application section is required, what reviewers look for, and more.

Check out “Writing Your Vertebrate Animals Section” (mp3 | transcript) and other All About Grants podcasts.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

IACUC 101/301 Workshops will be held June 1-2, 2016 in Dallas, TX

IACUC 101: The Basics is a one-day didactic and interactive exploration of IACUC fundamentals appropriate for new and seasoned IACUC members, IACUC affiliates, and individuals responsible for their institution's animal care program. The course provides a basic yet comprehensive overview of the laws, regulations, and policies that govern the humane care and use of research animals.

IACUC 301: Scenarios is a full day of IACUC scenarios that address a mix of straight forward to complex situations interspersed with Q&A sessions. Topics will include IACUC membership, protocol review, semiannual review, pain and distress, and more.

Learn more at IACUC 101. Link to Non-U.S. Government Site - Click for Disclaimer

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Meeting the Information Requirements of the Animal Welfare Act: A Workshop

The USDA Animal Welfare Information Center (AWIC) teaches a one and a half day workshop at the National Agricultural Library (NAL) in Beltsville, MD, for individuals who are responsible for providing information to meet the requirements of the Animal Welfare Act (AWA). The workshop is targeted for principal investigators, members of IACUCs, information providers, administrators of animal use programs, and veterinarians.

Course objectives are to provide:

  • Overview of the AWA and its information requirements
  • Review of the alternatives concept
  • Introduction to NAL, AWIC and other organizations
  • Instruction on the use of existing information databases/networks
  • On-line database searching experience

The next workshop is May 11-12, 2016 in Beltsville, MD. For more information, go to http://awic.nal.usda.gov/workshops.

Thursday, March 31, 2016

The Three I’s & Biosecurity: Creating Connections, Sharing Solutions, Building Strategies will be held April 13-15, 2016 in Chapel Hill, NC. The conference will address the emerging and complex challenges that touch the IACUC, IBC and IRB communities — issues relating to nanotechnology, CRISPR technology, importing/exporting and more.

The Massachusetts Society for Medical Research, the North Carolina Association for Biomedical Research and the FBI Weapons of Mass Destruction Directorate, together with recognized industry experts and compliance professionals, will impart concrete strategies that will allow you to stay ahead of challenging regulatory and security issues. Panels and interactive discussion groups promise to offer a multifaceted learning experience.

For more information, visit http://www.ncabr.org/researchers/three-is-biosecurity-conference/Link to Non-U.S. Government Site - Click for Disclaimer

Monday, March 28, 2016

The Scientists Center for Animal Welfare (SCAW) will present an IACUC Training Workshop on April 20, 2016 in Memphis, TN. SCAW developed this one-day educational workshop for experienced Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) members and administrators, principal investigators, attending veterinarians, regulatory personnel and laboratory animal care staff. The program focuses on topics relevant to IACUC functions and provides opportunities for small discussion groups and sharing of information among participants.

For program, registration and accommodation information, visit http://www.scaw.com/conferences--workshops/iacuc-training-workshops/. Link to Non-U.S. Government Site - Click for Disclaimer

Monday, March 7, 2016

Symposium on Social Housing of Laboratory Animals
March 17-18, 2016 | Davis, CA

Registration has been extended until March 11!

This symposium will bring together experts in animal behavior and welfare to address common issues in achieving social housing for social species. Participants will be encouraged to discuss special issues they are facing at their institutions. Plus a tour of the California National Primate Research Center is being offered on March 16. Take advantage of this opportunity and register now! See details, agenda and registration information. Link to Non-U.S. Government Site - Click for Disclaimer

Friday, March 4, 2016

Join OLAW for a webinar, The 2016 Vertebrate Animals Section (VAS), Grants Policy, and Congruence, on March 10, from 1:00 to 2:00 pm ET. Dr. Patricia Brown, OLAW Director, will talk about the updated VAS and the NIH requirements for congruence. Plus, Dr. Samuel Varghese, IACUC Director at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, will present best practices, institutional policies, and possible solutions to address common scenarios while handling congruence review.

About OLAW Webinars

The OLAW Online Seminars program is a free webinar series to help IACUCs and IOs explore their responsibilities in the oversight of PHS-funded research that involves the use of live vertebrate animals. A one-time enrollment is required to participate in the program. Enrollees receive registration information prior to each event. Find out more at http://grants.nih.gov/grants/olaw/e-seminars.htm. For past webinars, visit the archive on the Education Resources webpage.

Thursday, February 18, 2016

The PRIM&R 2016 IACUC Conference and Pre-Conference programs will be held March 30 – April 2 in Bellevue, WA. Learn more. Link to Non-U.S. Government Site - Click for Disclaimer

IACUC 101 | March 30 | A one-day didactic and interactive exploration of IACUC fundamentals appropriate for new and seasoned IACUC members, IACUC affiliates, and individuals responsible for their institution's animal care program. The course provides a basic yet comprehensive overview of the laws, regulations, and policies that govern the humane care and use of research animals.

NWABR Regional IACUC Conference | March 31 | A one-day conference covering hot topics related to animal care and use, led by facilitators from around the U.S. There will be interactive discussions for new and experienced IACUC members, opportunities to ask questions of regulatory officials, and networking time with colleagues.

PRIM&R IACUC Conference | April 1-2 | A two-day conference covering topics relevant to all those involved in the fields of animal care and use and research ethics. The conference will include a range of keynote addresses, panels, workshops, and didactic sessions, designed to help build and strengthen an effective animal care and use program. This year, PRIM&R has created a 5th series of breakouts and eliminated one panel to give attendees more time in the breakout sessions, plus they’ve added more advanced content.

For program, registration, and accommodation information, visit http://www.primr.org/iacuc16/ Link to Non-U.S. Government Site - Click for Disclaimer

Friday, February 12, 2016

OLAW is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Neera Gopee to the position of Veterinary Medical Officer in the Divisions of Assurances and Compliance Oversight. Dr. Gopee obtained her Ph.D. in Toxicology at the University of Georgia subsequent to attaining her D.V.M. degree from the University of the West Indies. She is a Diplomate of both the American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine and American Board of Toxicology. Prior to her joining OLAW, Dr. Gopee served as a Veterinary Medical Officer at the National Center for Toxicological Research, U.S. Food and Drug Administration in Jefferson, Arkansas, providing vital clinical care to the wide range of research animals utilized at this facility. She also functioned as a voting member of the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee. Welcome to OLAW, Dr. Gopee!

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Visit the Guidance section on the OLAW website for updated Commentary on Lab Animal Protocol Review columns. In the February 2016 issue, A Word from OLAW and USDA responds to the topic "Should refinement ‘mess with success’?" Download the column here: Lab Animal 2016; 45(02). (PDF)

To further explore this and other topics, browse the OLAW Topic Index. For additional information, visit OLAW.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Anne Smogur-Saldívar joined the Division of Policy and Education as a Program Specialist in November 2015. Ms. Smogur-Saldívar has experience in the design and implementation of human rights-based trainings, monitoring and evaluation, research, data analysis, and policy recommendations. She was appointed through the NIH Recent Graduates Pathways Program after obtaining a Master of Science in International Health Policy and Management from the Heller School for Social Policy & Management at Brandeis University, where her studies were funded in part by a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer scholarship. Before serving in Jordan from 2010-2012, Ms. Smogur-Saldívar spent nearly a decade in public health fieldwork and advocacy, primarily with marginalized groups experiencing homelessness and most-at-risk populations living with HIV. Ms. Smogur-Saldívar is excited to join OLAW’s work on development, implementation, and evaluation of health research policy.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

The 3rd Symposium on Social Housing of Laboratory Animals will be held March 17-18, 2016, in Davis, CA at the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine. This symposium will bring together experts in animal behavior and welfare to address common issues in trying to achieve the mandate for social housing for social species. The agenda includes talks and breakout sessions on both days so that participants have the opportunity to discuss the challenges and special issues they are facing at their own institutions with the experts and their peers. See details, agenda and registration information. Link to Non-U.S. Government Site - Click for Disclaimer

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Meeting the Information Requirements of the Animal Welfare Act: A Workshop

The USDA Animal Welfare Information Center (AWIC) teaches a one and a half day workshop at the National Agricultural Library (NAL) in Beltsville, MD, for individuals who are responsible for providing information to meet the requirements of the Animal Welfare Act (AWA). The workshop is targeted for principal investigators, members of IACUCs, information providers, administrators of animal use programs, and veterinarians.

Course objectives are to provide:

  • Overview of the AWA and its information requirements
  • Review of the alternatives concept
  • Introduction to NAL, AWIC and other organizations
  • Instruction on the use of existing information databases/networks
  • On-line database searching experience
The next workshop is March 9-10, 2016 in Beltsville, MD. For more information, go to http://awic.nal.usda.gov/workshops.

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Visit the Guidance section on the OLAW website for updated Commentary on Lab Animal Protocol Review columns. “A word from OLAW” responds to the topic “When reducing numbers might increase pain” in the January 2016 issue. Download the column here: Lab Animal 2016; 45(01). (PDF)

To further explore this and other topics, browse the OLAW Topic Index. For additional information, visit OLAW.