RELEASE DATE:  January 29, 2004

NOTICE:  NOT-OD-04-021

National Institutes of Health (NIH)

The NIH Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare (OLAW) will join the 
Northwest Association for Biomedical Research (NWABR), AMGEN, SNBL, and 
ICOS in co-sponsoring a Regional Education Conference.  The IACUC 
Workshop, “Building an Effective IACUC:  The Basics and Beyond,” will 
be held on March 8, 2004, in Bellevue, Washington.  The agenda will 
focus on topics of interest to IACUCs and will be designed to provide 
information and opportunities for discussion regarding the role of 
IACUCs, their functions and responsibilities and ways to effectively 
discharge their responsibilities under the PHS Policy and related Guide 
for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals.  There will be sessions 
designed for novices and some for more experienced participants.   Case 
studies addressing complex situations requiring professional judgment 
will also be included.  

The program and registration information are posted on the NWABR 
website,, or you can contact 
for additional information.     


For questions or further information, contact:

Margaret C. Quinlan
Animal Welfare Program Specialist
Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare
National Institutes of Health
6705 Rockledge Drive, Suite 360
Bethesda, MD  20892-7982
Fax:  301-402-2803

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