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Tuesday, April 17, 2018

ICARE Academy (3-day)
Training for IACUC Members and Animal Program Personnel
​June 18-20, 2018 | Chicago, IL

 
Register Now!
 
Can’t make it to Chicago? A few spaces remain for the May ICARE Academy in Newport Beach and registration just opened for the September ICARE Academy in Denver.
 
Who Should Attend
Participation is open to those involved in U.S. animal care and use programs, including IACUC members and staff, IOs, veterinarians, animal facilities personnel, administrators, consultants, and compliance and regulatory personnel.
 
What to Expect
The Interagency Collaborative Animal Research Education (ICARE) Academies use active learning techniques that are proven to increase the effectiveness of adult education by engaging the learner in hands-on activities that require the application of high-level concepts. Participants will work in both large interactive sessions and small facilitated breakout groups participating in learning activities including interactive presentations and discussions.
 
Learning Objectives

  • Validate the responsibilities and authorities conferred on IACUCs by federal law
  • Evaluate the contribution of IACUC policies to animal welfare, regulatory drift, and investigator burden
  • Identify resources that may be used to increase IACUC function efficiency
  • Explain federal standards and ethical considerations in protocol review
  • Describe effective post approval review methodologies
  • Formulate a strategy for implementing the concepts learned
  • Develop behaviors that lead to better communications within the IACUC and between the IACUC, investigators, and Institutional Officials
Program & Registration
Attendance is limited to 36, so register early. To learn more about the program and how to register, visit ICARE Project.

Friday, April 13, 2018

Contributions of the Breadth and Depth of IACUC Membership to Experimental Design as a Factor in Research Reproducibility
JAALAS, Vol 57, No 2, March 2018
 
Read how IACUCs can help enhance research rigor and reproducibility in the March 2018 issue of JAALAS. In this article, the authors explore the contributions of the various IACUC members and discuss how each can help to enhance rigor and mitigate issues regarding irreproducibility in biomedical research involving animals.
 
Download the article here: JAALAS 2018; 57(02). (PDF)

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

IACUC 101 and 301 Workshops will be held June 13-14, 2018 in Portland, Oregon. Register Here! Link to Non-U.S. Government Site - Click for Disclaimer

​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

Monday, April 9, 2018

The Scientists Center for Animal Welfare (SCAW) will present an IACUC Training Workshop on June 5, 2018, in Augusta, GA. SCAW’s IACUC Training Workshop educates and trains individuals who work with laboratory animals in research, testing and education. They include IACUC members and administrators, Principal Investigators, veterinarians, regulatory personnel and laboratory animal care staff. The regional workshop format lets small groups discuss specific topics that are relevant to IACUC functions. Each workshop is structured in similar design, with slight changes made to meet local needs.
 
For program, registration and accommodation information, visit SCAW IACUC Training Workshops. Link to Non-U.S. Government Site - Click for Disclaimer
 

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

The 5th Annual Symposium on Social Housing of Laboratory Animals will be held June 4-5, 2018, in Beltsville, MD. The goal of this symposium series is to bring together experts in the behavior and science of laboratory animal species to exchange information with scientists, IACUC members, veterinarians, and animal care technicians about the welfare needs of social laboratory animal species and the means to achieve optimal social housing conditions in a variety of settings.

The format includes 2 days of lectures in the morning followed by interactive breakout sessions in the afternoon. These lectures give participants a strong foundation in the relevant research underlying socialization and behavioral management efforts, while the breakout sessions allow participants to get feedback specific to their own facilities from experts and colleagues.
 
Register early to participate in a special pre-symposium activity on June 3: Visit to the National Zoo in Washington, DC.
 
Learn more and register at http://caat.jhsph.edu/programs/workshops/social_housing.html Link to Non-U.S. Government Site - Click for Disclaimer
 

Monday, April 2, 2018

The IACUC Administrators Association (IAA) will present a Best Practices Meeting on May 30-31, 2018, in San Diego, CA. 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 additional information, visit IAA Link to Non-U.S. Government Site - Click for Disclaimer or email wggreer@UMich.edu.

Friday, March 30, 2018

Meeting the Information Requirements of the Animal Welfare Act: A Workshop
May 9-10, 2018 | Beltsville, MD
 
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
For more information, go to http://awic.nal.usda.gov/workshops.
 

Friday, March 23, 2018

ICARE Academy
May 8-9, 2018 | Newport Beach, CA
 
Training for U.S. IACUC members and animal program personnel -- Register Now! Link to Non-U.S. Government Site - Click for Disclaimer
 
Learning objectives

  • Validate the responsibilities and authorities conferred on IACUCs by federal law
  • Evaluate the contribution of IACUC policies to animal welfare, regulatory drift, and investigator burden
  • Identify resources that may be used to increase IACUC function efficiency
  • Explain federal standards and ethical considerations in protocol review
  • Describe effective post approval review methodologies
  • Formulate a strategy for implementing the concepts learned
  • Develop behaviors that lead to better communications within the IACUC and between the IACUC, investigators, and Institutional Officials
What to expect
The ICARE Academy uses active learning techniques that are proven to increase the effectiveness of adult education by engaging the learner in hands-on activities that require the application of high-level concepts. Participants will work in both large interactive sessions and small facilitated breakout groups participating in learning activities including interactive presentations and discussions.
 
Who Should Attend
Participation is open to those involved in U.S. animal care and use programs, including IACUC members and staff, IOs, veterinarians, animal facilities personnel, administrators, consultants, and compliance and regulatory personnel.

Program & Registration
Attendance is limited to 36, so register early Link to Non-U.S. Government Site - Click for Disclaimer . To learn more about the program, visit ICARE Project.
 
The Interagency Collaborative Animal Research Education (ICARE) Project is an initiative of the NIH Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare, USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, Food and Drug Administration, Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority, National Science Foundation, and Department of Veterans Affairs.
 

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Visit the Guidance section on the OLAW website for updated Commentary on Lab Animal Protocol Review columns. In the March 2018 issue, A Word from OLAW responds to the topic “Post-publication problems: how to proceed when there’s no record of IACUC approval?” Download the column here: Lab Animal 2018; 47(03). (PDF)
 
To further explore this and other topics, browse the OLAW Topic Index. For additional information, visit OLAW.

Friday, March 16, 2018

OLAW Webinar: Field Euthanasia Methods for Wildlife
March 29, 2018 | 1:00 – 2:00 PM ET
 
Are you fully prepared before you head out to conduct your wildlife field work? Are all the students or other research staff trained and capable to perform euthanasia should an animal be injured or found moribund? Planning and training to relieve suffering of vertebrate animals should be part of every protocol submitted for IACUC review prior to conducting field work. In this webinar, Tracy Thompson, IACUC Chair and Attending Veterinarian at the National Park Service, will review methods that can be used in the field to euthanize injured or ill wildlife, in the hope it will never be needed.
 
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.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

NIH in collaboration with USDA and FDA is requesting your input on proposed actions to improve coordination and harmonization of regulations and policies with respect to research with laboratory animals as required by the 21st Century Cures Act, Section 2034(d): Animal Care and Use in Research. The request is a coordinated effort of the Director of NIH in collaboration with the Secretary of Agriculture and the Commissioner of Food and Drugs to reduce administrative burden on investigators while maintaining the integrity and credibility of research findings and protection of research animals.
 
To learn more about the information requested, see NIH Guide Notice NOT-OD-18-152 and Federal Register Notice 2018-05173.
 
To ensure consideration, responses must be submitted by June 12, 2018 at https://grants.nih.gov/grants/rfi/rfi.cfm?ID=71.

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

ICARE Academy & Advanced Train the Trainer Institute
May 7-9, 2018 | Newport Beach, CA
 
Register Now!
 
ICARE Academies (AI) use active learning and backward design to train IACUC members, staff, and institutional animal program personnel to meet their responsibilities for animal welfare oversight. ICARE Academies empower the learner to assume accountability for facts and conceptual understanding of Federal standards through the study of realistic problems encountered in animal care and use programs.
 
Advanced Train the Trainer Institutes (ATTI) offer advanced training in the use of active learning, backward design, and scientific teaching applied to IACUC training. The ATTI is offered to individuals that have completed basic training at a Train the Trainer Institute.
 
Who Should Attend
Participation is open to those involved in U.S. animal care and use programs, including IACUC members and staff, IOs, veterinarians, animal facilities personnel, administrators, consultants, and compliance and regulatory personnel.

Program & Registration
Attendance is limited to 36, so register early. To learn more about the programs and how to register, visit ICARE Project. See also the 2018 ICARE Project Flyer.

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

The Public Responsibility in Medicine and Research (PRIM&R) 2018 IACUC Conference will be held March 20-21, with pre-conference programs on March 19, in Columbus, OH. Learn more.

This two-day conference covers topics relevant to all those involved in the fields of animal care and use and research ethics. Through keynote addresses, engaging and stimulating panels, and highly practical breakout sessions, attendees will gain important insights and fresh strategies to help with their day-to-day work within their animal care and use programs. Attendees will also increase their knowledge and understanding of ethical requirements, learn best practices in the field, and sharpen their skills for dealing with both late-breaking and longstanding challenges around the conduct of ethical animal research.
 
For program, registration, and accommodation information, visit http://www.primr.org/iacuc18/

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Three I’s & Biosecurity Conference
March 14-16, 2018 | Chapel Hill, NC
 
The Three I’s & Biosecurity Conference: Promoting the Responsible Conduct of Research, Partnership, Ethics, Best Practices and the Exploration of Current Trends. The conference will address the complex challenges that touch the IACUC, IBC and IRB communities — issues relating to research integrity, ethics, communications and social media, importing/exporting and much, much more. It’s essential for the collaboration that drives the research community forward, enabling attendees to work smarter, not harder.
 
For more information, visit Three I’s & Biosecurity. Link to Non-U.S. Government Site - Click for Disclaimer

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Meeting the Information Requirements of the Animal Welfare Act: A Workshop
March 13-14, 2018 | Beltsville, MD

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
For more information, go to http://awic.nal.usda.gov/workshops.

Monday, February 12, 2018

Environmental Enrichment in the 21st Century
ILAR Journal, 2017, Vol. 58(2), pp. 295-307 Link to Non-U.S. Government Site - Click for Disclaimer
 
In this ILAR Journal review article, the authors discuss the objectives of the environmental enrichment plan for nonhuman primates along with relevant outcome measures, as well as ongoing challenges, costs, and benefits. They review various enrichment strategies and assess their efficacy in meeting goals and objectives. Finally, they look forward to consider what the future might hold for environmental enrichment of nonhuman primates used in research.
 

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Visit the Guidance section on the OLAW website for updated Commentary on Lab Animal Protocol Review columns. In the February 2018 issue, A Word from OLAW responds to the topic “How should the IACUC handle unanticipated deaths?” Download the column here: Lab Animal 2018; 47(02). (PDF)
 
To further explore this and other topics, browse the OLAW Topic Index. For additional information, visit OLAW.

Friday, February 2, 2018

NIH and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) have participated under a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) Concerning Laboratory Animal Welfare for more than a decade. The agencies share a common interest in the care and welfare of laboratory animals used in research and testing. This agreement provides for coordination and harmonization of agency efforts to ensure appropriate laboratory animal care and welfare. The new MOU is available at NIH-VA MOU

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

The IACUC Administrators Association (IAA) will present a Best Practices Meeting on February 27-28, 2018, in San Antonio, TX. 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 additional information, visit IAA Link to Non-U.S. Government Site - Click for Disclaimer or register here. Link to Non-U.S. Government Site - Click for Disclaimer

Monday, January 29, 2018

ICARE Train the Trainer Institute
February 20-23, 2018 | Atlanta, GA
 
It’s not too late - Register Today!
 
What to Expect
The Interagency Collaborative Animal Research Education (ICARETrain the Trainer Institutes (TTI) teach national and institutional trainers to use active learning and backward design in their IACUC training programs. Participants will engage in active learning applied to IACUC subject matter and modules that address the scientific basis of active learning pedagogy. Working in facilitated breakout groups, participants will develop a module that can be used at their home institution.
 
Learn About

  • Regulatory drift and investigator burden
  • IACUC authority and responsibilities
  • Scope of oversight
  • Protocol Review
  • Risk aversion

Who Should Attend
Participation is open to those involved in U.S. animal care and use programs, including IACUC members and staff, IOs, veterinarians, animal facilities personnel, administrators, consultants, and compliance and regulatory personnel.

Program & Registration
To learn more about the program and how to register, visit ICARE Project. See also the 2018 ICARE Project Flyer.
 

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

The Northwest Association for Biomedical Research (NWABR) will present the 2018 IACUC Regional Educational Conference on February 27, 2018, in Lynnwood, WA. This one-day conference for IACUC members, veterinarians, animal care staff and researchers covers hot topics related to animal care and use, led by facilitators from around the U.S. In addition to the various presentations, there will be a mock IACUC session that will allow conference participants to test their knowledge of the rules and regulations against a panel of experts and regulatory and compliance officials.
 
Learn more at the NWABR IACUC Conference. Link to Non-U.S. Government Site - Click for Disclaimer  

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Visit the Guidance section on the OLAW website for updated Commentary on Lab Animal Protocol Review columns. In the January 2018 issue, A Word from OLAW responds to the topic “How should the IACUC handle a questionable VVC change to a protocol?” Download the column here: Lab Animal 2018; 47(01). (PDF)
 
To further explore this and other topics, browse the OLAW Topic Index. For additional information, visit OLAW.

Monday, January 8, 2018

Interagency Collaborative Animal Research Education (ICARE)
Train the Trainer Institute (TTI)
February 20-23, 2018 | Atlanta, GA
 
Register Here!
 
Are you an IACUC trainer or administrator? Don’t miss this opportunity to learn how to enhance the effectiveness of your IACUC training program. Register now for the ICARE TTI on February 20-23 in Atlanta, GA. Here at the Peachtree City Hotel & Conference Center, you will be coached and mentored by federal, academic and private sector faculty who are experts in the field. You will work in both large interactive sessions and facilitated breakout groups engaging in active learning techniques to develop teaching modules that you can use for training IACUCs at your institution. See some of the modules that other TTI attendees have developed here: ICARE Training Modules.
 
Register early, attendance is limited to 36. We encourage registration of 2 or more attendees from an institution as that will facilitate implementation of active learning at the institution.
 
To learn more about the ICARE TTI, visit ICARE Project.
 
The Interagency Collaborative Animal Research Education (ICARE) Train the Trainer Institutes are supported by the ICARE Project, an interagency initiative of the National Institutes of Health Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare (NIH OLAW), the U.S. Department of Agriculture Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (USDA APHIS), the National Science Foundation (NSF), the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA), and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).

Friday, January 5, 2018

5th International Conference of the Basel Declaration Society
Openness and Transparency: Building Trust in Animal Research
February 14-15, 2018 | San Francisco, CA
 
This conference is an international effort to provide the US research community with:

  • Effective tools, strategies, and networks to advance public communication and understanding of the role and value of animal research.
  • Focused national discussion with key stakeholders and leaders in research, policy, and science communication about the future of animal research in the US and beyond.
  • Opportunity to become part of a nation-wide commitment for proactive communication of animal research as part of a meaningful engagement and dialogue with the public.
Please note that participation at this 2-day conference is free. To register please use the registration tool on the Basel Declaration Society website.