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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

OLAW is pleased to announce the appointment of Ms. Paula Knapp to the position of Animal Welfare Policy Scientist, Division of Assurances. Ms. Knapp has 16 years of experience in animal welfare policy, 12 of those years as a contract Quality Assurance Specialist for OLAW Division of Assurances. She obtained her BS degree in Biology from Lebanon Valley College and is registered with the American Society of Clinical Pathologists in clinical laboratory medicine. Prior to joining OLAW, she was the IACUC Coordinator and Protocol Analyst at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. In 2004, she came to NIH as a contract Compliance Specialist to ensure compliance with animal welfare policies and guidelines for the Comparative Medicine Branch of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. Ms. Knapp looks forward to applying her comprehensive understanding of animal care and use programs and extensive knowledge of the operations of the Division of Assurances in her role as Animal Welfare Policy Scientist.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

IACUC 101 and PRIM&R IACUC Conference will be held March 19-21, 2017, in New Orleans, LA.

IACUC 101
| March 19 | 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.

PRIM&R IACUC Conference | March 20-21 | A two-day conference covering 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/iacuc17/

Friday, February 3, 2017

OLAW is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Jane Na to the position of Veterinary Medical Officer in the Division of Assurances. She will also provide support to the Division of Compliance Oversight. Dr. Na completed her laboratory animal medicine residency as well her Bachelor of Science in Biopsychology and Cognitive Science at the University of Michigan, and attained her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Michigan State University. As the first recipient of the Ben and Alice Cohen Comparative Medicine Research Award at the University of Michigan Unit for Laboratory Animal Medicine, she investigated analgesic efficacy in post-operative male guinea pigs. She will be publishing this work and pursue Diplomate status with the American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine. Prior to joining OLAW, Dr. Na was the Lead Analyst at the University of California San Francisco in the Institutional Animal Care and Use Program office. She is looking forward to continuing work to ensure the humane care and use of animals in research, testing, and training as an OLAW Veterinary Medical Officer.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

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 February 22-23, 2017 in Beltsville, MD. For more information, go to http://awic.nal.usda.gov/workshops.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

An Interagency Collaborative Animal Research Education (ICARE) Academy will be held February 27-28, 2017, in Arlington, Texas.
 
About the ICARE Academies
The ICARE Academies use active learning pedagogy to train IACUC members and institutional and animal program personnel to meet their responsibilities for animal welfare oversight. The ICARE Academies will 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.

Register Early
Attendance is limited to 36, so register early. For program and registration information, visit ICARE Project.
 
2017 Schedule
ICARE Academies will also be held on July 25-26 in Philadelphia, PA and on August 28-29 in Richmond, VA. Additionally, one ICARE Train the Trainer Institute (TTI) will be held on May 1–4 in Seattle, WA. TTI instruct trainers in the use of active learning pedagogy applied to IACUC training. Registration for these training events is expected to open soon.
 
The ICARE Academies 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), and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).

Friday, January 6, 2017

The Northwest Association for Biomedical Research (NWABR) will present the 2017 IACUC Regional Educational Conference on February 22, 2017, in Lynnwood, WA. The theme of this year’s conference is The Heart of IACUC: Caring for Animals in Research. 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.
 
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