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Monday, April 24, 2017

IACUC 101/201 Workshops will be held June 7-8, 2017, in Missoula, MT.
 
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

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

ICARE Academy | July 25-26, 2017 | Philadelphia, PA
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ICARE Academy | August 28-29, 2017 | Richmond, VA
Register Now!
 
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.
 
Learn About

  • US system of research animal welfare oversight
  • IACUC authority and responsibilities
  • Protocol Review
  • Risk aversion
  • Regulatory drift and investigator burden
Registration
Register early, attendance is limited to 36. For program and registration information, visit ICARE Project.
 
About ICARE
The Interagency Collaborative Animal Research Education (ICARE) Project is an initiative of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), US Department of Agriculture (USDA), Food and Drug Administration (FDA), National Science Foundation (NSF), Veterans Administration (VA), Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA), and Department of Defense (DoD). This group of federal agencies is involved in the welfare of animals used in research, teaching, and testing in the US. Although federal animal care and use standards vary, all endorse local oversight for the humane care and use of animals by an IACUC.

Monday, April 17, 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 May 10-11, 2017 in Beltsville, MD. For more information, go to http://awic.nal.usda.gov/workshops.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Symposium on Social Housing of Laboratory Animals: May 1-2, 2017
Workshop on Macaque Pair Housing: May 2-5, 2017
Atlanta, GA
 
Still time to register! Link to Non-U.S. Government Site - Click for Disclaimer Deadline is April 17th.
 
The Symposium on Social Housing of Laboratory Animals will be held on May 1-2 in Atlanta, GA, and features 2 days of didactic content, interactive discussion, and problem-solving regarding methods of social housing for common laboratory species. The second day concentrates specifically on nonhuman primates and serves as the first day of a 3.5 day interactive Workshop on Macaque Pair Housing being held May 2-5, 2017.
 
You can register for the Symposium, the Workshop, or both. Learn more at http://caat.jhsph.edu/programs/workshops/social_housing.html Link to Non-U.S. Government Site - Click for Disclaimer
 

Monday, April 10, 2017

Interagency Collaborative Animal Research Education (ICARE)
Train the Trainer Institute (TTI)
May 1-4, 2017 | Seattle, WA
 
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 May 1-4 in Seattle, WA. Here at the bucolic Cedarbrook Lodge, 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).

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Visit the Guidance section on the OLAW website for updated Commentary on Lab Animal Protocol Review columns. In the April 2017 issue, A Word from OLAW and USDA responds to the topic “Who should request a full committee review?” Download the column here: Lab Animal 2017; 46(4). (PDF)
 
To further explore this and other topics, browse the OLAW Topic Index. For additional information, visit OLAW.

Monday, April 3, 2017

IACUC 101/301 Workshops will be held April 19-20, 2017, in Tempe, AZ
 
Register Here! Link to Non-U.S. Government Site - Click for Disclaimer
 
Special hotel rates are going fast. Contact the hotel directly to reserve your room (Reference the IACUC 101/301 program on April 19-20):
 
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About IACUC 101 Series
 
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 & register at IACUC 101. Link to Non-U.S. Government Site - Click for Disclaimer

Friday, March 31, 2017

The Scientists Center for Animal Welfare (SCAW) will present an IACUC Training Workshop on May 5, 2017, in College Park, MD. 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 WorkshopsLink to Non-U.S. Government Site - Click for Disclaimer

Friday, March 24, 2017

The NIH is hosting the 2017 Regional Seminar on Program Funding and Grants Administration in New Orleans, Louisiana on May 3-5, 2017. Meet and hear from NIH Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare (OLAW) staff, along with approximately 65 additional NIH & HHS experts at the seminar as they discuss over 45 different topics relative to the NIH grants process! This seminar will help you understand the NIH, provide information about searching for the right funding opportunities for your research, provide insights into the NIH peer review system, give you the latest policy and administrative updates, and expose you to many other subjects related to NIH and funding: electronic research administration (eRA), NIH policies on animals in research, human subject protection and clinical trials, Biosketch and sciENcv, intellectual property, and more. Check out the agenda for all the details.
 
The presentations are primarily targeted towards attendees new to the NIH grants process who are seeking a better understanding of the NIH grants process, resources, and contacts. In addition to a session provided by Dr. Neera Gopee, Veterinary Medical Officer, OLAW, she and our entire roster of presenters will be on hand at various times throughout the 2-day seminar to meet with you during our “1:1 Meet the Experts” sessions. These 15 minute chats provide a unique and valuable opportunity to have a more personal discussion and get your questions answered.
 
For more in-depth discussions on some of our topics, consider attending one of several optional workshops on the day prior to the seminar. These workshops include information on eRA, human subjects research protections, intellectual property & iEdison, as well as an administrator’s boot camp. Join us as we meet, learn and share in New Orleans!
 
Take advantage of our General Registration Rates which end Friday, April 8! In addition, you’ll want to book your room now, while our seminar room block and special discounts are still available.
 
We look forward to seeing you in New Orleans! If these dates don’t work for you, consider our fall seminar in Baltimore, Maryland, Oct. 25-27, 2017. For future locations and listserv information, visit the NIH Regional Seminar Home Page at http://grants.nih.gov/grants/seminars.htm.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

The Three I’s & Biosecurity Conference: Creating Connections, Sharing Solutions & Building Strategies will be held April 19-21, 2017, in Providence, RI. This conference is designed for compliance officers and specialists, research oversight officials, general and legal counsel, government relations professionals, policy directors, and security professionals. The Massachusetts Society for Medical Research and the FBI Weapons of Mass Destruction Directorate have come together to structure an innovative, comprehensive way to catch up on the latest developments in IACUCs, IBCs and IRBs.
 
For more information, visit http://msmr.org/event/3-is-and-biosecurity/ Link to Non-U.S. Government Site - Click for Disclaimer
 

Monday, March 20, 2017

Do you know what the vast array of wildlife research permits mean for PIs and IACUCs? Join OLAW for a webinar, Wildlife Research Permits: What IACUCs Need to Know, on March 30, from 1:00 to 2:00 pm ET. In this webinar, Ellen Paul, Executive Director of the Ornithological Council, will talk about the purpose of wildlife permits, the relationship of the criteria for permit issuance to the protocol review, the timing of permit issuance in the context of the protocol review process, permit policies that pose challenges for IACUC review, and an overview of specific federal permits and state permits in general.
 
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.
 

Friday, March 17, 2017

An Interagency Collaborative Animal Research Education (ICARE) Train the Trainer Institute will be held May 1-4, 2017, in Seattle, WA. Register Here!
 
About the Train the Trainer Institutes
The ICARE Train the Trainer Institutes teach institutional training personnel to use active learning in their training programs. Participants will engage in active learning applied to IACUC subject matter content and modules that address the scientific basis of active learning pedagogy. During this training workshop, participants will be coached and mentored by experienced facilitators who are also IACUC subject matter experts from the federal, academic and private sector. The seasoned personnel will help participants develop the skills and knowledge they need to develop and deliver active learning IACUC training.

Register Early
Attendance is limited to 36, so register early. Registration of 2 or more attendees from an institution is strongly encouraged as that will facilitate implementation of active learning at the institution.
 
To learn more about the program and how to register, 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), and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).

Friday, March 10, 2017

IACUC 101/301 Workshops will be held April 19-20, 2017, in Tempe, AZ
 
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

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Symposium on Social Housing of Laboratory Animals: May 1-2, 2017
Workshop on Macaque Pair Housing: May 2-5, 2017
Atlanta, GA
 
The 4th Symposium on Social Housing of Laboratory Animals will be held on May 1-2, 2017, in Atlanta, GA. The Symposium features 2 days of didactic content, interactive discussion, and problem-solving regarding methods of social housing for common laboratory species. The second day concentrates specifically on nonhuman primates and serves as the first day of a 3.5 day interactive Workshop on Macaque Pair Housing being held May 2-5, 2017. Participants may register for the Symposium, the Workshop, or both.
 
Learn more at http://caat.jhsph.edu/programs/workshops/social_housing.html Link to Non-U.S. Government Site - Click for Disclaimer
 

Monday, March 6, 2017

Visit the Guidance section on the OLAW website for updated Commentary on Lab Animal Protocol Review columns. In the March 2017 issue, A Word from OLAW responds to the topic “Making changes: when is VVC appropriate?” Download the column here: Lab Animal 2017; 46(3). (PDF)
 
To further explore this and other topics, browse the OLAW Topic Index. For additional information, visit OLAW.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

The NIH Office of Extramural Research is offering two NIH Regional Seminars on Program Funding and Grants Administration in 2017. These 2-day seminars, with optional workshop days, are taking place in New Orleans, LA (May 3-5) and Baltimore, MD (October 25-27). The program is geared towards new investigators and extramural research administrators wanting to learn more about the NIH grants application and award processes. These seminars offer a unique opportunity for attendees to interact with over 60 NIH & HHS program, review, grants and policy officials in a central location, who are eager to share their expertise and answer your questions. There are over 45 different topics to choose from over the course of the 2-day seminar, plus more in-depth opportunities during our optional pre-seminar workshop day on topics such as electronic Research Administration, Human Subjects Research Protections, Intellectual Property, and even an Administrator’s Boot Camp.  
 
To find out more, check out the specific location links above or on the NIH Regional Seminars on Program Funding and Grants Administration home page, which includes Listserv information. Save on our Early Registration Rate for the New Orleans seminar until March 3, plus our special hotel room rate, and a trainee discount! Registration for New Orleans is open now; the Fall seminar in Baltimore will open this Spring. #NIHsem
 

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