The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), including NIH, operates under the Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015 (H.J.Res. 124) signed by President Obama on September 19, 2014. This Act (CR) continues government operations through December 11, 2014 at 99.9 percent of the FY 2014 enacted level. See https://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-15-001.html for more info.
The 65th AALAS National Meeting will be held on October 19-23, 2014 in San Antonio, TX. The American Association for Laboratory Animal Science (AALAS) National Meeting is the largest gathering in the world for professionals concerned with the production, care, and use of laboratory animals. For more information, go to http://www.aalas.org/nationalmeeting/.
The American Society of Laboratory Animal Practitioners (ASLAP) Continuing Education Seminar will be held on October 18, 2014 in San Antonio, TX. This year’s subject is “Research with Large Animal Models: Texas Sized Approaches to Optimal Animal Welfare Practices and Occupational Health and Safety” with an expert panel of speakers. For more information, go to http://www.aslap.org/events.
The New Jersey Association for Biomedical Research (NJABR) will present “IACUC 21: The Charge & The Challenge” conference on October 17, 2014 in Somerset, NJ. This year’s conference will focus on the evolving role of animal welfare compliance – from the genesis of the role in modern programs to its status of a standalone office in many institutions. For more information, go to http://njabr.com/events/current-events/iacuc-21/.
Join OLAW for a webinar, The Research Animal Coordinator: A Tool to Foster a Culture of Compliance, on September 18 from 1:00 to 2:00 pm ET. Guest speakers from Duke University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill will talk about their institution’s journeys of engaging the research communities as partners in the IACUC-mandated process of program oversight. They will describe the efforts of partnering with their researchers to create operational layers of training, monitoring, and compliance assurance.
The IACUC Administrators Association (IAA) will present a Best Practices Meeting on October 8-9, 2014, in State College, PA. This 2-day 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
Guidance on Significant Changes to Ongoing Animal Activities has been published in the NIH Guide for Grants and Contracts on August 26, 2014, NOT-OD-14-126. This Notice provides guidance to PHS awardee institutions and IACUCs on what is considered a significant change to an ongoing animal activity that requires IACUC review.