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.
Symposium on Social Housing of Laboratory Animals will be held October 5-6, 2014, in Denver, CO on the University of Colorado Denver, Anschutz Medical campus. This symposium will bring together experts in animal behavior and welfare to address common issues in trying to achieve the mandate for social housing for social species. The first day will focus on nonhuman primates and the second on ruminants, rabbits, rodents and pigs. Participants will be encouraged to discuss special issues they are facing at their institutions.
A recording of the OLAW Online Seminar “Meeting Requirements for Alternatives Searches: Information for IACUCs and Investigators” broadcast on June 26, 2014, has been posted on the OLAW website. In this webinar, Kathleen Gregory, reference librarian at the University of Denver, provided information for IACUCs and researchers about the alternatives search required by the USDA Animal Welfare Regulations. The recording and supporting materials can be found on the Education Resources webpage.