Though I have now returned home from New Orleans, I have brought both the great connections and the great experiences with me. The widely varied backgrounds and perspectives of 2017 IACUC Conference (IACUC17) attendees is an asset to those coming to learn about IACUC administration. Read more
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For many years, the social, behavioral, and educational research (SBER) community has worked within a regulatory framework originally built to oversee biomedical research. While much of that framework certainly applies to SBER oversight, there are nuances, and outright differences, which make one size not fit all. Read more
Meet Aurali Dade, assistant vice president for research integrity and assurance at George Mason University. She is featured this week as part of our featured member interview series, which aims to demonstrate the diversity of skills and experience in our membership community. This series is published monthly throughout the year, but for the month of May, we’ll be bringing you a new member interview every week as one of our many Member Appreciation Month offerings. Read more
The final day of PRIM&R’s 2016 IACUC Conference (IACUC16) was another great chance to learn. The breakout session Beyond the IACUC: Understanding the Bigger Compliance Picture, presented by Barbara Garibaldi, Christina Nascimento, and Gina Prochilo-Cawston, included case studies of non-compliance. The scenarios illustrated how even incidents of non-compliance that appear minor on the surface could have underlying roots that require further investigation and reporting by the institution that goes far beyond the IACUC. While IACUCs may serve as first-responders to a non-compliance event, there are potentially greater implications that must involve others, such as hazard/occupational health and safety personnel, or regulatory, accreditation, and funding agencies. [...] Read more
The first day of PRIM&R’s 2016 IACUC Conference was packed full of informational and networking opportunities. The morning began with the breakfast for first-time attendees. My table group was composed of a non-affiliated IACUC member from Alaska, an IACUC administrator/facility manager from a small institution focused mainly on wildlife in the southwest, a research assistant from southern California, and a vet tech turned IACUC administrator from Ohio. Each person had a unique perspective to share. I could not imagine another setting where I could have such fascinating interactions.
After warm welcomes to the conference from the conference co-chairs, PRIM&R’s Lifetime Achievement Award presentation [...] Read more