Top Five IACUC Resources in the Knowledge Center

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The new PRIM&R Knowledge Center houses a wide range of resources to keep you inspired and informed in your work in research ethics and oversight! Explore and register for live programs, access recordings and materials from past conferences and webinars, view video and podcast interviews with leaders in the field, and more. Browse resources by features such as content type, topic, and level, and sort within those results to find the resources most relevant to you.

As you familiarize yourself with the Knowledge Center, we’d like to direct you to some notable resources; today, we’ll share our top five for IACUC professionals.

1. 2021 IACUC Virtual Conference Content
Our 2021 IACUC Virtual Conference recording bundle grants you access to recordings of keynotes, panels, and breakout sessions, plus slides and handouts. Purchasing this robust content package provides a flexible and affordable way to explore and learn about the many topics of import in the field.

The IACUC21 recordings package includes timely content on:

  • Racism and Other Systemic Inequities Within Animal Research Programs
  • COVID-19’s Impacts on Science Communication and Outreach
  • Lessons from COVID-19: Leveraging Technology and Learnings from Our COVID Responses to Enhance IACUC Agility in the Future
  • Meaningful Metrics to Assess Animal Program Quality and Effectiveness
  • Transparency and Openness From the IACUC Office: NOT OUR JOB… Or Is it?

And much more!

Interested in learning even more? We have recorded content from the past 7 years of IACUC Conferences. Recordings over a year old are available to members for free!

2. People & Perspectives: Frans de Waal – The Nuances of Primate Behavior
Frans de Waal, PhD, describes his evolving interest in primate behavior and interesting parallels to human social interaction (March, 2015).

People & Perspectives (P&P) is a digital oral history library supported by PRIM&R. P&P features stories of those working in research ethics, many of whom were involved in the early years of the field. Those featured include IRB and IACUC professionals, research staff, committee members, institutional officials, researchers, subjects, advocates, regulators, industry representatives, ethicists, and others who consider themselves part of the human subjects and animal care and use enterprise.

3. Webinar: IACUC Operations – Pandemic & Beyond (September 2020)
During the COVID-19 pandemic, IACUCs across the nation have had to adjust their operations to accommodate working remotely. This has necessitated the leveraging of electronic programs and processes to carry out IACUC functions, some of which may have already been in place. Others have had to be developed for these novel circumstances. Keeping employee engagement high has been another challenge of the remote work setting.

During this webinar, Kathryn Cavanaugh, BS, CPIA and Stacy Pritt, MS, DVM, MBA, CPIA, CHRC, DACAW, shared methods for conducting IACUC business virtually and strategies for keeping IACUC staff connected and engaged while working remotely.

The speakers also followed up with a blog post reflecting on the session and attendee feedback.

This webinar recording is free for PRIM&R members!

4. Discussion Guide: Creating space to build emotional resilience in the animal research community (Tremoleda et al. 2020)
This discussion guide focuses on a 2020 journal article, “Creating space to build emotional resilience in the animal research community,” that explores resources for those working with laboratory animals: “The relationships between individuals and the research animals they work with can enhance animal welfare, but they also involve a moral cost to staff. Securing a safe space to communicate openly about animal welfare & research and acknowledge its emotional impacts is crucial” (Tremoleda et al. 2020).

PRIM&R’s Discussion Guides link to a journal article or other resource to use as a starting point for group discussion in an educational or professional development meeting or to deepen your own understanding. They include a summary of the linked resource, suggestions for background and further reading, several discussion questions, and facilitation tips for group learning.

This Discussion Guide was originally created for PRIM&R’s Research Ethics Digest (February 2021 issue), a bimonthly electronic publication featuring recent articles related to research ethics and regulation published in a range of scholarly journals. PRIM&R members receive Research Ethics Digest (RED) as a benefit of membership. (Members can log into the Knowledge Center to access past issues of RED.)

5. Workload and Salary Survey Report: IACUC 2017
As a professional in the world of research ethics, you work hard to understand and keep up with complex regulations, manage your day-to-day responsibilities, and keep your career on track. All of these moving parts can make it challenging to know where you stand and how the work you do compares to that of other research ethics professionals around the country.

If you are curious about how your salary, responsibilities, and professional experiences compare to others in similar positions, review the results of PRIM&R’s 2017 Workload and Salary Survey Reports.