TAG ARCHIVES FOR Blog Squad

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May2021

On March 5, 2020, I recall a phone conversation with the chairperson of the IRB. I said, "so, what is this COVID thing?" Famous last words, one might suggest. Despite my naivete of the virus in those early days, we still had to support researchers with swift, precise responses. To compensate for gaps in knowledge, we formed a Research Compliance & Safety Committee. Read more

7
Apr2021

Meet Whitney Petrie, PhD, CPIA, RLATG, who'll be covering the 2021 IACUC Virtual Conference (IACUC21) as a member of the Blog Squad: "Please list your family's cancer history". My list is very long, on both my mother's and father's side of the family. I learned from a very young age how devastating cancer can be, but I also learned that I wanted to be involved in oncology, just not as a doctor. With every vaccine, with every cancer treatment, with every family history questionnaire, I am reminded why I have chosen a career in biomedical research and animal research compliance. I hope to see you virtually at the upcoming IACUC Conference. Read more

19
Mar2021

One of the many ways institutions can work on reducing unnecessary administrative burden is by re-evaluating their current policies, procedures, and forms. This can seem like a very daunting task and some may not really know where to start. But the answer is simple, really: when in doubt, go to the regulations. Read more

4
Feb2021

There are so many facets to being an IACUC coordinator that sometimes more experienced coordinators may forget we even do. The IACUC20 session "IACUC Administration for New IACUC Administrators/Coordinators" not only covered all the basics of what an IACUC administrator/coordinator may do, but both presenters took the time to explain how they fulfill these duties at their own institutions. This session helped give me a greater appreciation of everything that I do in my role. Read more

10
Nov2020

Regulations state that at least every six months, the IACUC performs a program and facility review. I am not sure about your institutions, but at my institution, the announcement that these are coming up is often met with grumbles and jokes about being unavailable. Our program is not even that bad! We always get them done, and it is typically a smooth process with good discussions, but the fact remains that this just is not one of the IACUC’s favorite tasks, even though they understand the importance of it. I was excited to attend a session at IACUC20 to gather ideas for making the process better. Read more