By Angela Craig, DVM, lab animal veterinarian and IACUC member, University of Minnesota
PRIM&R is pleased to share a post from Angela Craig, a member of the PRIM&R Blog Squad for the 2015 Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) Conference. The PRIM&R Blog Squad is composed of PRIM&R members who will blog here, on Ampersand, to give our readers an inside peek of what happened at the conference in Boston, MA.
Every IACUC is charged with the responsibility of analyzing the potential [...] Read more
by Derek Fong, VMD, DACLAM, clinical veterinarian at the University of Colorado Denver
Time is a strange entity; it can go as slow as a turtle walking uphill in sand, or as fast as a cheetah sprinting across the savanna. It’s only been a little over two months since PRIM&R’s 2014 Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) Conference, [...] Read more
Welcome to another installment of our featured member interviews where we introduce you to PRIM&R’s members—individuals who work to advance ethical research on a daily basis. Please read on to learn more about their professional experiences, how membership helps connect them to a larger community, and what goes on behind-the-scenes in their lives!
Today we’d like to introduce you to Kristen Kenney, assistant director, Office of Research Integrity and Compliance at Children’s [...] Read more
by Amy Davis , Senior Director for Programs and Publications
During the final series of breakout sessions at the 2013 IACUC Conference there was a discussion of the Implementation of the Institute of Medicine (IOM) Report on the Use of Chimpanzees in Biomedical and Behavioral Research. Hope Ferdowsian, MD, MPH, moderated the discussion [...] Read more
At a 1985 PRIM&R meeting titled IACUCs & the Ethics of Animal Research: A Conference on Institutional Animal Care and Use Committees, David Britt, PhD, addressed the question of whether animal care and use committees can evaluate animal use proposals without considering scientific merit. Britt, then a research associate in the department of veterinary parasitology at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, argued they cannot. He reasoned:
“Unsound science is unethical. If the research does not engender suffering or squander precious resources, this may be unimportant, but very little biomedical research avoids both of these. If all research projects to be reviewed ethically are evaluated elsewhere for their scientific merit, [...] Read more