What a great conference!

We’ve had a great time in San Diego at the 2009 IACUC Conference, and wanted to share a few of our favorite moments.

Day one kicked off with the Henry Spira Memorial Lecture, Improving the Treatment of Animals: A Practical Perspective, delivered by Temple Grandin. (Read more about this lecture in yesterday’s blog post.)

Immediately following Dr. Grandin’s speech was Panel I: Conflicts of Interest. (Suzanne Rivera, associate vice president of research services at UT Southwestern Medical Center, is pictured here.)

After a book signing with Dr. Grandin, attendees headed to the Networking Luncheon, where colored balloons corresponded to job titles, so that people with similar responsibilities and concerns could share their experiences.

Later that afternoon was the Living Room Conversation a round-table discussion of performance and engineering standards in animal care and use. The panel reviewed case studies in a “living room style” format. (Chris Newcomer, John Young, and Cathy Liss are pictured here. Not pictured: Moderator Andy Rowan, and panelists Larry Carbone and John McGlone.)

They learned. They shared. They connected. The breakout sessions are often described as the “meat” of the conference, and this year was no exception. During 40 concurrent sessions on Monday, attendees swapped new ideas and best practices in hopes of improving their animal care and use programs.

We hope everyone had a great time at the 2009 IACUC Conference! Safe travels home and we’ll see you in Baltimore, MD, for the 2010 IACUC Conference, March 22-23, 2010, with pre-conference programs on March 21.

(We’ll post more pictures soon on our Flickr site!)