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USDA AWIC Workshop: May 21-22, Beltsville, MD

Posted: April 11, 2014

The USDA Animal Welfare Information Center (AWIC) teaches a one and a half day workshop at the National Agricultural Library (NAL) in Beltsville, Maryland for individuals who are responsible for providing information to meet the requirements of the Animal Welfare Act (AWA). The workshop is targeted for principal investigators, members of IACUCs, information providers, administrators of animal use programs, and veterinarians.

Course objectives are to provide:

  • Overview of the AWA and its information requirements
  • Review of the alternatives concept
  • Introduction to NAL, AWIC and other organizations
  • Instruction on the use of existing information databases/networks
  • On-line database searching experience

The next workshop is May 21-22, 2014 in Beltsville, MD. For more information, go to http://awic.nal.usda.gov/workshops.


SCAW IACUC Training Workshop: May 15, Bethesda, MD

Posted: April 9, 2014

The Scientists Center for Animal Welfare (SCAW) will present an IACUC Training Workshop on May 15, 2014 at the NIH Natcher Conference Center in Bethesda, MD. SCAW developed this one-day educational workshop for experienced Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) members and administrators, principal investigators, attending veterinarians, regulatory personnel and laboratory animal care staff. The program focuses on topics relevant to IACUC functions and provides opportunities for small discussion groups and sharing of information among participants.

For program, registration and accommodation information, visit http://www.scaw.com/conferences--workshops/iacuc-training-workshops/Link to Non-U.S. Government Site - Click for Disclaimer


Updated Guidance in Lab Animal Protocol Review Column: April Issue

Posted: April 4, 2014

Visit the Guidance section on the OLAW website for updated Commentary on Lab Animal Protocol Review columns. “A word from USDA and OLAW” responds to the topic “Using privately owned animals in a study of human subjects” in the April 2014 issue. Download the column here: Lab Animal 2014; 43(04). (PDF)

To further explore this and other topics, browse the OLAW Topic Index. For additional information, visit OLAW.


NCABR IACUC 2014 Conference: April 29-30, Research Triangle Park, NC

Posted: April 2, 2014

The North Carolina Association for Biomedical Research (NCABR) will present the IACUC 2014 Conference on April 29-30, 2014 in Research Triangle Park, NC. This two-day conference is intended for both new and seasoned IACUC members, veterinarians, researchers, regulatory personnel, and others involved in animal care and use programs. For more information, go to http://www.ncabr.org/researchers/conferences/iacuc/Link to Non-U.S. Government Site - Click for Disclaimer


“Oversight of Research Involving Wildlife” Webinar Available for Viewing

Posted: March 28, 2014

A recording of the OLAW Online Seminar “Oversight of Research Involving Wildlife” broadcast on March 20, 2014 has been posted on the OLAW website. In this webinar wildlife biologist Robert Sikes presents suggestions and a sample IACUC protocol form to facilitate IACUC review of research involving wildlife. The recording and supporting materials can be found on the Education Resources webpage.


What Investigators Need to Know About the Use of Animals

Posted: March 25, 2014

Learn What Investigators Need to Know About the Use of Animals in the current issue of ILAR Journal, Volume 54(3)Link to Non-U.S. Government Site - Click for Disclaimer In this article, OLAW reviews expectations and requirements for investigators when using animals in research. Here you will learn about investigator responsibilities starting from the early stages of project planning, to applying for funding and post-award. You will also find information on the requirements of the PHS Policy, the role of the IACUC, and other useful resources. Download the article here (PDF).


FASEB Report: The Threat of Extremism to Medical Research

Posted: March 18, 2014

The Threat of Extremism to Medical Research: Best Practices to Mitigate Risk through Preparation and Communication (PDF) is now available from FASEB. This document is intended to serve as a starting point for organizations and individuals to tailor their own preparedness and outreach polices. 


OLAW Updates Statement on Recent Media Coverage Related to Animals in Research

Posted: March 14, 2014

OLAW has updated the statement clarifying events concerning the welfare of laboratory animals that were shared recently with the media by SAEN. The update provides background information on how NIH and USDA work cooperatively to exchange information found during investigations. Read the full statement.

To learn more about OLAW’s compliance oversight activities, visit the Reporting Noncompliance webpage.


Invitation to Comment on Proposed Guidance Regarding Significant Changes to Ongoing Animal Activities

Posted: March 11, 2014

Request for Information: Invitation to Comment on Proposed Guidance Regarding Significant Changes to Ongoing Animal Activities has been published in the NIH Guide for Grants and Contracts on March 11, 2014, NOT-OD-14-063. This Notice is to inform PHS awardee institutions that OLAW is seeking input on proposed guidance regarding what is considered a significant change to an ongoing animal activity that requires IACUC review. The PHS Policy requires that IACUCs “review and approve, require modifications in (to secure approval) or withhold approval of proposed significant changes regarding use of animals in ongoing activities.” (IV.B.7.).

Comments and suggestions must be submitted electronically at http://grants.nih.gov/grants/rfi/rfi.cfm?ID=36. Comments must be received on or before May 15, 2014.


OLAW Webinar, March 20: Oversight of Research Involving Wildlife

Posted: March 10, 2014

Join OLAW for a webinar, Oversight of Research Involving Wildlife, on March 20 from 1:00 to 2:00 pm ET. Wildlife Biologist Robert Sikes, PhD, presents suggestions and a sample IACUC protocol form to facilitate IACUC review of research involving wildlife.

About OLAW Webinars
The OLAW Online Seminars program is a free webinar series to help IACUCs and IOs explore their responsibilities in the oversight of PHS-funded research that involves the use of live vertebrate animals. A one-time enrollment is required to participate in the program. Find out more at http://grants.nih.gov/grants/olaw/e-seminars.htm. For past webinars, visit the archive on the Education Resources webpage.


OLAW Statement on Recent Media Coverage Related to Animals in Research

Posted: March 7, 2014

OLAW issues statement clarifying events concerning the welfare of laboratory animals that were shared recently with the media by SAEN. Read the full statement.

To learn more about OLAW’s compliance oversight activities, visit the Reporting Noncompliance webpage.


Updated Guidance in Lab Animal Protocol Review Column: March Issue

Posted: March 5, 2014

Visit the Guidance section on the OLAW website for updated Commentary on Lab Animal Protocol Review columns. “A word from OLAW” responds to the topic “Rationale for new model development” in the March 2014 issue. Download the column here: Lab Animal 2014; 43(03). (PDF)

To further explore this and other topics, browse the OLAW Topic Index. For additional information, visit OLAW.


IACUC 101 Workshop, AAALAC International Conference and PRIM&R IACUC Conference: March 31 - April 3, Denver, CO

Posted: February 20, 2014

An IACUC 101 workshop, the AAALAC International Conference, and the Public Responsibility in Medicine and Research (PRIM&R) IACUC Conference will be held March 31 – April 3, 2014 in Denver, CO.

IACUC 101 is a one-day didactic and interactive exploration of IACUC fundamentals appropriate for new and seasoned IACUC members, IACUC affiliates, and individuals responsible for their institution's animal care program. The course provides a basic yet comprehensive overview of the laws, regulations, and policies that govern the humane care and use of research animals.

AAALAC International Conference “The Path to Success Under AAALAC’s New Standards” is a one-day conference where attendees will learn about current trends and concerns in animal care and use programs, common challenges, areas to target for improvement, and more.

PRIM&R IACUC Conference “40 Years of Public Responsibility: Supporting Good Science, Animal Welfare, and Compliance” is two-day conference that will include a range of keynote addresses, panels, workshops, and didactic sessions, designed to help build and strengthen an effective animal care and use program.

For program, registration, and accommodation information, visit http://www.primr.org/iacuc14/Link to Non-U.S. Government Site - Click for Disclaimer


Updated Guidance in Lab Animal Protocol Review Column: February Issue

Posted: February 4, 2014

Visit the Guidance section on the OLAW website for updated Commentary on Lab Animal Protocol Review columns. “A word from OLAW and USDA” responds to the topic “An IACUC Chair who isn’t a member” in the February 2014 issue. Download the column here: Lab Animal 2014; 43(02). (PDF)

To further explore this and other topics, browse the OLAW Topic Index. For additional information, visit OLAW.


SCAW IACUC Training Workshop: March 19, New York, NY

Posted: January 31, 2014

The Scientists Center for Animal Welfare (SCAW) will present an IACUC Training Workshop on March 19, 2014 in New York, NY. SCAW developed this one-day educational workshop for experienced Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) members and administrators, principal investigators, attending veterinarians, regulatory personnel and laboratory animal care staff. The program focuses on topics relevant to IACUC functions and provides opportunities for small discussion groups and sharing of information among participants.

For program, registration and accommodation information, visit http://www.scaw.com/conferences--workshops/iacuc-training-workshops/Link to Non-U.S. Government Site - Click for Disclaimer


USDA AWIC Workshop: March 5-6, Beltsville, MD

Posted: January 28, 2014

Meeting the Information Requirements of the Animal Welfare Act: A Workshop

The USDA Animal Welfare Information Center (AWIC) teaches a one and a half day workshop at the National Agricultural Library (NAL) in Beltsville, Maryland for individuals who are responsible for providing information to meet the requirements of the Animal Welfare Act (AWA). The workshop is targeted for principal investigators, members of IACUCs, information providers, administrators of animal use programs, and veterinarians.

Course objectives are to provide:

  • Overview of the AWA and its information requirements
  • Review of the alternatives concept
  • Introduction to NAL, AWIC and other organizations
  • Instruction on the use of existing information databases/networks
  • On-line database searching experience
The next workshop is March 5-6, 2014 in Beltsville, MD. For more information, go to http://awic.nal.usda.gov/workshops.


IACUC Administrators’ Best Practices Meeting: March 3-4, Durham, NC

Posted: January 17, 2014

The IACUC Administrators Association (IAA) will present a Best Practices Meeting on March 3-4, 2014 in Durham, NC. This 2-day meeting is for IACUC staff and animal program operations personnel to present and share best practices in the humane care and use of laboratory animals. For more information, visit IAA Link to Non-U.S. Government Site - Click for Disclaimer or email wgg3@psu.edu.


NJABR 3Rs Sharing Conference III: February 27, Somerset, NJ

Posted: January 10, 2014

The New Jersey Association for Biomedical Research (NJABR) will present the 3Rs Sharing Conference III on February 27, 2014 in Somerset, NJ. This one-day conference will focus on “Paving the Path to Regulatory Acceptance of Alternative Methods.” For more information, go to http://njabr.com/events/current-events/2014-3rs-sharing-conference/Link to Non-U.S. Government Site - Click for Disclaimer


NWABR 2014 IACUC Regional Education Conference: February 24, Seattle, WA

Posted: January 8, 2014

The Northwest Association for Biomedical Research (NWABR) will present the 2014 IACUC Regional Education Conference on February 24 in Seattle, WA. The one-day conference will bring together IACUC administrators, staff, veterinarians, researchers and animal lab technicians. There will be interactive discussions for new and experienced IACUC members, opportunities to ask questions of regulatory officials, and networking time with colleagues. For more information, visit https://www.nwabr.org/events-programs/conferences-workshops-webinars/iacuc-conference-0 Link to Non-U.S. Government Site - Click for Disclaimer



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