Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) 101: The Basics
IACUC 101: The Basics was a full-day didactic and interactive training course for new, as well as seasoned IACUC members, IACUC affiliates, and individuals responsible for their institution’s animal care program. This program was delivered by a top-notch faculty renowned for their expertise in institutional animal care and use issues and program development on March 19, 2012.
Didactic sessions addressed institutional responsibilities; IACUC charges; relevant informational resources; animal welfare laws, regulations and policies, and best standards. Attendees were challenged to consider, deliberate, and develop action plans for a variety of potential IACUC scenarios. Funding for this course was made possible in part by the Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare, NIH.
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Lynn C. Anderson, DVM, DACLAM
Dr. Lynn C. Anderson has over 30 years of experience in laboratory animal medicine and corporate management. She has served as an Attending Veterinarian and Sr. Director of an animal care and use program and, ultimately, as the Institutional Official for Animal Welfare for a large pharmaceutical company. In additional to assuring animal welfare and regulatory compliance, she has worked extensively with scientists to develop translational models. She has also provided leadership for a global consulting and staffing business. Dr. Anderson is a Diplomate and former President of the American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine and has also served as President of AALAS and ASLAP. She was co-editor of Laboratory Animal Medicine 2nd edition and a member of the editorial board for the OLAW/ARENA Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee Guidebook, 2nd edition. She currently provides professional consulting services, serves as a Specialist Consultant and Trustee for AAALAC, International and is a board member for the Americans for Medical Progress.
Mary M. Beran, BA, MA, CPIA
Mary Beran is the Associate Director of the Office of Research Compliance at Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA. She serves on a number of Georgia Tech Committees including IACUC, IBC and Export Advisory Board. Mary earned her BA at the University of South Florida, Tampa, FL in 1995 and joined the Language Research Center (LRC) at Georgia State University (GSU) in 1995 where she worked with nonhuman primates for over a decade and earned her MA in physical anthropology. While at the LRC she conducted and published research on nonhuman primate behavior and cognition and managed the compliance oversight responsibilities before accepting a position as the IACUC Compliance Officer for GSU in 2005. She is currently the chair of the Legislation Committee for the Southeastern Branch American Association for Laboratory Animal Science (SEAALAS) and serves on the IACUC at the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta, GA. In addition to peer-reviewed research publication and presentations, she has contributed to Lab Animal and presented at conferences such as PRIM&R, AALAS and SEAALAS.
Marilyn J. Brown, DVM, MS
Dr. Marilyn J. Brown is the Executive Director, Animal Welfare and Training for Charles River Laboratories. She served as the Director of the Dartmouth College Animal Care and Use Program and Assistant Professor in the Department of Microbiology of the Dartmouth Medical School from 1990-2002. While at Dartmouth College, she was the Chairperson of the Faculty Advisory Board of the Ethics Institute. Dr. Brown served in the US Army Reserves where she retired with the rank of Major. She is a laboratory animal veterinarian boarded by both the American and European Colleges of Laboratory Animal Medicine. Dr. Brown has contributed to various aspects of laboratory animal medicine, having given presentations on subjects ranging from anesthesia and surgery, to the public relations aspects of the use of animals in research, species specific topics, and ethical issues in the use of animals in experimentation. She has over 30 publications in various areas of laboratory animal care and use, including several chapters in the National Agriculture Library's publication "Essentials for Animal Research". She is a co-editor of the ACLAM Anesthesia in Laboratory Animals text. She has served on the AVMA Panel on Research Animal Surgery and on the ILAR committee to revise the Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals (1996 edition). Dr. Brown has also served in numerous professional organizations such as AALAS - IACUC Training and Learning Consortium; AAALAC - Council on Accreditation, Board of Trustees; ASLAP Board of Directors; ACLAM Board of Directors; Scientists Center for Animal Welfare Board of Directors; and Association of Women Veterinarians - Past President.
Molly Greene, CPIA
Molly Greene is at Michigan State University, advising the IACUC and other members of the animal care program team maintaining campus-wide AAALAC accreditation. In addition to co-developing and co-presenting PRIM&R’s Essentials of IACUC Administration course, she is a member of the Council of Certified Professional IACUC Administrators (CPIA), and chaired the 1999 American Association for Laboratory Animal Science (AALAS) ad hoc subcommittee that contributed to IACUC 101's development. Ms. Greene serves as editor for the ad hoc Committee to Revise the CIOMS International Guiding Principles for Biomedical Research Involving Animals, manages the IACUC-ADMIN listserv, and as an ad hoc specialist for AAALAC. She is a past member of the governing bodies of Americans for Medical Progress (AMP), Applied Research Ethics National Association (ARENA), Scientist Center for Animal Welfare (SCAW), and Michigan Society for Medical Research (MISMR). Ms. Greene received Distinguished Service Awards from ARENA and the Texas Society for Biomedical Research. She has been consulting on IACUC issues and providing IACUC training since 1992, and was IACUC coordinator at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio from 1986-2003.
Mary Lou James, BA, LATg, CPIA
Mary Lou James is a Consultant, Regulatory Compliance, Research Animal Welfare in St. Louis, MO. After earning a BA in Biochemistry from Vassar College, she joined Merck Research Laboratories, Rahway, NJ, where she worked in the department of Fundamental and Exploratory Biochemistry and the department of Growth Factor Research. She completed her 13 years at Merck as Manager, Regulatory Affairs in the department of Laboratory Animal Resources. In 1993, Mary Lou became a Consultant, Regulatory Compliance, Research Animal Welfare in St. Louis, MO. She is most active conducting Institutional Animal Care and Use Program audits, IACUC training, and implementing programs that meet the Animal Welfare Act and USDA Animal Welfare Regulations, Public Health Service Policy on Humane Care and Use of Laboratory Animals, and the Guide to the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals. Her clients include large and small academic institutions, pharmaceutical and biotech companies, and the government. She is co-developer and administrator of the nationally recognized IACUC 101 Series courses and President of the IACUC 101 Series non-profit organization. She is an AAALAC International ad-hoc Specialist, OLAW consultant, IACUC consultant and a member of the Lab Animal Magazine editorial board. She is active in multiple organizations including PRIM&R and AALAS. Mary Lou is the recipient of the year 2001 AALAS George R. Collins Award recipient for outstanding contributions to the field of laboratory animal training at the local and national level and the recipient of the 2006 New Jersey Association for Biomedical Research "First Annual 3 R's Recognition Award" recipient for "developing novel ways to enhance awareness of the principles of replacement, reduction and refinement as applied in advancing biomedical research and improving animal welfare”.
Monte Matthews, CPIA
Monte Matthews is the Director of Veterinary Services and Animal Care at the University of Oregon. He has been involved with IACUC training since 1990 at the University and is one of the original creators, Co-Director, core faculty member, and Vice President of the IACUC 101 Series non-profit organization. Mr. Matthews has published articles on IACUC training and zebrafish care. Mr. Matthews is active in several animal related research organizations, including PRIMR, AALAS and is a board member of the Northwest Association for Biomedical Research. He is past president of both the Oregon Biomedical Research Association and the Oregon branch of AALAS. Monte enjoys many hobbies, but standing in a river and waving a stick is his favorite passion.
Christian E. Newcomer, VMD, MS, DACLAM
Christian E. Newcomer, V.M.D., M.S., DACLAM is the Executive Director of the Association for the Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care (AAALAC) International. He participated in AAALAC’s program review activities as an ad hoc site visitor and as a member of the Council on Accreditation spanning a 25-year period (1983-2008). He is a 1977 graduate of the School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. Following a year in a large animal internship at The Pennsylvania State University, he entered post-doctoral training in laboratory animal medicine at the University of Michigan and became board certified in the American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine (ACLAM) in 1982. Prior to his appointment at AAALAC International he held academic and leadership positions in laboratory animal medicine at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Research Scientist and Associate Director; 1981-87), Tufts-New England Medical Center (Associate Professor and Director; 1987-1994), University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (Research Professor and Director; 1994-2001), the Veterinary Resources Program at National Institutes of Health (Senior Scientist and Director; 2001-2003), and Johns Hopkins University (Associate Professor and Associate Provost for Animal Research and Resources; 2003-2008). He is a past-president of the American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine and of the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science (AALAS).
Marky Pitts, CPIA
Marky Pitts is retired from the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) after serving as Director of the Animal Subjects Program from 1984-2003. She also served as Director of Animal Research Issues in UCSD¹s Public Information Office. She currently serves as a consultant to universities, organizations and companies on IACUC issues, and serves on the IACUC for the Zoological Society of San Diego.
- Serves on the Board of Directors of Public Responsibility in Medicine & Research (PRIM&R), and the Board of Trustees of AAALAC, International.
- Serves on the Executive committee of the AAALAC Board of Trustees.
- Serves as an AAALAC ad hoc consultant/specialist and an NIH site visitor.
- Recipient of the Applied Research Ethics National Association (ARENA) Legacy Award (inaugural recipient) in March 2007, the ARENA Distinguished Service Award in March 2000, and the California Biomedical Research Association¹s (CBRA) Distinguished Service Award in May 1999.
- Chaired the Editorial Committee for the ARENA/OLAW IACUC Guidebook, 2nd edition; served as a member of the NIH Study on Regulatory Burden Animal Care and Use Workgroup in 1998.
- President of ARENA in 1992.
- Presented on various animal research-related issues at SCAW, AALAS, the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), Society for Neurosciences, SRA and NCURA, and UCSD. Marky has also published articles in Lab Animal and the ILAR Journal.\
Ernest Prentice, PhD
Ernest D. Prentice is the Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and the Institutional Official for the Animal Care and Use Program at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. In addition to his scholarly work in the fields of anatomy and medical education, Dr. Prentice is a frequent contributor to the literature on the ethics and regulation of both human and animal research, and he is a frequent speaker at meetings on various aspects of research ethics. He regularly serves as a faculty member for PRIM&R IRB 101/250 courses and IACUC 101/201 courses, which are held at universities across the U.S. Dr. Prentice is President of the Board of Trustees for the Scientist Center for Animal Welfare and Chair of the CITI Executive Advisory Committee. In 2003, Dr. Prentice was awarded the Harry C. Roswell Award for his contributions to the enhancement of laboratory animal welfare, and in 2005, Dr. Prentice received the Applied Research Ethics National Association (ARENA) Distinguished Service Award. In 2006, the HHS Office of Human Research Protections (OHRP) presented Dr. Prentice with a medallion for Outstanding Achievement in Human Subject Protections.
Susan Silk, MS
Susan Silk serves as the Director of the Division of Policy and Education, Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare at the National Institutes of Health. In this capacity she has expanded the National Animal Welfare Program by developing and implementing targeted online real-time webinars. Prior to her appointment at OLAW, Susan was the Senior Scientific Writer in the National Cancer Institute Office of the Director developing communications and educational programs for 3 years. From 1998 until 2003, as Director of the Office of Mice Advice, she developed policy and programs for the NCI Intramural Research Program. Her prior experience includes directing Transgenic Mouse Core Laboratories at NIH and Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Susan has an MS in genetics from the University of Maryland, a BS degree in biomedical illustration from the University of Maryland, and a BFA in design and fine art from Maryland Institute, College of Art.
Michael J. Smith, DVM
Dr. Michael Smith is a Veterinary Medical Officer with the USDA, APHIS, Animal Care program. Currently, he is an Animal Care Supervisor in the Northeastern region. In 1989 he started working with the United States Department of Agriculture in Seattle, Washington. He also held the position of USDA VMO in the San Francisco, California and was responsible for the inspection of research institutions and animal exhibitors in Northern California. He represents Animal Care in local and regional meetings and conferences. In 1985, Dr. Smith graduated from Tuskegee University’s School of Veterinary Medicine. After graduating, he worked in a small animal practice for one year and served in the United States Army for 3 years.
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