Decreasing Regulatory Burden: Is THAT Required?

New Orleans, LA | April 17, 2019

Hotel: Royal Sonesta on Bourbon Street


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PRIM&R is partnering with American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine (ACLAM) to offer a half-day post-Forum workshop as an addition to the 2019 ACLAM Forum. This workshop, "Decreasing Regulatory Burden Is THAT Required?" will be moderated by F. Claire Hankenson and Nancy F. Marks. By staying on for the half-day event following the Forum, attendees will have an opportunity to explore in depth, in an interactive setting, timely topics relevant to the ACLAM community. More information about the workshop focus and speakers is below.

This educational session will further explore topics related to NIH efforts to decrease regulatory burden for PIs and the impact this has on our IACUCS, researchers and animal care staff. Three modules will comprise the morning of deep-dive discussions. We will delve into self-imposed burden created by the level of detail required by our IACUCs, including scientific merit review, compared to what the regulations require. Next, we will discuss use and availability of standard procedures, and end with an exploration of the self-imposed burden of three-year protocol expirations. Attendees will benefit from engaging in large- and small-group discussions with colleagues on these contemporary challenges for veterinarians in biomedical research.

Learning Objectives: The participants will gain a better understanding of self-imposed regulatory burdens and the impact they have on the IACUC and researchers. Colleagues will share their successes (or failures) in implementing these changes.


Nancy MarksNancy Figler Marks, DVM, MS, DACLAM, is a graduate of Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine (VMRCVM). Nancy completed a lab animal residency program at Warner Lambert in Ann Arbor Michigan, in conjunction with the University of Michigan. Dr. Marks has been an ACLAM diplomate since 2002 and has worked in various veterinary clinical and regulatory roles at Pfizer from 2002 until 2012. Since 2012 she has been the IACUC veterinarian and director of the Office of the IACUC at the University of Iowa.

F Claire HankensonF. Claire Hankenson, DVM, MS, DACLAM is the director within Campus Animal Resources, and the attending veterinarian at Michigan State University in East Lansing, MI. In addition, she is a professor of laboratory animal medicine in the Department of Pathobiology and Diagnostic Investigation at the College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Hankenson obtained her veterinary degree from Purdue University. Following veterinary school, she completed her laboratory animal medicine residency and graduate work (MS, Microbiology) at the University of Washington, Seattle. She became a Diplomate of the American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine (ACLAM) in 2002. Dr. Hankenson's current position combines administrative service, regulatory input, clinical effort, and collaborative research. Dr. Hankenson has been active on committees within AALAS since 2002, serves on the Executive Board for ACLAM, currently as Immediate Past-President, and is an ad-hoc specialist with AAALAC. She has served on the PRIM&R Board since 2017 and currently is a member of the Nominations and Elections Committee, Education Committee, and Public Policy Committee.