Decreasing Regulatory Burden: What’s Not To Like?

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 2017 ACLAM Forum. This workshop, "Decreasing Regulatory Burden: What's Not To Like?" will be moderated by Claire Hankenson and Nancy 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 faculty is below.

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This post-Forum educational session will further explore topics related to NIH efforts to decrease regulatory burden for PIs and the impact this has on our veterinary positions for animal care. Two modules will comprise the afternoon of 'Deep Dive Discussions'. We will begin with a continuation (from the Forum lecture) of VVC and concerns about implementation will be analyzed. Next, we will delve into the Simplification of the Vertebrate Animals Section of NIH Grant Applications and Contract Proposals [NOT-OD-16-006] to no longer include justifications of animal numbers in grants (leaving this to the IACUC for review). Included will be discussion of whether animal programs should continue to assign USDA Humane Use Categories to rodent species on IACUC protocols when there is no mandate to do so. 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 these regulatory changes and impact they have on the veterinary team. Colleagues will share their successes (or failures) in implementing these changes.


Nancy MarksNancy 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.

Claire HankensonF. Claire Hankenson, DVM, MS, DACLAM, is the director within Campus Animal Resources and the attending veterinarian at Michigan State University. 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 ACLAM in 2002. Dr. Hankenson's current position combines administrative service, regulatory input, clinical effort, and collaborative research. Her own research studies involve investigations of refinements in the care and use of laboratory rodents, particularly blood sampling, tail biopsy evaluations, and humane endpoints. Dr. Hankenson has been active on committees within AALAS since 2002, currently serves on PRIMR&R's Board of Directors, and is an ad-hoc consultant to AAALAC International. Dr. Hankenson served on the Executive Board for ACLAM as the President and was a member of the 2016 IACUC Conference Planning Committee.