Blog Squad

The PRIM&R Blog Squad provided reflections and commentary live from the 2015 IACUC Conference.

Members of the IACUC15 Blog Squad reported on talks they attend, shared tips and best practices, and highlighted key conference takeaways through daily blog posts on PRIM&R’s blog, Ampersand.

Learn more about the members who gave you a peak into IACUC15:

Kathy BanksKathy Banks, BSc, MSc
Kathy Banks, BSc, MSc, is the continuing review coordinator, animal ethics for the University of British Columbia Post-Approval Monitoring Program. Ms. Banks received her bachelor of science in general biology from the University College of the Cariboo (UCC) (an affiliated University of British Columbia (UBC) degree) in 1996, and her master of science in medical genetics from UBC in 2000. After receiving her MSc, Ms. Banks worked in a neurogenetics lab at the Centre for Molecular Medicine and Therapeutics in Vancouver, BC for over a decade. While there she developed several unique strains of transgenic mice and new lines of murine ESCs, and published nine peer-reviewed scientific articles. She has extensive experience working with mice (and is the local"breeding issues" resource), molecular biology techniques, and a variety of graduate students. This lab was also her introduction to the world of ethics, as use of animals in science requires review and approval by the UBC Animal Care Committee, which is under the auspices of the Canadian Council on Animal Care (CCAC). In 2011 she accepted the position as continuing review coordinator, animal ethics (part of the overarching Post-Approval Monitoring program) in the Office of Research Services at UBC, and has been helping UBC researchers ensure they are in full compliance with their protocols, all applicable UBC Policies, and CCAC Guidelines. 

Angela CraigAngela Craig, DVM
Angela Craig received her educational training from the University of Minnesota. She earned her BA in English focusing on literature and composition in 1997, and a doctorate of veterinary medicine in 2001. After three years in clinical practice, she returned to the University of Minnesota as a laboratory animal veterinarian and has served in the department of Research Animal Resources and on the IACUC for the past 10 years. She is an adjunct assistant professor for the College of Veterinary Medicine providing lectures to veterinary and animal science students on topics ranging from the ethical use of animals in research and teaching to lab animal and pocket pet health. She is a member of ASLAP, AALAS, AVMA, MVMA, and PRIM&R. Scientific and creative writing is a passion of hers and she enjoys the process whether she is contributing to her departmental newsletter, working on a research paper, or journaling. She is equally passionate about animal welfare, research ethics, and the refinement of experimental techniques. While she writes and sips tea on cold Midwest winter evenings, she is kept company by her funny and supportive human family, and their household of pre-owned pets, two energetic Boxer dogs from a local rescue and two very opinionated parrots.