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  • Networking and Special Events

    Before the conference

    Connect online
    If you are registered for IACUC17, we want you to get connected! Include our handle @primrconnect, and hashtag #IACUC17 whenever you're tweeting about the conference.

    Volunteer opportunities
    Get involved and connect with other attendees by volunteering. Learn how.

    During the Conference

    Networking ribbons
    Upon receiving your name badge, be sure to pick up networking ribbons in the Registration Area. Each ribbon adheres to your badge and displays an informal designation to signify your professional affiliations as they relate to research ethics. This is a great way to find others with similar affiliations and interests.

    The PRIM&R Booth
    Throughout the conference, stop by the PRIM&R Booth to learn more about PRIM&R’s programs and services.

    Supporters and Exhibitors
    Throughout the conference, stop by to meet this year's Supporters and Exhibitors, and learn more about the valuable services they provide.

    Poster Program
    Throughout the conference, visit the onsite poster gallery to learn more about authors' innovative and important work in the field, as well as the implementation of programs to improve the functioning of IACUCs. The presentation of the posters promotes interdisciplinary sharing and collaboration, and facilitates the exchange of ideas, information, and practical strategies for managing the many challenges faced by animal care and use professionals.

    Sunday, March 19

    4:30-6:30 PM
    Pre-Conference Programs Networking Reception

    All those registered to attend a pre-conference program are welcome to join us for a networking reception. Light refreshments will be served.

    Monday, March 20

    7:00-8:00 AM
    Continental Breakfast to Welcome First-Time Attendees

    Attending the IACUC Conference for the first time can be exciting and overwhelming, which is why PRIM&R invites all first-time attendees to participate in this special breakfast. This event is a great opportunity for first-time attendees to ask questions of the PRIM&R staff and seasoned attendees about the conference and PRIM&R in general, and to learn about strategies and resources that can help them make the most of their conference experience. We would love to see you there! Space is limited. Pre-registration is required.

    12:30-1:45 PM
    Networking Lunch

    Connect over lunch. Meet peers for conversation and networking. All are welcome.

    12:30-1:45 PM
    Working lunch

    Federal Demonstration Partnership’s (FDP’s) Faculty Workload Survey: A Discussion on Reducing Administrative Burden
    JR Haywood, Sandra Schneider, Sally Thompson-Iritani

    Note: Attendees should get their lunch in Galerie 1-3 before the session starts. In 2012, the FDP conducted a survey of principal investigators of federally-funded projects to determine the impact of federal regulations and requirements on the research process. According to survey results, principal investigators reported that "almost half of their available research time for federal projects had to be allocated to project-related requirements instead of the content of their research projects." In addition, principal investigators "estimated that an average of 42% of their research time associated with federally-funded projects was spent on meeting requirements rather than conducting active research." During this session, FDP staff along with members of the animal care and use community will:

    • Review the survey results and compare how they relate to the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine's recently published report, Optimizing the Nation's Investment in Academic Research: A New Regulatory Framework for the 21st Century
    • Consider the implications of the survey results on the field
    • Discuss the current work being done by FDP in this area, including FDP's tracking of the 21st Century Cures Act section on "Reducing Administrative Burden for Researchers"
    • Explore how a new database being set-up through FDP – the Compliance Unit Standard Procedures – will allow the animal care and use community to share common IACUC practices in an effort to help reduce administrative burden

    This will be a working lunch session. Attendees will get their boxed lunch before the session starts.

    5:45-6:45 PM
    IACUC17 Welcome Reception

    Join us to celebrate the opening IACUC17. During this time, you’ll be able to meet the conference Supporters and Exhibitors and view the Poster Presentations. Light refreshments will be served.

    5:45-6:45 PM
    Roundtable Discussions

    Want to get answers and solve problems while connecting with your peers? Pre-register for Roundtable Discussions. During this activity, participants can present an issue or question they have to the group, and members of the group will collaborate and share their own experiences with similar problems. Tables will be divided by general topics and led by experienced facilitators.
    Groups will include:

    • Career/Leadership/Management
    • Compliance/Federal/Legal/Regulatory
    • IACUC Administration
    • IACUC Chairs and Members
    • Nonaffiliated IACUC Members

    The event will be open to all attendees onsite, but pre-registration is the only way to reserve your seat at a table. Interested in serving as a volunteer facilitator? Learn more.

    7:15-8:15 PM
    Young Professionals Networking Reception

    Connect with other young professionals interested in research ethics and animal care and use, and relax after a busy day in New Orleans. Don’t forget to bring the drink ticket you received with your registration materials. While all attendees are welcome, complimentary drink tickets will be provided for young professional registrants only.
    Location: Saint Lawrence, 219 N Peters St, New Orleans, LA 70130

    Tuesday, March 21

    12:45-1:45 PM
    Networking Lunch

    Connect over lunch. Meet peers for conversation and networking. All are welcome.

    12:15-1:15 PM
    CPIA® Networking Lunch

    Do you hold the CPIA credential and have an interest in connecting with other CPIAs? If so, please join the CPIA Council and PRIM&R staff at this special networking lunch. We’ll discuss recertification and answer any of your other questions. If you do not currently hold the CPIA credential, but are interested in taking the exam or learning more about the program, attend session C7: The Nuts and Bolts of the Certified Professional IACUC Administrator (CPIA®) Credential: Obtaining the Credential and Recertifying on March 20, 4:15-5:30 PM. Attendees should get their lunch before the session starts. Pre-registration is required.