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  • IACUC 101™: "The Basics"

    IACUC 101™: "The Basics" is a full-day didactic and interactive educational opportunity for both new and seasoned IACUC members, IACUC affiliates, and others who contribute to their institution’s animal care and use program. Didactic sessions address institutional responsibilities, IACUC charges, relevant informational resources, animal welfare laws, regulations and policies, and best practices. Students also are challenged to consider, deliberate, and develop action plans for a variety of potential IACUC scenarios. The course includes question and answer sessions with representatives from USDA, OLAW, and AAALAC.

    If you have specific questions regarding IACUC 101TM: The Basics subject matter, please contact Mary Lou James, consultant, regulatory compliance research animal welfare; executive director, IACUC 101™ Series at Please only contact Mary Lou James for questions regarding this course. For all other inquiries regarding pre-conference programs, please contact Ashley Savannah, program coordinator, at

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    John Bradfield(1)John Bradfield PhD, DVM, DACLAM, is senior director at the AAALAC International. He is a veterinarian and a Diplomate of the American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine. Dr. Bradfield also has a PhD in experimental pathology with scholarly publications in various areas of laboratory animal medicine, wound healing, and vascular and platelet biology. Dr. Bradfield has had many years’ experience with the accreditation process as an ad hoc consultant and ten years’ service as a council member of AAALAC International and most recently as council president. He has served as director of the Division of Laboratory Animal Medicine and attending veterinarian at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and also as the chair of the Department of Comparative Medicine at the Brody School of Medicine, East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina. He has extensive experience in academic laboratory animal medicine, managing animal programs and working with animal care and use committees. Prior to his career in laboratory animal medicine, Dr. Bradfield was a large animal practitioner. In his current role at AAALAC International, he is responsible for education and outreach activities.

    Marilyn BrownMarilyn J. Brown, DVM, MS, is corporate vice president, Global Animal Welfare at 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 and animal welfare issues in the use of animals in experimentation. She has over forty publications in various areas of laboratory animal care and use, including several chapters in the National Agriculture Library's publication "Essentials for Animal Research" and the ACLAM Lab Animal Series. 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 IACUC 101, AALAS - IACUC Training and Learning Consortium; AAALAC - Council on Accreditation, Board of Trustees, Council Emeritus; ASLAP Board of Directors; ACLAM Board of Directors; Scientists Center for Animal Welfare Board of Directors; and Association of Women Veterinarians - Past President.

    Cynthia GillettCynthia "Cyd" S. Gillett, DVM, DACLAM, CPIA, is a laboratory animal veterinarian and animal program consultant who retired in 2015 from the positions of director of research animal resources and institutional veterinarian at the University of Minnesota. Dr. Gillett earned her veterinary degree from Michigan State University and is a board-certified laboratory animal veterinarian. Dr. Gillett is an active council member emeritus of AAALAC International. She has been involved in many laboratory animal professional organizations, having served as a board member and president of ACLAM. She was a chapter author in The IACUC Handbook and Laboratory Animals, Regulations (1st & 2nd editions) and Recommendations for Global Collaborative Research (2013). Dr. Gillett is a Certified Professional IACUC Administrator (CPIA®). She lives in St. Paul, MN with her lab animal vet husband, Dan, has two children named Abe and Lydia, rides at the Windy Ridge Ranch, and recommends the book A Girl Named Zippy: Growing Up Small in Mooreland Indiana to anyone who likes to laugh.

    Molly GreeneMolly Greene, BA, CPIA, is at Michigan State University, advising the IACUC and other members of the animal care program team maintaining campus-wide Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care (AAALAC) International accreditation. In addition to co-developing and co-presenting PRIM&R's Essentials of IACUC Administration course from 2005-2013, and chairing the 1999 American Association for Laboratory Animal Science (AALAS) ad hoc subcommittee that contributed to IACUC 101™ Series development, Ms. Greene was an inaugural member of and is serving in her 3rd term on the Council of Certified Professional IACUC Administrators. Ms Greene served as editor for the 2012 Council for International Organizations of Medical Science's (CIOMS) International Council for Laboratory Animal Science's (ICLAS) International Guiding Principles for Biomedical Research Involving Animals, has managed the IACUC-ADMIN listserv since 2005, and is an ad hoc Specialist Consultant for AAALAC. She was a member of the editorial board for the Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare (OLAW)/Applied Research Ethics National Association (ARENA) Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee Guidebook, 2nd edition and is a member of the third edition Committee. Ms. Greene received Distinguished Service Awards from ARENA, PRIM&R's former membership division in 1999, and the Texas Society for Biomedical Research. She is a past member of the governing bodies of the Association for Molecular Pathology, ARENA, the Scientists Center for Animal Welfare, and the Michigan Society for Medical 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 to 2003.

    Neera V. Gopee, DVM., PhD,is a veterinary medical officer in the Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare (OLAW) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, Maryland. Dr. Gopee earned her veterinary degree at the University of the West Indies and holds a doctoral degree in Toxicology from the University of Georgia. Prior to her appointment at OLAW, she served as a veterinary medical officer at the National Center for Toxicological Research, US Food and Drug Administration in Jefferson, Arkansas. Dr. Gopee is board certified in toxicology and laboratory animal medicine.

    Mary Lou JamesMary Lou James, BA (biochemistry), LATg, CPIA, is a consultant, regulatory compliance, Research Animal Welfare in St. Louis, MO. After earning a BA in Biochemistry from Vassar College, Ms. James 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 thirteen 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 evaluations, 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, Contract Research Organizations, and the government. She is administrator and co-director of the nationally recognized IACUC 101™ Series courses, former president and current executive director of the IACUC 101™ Series non-profit organization. She is an IACUC program consultant and a member of the Lab Animal Magazine editorial board, and a former AAALAC International ad-hoc Specialist and OLAW consultant. She is active in multiple organizations including PRIM&R. Mary Lou is the recipient of the year 2001 AALAS George R. Collins Award 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 MatthewsMonte Matthews, BA, CPIA, is the director for animal welfare services at the University of Oregon. He is authorized and responsible to administer the University of Oregon's campus-wide laboratory animal care and use program in a manner that is compliant with all relevant federal laws, regulations, policies, and UO policies and procedures pertaining to animal care and use of live vertebrate animals. Mr. Matthews was instrumental in helping the University of Oregon obtain initial accreditation from the Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care (AAALAC) International in 1994. The UO has maintained AAALAC accreditation since that time. Monte is one of the original creators and core faculty members of the nationally recognized and NIH grant supported IACUC 101™ series. Mr. Matthews has published several articles and presented many workshops on Institutional Animal Care and Use (IACUC) issues as well as zebrafish care and use matters. Mr. Matthews is active in several national, animal-related research organizations, including Public Responsibility in Medicine and Research (PRIM&R) and the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science (AALAS). He is a founding member of the Council for the PRIM&R IACUC certification program, Certified Professional IACUC Administrator (CPIA). He is past board member of the National Association for Biomedical Research (NABR), the Northwest Association for Biomedical Research, and 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.

    Elizabeth MeekElizabeth Meek, DVM, MPH, is the assistant director for the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Services (APHIS) Animal Care.  Elizabeth received her BS from the University of Arizona and her DVM and MPH from the University of Wisconsin. Prior to joining the USDA, Elizabeth worked in vaccine development at the Wisconsin Primate Regional Research Center and with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Rabies Intelligence Service in Africa with Lagos Bat virus. Before joining Animal Care, she was an epidemiologist for USDA APHIS Veterinary Services, specializing in Tuberculosis eradication in Mexico.

    Eileen Morgan, BS, currently serves as the director, Division of Assurances in the Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare (OLAW) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Ms. Morgan previously served as a senior assurance officer in the Division of Assurances within OLAW. Eileen holds a BS in Technology Management from the University of Maryland with an AAS in applied science in Animal Health Technology. She has 29 years of experience in animal models-based biomedical research. Her experience includes service as chief of the Facility Management Branch in the Division of Veterinary Resources, NIH Intramural Program. She has also held positions at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, the American Red Cross, Holland Laboratory, Affinity Biotech, and the Cleveland Research Institute. She has served as an IACUC Chair and IACUC member.

    Marky PittsMarky E. Pitts, CPIA, currently consults with universities, organizations, and companies on IACUC issues, and is co-founder and faculty of IACUC 101™ Series and PRIM&R's Essentials for IACUC Administration. She served on the Executive Committee for the Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care (AAALAC) International from 2010 to 2012. She also serves as an AAALAC International ad hoc specialist and a National Institutes of Health (NIH) site visitor. She was a member of the IACUC for the Zoological Society of San Diego from 1989 to 2013. Ms. Pitts retired from the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) after serving as director of the animal subjects program from 1984 to 2003. She also served as director of animal research issues in UCSD's public information office. Ms. Pitts has presented on various animal research-related issues for many organizations, including PRIM&R, Scientists Center for Animal Welfare, American Association for Laboratory Animal Science, the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education, Society for Neurosciences, Society of Research Administrators International, National Council of University Research Administrators, and UCSD. Ms. Pitts has published articles in Lab Animal Magazine, and is a contributing author for the Institute for Laboratory Animal Research Journal. In addition, she chaired the editorial committee for the Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare/Applied Research Ethics National Association (ARENA) Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee Guidebook, 2nd Edition, and served as a member of the NIH study on regulatory burden animal care and use workgroup in 1998. She served on the IACUC for the Veterans Affairs San Diego Healthcare System from 1995 to 2005. Ms. Pitts received California Biomedical Research Association's Distinguished Service Award in 1999. Ms. Pitts was the recipient of the ARENA Distinguished Service Award in 1999 and was the inaugural recipient of the ARENA Legacy Award in 2006. Ms. Pitts served as a member of PRIM&R's Board of Directors from 1997 to 2012, and is a past president of ARENA.

    Ernest PrenticeErnest D. Prentice, PhD, 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's IRB 101sm/IRB 250 courses and IACUC 101™ Series courses, which are held at universities across the U.S.

    Dr. Prentice is past 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 contributions to the enhancement of laboratory animal welfare. In 2005, he received the Applied Research Ethics National Association (ARENA) Distinguished Service Award; in 2006, the medallion for Outstanding Achievement in Human Subject Protections from the HHS Office of Human Research Protections (OHRP); and in 2016, the UNMC Graduate Studies Program Distinguished Alumnus award.