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  • Beyond the Basics: Advanced Issues and Current Topics in IACUC Administration

    This intermediate-level/advanced level educational program is intended for participants that have a thorough understanding of the regulatory standards governing research, teaching and testing activities that include vertebrate animals.

    Is regulatory burden truly impeding advancements in biomedical research? Since 2005, federal agencies and numerous research organizations (Federal Demonstration Partnership) have been investigating this matter, and determined through meetings and surveys that investigators spend at least 42% of their time managing regulatory affairs rather than conducting research.

    In 2009 and again in 2014 government-appointed committees considered the matter. As a result, the National Research Council and the National Science Board reviewed the impact of regulatory burden, and indeed confirmed that regulatory burden costs research organizations millions of dollars a year and hinders the ability of scientists to dedicate their time to advancements in biomedical research.

    As a result of this effort, the 21st Century Cures Act, a bill intended to reduce regulatory burden, has been introduced and is progressing through Congress. This bill requires agencies to reduce administrative burden. The Cures bill passed the House on December 5, 2016 and is expected to be considered and passed by the Senate before the end of 2016. Specific components of the bill are expected to impact animal research, teaching and testing activities.

    During this pre-conference program, participants will investigate specific and focused topics associated with reducing regulatory burden, through a variety of interactive and engaging activities. Attendees will participate in the review and discussion of program processes, and investigate potential opportunities for minimizing regulatory burden while ensuring animal welfare and ongoing compliance.

    Learning Objectives: The attendee will develop program best practices that do not exceed the regulatory standards, but ensure animal welfare and ongoing program compliance.

    Topics to be covered may include:

    1) Matters relating to regulatory burden
    2) Protocol template design
    3) The amendment review process
    4) IACUC oversight of approved animal activities

    Click here to view/download the course agenda


    Ron-Banks-2016Ron E. Banks, DVM, graduated from Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1982. Dr. Ron Banks has had a distinguished career hallmarked by continuing veterinary education and personnel development. Serving for over thirty years in the US Army Veterinary Corps, Dr. Banks instructed and supported military medical residents - veterinarians and physicians – with education in animal welfare, and animal well-being, and humane animal use for research, teaching, exhibition, and pet care. During his twelve years at Duke, he developed the Office of Animal Welfare Assurance and established many training programs for researchers, research technicians, and the public on topics of animal care, practical performance standards, animal welfare, and animal management. He is a Board Certified and a Charter Member of the American College of Animal Welfare; Board Certified with the American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine; and Board Certified with the American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine. He also holds the distinction of being elected as a Fellow to the National Academies of Practice. His professional career and practice ethos has been evidenced by continuing education as an invited interactive educator at the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), North American Veterinary Community (NAVC), and the WVC. Dr. Banks has presented at numerous regional & national continuing education meetings. He was selected as an inaugural participant of the Teach the Trainer Institute – a multi-centric and widely supported federal initiative which fosters effective adult education through engagement of learning pedagogy in an interactive teaching environment. He is a co-founder and co-leader of ‘Best Practices’ and co-author of the program reference ‘IACUC Administrators Guide to Program Management.’ He currently serves as the director, division of comparative medicine at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

    William-Greer-photo-2016William G. Greer, BS, CPIA, RLAT, is the assistant vice president for research, Animal Program Compliance Oversight at the University of Michigan where he provides leadership and management of the oversight programs for the protection of animals involved in research. He also directs the Animal Care and Use Office (ACUO). In partnership with the attending veterinarian and the IACUC, Mr. Greer leads the ACUO in fostering an environment of engagement, support, and service to the research community. Mr. Greer works with the IACUC to ensure all animal research is reviewed, approved, and conducted in accordance with all appropriate international, federal, and state regulations and guidelines, as well as with specific guidelines from funding agencies, institutional policies, and appropriate accreditation standards. Mr. Greer joined the University of Michigan in June 2016. He previously worked for The Pennsylvania State University, where he was associate director in the Office of Research Protection.

    Electronic Materials

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    Please note that if you wish to have hard copies of these materials, you must print them prior to attending the workshop. Additionally, please bring paper and pen and/or a fully charged laptop to take notes. There may or may not be a place to print for free while onsite and it's highly recommended that you print and/or download these materials prior to attending the workshop.

    If you don't receive the link and password to the materials by March 15, 2017, please contact