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  • Conference Blog Squad

    PRIM&R is pleased to introduce the members of the Blog Squad for our 2018 IACUC Conference. The Blog Squad is composed of PRIM&R members who will share their insights before, during, and after the conference. Check Ampersand regularly for their latest posts:

    Meet the Conference Blog Squad!

    Katherine BransonKatherine Branson, CPIA, is an IACUC Specialist at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) and has been involved in research at UIUC for over 30 years. After graduation, she started coordinating the 100-level Physiology labs to give herself some time to decide what she wanted to be when she grew up. This led to lab manager positions in a variety of research labs across campus where she worked with a multitude of species. A chance meeting with a secretary in the clearance aisle at Walmart (true story) led to Ms. Branson applying for a position in the newly-created University of Illinois IACUC office. PRIM&R meetings helped her develop and define the procedures and policies for the UIUC IACUC and separate them from those of the Division of Animal Resources. After thirteen plus years as an IACUC Administrator, she still finds PRIM&R webinars and meetings invaluable for networking and learning about her ever-changing role in the world of research compliance. Ms. Branson's years as a lab manager/lab technician also provide her insight for her current role. She now spends less time pondering what she wants to be when she grows up…somehow she lucked into doing exactly what she loves.  

    Elaine JosephElaine Joseph, PhD, is a Compliance Analyst at the University of Toledo. She currently manages the IACUC and IBC for the University of Toledo and performs grant reviews. She has been in regulatory compliance for over 14 years. Prior to working in regulatory compliance, Dr. Joseph received her doctorate in Zoology from Miami University of Ohio.