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    Before the conference

    Connect online

    If you are registered for IACUC18, we want you to get connected. Tweet us @primrconnect, and use the hashtag #IACUC18 whenever you're tweeting about the conference.

    Volunteer opportunities

    Get involved and connect with other attendees by volunteering.

    During the conference


    NEW! At this year's conference, attendees will be served breakfast each day. See the agenda for breakfast times and locations. Information on special breakfasts can be found below. And, attendees will eat lunch on their own – learn more about dining options in the area. (Note: Preconference attendees will receive breakfast and lunch as part of registration.)

    Networking ribbons

    Upon receiving your name badge, be sure to pick up networking ribbons at On-Site Check-In. Each ribbon adheres to your badge and displays an informal designation to signify your professional affiliations. This is a great way to find others with similar affiliations and interests.

    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.

    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.

    Monday, March 19

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

    This reception is for preconference program attendees. Light refreshments will be served.

    Tuesday, March 20

    7:00-8:00 AM
    Breakfast: Welcome to 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! Pre-registration is required.

    5:45-7:00 PM
    IACUC18 Welcome Reception

    Celebrate the opening of IACUC18. During this time, attendees will be able to meet the conference Supporters and Exhibitors. Light refreshments will be served.

    5:45-7:00 PM
    Meet the IACUC18 Poster Authors

    Visit the authors of posters featured in the IACUC18 Poster Program and learn more about their innovative and important work in the field. 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.

    6:15 - 7:15 PM
    Jog Along Columbus's Scenic Scioto Mile

    Join PRIM&R volunteer Susie Corl on a casual evening jog through Columbus’s scenic Scioto Mile. The group will meet at the Starbucks on the second floor of the hotel near the Franklin Rooms. Email Susie at if you would like to join.

    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 Columbus. A complimentary drink ticket will be provided in your registration materials. All attendees are welcome, but drink tickets will be provided for young professional registrants only.
    Location: Denmark on High, 463 N. High Street, Columbus, OH 43215.

    Wednesday, March 21

    7:00 AM-8:00 AM
    Breakfast: Everything You Wanted to Know About the CPIA® Credential

    During this breakfast session, members of the CPIA Council, a recently certified individual, a recently recertified individual, and attendees will discuss obtaining the CPIA credential and the recertification process. This session is geared toward individuals who are responsible for IACUC administrative functions and who will be eligible to take the certification exam in the next one to two years. Pre-registration is required. During this breakfast session, speakers and attendees will:

    • Discuss the CPIA program and its value
    • Go over exam preparation techniques and what to expect on examination day
    • Share first-hand advice from a recently certified individual
    • Review the path to recertification