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    Before the conference

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    Get involved and connect with other attendees by volunteering.

    During the IACUC19 conference


    At this year’s conference and preconference programs, attendees will be served breakfast each day. See the agenda for breakfast times and locations (forthcoming). Information on special breakfasts can be found below. And, attendees will eat lunch on their own – learn more about dining options in the area.

    Poster Program

    Throughout the conference, visit the on-site 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.

    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, April 1

    4:30-5:30 PM
    Pre-Conference Programs Networking Reception

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

    Tuesday, April 2

    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 session. This session is a great opportunity for first-time attendees to ask questions of the PRIM&R staff 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. Pre-registration is required.

    6:15-7:15 PM
    IACUC19 Welcome Reception

    Celebrate the opening of IACUC19. During this time, attendees will be able to meet the conference Supporters and Exhibitors. Light refreshments will be served.

    6:15-7:15 PM
    Meet the IACUC19 Poster Authors

    Visit the authors of posters featured in the IACUC19 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.

    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 at the conference at Stone Lounge Bellevue, 1020 Bellevue Way NE, Bellevue, WA. 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.

    Wednesday, April 3

    7:00-8:00 AM
    Breakfast Session: Reducing Burden on Investigators Using Animals in Research: Current Status of the 21st Century Cures Act

    A section of the 2016 21st Century Cures Act directed the NIH, in collaboration with USDA and the FDA, to complete a review of applicable regulations and policies for the care and use of laboratory animals and make revisions, as appropriate, to reduce administrative burden on investigators while maintaining the integrity and credibility of research findings and protection of research animals. The Act instructs NIH to: (1) seek the input of experts, if appropriate; (2) identify ways to ensure applicable regulations and policies are not inconsistent, overlapping, or unnecessarily duplicative; (3) take steps to eliminate or reduce identified inconsistencies, overlap, or duplication among such regulations and policies; and (4) take other actions, as appropriate, to improve the coordination of regulations and policies with respects to research with laboratory animals.

    This panel will consist of the Working Group Chair from the NIH and a senior representative from USDA, who will present a historic timeline of how the current report, entitled “Reducing Administrative Burden for Researchers: Animals Care and Use in Research,” was developed. Discussion of the Working Group's analysis of documents, the listening sessions and meetings it held, its evaluation of public comments from a Request for Information, and the Working Group's proposed actions for the three agencies will illustrate how the report's key findings were developed. The efforts of the Working Group and others within the federal government led to the proposal of recommendations intended to reduce the administrative burden associated with research activities with laboratory animals while maintaining appropriate protections and scientific integrity. The speakers will point out the key portions of the report that would directly impact investigators and IACUCs. This panel will be of great interest to all attendees and will include time for questions from the audience.

    Thursday, April 4

    8:00 AM-5:15 PM
    The NWABR Regional IACUC/IBC Conference