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    April 1, 2019

    Please note that pre-registration is required for all preconference programs. Breakfast is included in the registration fee for all preconference programs. Attendees of these programs will eat lunch on their own. A list of local dining options can be found here.

    8:30 AM-4:30 PM

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

    This intermediate/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. (see the overview and agenda for more details)

    Essentials of IACUC Administration: Achieving Success as an IACUC Administrator

    This ground-breaking preconference program will focus on the non-regulatory job elements that define an IACUC administrator's success in today's research institution. New this year: updated format and enhanced industry-relevant content. (see the overview and agenda for more details)

    IACUC Fundamentals

    IACUC Fundamentals is a basic level educational program. During this preconference program, participants will review the history of animal welfare regulations and oversight and accrediting bodies; the roles and responsibilities of the IACUC and staff members; training IACUC staff, IACUC members, and research staff; protocol review; post-approval; and how to work with others outside of the IACUC. At the end of the course, we'll have small group activities and scenarios so that attendees can engage with one another and apply what they learned throughout the workshop. (see the overview and agenda for more details)

    8:30 AM-12:00 PM

    Decreasing Regulatory Burden: Is THAT Required?

    This educational session will further explore topics related to NIH efforts to decrease regulatory burden for PIs and the impact this has on our IACUCs, researchers, and animal care staff. Three modules will comprise the morning of deep-dive discussions. We will delve into self-imposed burden created by the level of detail required by our IACUCs, including scientific merit review, compared to what the regulations require. Next, we will discuss use and availability of standard procedures, and end with an exploration of the self-imposed burden of three-year protocol expirations and annual USDA reviews. Attendees will benefit from engaging in large- and small-group discussions with colleagues on these contemporary challenges for veterinarians in biomedical research. (see the overview and agenda for more details)

    1:00 PM-4:30 PM

    Effective Communication Strategies for Animal Care and Use Programs

    Developing and maintaining a positive communication environment is the foundation upon which a culture of compliance can be built. (see the overview and agenda for more details)

    Find the speaker bios for each preconference program on the online agenda when it becomes available.