Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC) Boot Camp: Best Practices for Communicating and Collaborating

September 18-19, 2017 / Denver, Colorado

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The Institutional Biosafety Committee plays an important role in oversight of research. Integrating IBC functions with those of IRBs and IACUCs is key to ensuring effective review, especially for translational research projects. Clear communication among these committees and with investigators is essential for an efficient program that can rapidly communicate with other regulatory groups. This intermediate- to advanced-level program will provide information, tools, and guidance for IBC, IRB, and IACUC professionals to improve integration to best support research that is ethical, collaborative, and interdisciplinary. IBC personnel will have opportunities for benchmarking, sharing resources such as SOPs, and networking with colleagues in the field.

What Will I Learn?

At the end of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Use best practices shared in the course to enhance collaboration among IBC, IRB, and IACUC
  • Develop strategies for communicating with other regulatory groups and investigators
  • Compare and contrast SOPs for handling protocols involving complex regulations (such as DURC, CRISPR, veterinary clinical trials)


Karen M. Dobos, Ph.D.
Director, Research Integrity and Compliance Review Office
Associate Professor, Department of Microbiology, Immunology, and Pathology
Colorado State University

Christine M. Johnson, MS, RBP
IBC Coordinator, Research Integrity & Compliance Review Office
Colorado State University

Certificates of Attendance and Continuing Education Credit

Certificates of attendance for the IBC Boot Camp will be available upon completion of the course evaluation. Such certificates are useful for obtaining continuing education (CE) credits (not continuing medical education credit) from professional associations. Note that guidelines around CE credits may differ, and you should consult the appropriate professional association representative for further guidance. A link to the evaluation will be emailed to you after the program adjourns.

CIP Credit label

Participants holding the Certified IRB Professional (CIP®) credential may apply 11.25 continuing education credits toward CIP recertification. Additional information about CIP recertification can be found here.

CPIA Credit label

Participants holding the Certified Professional in IACUC Administration (CPIA®) credential may apply 7.75 continuing education credits toward CPIA recertification. Additional information about CPIA recertification can be found here.

Certificates will be delivered via email approximately three weeks after receipt of request.

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Electronic Materials

Materials for this course will be available electronically 1-2 weeks prior to the event. Printed materials will not be provided. Links to access materials online will be sent to the email address we have in our system from If you believe your institution will block email messages from, please add this email address to your safe sender list, or provide your personal email address instead.

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 August 31, 2017, please contact