November 2011 Regional Meeting


On November 29-30, PRIM&R offered our highly acclaimed educational programs, Essentials of IACUC Administration, Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC) Basics: An Introduction to the NIH Guidelines and the Oversight of Recombinant DNA Research, and Institutional Review Board (IRB) 101sm in National Harbor, MD.

Essentials of IACUC Administration
November 29-30, 2011
Essentials of IACUC Administration was a one-and-a-half-day program that provides IACUC administrators and support staff, as well as training and compliance personnel, with an overview of how to effectively manage an animal care and use program. Three expert administrators:

  • Reviewed the key components of an integrated program
  • Examined the primary responsibilities of administrators
  • Discussed strategies for creating a culture that assures the humane care and use of animals while facilitating their use in research and teaching

To learn more about Essentials of IACUC Administration, view the program agenda.


  • Molly Greene, BA, CPIA
  • Marky Pitts, CPIA
  • Mary Jo Shepherd, DVM, CPIA

IBC Basics
December 1, 2011
IBC Basics was a full-day course on the history, function, and administration of IBCs. Delivered by expert staff from the NIH Office of Biotechnology Activities, along with institutional biosafety professionals and other members of the IBC community, IBC Basics promoted the professional development of those associated with IBCs by providing an opportunity to:

  • Learn about the NIH OBA, the content of the NIH Guidelines for Research Involving Recombinant DNA Molecules, and the history of IBCs
  • Understand the range of responsibilities that IBCs have under the NIH Guidelines
  • Discuss case studies designed to clarify federal expectations with regard to biosafety review and surveillance of recombinant DNA and related research
  • Examine the relationship of IBCs and IACUCs in terms of their respective purviews, roles, and responsibilities
  • Network with colleagues to share ideas about best practices, resources, innovative approaches, and possible collaborations

To learn more about IBC Basics, view a sample agenda.


  • Ryan Bayha
  • Kathryn Harris, PhD, RBP
  • Debra L. Hunt, DrPH, CBSP
  • Theodore A. Myatt, ScD

IRB 101sm
December 1, 2011
IRB 101sm was a full-day program that will provide attendees with the fundamentals they need to do their job more ethically, more energetically, more effectively, and more efficiently. It’s a great “nuts and bolts” introduction for newcomers to the field, and a terrific refresher course for those who are more seasoned. The course featured a series of lectures, interactive discussions, and case studies. The faculty members leading this course reviewed:

  • The development of the federally mandated IRB system within the United States
  • The underlying ethical principles and procedures for reviewing research involving the protection of human subjects
  • The key components of the regulations that govern IRB operations

To learn more about IRB 101sm, view a sample agenda.


  • Bruce Gordon, MD
  • Ada Sue Selwitz, MA
  • Elizabeth Bankert, MA