September 2007 Regional Meeting


On September 17–19, PRIM&R offered three highly acclaimed educational programs in Towson, MD: IRB Administrator 101, IBC Basics, and Essentials of IACUC Administration. These courses are geared specifically to meet the educational needs of IRB, IBC, and/or IACUC members, administrators, and staff.

IBC Basics
Monday, September 17, 8:30 AM–5:00 PM
IBC Basics: An Introduction to the NIH Guidelines and the Oversight of Recombinant DNA Research was a full-day course on the history, function, and administration of institutional biosafety committees (IBCs).

Delivered by expert staff from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Office of Biotechnology Activities (OBA), 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
  • Work through 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 to IRBs 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

The target audience for this course included IBC members and staff, research administrators, biosafety officers, regulatory affairs officers, members and staff of institutional oversight committees, such as IRBs and IACUCs, and others interested in the oversight of recombinant DNA research.

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IRB Administrator 101
Monday, September 17, 8:30 AM–4:00 PM
Tuesday, September 18, 8:30 AM–12:15 PM

IRB Administrator 101 was a one-and-a-half-day program specifically geared toward both new administrators and those in need of a “refresher” course. Taught by two highly experienced administrators in the field,IRB Administrator 101:

  • Identified the key components of human research protections programs
  • Examined the primary responsibilities of administrators
  • Reviewed the strategies and policies for developing and/or strengthening your institution’s human research protections program

IRB Administrator 101 highlighted key administrator tasks including:

  • Advising principal investigators, research staff, IRB chairs and members, and institutional officials
  • Managing protocol review
  • Recordkeeping and reporting
  • Handling allegations and complaints
  • Developing policies and procedures
  • Managing staff and infrastructural needs
  • Serving as a liaison
  • Providing/overseeing education
  • Conducting quality improvement or assurance reviews
  • Coordinating "off-site" administrative agreements

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Essentials of IACUC Administration
Tuesday, September 18, 8:00 AM–5:45 PM
Wednesday, September 19, 8:00 AM–12:45 PM

Essentials of IACUC Administration was a one-and-a-half-day program that provides institutional animal care and use committee (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. This course:

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

Download the Essentials of IACUC Administration program.