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What do the IACUC functions of post-approval monitoring, designated member review, non-compliance have in common?

Unfortunately, there is little concrete guidance available to IACUCs on how to effectively manage post-approval monitoring, designated member review, and non-compliance.  To complicate matters, many IACUC professionals do not know or understand the various elements of each of these important functions.  Moreover, these activities raise a myriad of subtle, but complex, issues for implementation.

Post-approval monitoring, designated member review, and non-compliance matters often create confusion, anxiety, and, occasionally, citations for IACUCs.   This webinar provided a valuable opportunity to learn about best practices and how to develop optimal policies and procedures.

This engaging and highly practical offering from the "4 M's"*, enabled attendees to learn more about...

  • IACUC Culture, Composition, and Cooperation
  • Conducting passive and active post approval monitoring, without hiring additional staff
  • Managing designated member review without crossing the line to a non-compliant hybrid
  • Non-compliance and suspensions


The audience for this webinar included all those engaged in or with the IACUC and the work of animal research in general.  IACUC chairs, administrators, staff, and members, institutional officials/signatory officials, and industry representatives were able to find this webinar beneficial.


Molly Greene
Molly Greene is currently on retainer with Michigan State University, advising their IACUC and other members of their animal care program team. She assisted with the successful effort to achieve campus-wide AAALAC accreditation in 2006. Ms. Greene has been consulting on IACUC issues and providing IACUC training since 1998. She was coordinator of the IACUC at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio from 1986-2003. Ms. Greene serves as an ad hoc specialist for AAALAC. She currently serves on the board of the Michigan Society for Medical Research (MISMR) and is a past member of the governing bodies of Applied Research Ethics National Association (ARENA), Scientist Center for Animal Welfare (SCAW), and Americans for Medical Progress (AMP). She received Distinguished Service Awards from both ARENA and the Texas Society for Biomedical Research. In addition, Ms. Greene was chair of the 1999 American Association for Laboratory Animal Science (AALAS) ad hoc subcommittee that developed the IACUC 101 training program.

Marky Pitts
Marky Pitts currently serves as a consultant to universities, organizations and companies on IACUC issues, and as co-founder and faculty of IACUC 101 and Essentials for IACUC Administration. She retired from the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) after serving as Director of the Animal Subjects Program from 1984-2003.  She also served as Director of Animal Research Issues in UCSD’s Public Information Office.

In addition, Ms. Pitts...

  • Serves on the Board of Directors of Public Responsibility in Medicine & Research  (PRIM&R), and the Board of Trustees of AAALAC, International
  • Serves on the IACUC for the Zoological Society of San Diego
  • Serves as an AAALAC ad hoc consultant/specialist and an NIH site visitor
  • Inaugural recipient of the ARENA Legacy Award presented by PRIM&R in December, 2006
  • Recipient of the Applied Research Ethics National Association (ARENA) Distinguished Service Award in March 2000, and the California Biomedical Research Association’s (CBRA) Distinguished Service Award in May 1999
  • Chaired the Editorial Committee for the ARENA/OLAW IACUC Guidebook, 2nd edition
  • Served as a member of the NIH Study on Regulatory Burden Animal Care and Use
  • Workgroup in 1998
  • President of ARENA in 1992
  • Presented on various animal research-related issues at PRIM&R,  SCAW, AALAS, the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), Society for Neurosciences, SRA and NCURA, and UCSD. Marky has also published articles in Lab Animal and the ILAR Journal

Mary Lou James
Mary Lou James is a Consultant, Regulatory Compliance, Research Animal Welfare in St. Louis, MO.  After earning a BA in Biochemistry from Vassar College, she joined Merck Research Laboratories, Rahway, NJ, where she worked in the department of Fundamental and Exploratory Biochemistry and the department of Growth Factor Research.  She completed her 13 years at Merck as Manager, Regulatory Affairs in the department of Laboratory Animal Resources.  In 1993, Mary Lou became a Consultant, Regulatory Compliance, Research Animal Welfare in St. Louis, MO.  She is most active conducting Institutional Animal Care and Use Program audits, IACUC training, and implementing programs that meet the Animal Welfare Act and USDA Animal Welfare Regulations, Public Health Service Policy on Humane Care and Use of Laboratory Animals, and the Guide to the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals.  Her clients include large and small academic institutions, pharmaceutical and biotech companies, and the government.  She is co-director and administrator of the IACUC 101 Series, a nationally recognized OLAW-supported training program for new and seasoned IACUC members and administrators.  She is an AAALAC International ad-hoc Specialist, OLAW consultant, IACUC consultant and a member of the Lab Animal Magazine editorial board.  She is active in multiple organizations including PRIM&R and AALAS.

Mary Lou is the recipient of the year 2001 AALAS George R. Collins Award recipient for outstanding contributions to the field of laboratory animal training at the local and national level and the recipient of the 2006 New Jersey Association for Biomedical Research "First Annual 3 R's Recognition Award" recipient for "developing novel ways to enhance awareness of the principles of replacement, reduction and refinement as applied in advancing biomedical research and improving animal welfare."

Monte Matthews
Monte Matthews is the Director of Veterinary Services and Animal Care at the University of Oregon. He has been involved with IACUC training since 1990 at the University, and is one of the original creators of the IACUC 101 course, is Co-Director and core faculty member. Mr. Matthews has published articles on IACUC training and zebrafish care. Mr. Matthews is active in several animal related research organizations, including PRIM&R, AALAS and is a board member of the Northwest Association for Biomedical Research. He is past president of both the Oregon Biomedical Research Association and the Oregon branch of AALAS. Monte enjoys many hobbies, but standing in a river and waving a stick is his favorite passion.