2009 Webinar: Tools and Tips to Ensure Your IACUC's Success

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Tools and Tips to Ensure Your IACUC's Success addressed some of the current issues facing institutional care and use committee (IACUC) professionals.

In this engaging offering from our highly respected faculty, participants learned more about...

  • Assessing the IACUC and IACUC Office
    • Selecting the metrics to measure
    • Documenting policies and procedures
    • Staffing considerations
    • Understanding responsibilities of Committee members, Chair, and support staff
    • Developing processes and work flows
  • From Vendetta Prone to Rosetta Stone in Communications between IACUCs and Laboratory Animal Resources (LAR)
    • Encouraging cross participation of members in IACUC and LAR group meetings and functions
    • Establishing standards: Defining successful outcomes collaboratively 
    • Ensuring advisory user groups are a bridge and a buffer
    • Creating teamwork in resource development
    • Avoiding micro-management in LAR operations
  • Selecting an Online Project Management System for the IACUC
    • Assessing your IACUC's needs
    • Handling legacy data
    • Training the IACUC, IACUC office staff, research personnel, and technical support staff
    • Thinking about interactive forms
    • Integrating with other research administration units
    • Implementing the system
  • Evidenced-Based Therapy for Non-compliant Investigators
    • Questioning whether or not there is a culture of compliance
    • Evaluating protocols, performance standards and institutional expectations
    • Considering the severity and history of non-compliant events 
    • Training, time, money, and other effective leverage points
    • Utilizing external technical assistance and post-approval monitoring


Chris Newcomer, VMD, DACLAM
Chris Newcomer is the Executive Director of the Association for the Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care (AAALAC) International and has participated in AAALAC’s review activities for the past 25 years.  He is a 1977 graduate of the School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.  Following a year in a large animal internship at The Pennsylvania State University, he entered post-doctoral training in laboratory animal medicine at the University of Michigan and became board certified in the American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine (ACLAM) in 1982.  Prior to his appointment at AAALAC International he held academic and leadership positions in laboratory animal medicine at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Research Scientist and Associate Director;1981-87), Tufts-New England Medical Center (Associate Professor and Director; 1987-1994), University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (Research Professor and Director; 1994-2001), the Veterinary Resources Program at National Institutes of Health (Senior Scientist and Director; 2001-2003), and Johns Hopkins University (Associate Professor and Associate Provost for Animal Research and Resources; 2003-2008).  He is a past-president of the American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine and of the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science (AALAS).

Lauretta Gerrity, DVM
Lauretta W. Gerrity is the Associate Vice President for Research Operations and Compliance and Professor in the Department of Genetics at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). She was previously the Director of the Animal Resources Program at UAB.  She was a Founding Fellow of the American College of Medical Genetics and is a Diplomate of the American Board of Medical Genetics and of the American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine.  During over 25 years in laboratory animal care and management, Dr. Gerrity has served on many committees in national, state, and local laboratory animal associations and organizations, and she continues to serve as an Emeritus member of the Council on Accreditation of the Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care, International. Her current job encompasses operational aspects of research administration beyond the institutional animal care and use program. Among her responsibilities are the implementation of an electronic forms and routing program to facilitate grant application submission and development of a comprehensive, web-based training program to ensure regulatory compliance. Dr. Gerrity also assists with the oversight of UAB’s regional biocontainment laboratory.