2011 Webinar: Post Approval Monitoring

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This goal of this webinar was to provide a broad overview of post-approval monitoring (PAM). Topics to be addressed during this webinar included:

  • Understanding the function, purpose, and variety of PAM
  • Analyzing and reviewing contemporary models of PAM can aid regulatory professionals with understanding their program’s current status and future direction
  • Integrating PAM with other animal care and use functions
  • Observations made during PAM visits can identify new targets for improvement, including: avenues for a training program, areas where new equipment or repairs might improve animal care, and staff needs which are not being adequately communicated
  • Tailoring PAM to the needs of your institution
  • Practicing diplomacy: education, outreach, and training. In the aftermath of a PAM visit, outreach to and training of the scientific staff can have a lasting positive impact.
  • Facilitating compliance by keeping research staff informed about new regulations. As someone who is obliged to stay current with regulations, the post-approval monitor is the perfect vector to relay pertinent information specific to the interests of the researchers.


This webinar was of interest to animal care and use professionals, post-approval monitors and compliance liaisons, institutional animal care and use committee (IACUC) members, administrators, principal investigators, and research staff.


David G. Cannon, CPIA
David Cannon currently works at The University of Alabama at Birmingham as the director for the institutional animal care and use committee (IACUC). His position entails the daily management of office operations as well as long-range planning in a collaborative institutional environment. Mr. Cannon was previously employed at Vanderbilt University, where he was instrumental in the development of the office of animal welfare assurance and the implementation of a post-approval monitoring program supporting three auditors. He was also employed at Wake Forest University as a research manager for the department of physiology and pharmacology, where he spent ten years managing a large behavioral pharmacology laboratory. Continuing at Wake Forest University, he accepted a position in the office of research, where he developed the first program of post-approval compliance monitoring as the university’s first compliance officer. As a research associate at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Mr. Cannon conducted selection testing from mass screening in human subjects and lead a project that investigated the effect of closed head injury on affected cognitive memory loss.

Mr. Cannon holds a BA from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and has done graduate work at the Bowman Gray School of Medicine and Wake Forest University. He is also a Certified Professional IACUC Administrator (CPIA) and is a member of the National Honor Society in Psychology.

Jaimie Graff, MA, CPIA
Jaimie Graff serves as the IACUC administrator, post-approval monitor, and training coordinator for the animal resources program office of the National Health and Environmental Effects Research Laboratory (NHEERL) in the office of research and development of the United States Environmental Protection Agency. Prior to her work for the animal resources program office, she worked for NHEERL as a research biologist in the Neurotoxicology Division for 11 years. Her work focused on the correlation of tissue chemistry with changes in evoked potential electrophysiology following exposure to xenobiotics ranging from PCBs to pesticide mixtures. Jaimie also worked in the Department of Anesthesia at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey looking at tissue adhesives and laser tissue repair, and at the University of Chicago, division of biological sciences, department of anesthesia and critical care on studies which looked at the impact on cardiac ischemia of hypertension drugs administered perioperatively in humans.

Jaimie holds a BS from Cornell University, and an MA from the University of Chicago, along with assorted microsurgery, analytical chemistry, and statistical analysis certifications acquired over the years. She has been the holder of the CPIA credential, an accomplishment she is very proud of, since April 2010.

Certificates of Attendance

Certificates of Attendance
Certificates of Attendance for the Post-Approval Monitoring: From Primer to Production webinar were made available at the conclusion of the webinar. Such certificates are useful for obtaining Continuing Education Credits (not Continuing Medical Education Credits) from professional associations. Note that guidelines concerning Continuing Education Credits may differ, and you should consult the appropriate professional association representative for further guidance.

Continuing Education (CE) Credit for CPIA® Recertification
Webinar participants holding the CPIA credential who wish to apply credits from Post-Approval Monitoring: From Primer to Production toward CPIA recertification may submit a Certificate of Attendance as documentation of participation. Participation in this 90-minute webinar counts as 1.5 CE credit hours.