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NWABR IACUC Conference
Embracing the Future: IACUC Excellence in the Northwest
February 27, 2020 | Seattle, WA

The Northwest Association for Biomedical Research (NWABR) will hold its 2020 IACUC Conference on February 27, 2020, in Seattle, WA. This one-day conference for IACUC members, veterinarians, animal care staff, and researchers covers hot topics related to animal care and use, led by facilitators from around the U.S.

In conjunction with the University of Washington, NWABR will again host the Bridging the Gap tour of local animal care facilities and programs on February 28, 2020.

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NWABR IACUC Conference
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Commentary on Lab Animal Protocol Review Column: January Issue

Visit the Guidance section on the OLAW website for updated Commentary on Lab Animal Protocol Review columns. In the January 2020 issue, OLAW and APHIS respond to the topic: If a researcher disagrees with a veterinarian’s recommendations, whose say goes? Download the column here: Lab Animal 2020; Vol 49. (PDF)

To further explore this and other topics, browse the OLAW Topic Index. For additional information, visit OLAW.



ICARE Academy: Refining IACUC Function (IA Refining)
Advanced Training for IACUC Members and Animal Program Personnel
January 14-16, 2020 | Tampa, FL

It’s not too late. Register today! Link to Non-U.S. Government Site - Click for Disclaimer

There is still time to join us in sunny Tampa, FL, for the IA Refining workshop. Register now Link to Non-U.S. Government Site - Click for Disclaimer and kick off the new year with advanced training for IACUC members and animal program personnel.

You will learn about IACUC and institutional responsibilities to optimize animal welfare, increase compliance, and minimize regulatory burden. A wide range of topics will be covered, from what to report, to veterinary verification and consultation (VVC), to site visits and inspections! 

Learn more and this and other ICARE workshops by visiting ICARE Project.

The Interagency Collaborative Animal Research Education (ICARE) Project is an initiative of the NIH Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare, USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, Food and Drug Administration, Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority, National Science Foundation, and Department of Veterans Affairs.



Diversifying the Research Organism Landscape
A Free Webinar Presented by FASEB and NIH
January 21, 2020 | 2:00 – 3:00 PM ET

The Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) and the National Institutes of Health, National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIH NIGMS) are excited to offer a free webinar on January 21, 2020, on rare research organisms and why it is important to choose the appropriate animal model for each research question.

Scientists understand that quality, reproducible science depends on many factors, including using the best resources to answer scientific questions. However, an important question to consider when designing a research project: Are we leading with the scientific question first, or do we select the research organism we know and try to tailor the research according to the model’s characteristics? This webinar will explore these subtle, yet very distinct research approaches and experts will discuss the importance of selecting the appropriate organism for various research topics. To illustrate this point, participants will share examples from their research using lesser-known species, and discuss the opportunities and challenges associated with studying a variety of research organisms.

Learn more Link to Non-U.S. Government Site - Click for Disclaimer and register here Link to Non-U.S. Government Site - Click for Disclaimer. A recording of the webinar will be posted on the FASEB website when available.


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