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Rebecca D. Armstrong, DVM, PhD

Director, Research Subject Protection, University of California, Berkeley

presenter photoRebecca D. Armstrong, DVM, PhD is the Director of Research Subject Protection, overseeing the both the IRB and IACUC administrative offices and programs at the University of California, Berkeley. Becky recieved her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine in 1983 and her PhD in Adult, Continuing and Professional Education from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1998. While at UW-Madison, she became involved in a major NSF funded program on Women in Science and upon graduation, she transitioned to research development activities and then research compliance at Purdue University. In 2004 she assumed leadership of UC Berkeley's human research protection program and likewise, in 2010, the animal care and use program was added to her portfolio of responsibilities.

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Jennifer M. Lee, CPIA

Assistant Director, University of California, Berkeley

presenter photoJennifer Lee, CPIA, is the Assistant Director for the Office of Animal Care and Use at the University of California, Berkeley. Jennifer has extensive experience working in the laboratory animal research field at both academic institutions and biotech/pharmaceutical companies. She has a diverse background that includes IACUC management, vivarium operations, program administration, and training.

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Jon D. Reuter, DVM, MPVM, DACLAM

Director of the Office of Animal Resources, Attending Veterinarian, University of Colorado- Boulder

presenter photoJon D. Reuter, DVM, MPVM, DACLAM, is the Director of the Office of Animal Resources, Attending Veterinarian and Research Professor at the University of Colorado - Boulder. Prior, Dr. Reuter was the Sr. Director, Attending Veterinarian at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies in La Jolla. He is actively involved managing staff in husbandry and operations, veterinary care, colony management, behavioral testing, and regulatory compliance. Dr. Reuter graduated from the University of California, Davis. He then attended the University of California, Davis School of Veterinary Medicine and earned his DVM and a master's degree in Preventative Veterinary Medicine. He then completed a postdoctoral residency program in laboratory animal medicine at the University of Michigan. During the residency, his research interests were in the field of infectious disease with focus on nanomolecular countermeasures to biological warfare agents such as anthrax and influenza. Dr. Reuter was recruited to Yale University’s Section of Comparative Medicine, where he led a successful infectious disease research laboratory and supported the Animal Resources Center and IACUC. Dr. Reuter has served on multiple AALAS and ACLAM committees, is an ad hoc specialist with AAALAC International, and is a member of the 2016 IACUC Conference Planning Committee.

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Patti Shanders

IACUC Coordinator Specialist, AbbVie, Inc.

presenter photoPatti Shanders, IACUC Coordinator Specialist. Patti received her Bachelor’s degree in Business Marketing from Eastern Illinois University. She has been working in the Office of Animal Welfare with Abbott/AbbVie for over 8 years. She is currently the IACUC Coordinator Specialist for AbbVie’s animal care and use program and is a voting member of her IACUC. Recently managing a successful transition from a homegrown to a vendor electronic IACUC management software program has made her a semi-expert on the pros and cons of such a change. In addition to PRIM&R she is member of both CBAALAS and the IACUC Administrators Association. Patti lives in Gurnee, Illinois and enjoys the diversity of her IACUC work, since two days are never the same!

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IACUC Administration/Management and Process Track

Breakout Sessions – Series C

C7 - You Made the Decision: How to Implement and Transition to an e-Protocol

Friday, April 1

4:15 PM - 5:30 PM

Faculty(s):

Rebecca D. Armstrong, DVM, PhD

Director, Research Subject Protection, University of California, Berkeley

Jennifer M. Lee, CPIA

Assistant Director, University of California, Berkeley

Jon D. Reuter, DVM, MPVM, DACLAM

Director of the Office of Animal Resources, Attending Veterinarian, University of Colorado- Boulder

Patti Shanders

IACUC Coordinator Specialist, AbbVie, Inc.

During this session, speakers will describe, from their various roles, the decision-making process, roll-out process, implementation, lessons, and future plans for transitioning from a hard copy to an e-protocol. During this session, faculty will:


  • Review why an institution might make this transition, as well as the issues and topics to consider in planning and implementing a protocol review software
  • Discuss how to implement a transition to achieve organizational goals, and how to project manage the transition
  • Outline how, during this significant change, IACUC staff can carry out their duties and respond to principal investigators and other institutional stakeholders, while also ensuring compliance to institutional policies and the welfare of the animals in teaching and research
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