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Patricia A. Brown, VMD, MS, DACLAM

Director, Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare, National Institutes of Health

presenter photoPatricia A. Brown, VMD, MS, DACLAM, currently serves as the director of OLAW at NIH. OLAW oversees the use of animals in NIH and NSF-supported research by providing guidance on and interpretation of the PHS Policy on Humane Care and Use of Laboratory Animals (PHS Policy); monitoring compliance with the PHS Policy; evaluating all allegations or indications of noncompliance with federal animal welfare requirements; and supporting educational programs that further the humane care and use of research animals. She received her Bachelor of Science in animal science from The Pennsylvania State University and her veterinary degree from the University of Pennsylvania. She served in the US Air Force and while on active duty earned a Master of Science in laboratory animal medicine from the Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center. She joined the NIH in 1986 and served in clinical and management positions in the NIH intramural program before joining OLAW in 2006 as the director.

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Emily W. Clark, PhD

Review Scientist, University of Washington, Office of Animal Welfare

presenter photoEmily W Clark, PhD, Review Scientist at the University of Washington, began her research career in 1997 as an undergraduate at Swarthmore College (Swarthmore, PA). As a member of the only vertebrate animal laboratory on the liberal arts campus, she had her first experience with IACUC oversight while studying the serotonergic system and emotional learning in rats. Emily moved to Seattle after graduating from Swarthmore in 2001, where she served as a laboratory manager before joining UW’s graduate program in Psychology (Behavioral Neuroscience). Her 2008 dissertation examined the neural circuitry underlying conditioned taste aversion learning in rats, and her postdoctoral research (UW Psychology) employed in vivo electrophysiology to record cell activity in brain regions during spatial navigation, reward learning, and decision-making tasks in rats. Emily joined UW's Office of Animal Welfare as a Review Scientist in 2011. She became an IACUC Member in 2012, later Chairing a subcommittee to overhaul guidance materials and checklists for semiannual facility inspections. She has developed both in-person and document-based training modules for IACUC site visitors, and has helped with OAW process-improvement efforts. Emily is currently adding post-approval monitoring to her skillset, and is involved in developing and implementing UW’s electronic IACUC system.

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Melinda Hollander, MS, CPIA

Animal Compliance and Training Officer, West Virginia University

presenter photoMindy Hollander is the IACUC Administrator and Animal Compliance and Training Officer at West Virginia University. She has been a member of the PRIM&R Planning Committee for the 2015 and 2016 IACUC Conferences and Co-Chair of the Kuali Coeus IACUC sub-committee at the Kuali Coeus Foundation that is developing an electronic IACUC protocol system. Mindy is also a subject matter expert (SME)/train-the-trainer facilitator for the newly established Interagency Collaborative Animal Research Education (ICARE) Academy. Mindy received bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Kinesiology and Physiology, respectively, from the University of Wisconsin – Madison. She has also received certification as a Professional IACUC Administrator (CPIA). Prior to her role as the IACUC Administrator and Animal Compliance and Training Officer, Mindy established and ran the Animal Models and Imaging Facility at West Virginia University. This role afforded her experience as an animal user which is of great benefit in her current role when dealing with researchers.

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Elaine K. Kim, BS, CPIA

Senior IACUC Coordinator, Research Integrity & Compliance Review Office (RICRO), Colorado State University

presenter photoElaine K. Kim, BS, CPIA Senior IACUC Coordinator Research Integrity & Compliance Review Office Colorado State University Elaine is the Senior IACUC Coordinator at Colorado State University (CSU) and this is her first time presenting at a PRIMR IACUC Conference. She recently presented on CSU's implementation of OLAW Guidance on Significant Changes in Animal Activities, NOT-OD-14-126, at the IACUC Administrators Association Best Practice Meeting in August 2015. She has been an IACUC Coordinator since 2010 and manages protocol review, works with stakeholders and the IACUC on institutional policies and guidelines, as well as communicates with external funding agencies and collaborators. Elaine earned her bachelor's degree in biology at UC Berkeley, and her CPIA in April 2015. Some of her previous positions have included: genetic lab technician, animal husbandry technician, wildlife field assistant, research associate in a pharmaceutical company, as well as a customer service associate in a retail setting. She believes that her varied work background has helped her be an effective and communicative IACUC Coordinator.

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Protocol Review Track

Breakout Sessions – Series D

D11 - Significant Changes: Development and Implementation of Policies and Guidance Documents for Principal Investigators

Saturday, April 2

10:30 AM - 1:15 PM

Faculty(s):

Patricia A. Brown, VMD, MS, DACLAM

Director, Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare, National Institutes of Health

Emily W. Clark, PhD

Review Scientist, University of Washington, Office of Animal Welfare

Melinda Hollander, MS, CPIA

Animal Compliance and Training Officer, West Virginia University

Elaine K. Kim, BS, CPIA

Senior IACUC Coordinator, Research Integrity & Compliance Review Office (RICRO), Colorado State University

In August 2014, OLAW, with a concurrence from the USDA, published a guidance document that allows institutions to develop policies and guidance documents permitting principal investigators to make some changes to their approved IACUC protocols utilizing administrative and veterinary consultation rather than IACUC review. During this session, faculty and attendees will:


  • Briefly review the guidance
  • Provide insight on the process of developing policies and guidance documents and how to implement the guidance
  • Share strategies that can be used to change protocols while also meeting the documentation standard of the guidance document
  • Discuss how to create standard operating procedures for common experimental procedures, including the pros and cons of having pre-approved procedures
  • This is a double session and will go until 1:15 PM. Attendees will get their boxed lunch before the session starts.
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