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Michelle Aparicio, BS, CPIA

Director, IACUC, Feinstein Institute for Medical Research - Northwell Health

presenter photoDirector of the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) and Administrator of the Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC) at the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research - Northwell Health. Bachelors in Business, Management and Economics with a concentration in Business Management. Certified Professional IACUC Administrator (CPIA), established research compliance professional with 16 years' experience developing and directing operations for effective, efficient systems of the IACUC and IBC in compliance with regulatory and institutional policy.

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Heidi Denman, RLATg, ILAM

ACF Operations Manager; IACUC Chair, Dicerna Pharmaceuticals, Inc.



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Elizabeth Meek, DVM, MPH

Assistant Regional Director, Western Office, USDA, APHIS, Animal Care

Elizabeth Meek, DVM, MPH is the Assistant Director for USDA APHIS Animal Care. Elizabeth received her BS from the University of Arizona in Agriculture and her DVM and MPH from the University of Wisconsin. Elizabeth's Masters work in conjuncture with the USDA, examined cattle identification systems which would permit tracking cattle with infectious diseases both nationally and internationally and how cattle identification would promote international trade. Prior to joining the USDA Elizabeth worked in vaccine development at the Wisconsin Primate Research Center and at the CDC with the Rabies Intelligence Service in Africa with the Lagos Bat virus. Elizabeth began her career with the USDA APHIS Veterinary Services, specializing in Tuberculosis eradication in the United States and Mexico. Elizabeth's interests are in public health, stakeholder relations, and agriculture outreach.

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Sally Thompson-Iritani, DVM, PhD, CPIA

Director, Office of Animal Welfare, University of Washington

presenter photoSally Thompson-Iritani, DVM, PhD, CPIA, Director, Office of Animal Welfare, University of Washington, Seattle, WA. Dr. Thompson-Iritani is currently overseeing the Office of Animal Welfare at the University of Washington and has been there since 2013. The office has undergone several transitions to increase its alignment and move forward with technology and customer service while maintaining regulatory compliance. Currently in the implementation phases of an overhaul and conversion to a fully integrated electronic database system for IACUC management. Prior to being at the University of Washington, Sally received her DVM from Iowa State University and was trained as a Laboratory Animal Veterinarian and received a PhD in Environmental Toxicology at the University of Washington in 1995. After that she held positions in the biotech/pharmaceutical industry in both small and large companies where she was responsible for preclinical oversight, vivarium management, veterinary care and IACUC offices for 18 years. Particular interests are how animal welfare is considered while maintaining compliance, scientific integrity and researcher support in the various types of areas where these intersect; such as education, biomedical, field and conservation research.

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Not Your Average IACUC Track

Breakout Sessions – Series C

C8 - IACUC Challenges for Small Organizations

Friday, April 1

4:15 PM - 5:30 PM

Faculty(s):

Michelle Aparicio, BS, CPIA

Director, IACUC, Feinstein Institute for Medical Research - Northwell Health

Heidi Denman, RLATg, ILAM

ACF Operations Manager; IACUC Chair, Dicerna Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Elizabeth Meek, DVM, MPH

Assistant Regional Director, Western Office, USDA, APHIS, Animal Care

Sally Thompson-Iritani, DVM, PhD, CPIA

Director, Office of Animal Welfare, University of Washington

In this session, faculty and attendees will focus on creative solutions for challenges inherent to small organizations. During this session, faculty and attendees will:


  • Share strategies for how to create an IACUC from scratch
  • Discuss how to maintain a small IACUC where members must wear multiple hats
  • Explore how to review protocols (including teaching protocols), perform program reviews, and conduct inspections in spite of limited scientific expertise, inexperienced members, and consulting veterinarians
  • Review how to make arrangements for a contract veterinarian where necessary (e.g., visit frequency, provisions for afterhours care if needed, alternate contacts, etc.)
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