Beyond the Basics: Advanced Issues and Current Topics in IACUC Administration

Monday, March 19
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Location: Delaware AB

This intermediate-level/advanced level educational program is intended for participants that have a thorough understanding of the regulatory standards governing research, teaching and testing activities that include vertebrate animals.

Is regulatory burden truly impeding advancements in biomedical research? Since 2005, federal agencies and numerous research organizations (Federal Demonstration Partnership) have been investigating this matter, and determined through meetings and surveys that investigators spend at least 42% of their time managing regulatory affairs rather than conducting research.

In 2009 and again in 2014 government-appointed committees considered the matter. As a result, the National Research Council and the National Science Board reviewed the impact of regulatory burden, and indeed confirmed that regulatory burden costs research organizations millions of dollars a year and hinders the ability of scientists to dedicate their time to advancements in biomedical research.

As a result of this effort, the 21st Century Cures Act, a bill intended to reduce regulatory burden, has been introduced and is progressing through Congress. This bill requires agencies to reduce administrative burden. The Cures bill passed the House on December 5, 2016 and is expected to be considered and passed by the Senate before the end of 2016. Specific components of the bill are expected to impact animal research, teaching and testing activities.

During this pre-conference program, participants will investigate specific and focused topics associated with reducing regulatory burden, through a variety of interactive and engaging activities. Attendees will participate in the review and discussion of program processes, and investigate potential opportunities for minimizing regulatory burden while ensuring animal welfare and ongoing compliance.

Learning Objectives: The attendee will develop program best practices that do not exceed the regulatory standards, but ensure animal welfare and ongoing program compliance.

Topics to be covered may include:
1) Matters relating to regulatory burden
2) Protocol template design
3) The amendment review process
4) IACUC oversight of approved animal activities

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William G. Greer, BS, CPIA, LAT

Assistant Vice President for Research, Animal Program Compliance Oversight; Director, Animal Care and Use Office
University of MichiganPresident, IACUC Administrators Association

Bill Greer: received his Bachelor’s in Microbiology from Penn State University in 1985. He currently serves as the Assistant Vice President for Research at the University of Michigan. His previous roles included Associate Director for Research Compliance at the Pennsylvania State University, and research technician, production manager and safety officer at Intervet, State College, PA (Formally Tri Bio Laboratories). In 2005, he organized and held the first IACUC Administrators’ Best Practices Meeting, which establish a venue for administrators to informally meet to discuss programmatic concerns. He continues to facilitate at least three annual Best Practice Meetings. In 2007, he initiated the process of establishing the IACUC Administrators Association (IAA); a professional organization of IACUC Administrators. In 2010, he chaired the founding committee for the non-profit education based IAA organization. He now serves as the president and chairman of the IAA board of directors. Since 2007, Bill has served as ad hoc consultant to AAALAC Council where he performs institutional program reviews, assessments, and status determinations. He served as a member of the Council of Certified Professional IACUC Administrators (CCPIA). He continues to serve as an educator for the IACUC Administrative community and has lectured at multiple venues including PRIM&R, AALAS, CIC, C3, Biomedical Association Meetings, and Administrators Best Practice Meetings.


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Ron E. Banks, DVM

Associate Professor, Department of Pathology, Director, Division of Comparative Medicine
The University of Oklahoma Health Sciences CenterDiplomate, American College of Animal Welfare Diplomate, American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine Fellow, National Academies of Practice

Ron E. Banks, DVM, graduated from Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1982. Dr. Ron Banks has had a distinguished career hallmarked by continuing veterinary education and personnel development. Serving for over thirty years in the US Army Veterinary Corps, Dr. Banks instructed and supported military medical residents - veterinarians and physicians – with education in animal welfare, and animal well-being, and humane animal use for research, teaching, exhibition, and pet care. During his twelve years at Duke, he developed the Office of Animal Welfare Assurance and established many training programs for researchers, research technicians, and the public on topics of animal care, practical performance standards, animal welfare, and animal management. He is a Board Certified and a Charter Member of the American College of Animal Welfare; Board Certified with the American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine; and Board Certified with the American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine. He also holds the distinction of being elected as a Fellow to the National Academies of Practice. His professional career and practice ethos has been evidenced by continuing education as an invited interactive educator at the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), North American Veterinary Community (NAVC), and the WVC. Dr. Banks has presented at numerous regional & national continuing education meetings. He was selected as an inaugural participant of the Teach the Trainer Institute – a multi-centric and widely supported federal initiative which fosters effective adult education through engagement of learning pedagogy in an interactive teaching environment. He is a co-founder and co-leader of ‘Best Practices’ and co-author of the program reference ‘IACUC Administrators Guide to Program Management.’ He currently serves as the director, division of comparative medicine at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.


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