Panel I: Virtual IACUC: This Meeting Is in Session!

Tuesday, March 20
9:45 AM - 11:00 AM
Location: Regency Ballroom

Be sure not to miss this real-time virtual IACUC meeting! Virtual agenda items will be made available to conference attendees prior to the "meeting” and attendees will have the opportunity to electronically participate in the virtual committee voting process via text or web polling. Audience vote tallies will then be displayed and discussed, and representatives from AAALAC International, OLAW, and USDA, APHIS, Animal Care will provide their perspectives on each issue discussed by the virtual IACUC.

Janet D. Stemwedel, PhD

Professor and Chair, Department of Philosophy; Director, Center on Ethics; Nonscientific Member, IACUC
San Jose State University

Janet D. Stemwedel, PhD, is a professor and chair in the Department of Philosophy at San José State University (SJSU). Her teaching and research focus on philosophy of science and ethical issues in scientific research. Dr. Stemwedel has served as the nonscientist member of SJSU’s IACUC since 2007, and became the director of the SJSU Center on Ethics in 2013. Since 2006, she has written about ethics in science, including the ethics of animal research, for outlets including Forbes, Scientific American, and ScienceBlogs. She received a bachelor’s degree in chemistry and philosophy from Wellesley College (1989), and doctorates in physical chemistry (1994) and philosophy (2001) from Stanford University. Dr. Stemwedel is a member of the 2018 IACUC Conference Planning Committee, as well as a member of the PRIM&R Diversity Advisory Group.


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Valerie K. Bergdall, DVM, DACLAM

Institutional Attending Veterinarian; Professor, Clinical Veterinary Preventive Medicine; Director, University Laboratory Animal Resources, The Ohio State University

Valerie K. Bergdall, DVM, DACLAM, is a Diplomate of the American College of Laboratory Animal Veterinarians and serves as the attending veterinarian at The Ohio State University (OSU) and as a clinical professor in Veterinary Preventive Medicine. She received her veterinary degree at Purdue University, completed a residency in Laboratory Animal Medicine at the University of Michigan, and joined OSU in 1994. Dr. Bergdall became the director of the centralized biomedical animal facilities at OSU in 2007 and currently oversees a staff of six veterinarians and approximately 75 animal care staff. She is actively engaged in a working group of ACLAM Diplomates addressing the regulatory burden associated with the animal care and use program, and co-authored a recent editorial in the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology Journal on this subject. Her first-hand experience in dealing with fall-out from the "Age of Enforcement" and a public institution's response to this scrutiny lend insight into the development of self-imposed regulatory burden. In addition, she serves as an AAALAC International ad hoc consultant, and study section grant reviewer for the NIH Office of the Director's Scientific and Technical Review Board on Biomedical and Behavioral Research Facilities. In her spare time, she can be found rollerblading at the local metro parks or walking her Golden Retriever - both at the same time just did not work!


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Gary L. Borkowski, DVM, MS, DACLAM

Senior Director
AAALAC International

Gary L. Borkowski, DVM, MS, DACLAM, is senior director at AAALAC International. Dr. Borkowski received his veterinary medical degree from Iowa State University, a master's degree in laboratory animal medicine from the Pennsylvania State University, and he is board certified in laboratory animal medicine. He has 30 years of experience in academic and pharmaceutical laboratory animal medicine and science, and has worked at major international research institutions, including Vanderbilt University, Pennsylvania State University, Upstate Medical Center, Monsanto, Pharmacia, Pfizer, and Eli Lilly and Company. Dr. Borkowski also worked at the Kennedy Space Center on four Space Shuttle Life Sciences missions for the commercial development of microgravity research. He previously served as the program chair for the National AALAS Annual Meeting, and is past-president of both the American Society of Laboratory Animal Practitioners and the American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine.


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Patricia A. Brown, VMD, MS, DACLAM

Director, Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare

Patricia A. Brown, VMD, MS, DACLAM, is the director of Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare (OLAW) at NIH. OLAW oversees the use of animals in research supported by NIH, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Food and Drug Administration, the Department of Health and Human Services, the Veterans Administration, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and the National Science Foundation. Using the animal welfare standards required by the PHS Policy on Humane Care and Use of Laboratory Animals (PHS Policy), OLAW monitors compliance with the PHS Policy; evaluates allegations or indications of noncompliance with federal animal welfare requirements; and supports educational programs that further the humane care and use of research animals. Dr. Brown joined NIH in 1986, and served in clinical and management positions in the NIH intramural program before joining OLAW in 2006 as the director. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in animal science from The Pennsylvania State University and her VMD from the University of Pennsylvania. She served in the United States Air Force and, while on active duty, completed a residency and Master of Science degree in laboratory animal medicine from the Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center.


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Christopher Dillon, BA, LATG, CPIA

Executive Director, Regulatory Compliance; IACUC Chair
MPI Research

Christopher Dillon BA, LATG, CPIA, serves as the Executive Director of Regulatory Compliance and the IACUC Chair at MPI Research. Mr. Dillon is responsible for the oversight of the organization’s Animal Welfare and Compliance Office, Animal Care and Use Program, including the direction of the IACUC and Regulatory and Systems Compliance. He and his staff lead compliance programs throughout the organization with an emphasis on establishing effective and efficient policies and procedures for the identification, correction, and prevention of noncompliance, guided by applicable rules, regulations, and best practices. Mr. Dillon received a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from Western Michigan University and has dedicated more than 13 years to leadership roles within the life sciences industry. He serves on the Board of Directors for the Michigan Society for Medical Research and the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals of Southwest Michigan, and he is an active member of the American Association of Laboratory Animal Science, PRIM&R, and the Society of Quality Assurance.


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Robert M. Gibbens, DVM

Director, Animal Welfare Operations
USDA, APHIS, Animal Care

Robert M. Gibbens, DVM, Director Animal Welfare Operations, USDA, APHIS, Animal Care
-Bachelors Degree, Zoology, 1980, Oklahoma State University
-DVM, 1984, Oklahoma State University College of Veterinary Medicine
-Small animal practice in Oklahoma
-With USDA since 1990
-VMO for Animal Care in Utah
-Field Supervisor for Animal Care
-Regional Director of the Western Region for Animal Care, 1997-2014
-Director, Animal Welfare Operations, 2014-present.


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Samuel K. Kulp, DVM, PhD

Research Scientist, College of Pharmacy Medicinal Chemistry and Pharmacognosy
The Ohio State University

Samuel K. Kulp, D.V.M., Ph.D., is a Research Scientist in the Division of Medicinal Chemistry and Pharmacognosy at The Ohio State University College of Pharmacy. For the past 15 years, he has performed laboratory research as part of a multidisciplinary drug discovery team focused on the development of novel small molecule anti-cancer agents targeting kinase signaling, epigenetics, tumor metabolism and, more recently, cancer cachexia. Dr. Kulp is on the editorial board of Chemico-Biological Interactions, serves as peer reviewer for several cancer- and pharmacology-related journals and, for the past 5 years, has been a member of The Ohio State University IACUC and its Compliance subcommittee. Dr. Kulp earned a B.A. in Biology from the University of Pennsylvania and his D.V.M. and Ph.D. degrees from The Ohio State University.


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Sally E. Light, BA, CPIA

IACUC Administrator, Office of Regulatory Affairs
Michigan State University

Sally E. Light, BA, CPIA has been the IACUC Administrator at Michigan State University since 2005. Previously she was the administrator for the Office of Clinical Research in the College of Veterinary Medicine and an administrator at the Diagnostic Center for Population and Animal Health at MSU. She received her bachelor’s degree from Pennsylvania State University. She has published in Lab Animal, facilitated workshops at PRIM&R Conferences, and presented at Big Ten IACUC conferences and IACUC Administrator’s Best Practices on IACUC issues. She serves on various MSU committees.


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Drusilla D. Qualman

Nonaffiliated IACUC Member
Nationwide Children's Hospital

Non-Affiliated IACUC Member Nationwide Children's Hospital


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Robert A. Skipper, Jr., PhD

Professor and Fellow of the Graduate School, History and Philosophy of Biology; Philosophy of Science; Evolutionary Theory
Department of Philosophy, University of Cincinnati

Professor Robert Skipper, Jr. (PhD) is a historian and philosopher of biology in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Cincinnati. His research has focused mainly on the origin and development of evolutionary genetics. More recently, however, Skipper has turned his attention to issues at the intersection of biology/medicine and society, particular obesity and public health strategies. He has published several articles on this topic. Skipper's recent book, with C. K. Loo, "Food Insecurity, Obesity, and Exploitation in the US Food System," (Palgrave, 2017) explores the changing nature of food security, the obesity crisis, and constraints on consumer choice in the US food market.


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