Keeping the Key Players in Your Animal Care and Use Program Informed and Engaged

Tuesday, March 20
11:15 AM - 12:30 PM
Location: Delaware CD

A successful animal care and use program is reliant on the interactions and engagement of a diverse group of people with multiple responsibilities. The IO assumes significant responsibilities in the program and must work in partnership with divergent populations at the institution to ensure compliancy and efficiency. The IACUC chair and committee members have many other responsibilities that impact their engagement, and IACUC administrators must find ways to keep all informed and engaged. Attendees should have a sound working knowledge of the IACUC and the regulations that provide guidance before attending this session. This session is geared toward well-versed IACUC administrators who can share their challenges and successes related to their institutions. During this session, speakers and attendees will:

Jo Ann Henry, LATG, CPIA

Assistant Director, IACUC
New York University Langone Medical Center

Jo Ann Henry, LATG, CPIA is Assistant Director for the NYU (New York University) School of Medicine and Langone Health's IACUC. Jo Ann started her career in Veterinary Technology in clinical practice. Her career in biomedical research has included positions in veterinary nursing, management, training and compliance.


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Helen O'Meara, MS, CPIA

Associate Director, IACUC/IBC, Office of Responsible Research Practices
The Ohio State University

Helen O’Meara, Certified Professional IACUC Administrator (CPIA), provides leadership for the team supporting the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) and the Institutional Biosafety Committee at The Ohio State University. Helen previously served as the IACUC Quality Improvement Specialist. Prior to her Ohio State employment, Helen worked in commercial animal research laboratories directing toxicology studies. Helen received her Masters of Science in Environmental Health Science from Case Western Reserve University and has also been certified as a Laboratory Animal Technologist by the American Association of Laboratory Animal Science.


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Ernest D. Prentice, PhD

Professor Emeritus, University of Nebraska Medical Center
Senior Director, Research Compliance Consulting International

Ernest D. Prentice, PhD, is Professor Emeritus at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. In addition to his scholarly work in the fields of anatomy and medical education, Dr. Prentice is a frequent contributor to the literature on the ethics and regulation of both human and animal research, and he is a frequent speaker at meetings on various aspects of research ethics. He regularly serves as a faculty member for PRIM&R's IRB 101sm/IRB 250 courses and IACUC 101™ Series courses, which are held at universities across the U.S.

Dr. Prentice is past president of the Board of Trustees for the Scientist Center for Animal Welfare and chair of the CITI Executive Advisory Committee. In 2003, Dr. Prentice was awarded the Harry C. Roswell Award for contributions to the enhancement of laboratory animal welfare. In 2005, he received the Applied Research Ethics National Association (ARENA) Distinguished Service Award; in 2006, the medallion for Outstanding Achievement in Human Subject Protections from the HHS Office of Human Research Protections (OHRP); and in 2016, the UNMC Graduate Studies Program Distinguished Alumnus award.


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