Implementation of Active Learning (AL) in Institutional Animal Care and Use Programs

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

AL has been shown to increase the effectiveness of adult education in factual and theoretical understanding of scientific and ethical issues by engaging the learner in activities that require the application of high-level concepts. This session will discuss and demonstrate implementation of AL methodology to provide effective IACUC training. During this session, speakers and attendees will:

Kiirsa Pokryfke, MS, CMAR, LATG

Training Core Manager, Unit for Laboratory Animal Medicine
University of Michigan

Kiirsa Pokryfke has a M.S. in Strategy, Management and Leadership through Michigan State University and a B.S. in Biology from Western Michigan University. She was employed at MPI Research as a research technician working with primates, swine and dogs. She then became a trainer and trained various technical procedures from mice to primates. Kiirsa then became the manager of the training department at MPI Research in which she developed and implemented an entirely new training program that incorporated various aspects of laboratory animal science and animal procedures. After 11 years at MPI Research, Kiirsa decided to expand her role as a training manager, and began working at the University of Michigan as a Training Core Manager. In this role, she coordinates, manages and trains over 4000 researchers and staff working with animals on campus.


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Christina Nascimento, MS, CPIA

IACUC Manager
Brigham and Women's Hospital

Christina Nascimento, MS, CPIA, is the IACUC Manager at Brigham & Women’s Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts. Christina earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Pre-Veterinary Science and Biology at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Master’s degree at UMASS Amherst concentrating in Molecular Genetics, and holds a CPIA certification from PRIM&R. As IACUC Manager, Christina oversees IACUC Office operations, while also implementing an eIACUC system and was part of the team opening a new state-of the art animal facility and establishing an entire animal care and use program for the institution. Christina served on the Harvard Medical Area/School IACUC for over 10 years, and is currently serving on the Brigham & Women's Hospital IACUC. After acting as the IACUC Inspection Officer at Harvard Medical School, Christina has over a decade of experience in IACUC policy and animal welfare, as well as managing a vast inspection and Post Approval Monitoring Program for dozens of animal facilities and satellites and hundreds of laboratory use areas. From her years as both an investigator and a veterinary technician, Christina has experience with a variety of species such as rodents, agricultural animals, aquatic species, cats, dogs, horses, and non-human primates. Outside of the office, Christina enjoys training young horses and is a licensed horseback riding instructor.


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