A Time to Connect: A Conversation With the NIH OLAW

Tuesday, March 20
4:30 PM - 5:45 PM
Location: Franklin D

NIH OLAW provides guidance and interpretation of the PHS Policy on Humane Care and Use of Laboratory Animals, supports educational programs, and monitors compliance with the PHS Policy by assured institutions and PHS funding components to ensure the humane care and use of animals in PHS-supported research, testing, and training. Participants will actively engage in small groups with the OLAW staff to work through a variety of scenarios involving OLAW guidance, Animal Welfare Assurances and reporting noncompliance. This session will provide an opportunity for attendees to:

Patricia A. Brown, VMD, MS, DACLAM

Director, Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare
NIH

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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Eileen M. Morgan, BS

Director, Division of Assurances
NIH, OLAW

Eileen Morgan, BS, Director, Division of Assurances, Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare (OLAW), National Institutes of Health (NIH). Ms. Morgan previously served as a Senior Assurance Officer in the Division of Assurances within the Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare (OLAW). Eileen holds a B.S. in Technology Management from the University of Maryland and an Associate degree in Animal Health Technology. She has 34 years experience in animal models-based biomedical research and compliance oversight in the humane care and use of laboratory animals. Her experience includes service as Chief of the Facility Management Branch in the Division of Veterinary Resources, NIH Intramural Program, and positions at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, the American Red Cross, Holland Laboratory, Cleveland Research Institute, and Affinity Biotech, Inc. She has served as an IACUC member and IACUC Chair.

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Brent C. Morse, DVM, DACLAM

Acting Director, Division of Compliance Oversight
NIH, OLAW

BRENT C. MORSE, DVM, DACLAM:
Brent C. Morse is the Acting Director of the Division of Compliance Oversight within the Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare (OLAW) at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda Maryland. He is a 1987 graduate of Washington State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine and has served as an ad hoc site visitor for AAALAC, International. His previous positions included Acting Chief of the Veterinary Medicine Branch of the Division of Veterinary Resources at NIH while a Commissioned Officer with the U.S. Public Health Service and several management positions as a Veterinary Corps Officer with the U.S. Army.

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Jane J. Na, DVM

Veterinary Medical Officer
NIH OLAW

Jane Na, DVM is a Veterinary Medical Officer in the Division of Assurances within the Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare (OLAW) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and also provides support to the OLAW Division of Compliance Oversight. She completed her laboratory animal medicine residency and undergraduate training at the University of Michigan, and attained her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Michigan State University. Prior to joining OLAW, Dr. Na was the Lead Analyst at the University of California San Francisco in the Institutional Animal Care and Use Program office.

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Venita B. Thornton, DVM, MPH

Senior Assurance Officer
NIH, OLAW

Venita B. Thornton, DVM, MPH, is a Senior Assurance Officer, in the Division of Assurances at the Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare (OLAW). She earned a B.S degree in Laboratory Animal Science from N.C Agricultural & Technical State University, and a DVM degree from N.C State University - College of Veterinary Medicine. Venita earned a Master of Public Health (MPH) degree in Preventive Medicine & Biometrics and simultaneously completed a Residency Program in Laboratory Animal Medicine, at the Uniformed Services University of Health Science (USUHS) in Bethesda, MD.

She previously served as a Facility Veterinarian at the NIH- National Institute of Neurologic Disorders & Stroke (NINDS) and at the (former) Veterinary Resources Program (VRP)- SPF Rodent & Rabbit facility respectively.

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