Administration of the Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC) and the Institutional Review Entity (IRE)

Tuesday, March 20
4:30 PM - 5:45 PM
Location: Union AB

Many IACUC administrative personnel are charged with additional responsibilities, such as providing support for the IBC and the IRE. Speakers will discuss ways to manage support for these committees while maintaining regulatory compliance and reducing administrative burden. Attendees should have an understanding of the functions of the IBC and the IRE and how they interact with the IACUC before attending this session. During this session, speakers and attendees will:

Michelle Aparicio, BS, CPIA

Director, IACUC and IBC - Animal Welfare Office, Office of Animal Welfare
Feinstein Institute for Medical Research, Northwell HealthVice Chair, PRIM&R CPIA Council (CCPIA®)

Research regulatory professional with demonstrated experience in non-profit academic biomedical research, knowledge of federal, state and local regulations governing pre-clinical and clinical research activities. Vice-Chair, Council for Certified Professional IACUC Administration (CCPIA®). Over 17 years of experience in administration, regulatory compliance; establishing and directing the operations of efficient and effective systems for regulatory oversight and administration of research programs with a focus on integrating organizational core values and service standards into research support services and regulatory oversight programs.


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Natalie L. Mays, BA, LATG, CPIA

Director of the IACUC and IBC, Office of the IACUC and IBC
New York University School of Medicine

Natalie L. Mays is the Director of the New York University School of Medicine's IACUC and IBC. After receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree in microbiology from Miami University in Oxford, OH, Natalie worked at multiple Northeast Ohio academic institutions in various roles including research assistant, research technologist, administrative manager, and training and compliance coordinator. Along the way, Natalie obtained AALAS certification at the LATG level and graduated from AALAS’ Institute for Laboratory Animal Management (ILAM). Prior to joining NYU, Natalie was the IACUC Director at Columbia University/Columbia University Medical Center. While at Columbia, she obtained CPIA certification. Natalie first became a member of an IACUC in 1988 and has served on many IACUCs since that time. As a member of the PRIM&R Board of Directors, Natalie is the Co-Chair of the Certification Committee and a member of the Governance Committee. She is proud to complete her third year as the Co-Chair of the PRIM&R IACUC Conference.


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Jennifer A. Perkins, MA, CPIA

Director, Research Safety and Animal Welfare Administration; Institutional Contact for Dual Use Research, Office of Research Administration
University of California, Los Angeles

Jennifer A. Perkins, MA, CPIA, is the director of the Research Safety and Animal Welfare Administration (RSAWA) and the institutional contact for Dual Use Research of Concern (ICDUR) at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Under her direction, RSAWA supports the UCLA IACUC, IBC, Radiation Safety Committees, Institutional Review Entity, and other faculty led safety committees. Ms. Perkins earned her BA (psychology) from UCLA and her MA (psychology) from California State University, Long Beach. She worked in HIV risk reduction with “hard-to-reach” populations until beginning her career in IACUC administration in 2000. In addition to her role at UCLA, Ms. Perkins serves as faculty for the Interagency Collaborative Animal Research Education (ICARE) Project.


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