Using Simple Data to Improve IACUC Operations

Wednesday, March 21
1:45 PM - 3:00 PM
Location: Franklin AB

IACUCs and their support offices face constant challenges “to do more with less,” to reduce burden on researchers (and themselves), and to protect animal welfare from myriad possible threats. Data, gathered and analyzed using simple means, can be highly useful for understanding problems, formulating solutions, and proving results. Using a mix of case studies and audience challenges, attendees will learn how to use data to move IACUC operations beyond gut instinct and tribal knowledge, as well as gain specific data tools that can be applied at their institution. During this session, speakers and attendees will:

Laurence B. Istvan, PhD

Assistant Director, Office of Animal Welfare
University of Washington

Laurence B. Istvan, PhD
Assistant Director for Operations, Office of Animal Welfare, University of Washington
Laury Istvan started his career as a Research Ecologist at the Environmental Research Institute of Michigan; he then ran a natural resources management consulting firm and served as Director of Strategy and Analytics for Volt Information Sciences. His work has centered on the intersection of people, technology and nature -- helping decision-makers, including the interested public, to understand the science that informs societies’ choices. In 2013 he joined the UW Office of Animal Welfare, switching focus from wildlife and natural environments to research animals and laboratory settings. Laury earned his undergraduate degree in Natural Resource Policy and Conservation at the University of Michigan and his Doctorate in Environmental Interpretation at the University of Washington; he is also a Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt. His non-work hours are spent, to the extent possible, out-of-doors -- hiking, cross-country skiing, kayaking, sailing, hunting, fishing, mushrooming, or just watching the sunrise from a sleeping bag.


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Steven M. Niemi, DVM, DACLAM

Director, Office of Animal Resources
Harvard University Faculty of Arts and Sciences

Steve Niemi is Director, Office of Animal Resources and Lecturer, Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology, Harvard University Faculty of Arts Sciences, Cambridge, MA. With over 35 years’ experience in biomedical research and commercial biotechnology, he has held senior management positions in contract drug and device development, biotech start-ups in human gene therapy and food animal genomics, and laboratory animal care and assurance. Dr. Niemi is a Diplomate and past president of the American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine, and has served on numerous boards and national task forces addressing medical product development and lab animal welfare. He earned an AB in biology from Harvard College, a DVM from Washington State University, and then received a US Public Health Service National Research Service Award while a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He later completed the Program for Management Development at the Harvard Business School. A collection of his essays, “Notes in the Category of C: Reflections on the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals”, was recently published by Academic Press, a subsidiary of Elsevier.


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