Unfinished Business in Laboratory Animal Ethics

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

Too often, ethical elements of laboratory animal care and use are limited to acknowledging the 3Rs and applying them in a rote manner for regulatory compliance. The intent of this session is to explore how the moral basis of IACUC activities can be strengthened by challenging conventional assumptions of adequate oversight and not simply equating compliance with good science and good animal welfare. During this session, speakers and attendees will:

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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