2017 IACUC Regional Educational Conference


Location: Lynnwood Convention Center, Lynnwood WA


Program of Activities

February 21, 2017 (1pm to 4pm) - Optional Pre-conference Tour (Registration Fee - $95) 

  • "Bridging the Gap" preconference tour of University of Washington Office of Animal Welfare and Animal Facilities (limited space, must be registered for NWABR conference).

February 21, 2017 (4pm to 6pm) - Networking Reception at the Crow's Nest, University of Washington

February 22, 2017 - NWABR Spring IACUC Conference (Registration Fees Ranging From $295 to $475)

  • A one day meeting on February 22, 2017 covering hot topics related to animal care and use, led by facilitators from around the United States.
  • Exhibit tables on February 22, 2017 so attendees can meet with those in the field providing valuable resources and service.



For the past 18 years NWABR has offered an annual IACUC conference for IACUC Committee members, veterinarians, animal techs and researchers.  This leading regional conference is designed by a volunteer Planning Committee.  The members of the Planning Committee passionately care about the ethical use of animals in research and have designed this conference to meet the needs of both new and experienced practioners.  

The theme of this year’s conference is: The Heart of IACUC: Caring for Animals in Research

Confirmed speakers for the 2017 conference include:

  • Cindy Pekow (Veteran’s Affairs, Puget Sound)
  • Greg Timmel (Oregon Health and Sciences University)
  • Laury Istvan (University of Washington)
  • Carolyn McKinnie (USDA)
  • Brent Morse (OLAW)
  • Helen Diggs (AAALAC) 
  • Larry Carbone (University of California San Francisco)
  • Natalie Mays (NYU School of Medicine)
  • Sally Thompson-Iritani (UW)
  • Clarissa Dirks (Evergreen State)
  • Teri Murray (PhenoPath Laboratories)
  • Ken Gordon (NWABR)

In addition to the various presentations there will be a Mock IACUC session that will allow conference participants to test their knowledge of the rules and regulations against a panel of experts and regulatory and compliance experts.

As always the aim of this conference will be to provide you with up to date information that will directly inform your day to day work, allow for much needed networking and most importantly focus on the heart of this important work.

CE Credits:  NWABR is anticipating that attendees will be awarded at least 7.5 hours of CE credits towards CIP recertification for participating in this conference.

Please Register Here

The conference is limited to 200 attendees so early registration is encouraged.

About the Lynnwood Convention Center and Accommodation

The Lynnwood Convention Center features cutting edge technology, innovative cuisine, and of course, personalized service all within 15 minutes of downtown Seattle.  The Center has 400 free carparks, free Wi-Fi and a reputation as one of the Greenest conference venues in the region.  For directions to the Lynnwood Convention Center please click here.  There are also regular buses from downtown Seattle to the Lynnwood Transit Center.

You can plan your trip on public transit through the following link.

NWABR has made a block booking at the Embassy Suites Hilton for this conference.  The Embassy Suites are a four minute drive from the Convention Center.  Attendees can begin calling in their reservations to (425) 775-2500 or (800) 628-0611 and reserving their rooms under THE IACUC CONFERENCE BLOCK.

Attendees can also make their reservations using the booking link.

Reservations are available till January 23, 2017.  After this date, the Embassy Suites cannot guarantee availability or provide the discounted rate.

Other Information and Member Discounts for the Conference

Vendors and staff of NWABR member organizations receive significant conference discounts.  Please contact Ken Gordon (206 957-3337) for discount codes.  You can also email Ken at executivedirector@nwabr.org.

There will be a limited number of free spaces available at the conference for the community members of IACUCs.  Please contact Ken for the Community Member discount code (please note: these free spaces are only available for NWABR members).

For more information about this conference or if you are interested in being a vendor or sponsor at the conference please also contact Ken.  

This conference is made possible by the member organizations of NWABR who provide the seed capital for the planning of these educational opportunities.  Please visit the member page to find out more about each of these amazing organizations.  

For your information the following are the most recent drafts of the programs for the conference and the pre-conference events:


February 21, 2017 (1pm to 4pm) - Optional Pre-conference Tour (Registration Fee - $95) 

University of Washington and NWABR: Bridging the Gap:  NWABR, in partnership with the University of Washington Office of Animal Welfare (OAW), will offer a limited-space (25 attendees), behind-the-scenes look at different aspects of the University of Washington's animal care and use program including: their recent approach (and challenges) on developing and implementing a sustainable compassion fatigue program to meet the needs of their research community as well as an opportunity to view maps and take a virtual tour of the University of Washington’s new 84,000 sq ft 'state-of-the-art' Animal Research Facility (opening May/June 2017) followed by a guided surface tour.

About Bridging the Gap:  UW’s Bridging the Gap is the 3rd annual pre-conference activity in partnership with NWABR.  It’s meant to bring together IACUC administrators, researchers, educators, leaders, government officials and others who play a role in conducting outstanding services to the research community while creating a culture of compliance.  Bridging the Gap is provided bu the UW's Office of Animal Welfare .  The Mission and Vision of the OAW is to protect the integrity and excellence of vertebrate animal research and teaching at the University of Washington, and to provide comprehensive resources and outstanding services to the UW IACUC, faculty, staff and other partners for navigating and complying with the rules and regulations regarding the use of vertebrate animals.  The Office of Animal Welfare facilitates the IACUC review of research protocols and grants involving live vertebrate animals. In addition, the OAW provides oversight and compliance on behalf of the IACUC in accordance with applicable laws, policies and regulations.


February 21, 2017 (4pm to 6pm) - Networking Reception at the Crow's Nest, University of Washington

Bridging the Gap: Networking Reception:  All attendees are invited to attend a reception with members from the UW, OAW, DCM, NWABR and confirmed speakers for the 2017 IACUC Regional Educational Conference “The Heart of IACUC: Caring for Animals in Research”.


February 22, 2017 - NWABR Spring IACUC Conference (Registration Fees Ranging From $295 to $475)





Learning Objectives





7:30 - 9:15

Registration, light breakfast, networking with sponsors








IACUC Basics



8:00 – 8:05


Ken Gordon (NWABR)


8:05 – 8:35

The Spirit of IACUC

Cindy Pekow (VA Puget Sound)

This session will provide an overview of what IACUC members need to know about the laws and regulations governing the use of animals in research. Topics will include: determining what laws pertain to research with animals/species and funding sources; who enforces the laws and accredits facilities; the purpose and role of IACUC; the roles of the various committee members; and, where to find good resources.

8:35 – 9:05

Protocol Review

Greg Timmel (OHSU)

During this session, faculty will cover the aspects a committee needs to consider as part of the review process, including: understanding why the research is being done and what will happen to the animals from start to finish; the intersections with other committees (e.g., IBC); the roles of committee members; and formal protocol review processes. This session will also review designated member review, conflicts of interest, and post-approval monitoring.

9:05 – 9:35

Facility Reviews and Site Visits

Laury Istvan (UW)

This session will introduce IACUC members to all aspects of facility reviews and site visits, including a review of the entire care and use program (including inspection of research labs), and ensuring that procedures are being undertaken as described in protocols.






General Conference



9:40 – 9:45

Formal Welcome

NWABR Board President – Cami Gearhart (Quorum Review) and

Chair of Planning Committee – Sally Thompson-Iritani (UW)


9:45 – 10:45


Larry Carbone (Univ. of California San Francisco)

This session will introduce the challenges that undergird the reproducibility of experimental results, and it will consider the steps an IACUC can take to assist researchers and animal care specialists to bolster reproducibility.







11:00 – Noon

Getting the best out of your IACUC

Sally Thompson-Iritani (UW), Natalie Mays (NYU School of Medicine) and Clarissa Dirks (Evergreen State)



Noon  – 1:15

Lunch – hosted in the separate dining facility









1.15 – 1:45

How Do We Talk About Our Work

Ken Gordon (NWABR)

This session will provide participants with tools and resources to enable them to communicate about their work to the public, non-defensively, and in a manner that builds support for ethically conducted animal research.


1:45 – 2:15

Disaster Preparedness

Terri Murray (Pheneopath Laboratories)



2:15 – 3:15

Compliance and Other Updates and VVC


Sally Thompson-Iritani (UW) (facilitator)

Brent Morse (OLAW)

Carolyn McKinnie (USDA)

Helen Diggs (AAALAC)



During this session, faculty will provide information on all compliance updates and potential regulatory changes. Participants will receive an up to date summary of all regulations and the laws that impact their processes.









3:30 – 4:30



IACUC Panel to consider various IACUC challenges.

Audience to participate.

Comments from Regulatory and Compliance Experts (Morse, McKinnie and Diggs)



Conference Close





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