2018 IACUC Regional Educational Conference


Location: Lynnwood Convention Center, Lynnwood WA


Program of Activities

February 27, 2018 - NWABR Spring IACUC Conference (Registration Fees Ranging From $295 to $475)

  • A one day meeting on February 27, 2018 covering hot topics related to animal care and use, led by facilitators from around the United States.
  • Exhibit tables on February 27, 2018 so attendees can meet with those in the field providing valuable resources and service.

NWABR will once again be working with the Office of Animal Care at the University of Washington to arrange a complimentary program that will showcase strategies to improve animal care programs.



For the past 19 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 practitioners.  

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 and allow for much needed networking.


Monday, February 26, 2018 –IACUC Chairs and Administrators Meeting (Invitation Only Attendance – Free)





Sign in, coffee/snacks, networking


Facilitated discussion with IACUC Chairs and Administrators on best practices, emerging issues and key changes impacting IACUCs.


Monday February 26, 2018 – Bridging the Gap Facility Tour of University of Washington Animal Care Facilities – Free (attendance limited to 20 participants)





Sign in, coffee/snacks, networking, introduction to the Program


Bridging the Gap

Participants will have the choice of attending two of three possible sessions.  Session choices include: 

1.    Facility Tour: Tour of the University of Washington’s new 84,000 sq ft ‘state-of-the-art’ Animal Research and Care Facility. 

2.       eIACUC and CUSP: Presentation on the Office of Animal Welfare’s recent experience implementing a new eIACUC system and the creation of the Compliance Unit Standard Procedure (CUSP) sharing site. 

3.       Mouse Wet Lab: Hands-on wet lab experience with mice to learn submental (chin) blood collection and oral gavage dosing.  Participants must be proficient in mouse handling to attend this session. 



Thank yous and closing remarks



Monday February 26, 2018 - Pre Conference Networking Reception (Free)




All attendees are invited to attend a reception with members from the UW, OAW, DCM, NWABR and confirmed speakers for the 2018 IACUC Regional Educational Conference.




February 27, 2018 – NWABR Annual Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee Conference

Theme:  All the R’s




Learning Objectives


8:00 – 8:05

Welcome to first morning session

Ken Gordon (NWABR)



8:05 – 8:35

Review of the Basics

I, a Cook: The IACUC Recipe

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.

30 minutes

(30 minutes cumulative)

8:35 – 9:05

Review of the Basics

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.

30 minutes

(1 hour cumulative)

9:05 – 9:35

Review of the Basics

Facility Reviews and Site Visits

Laury Istvan (UW)

IACUCs have a responsibility to undertake facility inspections to ensure ongoing program compliance and the highest standards of animal care.  This session will overview all aspects of facility reviews and site visits, including review of the entire care and use program.  A focus of the session will be ways in which committees can work with researchers, veterinarians and animal techs to enhance research and animal care programs.

30 minutes

(1 ½ hours cumulative)

9:40 – 9:45

Welcome to mid-morning sessions

Sally Thompson-Iritani (UW) and Shannon Reynolds (Allen Institute)

Sally Thompson-Iritani and Shannon Reynolds are the co-chairs of the Conference Planning Committee


9:45 – 10:45

Rigorous Data

Steve Niemi (Harvard University)

This session will introduce concepts of how data analytics can both improve animal care and use programs and also reduce regulatory burden.  Dr. Niemi will also provide highlights from the January 26 2018 Future Directions for Laboratory Animal Law conference.

60 minutes

(2 ½ hours cumulative)






11:00 – Noon


Peter Rabinowitz and Preston Van Hooser (both from the University of Washington)

This session will introduce the One Health concept and show the importance of a One Health mode of thinking to the work of IACUC Committees, animal research programs and will also provide information on the implementation of a compassion fatigue program.

60 minutes

(3 ½ hours cumulative)

Noon – 1:15

Lunch – hosted




1.15 – 2.15

Reducing Conflict

William Singleton (Animal Care Training Services)

This session will provide participants with tools and resources to improve communications and reduce conflict within the circle of people that work together to implement animal care programs.

60 minutes

(4 ½ hours cumulative)

2:15 – 3:30



Sally Thompson-Iritani (UW) (facilitator)

Brent Morse (OLAW)

Carolyn McKinnie (USDA)

Gary Borkowski (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.

75 minutes

(5 ¾ hours cumulative)







3:45 – 5:00


Shannon Reynolds (Allen Institute) (Facilitator)

Heather Sidener (OHSU)

Melanie Graham (U of Minnesota)

Jenna Klug (UW)

Steve Glaza (SNBL)

To provide participants with up to date thinking and ideas to enable the refinement of research that allows for the reduction of numbers of research animal used and to also ensure that procedures provide no more than minimal pain and distress.

75 minutes

(7 hours cumulative)


Conference Close





Relegate - the Traffic – post conference reception


We all know how bad the traffic can be in the Seattle area – relegate the bad traffic by staying out of it until the rush hour is a thing of the past.  Network with your friends and colleagues and enjoy NWABR’s hospitality as this conference concludes for 2018.


CE Credits:  The CPIA Council has confirmed that this conference is elligible for 7.0 hours of CPIA recertification credits.

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.

Other Information and Member Discounts for the Conference

Conference Hotel

The Courtyard Seattle North/Lynwood Everett Marriott Hotel is offering a special rate of $125 per night for people attending the IACUC conference.  This rate includes a scheduled shuttle to the Lynnwood Convention Center and a full breakfast in the hotel's restaurant.

You can book this group rate at the following link:

Book your group rate for Northwest Association for Biomedical Research 

Discount Codes

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

Free spaces

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).

Other information

For more information about this conference or if you are interested in being a speaker, 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.  



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