2019 Joint IACUC and IBC Conferences


IACUC and IBC - Better Together

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In 2016 NWABR hosted its annual IACUC conference in conjunction with the annual PRIM&R IACUC Conference.  This partnered approach made it viable for PRIM&R to get to the Seattle region and for NWABR to draw on national level speakers who were already attending the PRIM&R event.

In 2019 PRIM&R will be back in the region with their 2019 IACUC Conference being held at the Hyatt Regency Bellevue on April 2 and 3, 2019 (and PRIM&R will also have some preconference activities occurring on April 1, 2019). 

NWABR will host its annual IACUC and IBC conferences at the same venue on April 4, 2019 to take advantage of the speakers and interest.  The IACUC and IBC conference venues for the NWABR conferences will be side by side and attendees will be able to freely move between the two venues.  Some of the plenary sessions will be crossover events specifically designed for both IACUC and IBC audiences in line with the theme of this joint event - Better Together.

The last leg of this marathon research week will be Bridging the Gap, an educational session hosted by the University of Washington.  A small group of conference attendees will be shuttled from Bellevue to the University of Washington and other possible venues for an opportunity to take a deeper dive into the daily work of animal care and laboratory biosafety.  If you are interested in participating in this program, please contact NWABR (details are below).  You can access a PDF copy of the program here.  Pick up from the Bellevue Hyatt will be 8.00am, and attendees will be returned to the Hyatt at approximately 3.30pm.  This is a free program however attendees will need to provide a health screening check.

The draft program for NWABR's IACUC and IBC programs is set out below.  Please note: aspects of this combined program are still being confirmed and this is shown by the letters (TBC) or other similar notes:

 2019 Draft IACUC/IBC Conference             
 IACUC Time  IACUC Session  IACUC Speaker    IBC Time  IBC Session  IBC Speaker
 8.00am  Welcome Ken Gordon    8.00am  Welcome and Conference Open Steve Libby
 8.05am  I, A Cook: the IACUC Recipe Cindy Pekow    8.05am  IBC Three short talks Jason Smith: A primer of viral vectors
 8.35am  Protocol Review Greg Timmel      

Tracy Harvey: Laboratory safety surveys.

 9.05am  Program and Facility Review Laury Istvan       Lesley Decker: A Day in the Life of a Biosafety Officer.
 9.40am  Formal Conference Open Sally Thompson-Iritani and Shannon Reynolds        
 9.45am  The Vital Importance of Field Research Sam Wasser    9.45am  Exposure assessment following treatment of mice with hazardous chemicals and lessons learned from UCLA Nancy Wayne
 10.45am  Break      10.45am  Break  
 11.00am  Regulatory, Compliance Panel & Accreditation Panel Brent Morse and Carolyn McKinnie and Gary Borkowski    11.00am  Updates to the BMBL Paul Meechan
 Noon  Lunch/Networking Lunch To discuss issues arising from PRIM&R IACUC19    Noon  Lunch/Networking Lunch  
 1.00pm  From Bench To Bedside Chuck Murry    1.00pm  What’s New from NIH OSP?  - Changes to the NIH Guidelines, and the Oversight of Emerging Technology. Kathryn Harris
 2.00pm  Break      2.00pm  Break  
 2.15pm  Positive Reinforcement Training Kelly Morrisroe    2.15pm  Academic biosafety: progress by fits and starts Matt Philpot
 3.15pm  How to Run a Good Meeting Ken Gordon    3.15pm  Issues Arising from Care of Acquatic Species in Research  George Sanders
 3.45pm  The IACUC's role in experimental design Steve Niemi        
 4.15pm  Compassion Fatigue Updates Preston Van Hooser    4.15pm  Laboratory acquired infections and exposure routes: the known the probable, the possible. Benjamin Fontes
 4.45pm  To Protect and To (Pre)Serve:  Pet Store Mice and IACUC Challenges Andrew Burich        
 5.15pm  Close and Happy Hour      5.15pm  Close and Happy Hour  


Registration for the NWABR and PRIM&R events will open on December 11, 2018 and will be managed through PRIM&R's registration site.  Registration through PRIM&R will allow attendees to access discounts for being a staff member of an NWABR member organization, discounts for signing up for both the PRIM&R and NWABR conferences, and further discounts for larger group registrations (ten or more people). Learn more about conference fees.


Attendees needing hotel accommodations for these events can book through PRIM&R’s room block at the Hyatt Regency Bellevue. A discounted rate of $209/night plus tax is available to conference attendees until March 9, 2019 (some per diem rooms are available).

CE Credits

Continuing education credits from 2019 NWABR IACUC Conference may be used by Certified Professionals in IACUC Administration (CPIAs) who are eligible to recertify by continuing education. The number of credit hours that can be used for this purpose is 7.25.






NWABR has also applied for ABSA's RBP/CBSP Credentialing Maintenance program for the IBC portion of this conference.  ABSA Credentialing Maintenance Board (CMB) has advised that the following activity has been approved for CM points by the Board.

  • Activity: NWABR IACUC and IBC Conferences (April 4, 2019)
  • Sponsor: Northwest Association of Biomedical Research
  • Date: 04/04/2019-04/04/2019
  • Location: Bellevue, Washington (Suburb of Seattle)
  • Points: 1.0 CM points for RBP/CBSP Maintenance
  • CMC #: 19-1613

ABSA requires CBSPs and RBPs to maintain verification of the continuing education activities that they attend. This information will be available on the ABSA website in the Certification Maintenance section. Should you have additional questions, please contact the ABSA Office at 847-949-1517.


The American Association of Veterinary State Boards RACE committee has reviewed and approved the program referenced above as meeting the Standards adopted by the AAVSB.  Program Number: 1366-35906.  Details of RACE credits are as follows:

  • Max Veterinary Hours approved: 7.25.  Max Veterinary Hours available: 7.25 
  • Max Veterinary Technician Hours approved: 7.25.  Max Veterinary Technician Hours available: 7.25 
  • Method of Delivery: Seminar/Lecture.  RACE Category (ies): Non-Medical Program 

More Information

If you wish more information about these important regional conferences, NWABR and/or NWABR membership then please contact, Ken Gordon on (206) 957-3337 or via email executivedirector@nwabr.org.  There will also be significant vendor opportunities at these events and prospective vendors can also contact Mr. Gordon. 

Sponsors and Vendors

NWABR wishes to acknowledge the following sponsors and vendors who are supporting this event:






























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