2020 IBC and IACUC Conferences

IBC and IACUC Conferences  Register Now

NWABR will host its annual IBC and IACUC conferences at the Laurel Place meeting venue, in north Seattle/Shoreline. The  conferences will take place on consecutive days (February 26, 2020 for IBC and February 27, 2020 for IACUC).  Attendees will be able to register separately for each day and will receive discounts for attending both days.  

In conjunction with the University of Washington, NWABR will again host the Bridging the Gap tour of local animal care facilities and programs.  The Bridging the Gap tour will be held on February 28, 2020 and prospective attendees should connect with Mr. Ken Gordon for details about this program.

The three programs are summarized below:

IBC Conference (February 26, 2020)

Theme: Practicing Safe Science: IBC Excellence in the Northwest





Steve Libby, Ken Gordon

Conference Open


Kathryn Harris

NIH Guideline updates


Kristina Adams Waldorf

Nonhuman primate models to understand pregnancy complications and improve prenatal care





Paul Meechan

Updates to the BMBL


Jason Smith

Viral Vector Update


Jacqui Ague

A day in the Life of a biosafety officer





Robert Emery

Biosafety issues in general


Zara Llewellyn

Sharps Safety in Research


Matt Philpott

Veterinary issues (tentative topic)





Xuan Qin

Biosafety and safety issues in the clinical lab


Ann Bostrom

Crisis communications, risk assessment and managing radiation risk


Happy Hour


IACUC Conference (February 27, 2020)

Theme: Embracing the Future: IACUC Excellence in the Northwest





Ken Gordon

Informal Conference Open


Cindy Pekow

A Pithy History of IACUCs


Laury Istvan

Facility and Program Review


Greg Timmel

Protocol Review





Ken Gordon, Sally Thompson-Iritani, Shannon Reynolds

Formal Conference Open


Ken Gordon

Heather Sidener

How Do We Tall About Our Work



Kathleen R. Pritchett Corning






Melanie Graham

Positive Reinforcement


Ed Kelly 

Yasaman Shirazi

Rodents (and Alternatives) in Space





Sally Thompson-Iritani, Greg Timmel and Saverio “Buddy” Capuano

When Things Go Wrong


Helen Diggs, Carolyn McKinnie, Brent Morse

Compliance Panel


Happy Hour


Bridging the Gap (FEBRUARY 28, 2020)

Theme: Building a Community of Practice

Program: Bridging the Gap (BTG) is a program supported by the University of Washington (UW) and other local research institutions that have animal care programs.  Up to 25 guests can be accommodated for this free add on to the IACUC and IBC conferences.  Guests will be given tours of vivaria and also be introduced to training programs for IACUC Committees and animal care staff.  The program will include facilities at both the UW and the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center (FHCRC).  The timing of this event has not been confirmed but will likely run from 9.00am to 4.00pm on Friday, February 28, 2020.  NWABR will provide a shuttle to and from the conference venue and between UW and FHCRC.  Attendees will be required to complete a Background Check and an Animal Allergen form.  If you are interested in attending BTG then please contact Ken Gordon at NWABR.

More Details on Speakers

The following link will take you to a printable pdf with the full line up of confirmed speakers and other details for the conferences: IBC and IACUC Conferences 2020


Laurel Place is located at 911 N 145th St #6522, Seattle, WA 98133.  There is ample free parking available at this venue.  NWABR will be making arrangements for affordable accommodation and also for shuttle transportation from local airports.


Attendance at each conference will be $305 and if attendees want to attend both days then the combined fee is $510.

NWABR members, NWABR members that travel more than 45 miles, and NWABR members who register ten or more attendees will receive significant discounts.  Discount codes will be supplied directly to members on request. 

Staff members of NWABR Member organizations can register at a discounted rate by using the code NWABRMEMBER.  A full list of NWABR Member organizations can be found on the member page of the NWABR website.


Food and refreshments will be provided as follows.  Options will be available for most dietary preferences and such preferences should be indicated on registration:

  • Light breakfast
  • AM/PM breaks
  • A served lunch
  • A hosted Happy Hour


NWABR has a block booking with Holiday Inn and Suites – North Seattle, located at 14115 Aurora Avenue North , Seattle, Washington 98133.  This location is a two block walk from the actual conference venue.

The following is a link to the booking link for this hotel:  Holiday Inn and Suites – North Seattle.

You can also book by contacting reservations with group code BMR or contacting the hotel directly and booking either with the front desk or with Kimberly Gaines.  Please reference the group block for Northwest Association for Biomedical Research.   Kimberly Gaines and the front desk are available on (206) 365-7777.


Register Here.  Please contact NWABR staff for discount codes for Travel Discounts and Bulk Discounts if ten or more staff from one NWABR member are planning on attending.

CE Credits

These conferences have been approved for the following CE credits:

  • The CPIA Council has approved the IACUC Conference for 8.0 hours of CPIA Recertification Credit.
  •  ABSA's RBP/CBSP Credentialing Maintenance program has approved the IBC Conference component of this program for 1 CEU.
  • The American Association of Veterinary State Boards RACE committee has reviewed the IACUC program for this conference (Program Number: 1366-39212) as meeting the Standards adopted by the AAVSB and have approved the program for 8.0 Veterinary Hours and 8.0 Veterinary Technician Hours.


NWABR wishes to acknowledge the support received from the following sponsors and vendors for these conferences:

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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. 


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