2021 IBC and IACUC Conferences

IBC and IACUC Conferences  Register Now

NWABR will host its annual IBC and IACUC conferences virtually in 2021.  The  conferences will take place on consecutive days (February 24, 2021 for IBC and February 25 and 26, 2021 for IACUC).  Attendees will be able to register separately for each day and will receive discounts for attending both days.  

The programs and speakers for the two conferences are summarized below.  These summaries will be updated as speakers are confirmed.

Conference Theme

The Planning Committees have decided that the overarching themes for the two conferences will be "Research During a Pandemic"

IBC Conference (February 24, 2021)

Confirmed Speakers/Topics:

Speakers Topics
Kathryn Harris, PhD Opening Keynote:
NIH Guideline updates
Paul Meechan, PhD, MPH, CBSP The New BMBL
Karen Held The Safety of Biosafety Cabinets
Katia Harb The University of Washington's response to Covid and the workplace
Lesley Decker Lab Safety
Chris Jenkins  TBC
Deb Fuller Closing Keynote: Research that will lead us out of the Pandemic

IACUC Conference (February 25 and 26, 2021)

In the pre-Covid-19 world NWABR used to host its one day IACUC conference and then follow this up with a 1/2 day on-site tour of a range of interesting animal care facilities/programs.  This on-site tour was called Bridging the Gap.  Unfortunately, on-site tours will not be possible for the 2021 conference.  As such we are planning our normal one-day conference - followed by a free add on day that will focus on the basics of the work of IACUC.  Just to keep the tradition alive we will still refer to this second day as Bridging the Gap.

Confirmed Speakers/Topics:

IACUC Conference (February 25, 2020)

Speaker(s) Topic
Helen E. Diggs, Carolyn McKinnie and Brent Morse Regulatory, Compliance Panel & Accreditation Panel
Ramsey Cox and Paula Clifford Building Trust during a Pandemic
Daniel Streblow and Jamie Lovaglio Research Supporting Pandemic Breakthroughs
A TBC Speaker  Creating more inclusive spaces for future
animal behaviour scholars
Helen E. Diggs and Representatives from a local research institute How our Institutions Have Responded to the Pandemic
Julie Squires and Rhonda MacAllister It's going on and on and on: Supporting our staff during the Pandemic

 Donna M. Jarrell

How can LEAN help our animal care programs during the Pandemic

Bridging the Gap (February 26, 2020)

Speaker(s) Topic
Cynthia Pekow A Pithy History of IACUCs
 Speaker TBC Facility and Program Review
 Greg Timmel Protocol Review
Michael Oppenheimer Interactive On-line Trainings


The Conference Programs will be broadcast using the GoToWebinar and/or the GoToMeeting services.  This program allows the sharing of presenter slides and videos and audience interaction.  All presentations will be recorded and will be available by February 27, 2021.  There is also a possibility of conference breakout sessions that will be streamed with the GoToMeeting service.  GoToMeeting allows direct interaction between all meeting attendees.


Attendance at each conference will be $85 and if attendees want to attend both days then the combined fee is $150.

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.  The discounted rate for NWABR members will be $45.05 for each conference and $79.50 for the combined fee.


Register Here.  

CE Credits

Once the program is finalized NWABR will be seeking the following CE Credits:

  • CPIA Recertification Credit.
  •  ABSA's RBP/CBSP Credentialing Maintenance CEUs.
  • The American Association of Veterinary State Boards RACE Veterinary Hours and Veterinary Technician Hours.


Sponsors and Vendors are welcome for this conference.  Potential sponsors are encouraged to contact Mr. Ken Gordon for more information.

More Information

If you wish more information about these important regional conferences, NWABR and/or NWABR membership then please contact, Ken Gordon on (206) 595-2450 or email executivedirector@nwabr.org.  


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