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:

Indicative Time Speaker(s) Topic
7.45am Ken Gordon
Executive Director, NWABR

Steve Libby (Conference Chair)
Board Member, NWABR
Research Associate Professor
IBC Chair
University of Washington
Formal Conference Opening
8.00am Kathryn Harris, PhD, RBP
Senior Outreach and Education Specialist
National Institutes of Health
Opening Keynote:
Updates from the NIH Office of Science Policy 
9.15am   Break
9.30am Paul Meechan, PhD, MPH, CBSP
Biorisk Consultant
The New BMBL with a focus on the Inactivation Appendix
10.30am   Break
10.45am Kara Held, PhD
Science Director
The Baker Company
The Safety of Biosafety Cabinets
11.45am   Break (60 minutes)
12.45pm Katia Harb
Environmental Health and Safety
University of Washington
COVID-19 Response and Prevention at the University of Washington
1.15pm Lesley Decker, MS, RBP
Biosafety Officer
University of Washington
COVID-19 Biological Research at the University of Washington
1.45pm   Break
2.00pm Chris Jenkins, PhD, MP, RBP, CHMM
Principal Partner
Clinical Biosafety Services
HGT and Regulations
3.00pm   Break
3.15pm Deb Fuller, PhD
Professor, Department of Microbiology
University of Washington

Division Chief, Systems Biology, Core Scientist, AIDS Division
Washington National Primate Research Center
Research Solutions for Pandemics
4.15pm Steve Libby Wrap-up and conclusions
4.30pm Ken Gordon  Conference close.

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, 2021)

Indicative Time Speaker(s) Topic
7.45am Ken Gordon
Executive Director, NWABR

Sally Thompson-Iritani
President, NWABR
Interim Director
Washington National Primate Research Center

Shannon Reynolds
Secretary, NWABR
Research Compliance Program Manager
Allen Institute
Formal Conference Opening
8.00am Helen E. Diggs, MEd, DVM, DACLAM
Senior Director
AAALAC International

Carolyn McKinnie BA, DVM
Supervisory Veterinary Medical Officer
USDA Animal Care

Brent C. Morse DVM, DACLAM
Division of Compliance Oversight
Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare
National Institutes of Health
Regulatory, Compliance Panel & Accreditation Panel
9.15am   Break
9.30am Ramsey Cox
Account Manager
Quinn Thomas
Positive Communications Outreach
10.00am Paula Clifford, MLA, RLATG, CVT
Executive Director
Americans for Medical Progress
Openness Initiative
10.30am   Break
11.00am Jamie Lovaglio, DVM, DACLAM
Clinical Veterinarian
Rocky Mountain Laboratories

Daniel Streblow, PhD
Associate Professor, VGTI-Vaccine and Gene Therapy Institute
Oregon Health and Science University
Research Supporting Pandemic Breakthroughs
Noon   Lunch Break
12.30pm William Singleton, DVM, DACLAM Dipl.
Animal Care Training Services
Creating more inclusive spaces for future
animal behavior scholars
1.30pm   Break
1.45pm Helen E. Diggs, MEd, DVM, DACLAM
Senior Director
AAALAC International

Kelly Lawrence, JD
Board Member, NWABR
Manager and Regulatory Attorney,  Office of Institutional Assurances
Seattle Children's Research Institute

Katie Pasichnyk
Senior Analyst - IACUC/IBC
Seattle Children's Research Institute
How our Institutions Have Responded to the Pandemic
2.45pm   Break
3.00pm Julie Squires
Certified Compassion Fatigue Specialist
Rekindle, LLC

Rhonda MacAllister
Assistant Professor
Oregon Health and Science University
It's going on and on and on: Supporting our staff during the Pandemic
4.00pm   Break
4.15pm Donna Matthews Jarrell, DVM, DACLAM
Founding Member and Past President
Vivarium Operations Excellence Network

Attending Veterinarian and Director Center for Comparative Medicine
Massachusetts General Hospital
How LEAN can offer help  maintaining compliance during a pandemic
5.15pm Ken Gordon
Sally Thompson-Iritani
Shannon Reynolds
Conference close and wrap-up

Bridging the Gap (February 26, 2021)

Indicative Time Speaker(s) Topic
7.45am Ken Gordon
Executive Director, NWABR

Preston Van Hooser
Board Member, NWABR
Review Scientist; Compliance Manager, Office of Animal Welfare
University of Washington
Day Two:
Bridging the Gap Conference Opening
8.00am Cynthia Pekow
Chief, Veterinary Medical Unit
VA - Puget Sound
A Pithy History of IACUCs
9.00am   Break
9.15am Kimberly Ray
Assistant Research Integrity Officer (IACUC)
Oregon Health and Science University
Facility and Program Review
10.15am   Break
10.45am Greg Timmel
Associate Director and Attending Veterinarian
Oregon National Primate Research Center
Protocol Review
11.45am Break  
Noon Michael Oppenheimer
Instructional Designer
University of Washington
Interactive On-line Trainings
1.00pm Ken Gordon
Preston Van Hooser
Conference Close


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

The program has been approved for the following CE Credits:

  • The CPIA Council has approved the IACUC conference for 6 hours of CPIA Recertification Credit.  The specific conference sessions approved for this credit are:
  1.  Regulatory, Compliance Panel & Accreditation Panel
  2.  A Pithy History of IACUCs
  3.  Facility and Program Review
  4.  Protocol Review
  5.  How our Institutions Have Responded to the Pandemic
  6.  Interactive Online Trainings 
  • The ABSA Credentialing Maintenance Board has approved the IBC program for 0.80 CM points for RBP/CBSP Maintenance.
  • The American Association of Veterinary State Boards RACE committee has reviewed and approved the IACUC program for 11.0 hours of non-medical continuing veterinary education credit for Veterinarians and Veterinary Technicians (20-806922). 


NWABR wishes to acknowledge the following sponsors of these conferences.  Sponsorship support is key to the successful provision of these events:




Advarra advances the way clinical research is conducted: bringing life sciences companies, CROs, research sites, investigators, and academia together at the intersection of safety, technology, and collaboration. With trusted IRB and IBC review solutions, innovative technologies, experienced consultants, and deep-seated connections across the industry, Advarra provides integrated solutions that safeguard trial participants, empower clinical sites, ensure compliance, and optimize research performance. Advarra is advancing clinical trials to make them safer, smarter, and faster. For more information, visit advarra.com


a-tune software Inc. is a provider of medical research software.  Our software suite, tick@lab delivers compliance management for IACUC, IRB, and IBC.  Other tick@lab applications are available for Protocol Management, Transgenic Breeding, Capacity Planning, Task Management, Accounting, Facility Management and Vet Records.  User defined templates provide end users the ability to collect data they require for their institution.  A Data Mart offers easy access to all data for reporting and integration.  A professional service team is available to assist you with our rapid implementation.  www.a-tune.com


Baker has helped advance science, discovery and clinical care by pioneering innovative solutions for air containment, contamination control and controlled environments. Baker biological safety cabinets, clean benches, fume hoods, and pharmacy isolators provide unparalleled user and product protection for a variety of applications.



The Jackson Lab is in an independent nonprofit organization leveraging eight decades of expertise in genetics and genomics to increase understanding of human disease and discover precise genomic solutions.


PMI is the International supplier of the LabDiet® and TestDiet® products used in lab animal nutrition. All products are manufactured in our FSSC 22000 Certified plant in Richmond, IN.  Diets are available in Standard, Certified, Autoclavable, Irradiated, Vac-Pak and Micro-Pak. Custom diets are also available upon request.  www.labdiet.com       www.testdiet.com


WCG Biosafety Services, is the unrivaled leader in IBC management and review. Since its inception in 2001, WCG Biosafety Services has convened more than 4,000 IBC meetings, reviewed more than 400 human gene transfer clinical trials, and e externallyadministered NIH-registered IBCs on behalf of more than 800 institutions globally.


Additional 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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