2022 IBC, Security, and IACUC Conferences

IBC, Security, and IACUC Conferences now virtual only

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NWABR had planned to host its annual IBC, Security, and IACUC conferences in a hybrid format in 2022. The hybrid format would have allowed attendees the option of attending the conferences In-Person or Virtually.  However, because of the surge of the Omicron Variant NWABR has decided that this event will now be held fully virtually.

The virtual conferences will take place on consecutive days (February 22, 2022 for IBC, February 23, 2022 for Security, and February 24, 2022 for IACUC). There is also an option of a fourth day (February 25, 2022) which be a virtual deep dive focused on IACUC training programs.  This half day will be free for all conference registrants.

Attendees will be able to register separately for each day or register to attend multiple conferences.  

The programs and speakers for the three 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 three conferences will be "Building Bridges"

IBC Conference (February 22, 2022)

Confirmed Speakers/Topics:

Time Speaker(s) Title/Organization Topic
7.45am Ken Gordon
Steve Libby
University of Washington/NWABR
Formal Conference Opening
8.00am Kara Held, PhD Science Director
The Baker Company
The Safety of Biosafety Cabinets
9.00am     Break
9.15am Jason Keaton, MS, RBP, CBSP, CSP Director
Shield Consulting
How Respirators Work
10.15am     Break
10.30am Patrick Conley, MS, CBSP, NREMT, Licensed EMT and MOLD Consultant Director, IBC Operations
Clinical Biosafety Services
Intersection of Infection Control and Biosafety
11.30am     Break
11.45am Caroline Schomer, MBA, BS, RLATG Research Regulatory Analyst
Animal Research Safety, Biological Safety
Environmental Health and Safety
University of Florida
Communicating Lab Safety
12.15pm     Longer Break
12.45pm Steve Libby, PhD Research Associate Professor
IBC Chair
University of Washington
Review of NIH Guidelines and Examples
1.45pm     Break
2.00pm Levi O'Loughlin Biosafety Officer
Washington State University
Shipping, including Importing and Exporting Considerations
3.00pm     Break
3.15pm Paola Grandi

Chief Scientific Officer

CG Oncology 

The vital role of IBCs in supporting translational research
4.15pm     Break
4.30pm Robyn Kunsman Program Operations Specialist
University of Washington
IBC Administration - Getting the Basics Right
  Sepideh S. Hockley, MBA Associate Director
Office of Research and Sponsored Programs
Midwestern University
A Day in the Life of a Biosafety Officer
5.30pm Steve Libby
Ken Gordon
University of Washington/NWABR
Wrap-up and conclusions


Security CONFERENCE (FEBRUARY 23, 2022)

Confirmed Speakers/Topics:

Time Speaker(s) Title/Organization Topic
7.45am Ken Gordon
Karen Taylor
Dione Mazzolini
Conference Open
8.00am Edward H. You National Counterintelligence Officer for Emerging and Disruptive Technologies
National Counterintelligence and Security Center
Office of the Director of National Intelligence
Security as it applies to Biomedical Research/Biotech
9.00am     Break
9.10am Patrick Shiflett, PhD FBI Deputy Senior National Intelligence Officer, China  Threats to US Biomedical Research Integrity
10.10am     Break
10.20am Kristen Lane FBI Analyst Cyber Division Cyber Security
11.20am     Break

Debi Dorfsman

Stephanie Shark

Supervisory Special Agents
Seattle FBI
What you need to know about Domestic Violent Extremism
12.30pm     Break
1.00pm Sasha Angus Founding Partner
Scylla Intelligence Corporation
Current Trends and Observations in Threat Intelligence for Biosecurity
2.00pm     Break

Jacinta Heald


Dione Mazzolini

Biological Threat Operations Specialist
Agriculture Specialist
U.S. Customs and Border Protection

WMD Coordinator
Seattle FBI 


Biological Materials at US Ports of Entry
3.10pm     Break
3.20pm Ashley Hart, JD Senior Vice President US & Canada Cyber Practice
Using Insurance to Mitigate Security Risk
4.20pm     Break
4.30pm Charles Fracchia, MS BioBright
Founder and CEO
Current and Near-Future Digital Threats to the Bioeconomy
5.30pm Ken Gordon
Karen Taylor
Dione Mazzolini
Conference Close and Happy Hour


IACUC Conference (February 24,2022)

Confirmed Speakers/Topics:

Time Speaker(s) Title/Organization Topic
6.45am Ken Gordon NWABR Informal Conference Open
7.00am Cynthia Pekow, DVM, DACLAM, CPIA Chief, Veterinary Medical Unit
VA - Puget Sound
A Pithy History of IACUCs
7.25am Kimberly Ray, MPH, MS, CPIA Assistant Research Integrity Officer (IACUC)
Oregon Health and Science University
Facility and Program Review
7.50am Heather Sidener, DVM, DACLAM Clinical Medicine Unit Head
Oregon National Primate Research Center
Protocol Review
8.15am     Break
8.30am Ken Gordon
Sally Thompson-Iritani
Shannon Reynolds
University of Washington, NWABR
Allen Institute, NWABR
Formal Conference Opening
8.45am Bianca Jones Marlin, PhD Herbert and Florence Irving Assistant Professor of Cell Research
Columbia University
Department of Psychology  Department of Neuroscience
Zuckerman Mind Brain Behavior Institute
The vital importance of animal models for understanding intergenerational trauma
9.45am     Break
10.00am Helen E. Diggs, MEd, DVM, DACLAM Senior Director
AAALAC International
Regulatory, Compliance Panel & Accreditation Panel
  Brent C. Morse DVM, DACLAM Director
Division of Compliance Oversight
Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare
National Institutes of Health
  Teresa J. Sylvina VMD, MPH, DACLAM Director, Institute for Laboratory Animal Research (ILAR)  
11.15am     Break
11.30am Jerrold Tannenbaum, MA, JD Professor Emeritus
School of Veterinary Medicine
University of California Davis
Are IACUCs Ethics Committees?
12.30pm     Lunch Break
1.00pm Jerrold Tannenbaum, MA, JD Professor Emeritus
School of Veterinary Medicine
University of California Davis
Panel response, and Q&A, following Prof. Tannenbaum's Lecture
  Michele A. Basso, PhD Director, Washington National Primate Research Center
University of Washington
  Shannon Reynolds (Moderator) Research Compliance Program Manager
Allen Institute
  Jane Sullivan, PhD Associate Professor; IACUC Chair
University of Washington
2.00pm     Break
2.15pm Jennifer Sargent, DVM, MS, DACLAM Attending Veterinarian
Director, Laboratory Animal Resources Center
Assistant Professor, Carlson College of Veterinary Medicine
Oregon State University
When All Your Plans Go Up in Smoke - the 2020 Oregon Wildfires
  Andrew Haertel, DVM, MPH, DACLAM Colony Veterinarian
Oregon National Primate Research Center
When All Your Plans Go Up in Smoke - A primate center experience
  Kim Saunders, DVM, DACLAM Director and Professor
Department of Comparative Medicine
Oregon Health & Science University
When All Your Plans Go Up in Smoke - the Oregon Health and Science University Experience
3.15pm     Break
3.30pm Kim Stocking, DVM, DACLAM Attending Veterinarian
Director Office of Animal Welfare
University of Washington
Emergency Preparedness - How do we prepare for the Unknown Unknowns
  Joshua M Taylor, DVM, DACLAM Assistant Clinical Veterinarian
Oregon National Primate Research Center
Oregon Health & Science University
  Nina Woodford, DVM Campus Veterinarian
Washington State University
4.30pm     Break
4.45pm Sally Thompson-Iritani, DVM/PhD, CPIA Assistant Vice Provost, Animal Care
Associate Professor, School of Public Health
University of Washington
Report on the US Openness Initiative
5.15pm Ken Gordon
Sally Thompson-Iritani
Shannon Reynolds
University of Washington, NWABR
Allen Institute, NWABR
Conference close and wrap-up


BridGing the Gap (February 25, 2022)

NWABR, in partnership with the University of Washington, Office of Animal Welfare, is offering a free add on session that will focus on training for IACUC members.  All registered attendees will be provided with details of how to access the Bridging the Gap session with their pre-conference materials.  The following are the planned speakers for Bridging the Gap:

Time Topic Speaker(s)
7.45am Bridging the Gap Conference Opening Ken Gordon
Preston Van Hooser
8.00am The Importance of Continuing Education for IACUC Committee Members Ken Gordon
8.30am Break  
8.45am Making CE Programs for IACUC Committee Members More Meaningful Michael Oppenheimer
Kim Stocking
9.15am Sharing the Most Recent Draft Facility Inspection Training Prepared at the University  of Washington Michael Oppenheimer
9.45am Discussion about the Draft Training, including suggestions for improvement and sharing of other effective trainings for IACUC Committee members Preston Van Hooser
10.15am (approx.) Conference Close Ken Gordon
Preston Van Hooser



For those attendees attending the Conferences Virtually, we will broadcast the programs using the GoToWebinar service.  This program allows the sharing of presenter slides and videos and limited audience interaction.  All presentations will be recorded and will be available by February 26, 2022.  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.


Virtual attendance at each conference will be $85 and if attendees want to attend two or three days then the combined fee will be $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 is approximately a 50% saving on the prices noted above.  

There is an additional discount if NWABR Member organizations wishes to register ten or more attendees.  Please contact NWABR staff for this discount code.


Register Here.  

CE Credits

NWABR has been approved for the following CE credits

  • The CPIA Council has approved the IACUC conference for 6.5 hours of CPIA Recertification Credit.  
  • ABSA has approved the IBC Conference for 1.0 CM points for RBP/CBSP.
  • The American Association of Veterinary State Boards has approved the IACUC Conference for 8.0 hours of RACE non-medical continuing veterinary education credit for Veterinarians and Veterinary Technicians. 


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


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.


The FBI is the lead federal agency for responding to threats from chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear (CBRN) threats.  The FBI investigates and collects intelligence on CBRN and explosive-related threats and incidents to prevent attacks and respond to them when they occur.  

Established in 2006, the Weapons of Mass Destruction Directorate (WMDD) is part of the FBI’s National Security Branch. The WMDD leads the FBI’s efforts to mitigate threats from CBRN or explosive weapons. FBI personnel work with academic and industry partners to protect advances in scientific research and biotechnology development and to prevent the misuse of biological knowledge, material, and technology. The FBI also supports U.S. health security in part by coordinating with Global Health Security Agenda partners, Federal, State, Local and Tribal health partners to prevent, detect, and respond to biological incidents.

The traditional distinction between national security and criminal matters is increasingly blurred as terrorists commit crimes to finance their activities and computer hackers create vulnerabilities that can be exploited. The FBI is uniquely positioned and is the lead agency for exposing, preventing, and investigating intelligence activities, including espionage, on U.S. soil and uses its investigative and intelligence capabilities--as well as strategic partnerships--to pursue spies. Additionally, the FBI’s is tasked with investigating cyber-attacks and intrusions. We collect and share intelligence and engage with victims while working to unmask those committing malicious cyber activities, wherever they are.

The partnerships referenced above are crucially important to the success of this vital mission of protecting the United States from these threats. We look forward to interacting with you during the week and thank you in advance for your participation.


a-tune Software is specialized in providing Research Organizations with Software Solutions to simplify Data Management and ensure Compliance.  Our main product, tick@lab, provides Compliance Management modules for IACUC, IRB, and IBC which can be integrated with Animal Operations, Facility and Colony Management, Veterinary Care as well as Tasks Management.  For more information, visit www.a-tune.com.


As an independent, nonprofit biomedical research institution founded in 1929, JAX leverages its unique combination of research, education and resources to achieve its mission: to discover precise genomic solutions for disease and empower the global biomedical community in its shared quest to improve human health. For more information, visit www.jax.org



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. For more information, visit www.labdiet.com www.testdiet.com


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.  Please note NWABR reserves the right to deny registration for any reason.


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