2023 IBC, Security, and IACUC Conferences

IBC, Security, and IACUC Hybrid Conferences

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NWABR will host its annual IBC, Security, and IACUC conferences in a hybrid format in 2023. The hybrid format allows attendees the option of attending the conferences In Person or Virtually.

The hybrid conferences will take place on consecutive days (February 28, 2023 for IBC, March 1, 2023 for Security, and March 2, 2023 for IACUC). There is also an option of a fourth day (March 3, 2023) which be a small group facility tour with a local research institution.  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 Planning Committees have decided that the overarching themes for the three conferences will be "Adaptation.  The One Constant in Research"

The programs and speakers for the three conferences are currently being finalized and will be updated here as the programs are confirmed.

IBC Conference - Confirmed Speakers and Topics - February 28, 2023

Time Speaker(s) Title/Organization Topic
8.00am Ken Gordon
James Riddle
Formal Conference Opening
8.15am Kathryn Harris, PhD, RBP Senior Outreach and Education Specialist at National Institutes of Health Overview of the NIH Guidelines and IBC requirements 
9.30am     Break
9.45am Shane Gillooly, MS, RBP, CBSP Manager Biosafety
University of Miami
Finding Prions... When You Don't Work with Prions
10.45am     Break
11.00am Chris Doyle, PhD

James Riddle, BA, MCSE, CIP, CPIA     

Kelly Lawrence, JD


Director IBC Services, WCG IBC

Vice President Research Services & Strategic Consulting, Advarra

Manager and Regulatory Attorney, Office of Institutional Assurances, Seattle Children's Research Institute

IBCs, IACUCS and IRBs need to work together
12.15pm     Lunch Break
1.00pm Levi O'Loughlin, PhD Associate Director
University Biosafety Officer
Office of Research Assurances
Washington State University
A day in the life of a Biosafety professional
2.00pm     Break
2.15pm Adam Lacy-Hulbert. PhD

Ken Gordon
IBC Chair, Benaroya Research Institute

Executive Director, NWABR
Onboarding and orientating new IBC Committee Members and Guidance for Effective Meetings
3.15pm      Break
3.30pm Ashley Vaughan, PhD Center for Global Infectious Disease Research
Seattle Children's Research Institute
Transgenic malaria parasite, humanized mouse and mosquito research
4.30pm Steve Libby, PhD Former IBC Chair
Emeritus Professor
Changes and Adaptations in IBCs Over the Years
5.00pm James Riddle
Ken Gordon
Conference Close and Hosted Happy Hour

Security Conference - Confirmed Speakers and Topics - March 1, 2023

Time Speaker(s) Title/Organization Topic
7.30am Ken Gordon
Karen Taylor
Dione Mazzolini
Conference Open
7.45am 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
8.45am John Sancenito President
INA Associates
Preventing Infiltration and Update on Worldwide Activism Trends
9.45am     Break
10.00am Kate Murphy and Brandon Tower Special Agents
Counter Intelligence and Domestic Terrorism Updates
11.00am Scott Kelly Security Manager
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
A Day in the Life of a Security Professional
Noon Karen Taylor
Dione Mazzolini
  Networking Lunch
12.45pm Charles Fracchia, MS Board Chair
Current and Near-Future Digital Threats to the Bioeconomy
1.45pm     Break
2.00pm Matt Yeager Supervisory Special Agent
FBI Seattle
Foreign Malign Influence:  Subversive, Undeclared, and Coercive Actions by Foreign Powers
3.00pm Ronald D. Watters Jr, GSLC Cybersecurity Advisor
CISA Region 10 (AK, ID, OR, WA)
Department of Homeland Security
How to prevent, and respond to, RansomWare
4.00pm     Break
4.15pm Bill Reid Office of the Chief Information Security Officer
Security Mutations: How Digital Transformation in Life Sciences is changing the role of the CISO.  
5.15pm Ken Gordon
Karen Taylor
Dione Mazzolini
Conference Close and Hosted Happy Hour

IACUC Conference - Confirmed Speakers and Topics - March 2, 2023

Time Speaker(s) Title/Organization Topic
7.30am Ken Gordon
Sally Thompson-Iritani
Shannon Reynolds
Executive Director, NWABR
Immediate Past President, NWABR
Secretary, NWABR
Formal Conference Opening
7.45am Cynthia Pekow, DVM, DACLAM, CPIA Chief, Veterinary Medical Unit
VA - Puget Sound
A Pithy History of IACUCs
8.25am Kimberly Ray, MPH, MS, CPIA Assistant Research Integrity Officer (IACUC)
Oregon Health and Science University
Facility and Program Review
9.05am Heather Sidener, DVM, DACLAM Clinical Medicine Unit Head
Protocol review: Preventive Medicine for Lab Animals
9.45am     Break
10.00am Helen E. Diggs, MEd, DVM, DACLAM Senior Director
AAALAC International
Regulatory, Compliance Panel & Accreditation Panel
10.20am Brent C. Morse DVM, DACLAM Director
Division of Compliance Oversight
Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare
National Institutes of Health
Regulatory, Compliance Panel & Accreditation Panel
10.45am Douglas L. Brining, DVM, DACLAM Attending Veterinarian at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, Texas representing ILAR Regulatory, Compliance Panel & Accreditation Panel
11.05am Robert M. Gibbens, DVM

Director, Animal Welfare Operations

USDA, APHIS, Animal Care

Regulatory, Compliance Panel & Accreditation Panel
11.30am     Break
11.45am Norman Peterson, DVM, PhD Director, Invivo Sciences & Technologies
Microphysiological Systems (MSP): Applications and Use in Drug Development
12.45pm     Lunch Break
1.30pm Kristina Carter Bartley, B.Sc. M.Sc. CLABP Director, Behavior Management and Enrichment Program
QA Education Specialist
Center for Comparative Medicine and Surgery
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

Refined Animal Handling

2.30pm     Break
2.45pm Megan LaFollette, MS, PhD (Moderator)

Kristina Carter Bartley, B.Sc. M.Sc. CLABP

Lisa Houser             

Elizabeth Nunamaker

Executive Director, The North American 3Rs Collaborative

Director, Behavior Management and Enrichment Program, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

Primate Training Coordinator, Oregon National Primate Research Center

Director, Animal Welfare, Charles River Laboratories
Refined Animal Handling Panel Discussion
3.45pm   Break  
4.00pm Sally Thompson-Iritani, DVM/PhD, CPIA

Paula Clifford, MLA, RLATG, CVT
Assistant Vice Provost, Animal Care, University of Washington

Executive Director
Americans for Medical Progress
Updates on Openness
5.00pm Ken Gordon
Sally Thompson-Iritani
Shannon Reynolds
University of Washington, NWABR
Allen Institute, NWABR
Conference close and wrap-up

Optional Bridging the Gap Facility Tour - March 3, 2023 (In Person Attendees Only)

NWABR, in partnership with the University of Washington, Office of Animal Welfare, is offering a free add on session that will allow a small group of registered attendees to participate in a tour of a local research institution's animal care and use facilities.  The Bridging the Gap Tour is only available for In Person attendees.  This year a group of up to 20 attendees will have the opportunity to tour research facilities at the Seattle Children’s Research Institute downtown Seattle campuses, including State of the Art facilities in the Building Cure and Jack R. MacDonald buildings.

Time Speaker(s) Title/Organization Topic
9.45am Ken Gordon

Rajesh Uthamanthil

Preston Van Hooser


Executive Director, NWABR

Chief Medical Officer, Preclinical and Translational Research
Seattle Children's Research Institute

Review Scientist; Compliance Manager, Office of Animal Welfare, University of Washington

Bridging the Gap Facility Tour at Seattle Childrens

9.45am - Gather at Children's new research building.

10.00am - Group of 20 approx attendees breaks into two smaller groups.  1 group to tour new facilities and the other group to tour existing facility (a small walk in involved).

11.00am - Tour groups switch.

Noon - Group gathers for lunch and discussion.
1.00pm Ken Gordon
Rajest Uthamanthil
Preston Van Hooser
  Tour closes


In Person Conferences

Conference Venue

The Conference is being hosted at the Laurel Place Conference facility.  The address of the Laurel Place venue is: 911 N. 145th Street, Seattle WA 98133.

Coronavirus Precautions

At the conference registration desk we will ask that you show us your vaccination card or proof of a recent Coronavirus infection.  We will be checking temperatures with an infrared thermometer.  We are also recommending masking, although this is not mandatory.  We are also encouraging attendees to test prior to leaving their accommodation on the day of the event.  The actual conference venue is a large ballroom with plenty of space for distancing if this is important for you.  Tables will be limited to a max of 4 people each.


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.  With the permission of the presenters all presentations will be recorded and will be available by March 4, 2023.


Virtual attendance at each conference will be $135 and if attendees want to attend two or three days then the combined fee will be $270.

In Person attendance will be $275 at each conference and if attendees want to attend two or three days then the combined fee will be $500.  In person attendees will receive breakfast, lunch, refreshments during the day and will be welcomed to join for a hosted happy hour to conclude each conference.

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 47% saving on the prices noted above.  

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

Students with a focus on IBC, IACUC, or Biomedical Research Security can register for $10 for the full three-day virtual conference series.


Register Here  

CE Credits

NWABR has been approved for the following CE credits:

  • The CPIA Council has approved the IACUC conference for 4 hours of CPIA Recertification Credits.  Eligible sessions are:  A Pithy History of IACUCs; Facility and Program Review; Protocol Review; and Regulatory Compliance and Accreditation Panel.
  • ABSA has approved the IBC Conference for 1.0 CM points for RBP/CBSP Maintenance.  Approval # 23-2272.
  • The American Association of Veterinary State Boards RACE has approved the IACUC Conference for 7.5 hours of non-medical continuing veterinary education credit for Veterinarians and Veterinary Technicians.


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


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.


WCG IBC Services is the unrivaled leader in IBC management and biosafety review. Since its inception in 2000, WCG IBC Services has reviewed more human gene transfer clinical trials and convened more IBC meetings than any other provider, while delivering expert biosafety oversight to more than 1,100 institutions in over 20 countries around the world.  For more information, visit https://wcgirb.com/services/ibc-administration-review.


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.


Information Network Associates, Inc. (INA) is a privately held small business enterprise headquartered in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.  INA was founded in 1982 by former FBI special agent Barry W. Ryan, who serves as Chairman of the Board.  With more than 35 years of proven experience, INA has developed a reputation as a premier investigative and security solutions provider.

Our objective is to fully identify and understand the primary and peripheral issues of clients’ problems and to resolve those issues with the comprehensive approach of applying appropriate resources.  We distinguish ourselves from other companies by “how we perform”, not by “what we do”.  Our investigative orientation enables us to develop and implement imaginative strategies in resolving both civil and criminal cases. Our aggressive, enthusiastic, and persistent tactics are reflected in the positive results we achieve.  Most importantly, we are a goal-oriented firm which adheres to confidentiality, discretion, objectivity and integrity.


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 or www.testdiet.com.


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



NWABR has arranged for a block of rooms at the Hampton Inn & Suites Seattle/Northgate (HISSN).  The HISSN is approximately 3.6 miles from the conference venue.  The address for the HISSN is: 9550 1st Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98115.  The HISSN is easily accessible to the Light Rail system if attendees are flying into Seattle.  NWABR recommends that attendees without access to a vehicle arrange for a taxi or ride share service between the hotel and conference venue.  Bookings with the HISSN need to be confirmed by February 6, 2023 to secure the discounted rates that have been arranged.  

Booking Link: Book Here
Hotel: Hampton Inn & Suites Seattle/Northgate
Group Name: Northwest Association of Biomedical Research
Arrival Date: February 27, 2023
Departure Date: March 3, 2023


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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