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2015 IACUC Conference: Say Anything, We’re Listening

By Maeve Luthin, professional development manager

PRIM&R’s 2015 Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) Conference brought over 600 individuals from around the world together, in Boston, MA and online through the Virtual Meeting. Approximately 61% of these attendees provided feedback about the conference by completing evaluations.

Better Off Read: We saw a spike in the number of respondents who rated the educational materials and handouts for this program as either excellent or very good. This appears to be the result of a combination of two factors: a record number of faculty members shared their slide decks and session materials in advance of the program, and PRIM&R disseminated these resources through a new tool: the interactive schedule, which allowed attendees to download this information directly from the online conference schedule.

Agents of Yield: Respondents enthusiastically received the three keynote speakers, all of whom have led groundbreaking research: Darin S. Carroll, who spoke about his research in emerging zoonoses, including research on monkey pox; David K. Meyerholtz, who spoke about using novel animal models to further his research on cystic fibrosis; and Frans B. M. de Waal, who spoke about primate social intelligence. In the future, however, respondents indicated that they would like to see at least one general session address issues related to IACUC administration or research ethics. They also would like to see those who deliver talks involving translational medicine explain the intersection of their work with those of IACUCs.

Lions and Tigers and Bears, Oh My! Respondents appreciated the inclusion of sessions on field studies, even if they do not encounter these protocols on a day-to-day basis.

The views, opinions and positions expressed by these authors and blogs are theirs and do not necessarily represent that of the Bioethics Research Library and Kennedy Institute of Ethics or Georgetown University.