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IACUC 101™

Thursday, August 11 at 7:30 AM
Des Moines University, Olsen Center, Des Moines, IA, 50312 Show Map

IACUC 101 SeriesIACUC 101™: “The Basics” is a full day didactic and interactive educational opportunity for both new and seasoned IACUC members, IACUC affiliates and others who contribute to their institution’s animal care and use program. Didactic sessions address institutional responsibilities; IACUC charges; relevant informational resources; animal welfare laws, regulations and policies, and best standards. Students are also challenged to consider, deliberate, and develop action plans for a variety of potential IACUC scenarios. IACUC 101™ is delivered by faculty renowned for their expertise in animal care and use issues as well as program management and development. The faculty represents academic and biomedical research institutions, the Association for the Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care International (AAALAC), the NIH Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare (OLAW), and USDA Animal Care. All programs include opportunities for informal networking with the faculty and other attendees as well as questions and answers sessions with AAALAC, OLAW, and USDA representatives.

IACUC 101™ presents a comprehensive overview of the laws, regulations and policies that govern the humane care and use of research animals. Didactic sessions, supplemented with examples and approaches for successful and effective program implementation and administration, are followed by an opportunity to deliberate several challenging IACUC scenarios using information presented during the didactic sessions. Students receive an extensive Resource Manual and CD specifically prepared for their IACUC 101™ program.

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IACUC 101™ Series is a nonprofit educational organization that presents programs designed to provide Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) members, administrators, veterinarians, animal care staff, researchers, regulatory personnel, compliance officers, and others with information on the role and responsibilities of IACUCs and an understanding of federal policies and regulations governing the care and use of animals in research and education.


  • Jerry Collins, Ph.D., Yale University
  • Robert Stephen Dixon, DVM, M.S., AAALAC
  • Cynthia S. Gillett, DVM, ACLAM, CPIA, University of Minnesota
  • Molly Greene, B.A., CPIA, Michigan State University
  • Mary Lou James, B.A., LATg, CPIA, Regulatory Compliance Research Animal Welfare
  • Monte Matthews, B.A., CPIA, University of Oregon
  • Marky Pitts, CPIA, IACUC advisor
  • Ernest D. Prentice, Ph.D., University of Nebraska Medical Center
  • Axel Wolff, M.S., DVM, NIH OLAW
  • Katherine Ziegerer, DVM, USDA Animal Care


7:30 a.m. Registration and continental breakfast
8:15 a.m. Introduction
8:30 a.m. Historical Perspectives
9:15 a.m. Key Components
9:55 a.m. Break
10:10 a.m. IACUC Functions
10:50 a.m. Personnel Qualifications and Training
11:30 a.m. Lunch
12:30 p.m. Written Q & As – AAALAC, OLAW, USDA
12:45 p.m. Program Evaluations and Inspections
1:40 p.m. Protocol Review
2:35 p.m. Break
2:50 p.m. Scenario Shorts – IACUC Deliberations – Students, Faculty, Mentors
3:40 p.m. Scenario Responses – AAALAC, OLAW, USDA
4:30 p.m. Final Q & As, evaluation forms and attendance certificates
5:00 p.m. Adjourn

Preferred hotel

RenaissanceRenaissance Des Moines Savery Hotel
401 Locust Street
Des Moines, Iowa 50309
Toll free: 1-800-514-4706

2.9 miles from campus


Room rate: King/double $106.00

Reserve your room online at the discounted rate or call 515-365-7222. Guests must identify their affiliation with the IACUC 101 conference in order to receive the discounted rate. All rooms must be guaranteed by credit card or advance deposit.

Hotel room rates are subject to applicable state and local taxes (currently 12%) in effect at the time of check in.

All reservations for arrival after 6 p.m. must be accompanied by a first night room deposit or guaranteed with a major credit card or by Des Moines University. Hotel will not hold any reservations after 6 p.m. unless secured by one of the above methods.

Additional hotels

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Based on availability, shuttle service is available from the Des Moines International Airport courtesy of the Renaissance Savery Hotel. Upon arrival, call the hotel at 515-244-2151. Please allow 30 minutes for pick-up.

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Dress code

Business causal

AAVSB RACE approved

IACUC 101 meets the requirements for 6.5 hours of continuing education credit in jurisdictions which recognize AAVSB RACE approval; however participants should be aware that some boards have limitations on the number of hours accepted in certain categories and/or restrictions on certain methods of delivery of continuing education. IACUC 101™ Series, St. Louis, MO: RACE Provider #556; Program No. 556-7010; Subject Matter Category: Legal; Delivery: Seminar/Lecture.


Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare (OLAW)Funding for this conference was made possible in part by the Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare, NIH. The views expressed in written conference materials or publications and by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the Department of HHS; nor does mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. government.


Mary Lou James, LATg
Consultant, Regulatory Compliance Research Animal Welfare
President, IACUC 101 Series non-profit
427 Graeser Road
St. Louis, MO 63141

Manager, Continuing Medical Education and Conference Services
3200 Grand Avenue, AC #505
Des Moines, IA 50312
Phone: 515-271-1541
Fax: 515-271-4226


The cost to attend this program is $350. Registration fee includes attendance at all sessions, continental breakfast, lunch, afternoon refreshment, course syllabus and hard copy materials, 8th Edition of the Guide and other amenities involved in creating a rewarding learning experience.

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IACUC 101 Series and the hosting institution(s) reserve the right to cancel all programs and return all fees. Liability is limited to the course fee. IACUC 101 Series will not be responsible for any losses incurred by registrants including, but not limited to, airline cancellation charges or hotel deposits. The program agenda is subject to change without notice.

Participation of women, racial/ethnic minorities and person with disabilities, and other individuals, who have been traditionally underrepresented in science, is encouraged.

Cancellation policy

Cancellations submitted in writing prior to July 21, 2011 (two weeks in advance of the start of the course) are necessary for reimbursement of the registration fee minus a $50.00 administration fee. Cancellations after July 21, 2011 will not be refunded.

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