Rapid Response by Laboratory Animal Research Institutions During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Lessons Learned
The number of emerging infectious diseases affecting humans has risen significantly in the last 40 years. When these diseases lead to epidemics or pandemics, infectious disease and laboratory animal research communities have faced steep learning curves in coordinating institutional animal research responses. During the current COVID-19 event, laboratory animal research operations nationwide were disrupted, creating new and unique response challenges, including prioritizing science to end the ongoing pandemic while delaying other research.
Lessons learned from the COVID-19 pandemic will provide guidance for developing a rapid and sustainable response for the research community. This will include outlining institutional animal research priorities, addressing important resources, and coordinating activities to advance medical progress for both current and future public health safety.
For over 40 years, PRIM&R has hosted educational events where professionals gather to learn, deconstruct, discuss, and debate issues related to animal care and use, research ethics, and oversight, and to network with colleagues in the field.
The 2021 Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee Conference (IACUC21) will bring together 500 professionals from state and federal government, industry, and academia. The conference will include keynote addresses, panels, and breakout sessions designed to help build and strengthen effective animal care and use programs, and will provide a forum for professionals to exchange ideas about their work and programs, discuss best practices, and work through the challenging issues that can arise when using animal models in research.The conference features programming for those new to the field, as well as professionals with many years of experience. During this three-day meeting, attendees will learn about ethical issues and the federal regulations governing animal care and use, best practices for the review and monitoring of research that includes animals, and other timely and late-breaking topics.
SCAW’s IACUC Training Workshop educates and trains individuals who work with laboratory animals in research, testing and education. They include IACUC members and administrators, Principal Investigators, Attending Veterinarians, regulatory personnel and laboratory animal care staff. The regional workshop format lets small groups discuss specific topics that are relevant to IACUC functions. Each workshop is structured in similar design, with slight changes made to meet local needs.