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The Important Role of Animal Research in mRNA COVID-19 Vaccine Development

“The Important Role of Animal Research in mRNA COVID-19 Vaccine Development” is now available online.

The National Academy of Sciences Scientist Series educates the public on animal research contributions to science, animal, and human health, with information contributed by an expert in the field. The series was developed by the ILAR Roundtable on Science and Welfare in Laboratory Animal Use and the first article, written in collaboration with the NIAID Policy, Planning, and Evaluation Branch (PP&E), explains how mouse, hamster, and primate research contributed to life-saving COVID-19 vaccines. Read the article here.

New ARAC Supplement to Define Major Modifications

The ARAC released a supplement to the DDIR Policy Memo on Scientific Merit Review for the Use of Nonhuman Primates, which required new Animal Study Proposals (ASPs) involving NHPs and their major modifications be reviewed for scientific merit in addition to the review performed by the IC Animal Care and Use Committee (ACUC) for animal welfare-related issues. The supplement provides additional information and guidance related to this DDIR Policy Memo, including a definition of major modifications.

Updated Animal Bite, Scratch, Splash, and Exposure Guidelines

The OACU updated guidelines contain bite, scratch, splash and other exposure (BSSE) incident response measures and follow up risk assessments required for all research animal bites, scratches, splashes, or other exposure incidents, but primarily address NHP BSSE incidents with a focus on decreasing B virus infections. These guidelines are also meant to supplement NIH Manual Chapter 3044-2: Protection of NIH Personnel Who Work with Nonhuman Primates and DDIR/IO Policy Memo Updates to the Nonhuman Primate Users Safety Program.

Why do NIH Deer Wear Ear Tags?

Have you ever wondered why the White-Tailed Deer on the NIH Bethesda Campus have ear tags? They are part of a wildlife research study done at the NIH through the Division of Veterinary Resources (DVR). This study is designed to provide sterilization surgery to maintain a natural amount of deer to the amount of space on the campus. Dr. Tom Thomas, who oversees the program, said that “this is an alternative to relocating the deer, euthanizing the deer or to providing birth control to the deer, and it is working well to keep our deer population in check.” Read the entire article here.

Policy for Scientific Merit Review for the Use of Nonhuman Primates

The Deputy Director for Intramural Research released a policy memo describing the scientific merit review process for the use of nonhuman primates at the NIH. The NIH program for the scientific merit review of Animal Study Proposals (ASPs) involving the use of nonhuman primates was established by the NIH Scientific and Clinical Directors in 2015.

Updates to the NHP Users Safety Program

The NIH Deputy Director for Intramural Research released an update to the nonhuman primate users safety program. This policy memorandum updates existing NIH policies and programs addressing the safety of personnel working with nonhuman primates.

Reporting Injured Wildlife on NIH Bethesda Campus

The National Institutes of Health Bethesda campus has the NIH Wildlife Veterinary Volunteers – a group of volunteer veterinary staff that can assist in the event of wildlife emergencies. Injured or distressed wildlife can be reported by calling either 301-496-5685 or 311, and the on-call veterinary staff will be notified.

This page was last updated on Thursday, February 11, 2021