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.
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.
09/11/2020: 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.
Learn about recent wildlife happenings on the NIH campus and the and the NIH Wildlife Veterinary Volunteers here: https://news2use.ors.nih.gov/Pages/Wildlife-Updates-on-the-NIH-Campus.aspx
Coronavirus (COVID-19) is an emerging, rapidly evolving situation. Get the latest information and resources from NIH here: https://www.nih.gov/health-information/coronavirus
03/02/2020: 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.
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.