The members of the UAA Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) are appointed by the Chancellor through the Institutional Official, the Vice Provost for Research. The UAA committee has scientists representing each of the units using animals in research or teaching, as well as a non-affiliated member of the community.
The IACUC committee meets on the second Friday of the month in the CPISB 101D conference room. Protocols and issues for discussion must be submitted in IRBNet at least 5 days prior to the meeting.
For the current meeting schedule or any questions about IRBNet or the review process, please contact the Research Integrity & Compliance Office at 907-786-1099.
The principal investigator(s) attending the IACUC meeting is
optional, but highly recommended to answer any questions that may come
up during the discussion.
Protocol Review and Tracking
The IACUC reviews all research, teaching and diagnostic protocols that involve the use of live vertebrates (fish, birds, amphibians, reptiles, or mammals) irrespective of source of funding (departmental, public, or private) or purpose (biomedical, biological, agricultural, wildlife, testing, education, diagnostics, etc.). In other words, if your work involves live vertebrates, you must submit a UAA Assurance of Animal Care form.
Protocol review includes but is not limited to:
Once a protocol is reviewed and approved, it must be kept current with respect to any changes, modifications, or new techniques as they evolve. The form must be renewed annually for a maximum of two renewals (3 year time span). If the project is continuing after two renewals, you are required to submit a new protocol.
All IACUC forms are available in IRBNet for new protocols, updates and yearly renewals. For assistance with IRBNet, click here.
Inspect and report on all UAA animal facilities at least once every 6 months to ensure that research animals held at UAA are maintained under the best possible conditions and that we are in full compliance with regulations and guidelines.
The Office of Research Integrity has a free online course primarily for IACUC members entitled "An IACUC Member's Guide to Animal Facility Inspections." The course addresses the regulatory requirements for animal facilities, including housing, surgery, cleaning and storage areas.
Review of the Animal Care Program
Evaluate the overall Animal Care Program for the University at least once every six months. This includes, but is not limited to: