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Webinar: (2021-10) Navigating the Intersections Between Animal Care and Use and Human Subjects Oversight: Mind the Gap


For many institutions, the review and consideration of animal care and use protocols and human subjects research are siloed. With little communication or interaction between the two review processes, gaps in considerations for appropriate protections for animals and humans arise when research protocols overlap these two spheres. More generally, there are often situations where oversight considerations fall into a gray area where there are broad implications for research animals, human subjects, and communities.

Recognizing the interconnection among people, animals, plants, and their shared environment, One Health is a collaborative, multisectoral, and transdisciplinary initiative with the goal of achieving optimal health outcomes. One Health is not new, but it has become more important, especially over the last year, because of increased recognition of interactions among people, animals, plants, and the environment and the health impacts of those interactions.

This session will address the intersection (and gaps!) between IACUC and IRB oversight, and will provide examples to illustrate ways these intersections and gaps can be managed, including through the use of a One Health approach.

  • Define the scope of IACUC oversight and the role the IACUC may play as part of a One Health approach.
  • Define the scope of IRB oversight and the role the IRB may play as part of a One Health approach.
  • Discuss where the regulations intersect and where there may be ethical gaps.
  • Provide and discuss illustrative case studies:
    • Example that involves human subjects and animals, where the animal use is not within the scope of IACUC, but for which there are ethical concerns regarding animals
    • Example that involves animal use within the scope of IACUC and human participants, where the humans are not “subjects,” but may be put at risk of harm
    • Example where both apply and everything works out well
    • Example where both IACUC and IRB oversight apply, but where the respective requirements are contradictory
What will I learn?
By the end of this session, you will be able to:
  • Understand the scope of statutory and regulatory oversight of scientific studies involving animals and people
  • Recognize the potential impact on human bystanders and the role and responsibilities of the IACUC (Animal care and use professionals)
  • Recognize the potential impact on animal bystanders and the role and responsibilities of the IRB (Human research protection professionals)
Who should attend?
Animal care and use professionals; human subjects research protection professionals; institutional officials.

Continuing Education
Webinar participants holding the Certified IRB Professional (CIP®) credential may apply 1.25 continuing education credits towards CIP recertification. Learn More

Course participants who hold the Certified Professional in IACUC Administration (CPIA®) credential may apply 1.25 continuing education credits towards CPIA recertification category two credit. Learn More

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  • Megin Nichols, DVM, MPH, DACVPM

    Megin Nichols serves as the lead for the team at CDC that investigates multistate outbreaks of Salmonella and E. coli resulting from exposure to animals, pet products and raw milk. Prior to joining CDC, Dr. Nichols worked in her home state at the New Mexico Department of Health for 5 years. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science from New Mexico State University, a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Colorado State University and a Master of Public Health in Food Safety and Biosecurity from the University of Minnesota. Her areas of interest include: zoonotic disease, food safety, and pediatric health.

  • Laura Youngblood, MPH, CIP

    Laura Youngblood serves as the senior human subjects advisor for CDC’s National Center for Zoonotic and Infectious Diseases (NCEZID). In this role, Ms. Youngblood is responsible for determining the applicability of human subjects research regulations for scientific projects conducted in NCEZID. She previously served as an IRB Administrator in CDC’s Human Research Protection Office, and she was an active IRB member at CDC from 2005-2018, serving in Vice-Chair, Chair, and Executive Chair roles. Before her transition to the field of human research protections, Ms. Youngblood was an Epidemiologist in CDC’s Division of Viral and Rickettsial Diseases. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Microbiology from California Polytechnic State University, a Master of Public Health degree in Epidemiology from Emory University, and she is a Certified IRB Professional (CIP). Her areas of interest include zoonotic and vectorborne disease, human research and public health ethics, and technical writing.

October 14, 2021
Thu 1:00 PM EDT

Duration 1H 15M

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