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The Office of Research Support (ORS) does not administer or oversee HOP policy 5-2011* or training related to the policy. ORS administers HOP policy 7-1210, “Promoting Objectivity in Research by Managing, Reducing or Eliminating Financial Conflicts of Interest” so if you conduct research and have:

  1. Not submitted a Financial Interest Disclosure (FID), you will need to complete mandatory training and file a FID. Instructions for completing these requirements are located at http://www.utexas.edu/research/rsc/coi/training.html.
  2. Previously submitted a FID, you are not required to complete additional training nor re-disclose the same information to comply with the UTS 180/HOP 5-2011 policy requirements.   However, you may have other responsibilities under that policy.

*If you have questions concerning the other policy, HOP policy 5-2011, “Conflicts of Interest, Conflicts of Commitment, & Outside Activities,” you should contact the Provost’s Office evpp_coi@austin.utexas.edu.

IACUC News

IACUC Update Volume 7, Issue 9, June 2014

“Introduction to Fish” now offered in the AALAS Learning Library

The AALAS Learning Library (ALL) has offered a new course: “Introduction to Fish.” If you are responsible for handling fish, conducting research with fish, or writing an animal utilization proposal (AUP or protocol) that utilizes fish, this module will provide:

  • Information on key regulatory and occupational health issues
  • Guidance on searches for alternatives in the care and use of animals
  • Highlights of unique biological features of these animals
  • Overviews of acceptable basic methodologies, management of pain, requirements for supportive care procedures, and euthanasia.

At the June 9, 2014 Full Committee Review, the IACUC voted to require this module for all fish users, effective December 1, 2014. 

On December 1, 2014, all fish species in eProtocol will be coded for this course. At that time, you will not be able to submit any protocol action on a fish protocol (e.g., Amendment, Continuing Review, New Protocol, etc.) if any personnel listed has not completed the “Introduction to Fish” (course ID 3927).

What Investigators Need to Know About the Use of Animals

In this article in a recent issue of ILAR Journal, Volume 54(3) (http://ilarjournal.oxfordjournals.org/content/54/3.toc), the Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare (OLAW) at NIH reviews expectations and requirements for investigators when using animals in research.

You will learn about investigator responsibilities starting from the early stages of project planning, to applying for funding and post-award. You will also find information on the requirements of the PHS Policy, the role of the IACUC, and other useful resources. Download the article here (PDF): http://grants.nih.gov/grants/olaw/references/ilar_2014_54.pdf.

eProtocol Tip of the Month

Ensure all funded projects are listed on your approved protocol. The Office of Sponsored Projects (OSP) verifies that IACUC approval has been issued prior to releasing funds. If the funding source is not listed in your approved protocol, there may be a delay in receiving your award.

Webinar Offering: Meeting Requirements for Alternative Searches: Information for IACUCs and Investigators

The Office of Research Support is hosting the following webinar sponsored by the Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare (OLAW) and you are invited:

Meeting Requirements for Alternatives Searches: Information for IACUCs and Investigators
Date: June 26, 2014
Time: Noon - 1 p.m.
Location: FAC 426HH

Kathleen Gregory, reference librarian at the University of Denver, will provide information for IACUCs and researchers about the alternatives search required by the USDA Animal Welfare Regulations.

To register, visit http://links.utexas.edu/bzosuha or search for RC 392 in TXClass (https://utdirect.utexas.edu/txclass/index.WBX). 

For more information, see the ORS website: http://www.utexas.edu/research/rsc/news/index.html

We’ll see you at the webinar!

Upcoming Meeting Dates

The next IACUC Full Committee Review (FCR) is August 11, 2014.
The deadline to submit a new protocol or third-year resubmission is July 25, 2014.


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