About the IACUC Program
- Non-affiliated Member
The IACUC utilizes consultants, when required, for specific protocol review. The consultant may offer opinions and advice, but may not vote on any application for use.
According to the 9th Code of Federal Regulations (CFR9), it is the responsibility of the chief executive officer (CEO) of the institution (in our case, Georgia State President Mark Becker) to appoint all members of the IACUC, and the institutional official (IO). The CEO has delegated, in writing, the authority to appoint the IACUC members to the IO, James A. Weyhenmeyer, Vice President for Research and Economic Development.
The IACUC represents society's concerns regarding the welfare of animal subjects used and is expected to be the conscience for the institute on animal welfare concerns.
The IACUC is responsible for keeping abreast of changes in animal use legislation and guidelines and recommending modifications to the institution's program to ensure that research and the animal use program fully comply with the letter and spirit of the law.
The IACUC is not a scientific review group, per se. All projects should have received appropriate, mission related and scientifically sound reviews (by the grant review process) prior to reaching the IACUC. However, humane treatment and scientific methodology are closely related and often inseparable concepts. Therefore, the committee may discuss and review science only as it relates specifically to animal use.
All continuing protocols that involve covered species under the Animal Welfare Act also receive annual review to ensure that no significant deviations from established and approved procedures have occurred. All principal investigators that work with AWA covered species are required to complete an annual review report as part of this process.
When reviewing protocols, the IACUC ensures that:
- All procedures involving animals will avoid or minimize pain and distress to the animal(s).
- The principal investigator has considered alternatives to procedures that cause more than momentary pain or distress to the animals.
- The principal investigator has provided written assurance that the protocol proposed does not unnecessarily duplicate previous experiments.
- Appropriate anesthetics and analgesics are used when necessary.
- Personnel are properly trained to perform the proposed procedures.
- Activities that involve surgery provide for appropriate pre-operative and post-operative care and that aseptic practices are followed.
- Methods of euthanasia are consistent with methods set forth by the American Veterinary Medical Association's Panel on Euthanasia.
The IACUC reviews and investigates, if necessary, any concerns involving the care and use of animals at the research institution resulting from complaints or reports of noncompliance. The IACUC has the authority to suspend an activity that it previously had approved if it determines that the activity is not being conducted in accordance with the description provided by the investigator in his/her protocol.
If you have any questions, please contact the IACUC office:
Margaret “Casey” Kilcullen-Steiner, MS, LATG
Assistant Director, IACUC
Telephone: (404) 413-3508