Monday, February 1, 2010


I'm far too tired to elaborate on this, but our IUCUC met today. There are so many federal guidelines that simply don't work for our institution. Here's an example. There are 2 of us working with vertebrates and neither of us is currently on NIH or NSF funding. If were were to go ahead and follow federal guidelines, we are to convene the IUCUC as needed but not less often than twice a year. If the term for all the protocols is three years, frankly, the most we would need to meet would be 2 investigators/3 years = every 1.5 years (or more often if we publish more often). There's no way we would call in the vet and the farmer (community member) for useless meetings. We simply don't have the volume to meet the guidelines.

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