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Interagency Collaborative Animal Research Education Project

ICARE Project

The Interagency Collaborative Animal Research Education (ICARE) Project is an interagency initiative of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Food and Drug Administration (FDA), National Science Foundation (NSF), and Veterans Administration (VA). This group of federal agencies is involved in the welfare of animals used in research, teaching, and testing in the US. Although federal animal care and use standards vary, all endorse local oversight for the humane care and use of animals by an Institutional Animal Care and Use Committees (IACUC).

Our aim is to empower IACUCs and their institutions to increase compliance with federal standards while minimizing regulatory burden. The ICARE Project uses active learning pedagogy which has been shown to increase effectiveness of adult education in factual and theoretical understanding of scientific and ethical issues by engaging the learner in activities that require the application of high-level concepts.

ICARE Academies use active learning pedagogy to train IACUC members and institutional and animal program personnel to meet their responsibilities for animal welfare oversight. The ICARE Academies will empower the learner to assume accountability for facts and conceptual understanding of federal standards through the study of realistic problems encountered in animal care and use programs. 

  • ​Participation is open to those involved in animal care and use programs, including IACUC members and staff, Institutional Officials, veterinarians, animal facilities personnel, administrators, consultants, and compliance and regulatory personnel.
  • ​Attendees will work in both large interactive sessions and small facilitated breakout groups. In all of the sessions, attendees will engage in learning activities such as interactive presentations, group work, and discussions.

Train the Trainer Institutes teach institutional training personnel to use active learning in their training programs. Participants will engage in active learning applied to IACUC subject matter content and modules that address the scientific basis of active learning pedagogy. 

  • Participation is open to institutional animal care and use trainers and IACUC trainers. At least 2 trainers from an institution are required to attend a Train the Trainers Institute to facilitate implementation of active learning training at the institution.
  • ​Attendees will work in facilitated breakout groups and engage in learning activities aimed at using backward design to develop teaching modules that can be used at their home institution.

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FRAME Training School in Experimental Design and Statistical Analysis
May 31-June 2, 2017
Saskatoon, Canada

Advances in Cell and Tissue Culture 2017
May 22-24, 2017
Manchester, UK

CAAT Academy
In Vitro Skin and Eye Models Hands-on Training
June 1-2 2017
Brussels, Belgium

CAAT Academy
Tools for Read-Across
June 15-16, 2017
Helsinki, Finland

ecopa SSCT Workshop 2017
June 14-16, 2017
Helsinki, Finland
Thomas Hartung will deliver a keynote address

CAAT Academy
Updates on Hepatotoxicity AOP Landscape and on the ADME Field - Season 2
June 22-23, 2017
Rennes, France

9th Euro-Global Summit on Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology
June 22-24, 2017
Paris, France
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6th Annual Meeting of the American Society for Cellular and Computational Toxicology (ASCCT)
September 21-22
College Park, MD

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10th World Congress on Alternatives and Animal Use in the Life Sciences
August 20-24, 2017
Seattle, Washington

CAAT Academy
Hands-on Training in Quantitative Human Cell and Effect-based In Vitro Bioanalysis for Assessing Endocrine-disrupting Compounds (EDCs)
September 7-8. 2017
Amsterdam
 

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