Research, Commercialization and Outreach
Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC)
NOTICE OF REVISED IACUC INVERTEBRATE PROCEDURES
The TAMUCC IACUC has reviewed and approved research conducted on invertebrates for many reasons, including potential hurricane issues, researching non-native species, etc. Currently, the procedures are written in a way and the forms are composed in a way that invertebrate research and vertebrate research are reviewed utilizing similar procedures, and concerns related to the above issues can be addressed without committee review and approval. Therefore, the following changes are being made to invertebrate research procedures.
- Formal Approval for invertebrate research is no longer needed. However, the concerns regarding hurricane preparedness would still be addressed by the following.
- PIs need to submit a one-page form ONLY when invertebrate research is being conducted ON CAMPUS. The form will ask for information related to:
a. Where the invertebrates are housed
b. Whether the invertebrates are native species
c. Plan for hurricane/disaster evacuation
d. Special instructions for invertebrates if researcher is not on campus during hurricane/disaster
e. Emergency contact information
- PIs need to update these records when the status of invertebrate research changes
The program changes impact invertebrate research in the following ways:
- The IACUC will no longer review invertebrate protocols because formal approval is not needed. I will keep the information forms provided by researchers and will provide copies to appropriate TAMUCC departments for hurricane planning.
- Sponsored research account release is not contingent upon approval of an IACUC protocol for invertebrate studies.
- Invertebrate research studies are no longer addressed at the sponsored research proposal stage.
These revised procedures will not only provide information for hurricane preparedness. The IACUC is looking at ways in which the committee/university can offer assistance to researchers in the event of a campus evacuation. Providing assistance is a longer term issue, and I will send updates as the IACUC works to address the assistance to researchers.
- Assure all activities involving animals meet the ethical and legal requirements for the humane care and use of animals.
- Maintain and promote an open and cooperative relationship with investigators, faculty and the greater University community.
- Educate the University community concerning the ethical and regulatory considerations for the humane care of animals.
- Review, at least every six (6) months, the University's program and all animal facilities using USDA Regulations/Guide as a basis.
- Meet all federal requirements as defined in the Animal Welfare Act, the Public Health Service Policy on the Humane Care & Use of Laboratory Animals and the Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals.
Membership: Members are appointed by the Vice President for the Division of Research, Commercialization and Outreach in consultation with the Chair of the Committee on Committees, Faculty Senate for staggered four-year terms.
Membership must include a veterinarian, a community representative, a non-scientific representative from the University, and two scientific members from the University representing the wide diversity of activities utilizing animals on campus.
Chair: Elected for a two-year term by the Committee
Responsible University Official: Vice President for the Division of Research, Commercialization and Outreach
|Name||Reason for Membership|
|Stunz, Greg||Scientific representative from the University|
|Prevratil, Debbie||Community Member|
|Mozzachiodi, Riccardo (Chair)||Scientific representative from the University|
|Fahlman, Andreas||Scientific representative from the University|
|Omoruyi, Felix (Vice Chair)||Scientific representative from the University|
|Anderson, Jennifer||Non-scientific representative from the University (Library)|
Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi recognizes the scientific and ethical responsibility for the humane care and use of animals [for a definition of "animal" see ( NIH, PHS and USDA policy )] involved in research and education and enjoins all individuals involved to the highest standards of care and consideration.
|Form A: Application for Invertebrate Research Involving Live Animal Subjects||Approval granted for 2 years: Continuing Review form required for approval beyond two years|
|Form B - Vertebrate Application for Review of Research Involving Live Animal Subjects||Approval granted for 1 year: Continuing Review form required for approval beyond one year. Third year de novo Review is required (resubmission of full protocol).|
|Form T - Application for Teaching Activities Involving Live Animal Subjects||Approval granted for 2 years: Continuing Review form required for approval beyond two years|
Attention Doctoral Students
The Research Compliance Officer must have ONE of the following on file to sign your Doctoral Dissertation Proposal Hearing Request Form:
- Completed IACUC protocol application
- Doctoral Student Compliance Certification
The Doctoral Student Compliance Certification should be submitted in cases when the student is ready to propose and has not yet submitted a completed IACUC protocol application.
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Links to the Amendment, Continuation, and Completion forms are located on the Forms page.
Please submit the Continuing Review Form 30 days prior to the expiration of approval to allow time for committee review and approval.
IACUC Final Completion Form due at the conclusion of all studies regardless of approval granted.
For more information contact Erin Sherman, Research Compliance Officer at firstname.lastname@example.org or 361-825-2497.