Animal Research

All research involving live vertebrate animals must be reviewed and approved by the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) prior to the initiation of the research and before a research award can be accepted.

Guidelines

The University of Notre Dame recognizes an inherent obligation that all research utilizing animals is performed with strict adherence to federal guidelines and with the utmost concern for the welfare and well-being of the subjects.

The federal government and University policy require that the care and use of all vertebrate laboratory animals be monitored by the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC). IACUC review and approval is required when animals are used in any research studies and instructional programs. The University of Notre Dame has an approved Assurance of Compliance on file with the National Institutes of Health, Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare.

eProtocol System

On behalf of the University of Notre Dame, the IACUC monitors the care and use of all vertebrate laboratory animals in research studies or instructional programs. Therefore, in compliance with federal law and institutional policy, all research involving live vertebrate animals must be reviewed and approved by the IACUC prior to the initiation of the research and before a research award can be accepted.

To submit a request for approval or to track or review information related to animal research, please use the eProtocol system: https://nd.keyusa.net/.

Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) 

The federal government and University policy require that the care and use of all vertebrate laboratory animals be monitored by the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC). IACUC review and approval is required when animals are used in any research studies and instructional programs.

Appointed Members

  • Satish Adusumilli, DVM, Director & Attending Veterinarian, Concurrent Research Assistant Professor
  • Richard Dahl, PhD, Assistant Professor of Microbiology & Immunology, Indiana University School of Medicine-South Bend, Adjunct Assistant Professor, Biological Sciences, University of Notre Dame
  • Eric Felde, JD, CIP, Director, Research Compliance
  • Victoria Ploplis, PhD, Professor, Chemistry & Biochemistry
  • Jennifer Robichaud, Associate Professional Specialist, Biological Sciences
  • Valerie Schroeder, Compliance and Technical Services Lead, Freimann Life Science Center
  • Tracy Slattery, (Community Member), South Bend Community School Corporation
  • Rebecca Wingert, PhD, IACUC Chair, Elizabeth and Michael Gallagher Family Professorship in Adult Stem Cell Research and Associate Professor, Biological Sciences 
  • Siyuan Zhang, MD, PhD, Nancy Dee Associate Professor of Cancer Research, Biological Sciences
  • Jason DeWispeleare, CHMM, Laboratory Safety Compliance Program Manager
  • William Wolter, Research and Facilities Lead, Freimann Life Sciences Center

Upcoming Meeting Dates

The IACUC meets once a month. New protocols should be submitted at least 10 business days before the meeting for review.

  • August 15, 2018
  • September 12, 2018
  • October 10, 2018
  • November 14, 2018
  • December 12, 2018
  • January 16, 2019
  • February 13, 2019
  • March 13, 2019
  • April 10, 2019
  • May 15, 2019
  • June 12, 2019

Please note that meeting dates are subject to change.

Need More Information?

For questions regarding animal research please contact compliance@nd.edu. For relevant forms, codes, and policies, please visit the Resource Library

Training

The Animal Welfare Act and PHS Policy require training and continuing education for all scientists, research technicians, animal care technicians, and others involved with animal care and use. These laws and regulations require that the IACUC, as an agent of the University of Notre Dame, determine that personnel planning to conduct procedures on animals or animal tissues are qualified and trained to do so on the animal species proposed. To fulfill this responsibility, a mandatory training program has been developed.

All staff, faculty, and students who are involved in the care or use of animals for research, utilizing animal tissues, or listed on an animal protocol at the University of Notre Dame are required to participate in the Introductory Training Program consisting of online training modules administered through the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science Learning Library. To access the system, and complete coursework, please use your netID and password at the following link: AALAS Learning Library.

For more information, please visit https://freimann.nd.edu/faculty-staff-resources/animal-access-requirements/animal-training-program/.

Occupational Health Disclosure

The Animal Welfare Act and PHS Policy additionally require the implementation of an occupational health and safety program to identify health hazards related to animal care and use, and protect against them. One component of that program requires a disclosure related to pre-research medical evaluation. This disclosure must be completed by any individual who enters the Freimann Life Sciences Center, or any other animal laboratory on campus. The two versions of the disclosure form are described below, and their use depends on each person's planned activities.

For more information about the Occupational Health Program, please review the following documentation:

Occupational Health Program- Animal Handling Medical Evaluation Process

Animal Handling Medical Evaluation Procedure

Animal Allergies

Zoonotic Diseases

Miscellaneous Hazards

Category A

Those working with live or dead whole animals (except exclusively aquatic species), animal tissue, fluids, and materials from potentially biohazardous animals must complete the Medical and Occupational Health History Form for Animal Exposures - Category A through OnBase.

Category B

Those working with only aquatic species, freshly harvested animal tissues/fluids from non-biohazardous animals (animals not infected with a biological agent), or requiring non-animal contact access to an animal facility must complete the Medical and Occupational History Form for Animal Exposures – Category B through OnBase.

Non-affiliated Health Disclosure

Those individuals who need to access Notre Dame animal facilities (e.g., research collaborators from external institutions, facility maintenance personnel, etc.) must also complete an occupational health disclosure. Please contact our office at compliance@nd.edu to describe your duties, and request the paperwork to complete this process.