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
  • Prentiss Jones, PhD (Community Member), Technical Director, Hospital Laboratory Operations, South Bend Medical Foundation
  • Lisa Phillips, Lab Safety Compliance Program Manager, Risk Management & Safety​
  • Jennifer Robichaud, Associate Professional Specialist, Biological Sciences
  • Valerie Schroeder, Senior Lab Animal Technician, Freimann Life Science Center
  • Jeffery Schorey, PhD (Chair), Professor, Biological Sciences
  • Patrick Sheets, PhD, Assistant Professor, Indiana University School of Medicine-South Bend ​
  • Kay Stewart, Associate Professional Specialist, Biological Sciences

Alternate Member

  • Nakesha Alexander (Alternate Regulatory Chair),​ ​Research Compliance Coordinator, Notre Dame Research Compliance​

Upcoming Meeting Dates

The IACUC meets once a month and requires at least 10 business days before the meeting to review submitted protocols.

  • October 12, 2016
  • November 9, 2016
  • December 14, 2016
  • January 11, 2017
  • February 8, 2017
  • March 8, 2017
  • April 12, 2017
  • May 10, 2017
  • June 14, 2017

Please note that meeting dates are subject to change.

Need More Information?

For questions on animal research please contact the Associate Vice President with responsibility for Research Compliance or email compliance@nd.edu.

Training

The Federal Animal Welfare Act and regulations of the Department of Health and Human Services 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 wishing 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. 

For more information, please visit http://freimann.nd.edu/training/.

Need More Information?

For information on the use of the eProtocol system, please contact the Research Compliance Coordinator or email compliance@nd.edu.