» Announcements

25 July 2019 - A few changes have been made to the CITI animal study curricula.  The aquatic group has been simplified to focus on zebrafish to be aligned with the tanks set up in the vivarium.  [Yes, studies with the zebrafish model can be conducted.]  A module specific to the Chapman animal care program has been developed and is included as required training for all training groups.  See the spreadsheet in the TRAINING tab.

22 July 2019 - The Office of Research and the IACUC have embarked on the journey to obtain AAALAC accreditation of the animal care and use program.

22 July 2019 - The Cayuse IACUC module (using the eSirius product) has begun implementation.  A model protocol is being developed during the summer with testing being done with IACUC members.

22 April 2019 - The Office of Research has announced an agreement with UC Irvine to provide statisticians to Chapman investigators.  These consultants can help design animal studies.  Please scroll to "Statistical Consulting" in the left column under the main Office of Research tab for the details.

4 April 2019 - The software for IACUC protocol processing is still being implemented [see updates above].  The Cayuse company has bought the eSirius platform and is working to integrate it for Chapman.  The timeline is several months.  The IACUC will continue to use the electronic paper format - the two-part protocol posted in the Forms and Links tab at left - as we've been doing.

4 April 2019 - With the purchase of an aquatics system for the Rinker vivarium, the IACUC will be processing more zebrafish protocols and acquiring a restricted species permit from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife.

30 November 2018 - CITI has indicated that it is making upgrades and updates to the interface of its learning management system (LMS).  Learners should find the new displays more intuitive and easier to navigate.

  • How much of a change is it?  This is an evolutionary revision, with visible changes to many pages.
  • Chapman's “how to use” documentation - screenshots - will likely appear different, but content is mostly the same.  A revision of the PowerPoint is planned for 2019.
  • Questions?  Contact Bruce W. Kennedy, IACUC administrator, at brkennedy@chapman.edu or 714.628.2844.

16 November 2018 - The new CITI module "Working with Genetically Modified Mice in Research Settings" has been added as an optional course to the Chapman training curriculum.  Log into your training account with CITI and locate the lab animal section amongst the courses to select it.

question 7 from CITI on animal welfare training

19 October 2018 - Vice President for Research Tom Piechota announced that the new institutional policy for animal care and use (and human subjects, too) has been approved.  It can be found at the Research Policies and Guidance website.

18 September 2018 - New training dates, content, and course offerings are being prepared by the Rinker vivarium staff for investigator knowledge and benefit.  Contact David Lopez, Vivarium Manager, dlopez@chapman.edu.

6 September 2018 - The LAOHP has been enhanced.  Working with Risk Management and Environmental Health and Safety, the IACUC's laboratory animal occupational health program has partnered with the UCI Center for Occupational and Environmental Health (COEH) to provide medical evaluations for persons working with animals in research and teaching.  Visit the Safety with Animals tab for more information.

15 February 2018 - CITI announced that it has revamped some modules within its "Working with the IACUC" group.  According to the announcement, it "has been significantly updated to improve the course’s content, structure, alignment with current regulatory guidelines, and delivery. The course still provides the same necessary basic training on the protection of animal subjects used in research, but now with nine comprehensive, concise modules and two additional modules of interest."  Some of the modules are selected and included within Chapman's organization of modules.  See the tab Training here on the left.

8 August 2017 – The website of the IACUC has been redesigned to provide more information for faculty, students, and staff engaged in various forms of research and teaching with animals.

26 July 2017 – In collaboration with Risk Management at Chapman, the two part process of the lab animal occupational health program (LAOHP) was launched.  The first part involves completion of the one-page RASQ form, which stands for risk assessment safety questionnaire.  A potential animal user answers questions to self-determine his/her risk while working with animals.  Should a health issue be identified, the option to complete a health history questionnaire and consult with a medical professional is available.

19 July 2017 – In collaboration with CITI, the modules of the responsible use of research animals training program were rearranged into new groupings.   They are now better aligned with the specific research programs based upon animal and function types at Chapman.

7 July 2017 - Bruce W. Kennedy joined the Research Integrity team at Chapman as the new IACUC administrator.   He has been a lab technician, an animal facility manager, and holds the PRIM&R animal research committee credential of CPIA.  His background in research regulatory compliance at both government and academic settings also includes 12 years managing an IRB, working with an IBC, and conducting accreditation site visits of vivaria with AAALAC International.