The Office of Animal Welfare and Research Integrity was restructured in 2004 to assume oversight responsibility for applicable regulatory and compliance issues as related to sponsored programs. Working closely with the Environmental Health and Safety Office, the Office is responsible for the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC), the Institutional Review Board (IRB), Institutional Biohazard Committee (IBC), Hazardous Chemicals and Waste, and Radiation and Laser Safety. Oversight for Conflict of Interest and Misconduct issues will also be managed by the OAWRI. The essential functions of the OACRC are: to manage and administer a program of laboratory animal care that complies with the federal Animal Welfare Act, Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare and USDA; and to manage and administer a program of human subject research that complies with the Office of Human Research Protections and National Institutes of Health. The Office works in conjunction with the Environmental Health and Safety Office to ensure compliance with hazardous chemicals and radiation safety for research involving Florida A&M University.
Animal Welfare and Research Integrity
The Animal Care Facility’s (ACF) mission is to facilitate the animal related research and teaching programs at Florida A&M University. It is ACF’s responsibility for managing and administering a program of laboratory animal care that complies with the federal Animal Welfare Act, the Guide, the Public Health Service Policy on Humane Care and Use of laboratory Animals and the USDA Regulations. The functions of the ACF are daily animal care, veterinary services, and provisions for research services, surgical assistance and monitoring the care and use of animals. The ACF serves as the purchasing and receiving agent for all animals. Cost of purchase plus any an all applicable fees, charges, and/or freight are recharged to the appropriate budget entity.
The animal facilities are located on the second floor of the Frederick S. Humphries Science Research Center (SRC) (2,900 sq. ft.) rooms 217-231 and the ground floor of the Dyson Pharmacy Building (DPB) (1,100 sq. ft.) Suite 025. The ACF, located on the ground floor of the DPB rooms 025-029D, is equipped with a 3500 Cage and Bottle washer, two isolator caging units from Lab Products and a Flex – Aire Micro isolator Caging Unit to house transgenic animals. This facility includes three animal housing rooms, quarantine room, clean cage storage area, cage-washing area, food and bedding storage area, and chemical supply area.
The SRC is equipped with 2,900 square feet for animal space. The animal wing includes 5 animal holding rooms, a surgical suite including surgery prep-area, surgery scrub and surgery room. Clean cage storage is available as well as food and bedding storage area. The animal procedure room is equipped with an examination table to provide adequate workspace. Cage washing and sterilization is performed in the cage wash area with an Amsco Eagle 3000-S Series Gravity Sterilizer and Basil model 9500 Cage and Rack Washer.
IRB (Institutional Review Board)
Reviews all research involving human subjects prior to the initiation of research as required by University policy and Federal Regulations 45 CFR 46, "Code for the Protection of Human Subjects in Research," and applicable ethical standards as published by professional groups and societies. The University's process for protecting human research subjects reflects federal regulations. The Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) and Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP) oversees the operation of the IRB, and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) enforces regulations for the use of experimental drugs and devices. All forms can be downloaded at www.irbnet.org.
The IRB (Institutional Review Board) is pleased to welcome Dr. Gwendolyn Singleton as the new chairman and Dr. Tony Manson as the Vice Chairman. Dr. Singleton is an associate professor in the College of Arts and Sciences in the Psychology department. Dr. Tony Manson is a professor in the College of Education and Chairman of the Department of Secondary Education. Together they bring a wealth of knowledge and expertise to provide leadership to the Institutional Review Board.
Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee
Mission: Assess the animal care program and to assure that the proposed research is evaluated according to the Animal Welfare Act, The Guide for Care and Use of Laboratory Animals, as well as the PHS Policy. The animal care and use program supports the research initiatives at the University.