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Sensational IACUC Conference, Don't Miss IRB Conference July 21st

NWABR's Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) conference, held on March 31, 2016 at the Bellevue Hyatt Hotel, received glowing evaluations.  A few of the selected comments include:
"Just really well done!  Kudos goes out to everyone who was able to make it happen.  I loved all the information I was able to receive."
"Most useful conference I have attended."
"The conference was a wonderful learning experience with a great opportunity for networking. The variety of topics was stimulating and the speakers were not only well versed in their subject, but also very good communicators."
"Wish I lived in the NW region.  Fantastic conference."

NWABR's conference team is getting very good at juggling the competing educational demands of institutional research communities.  Board President Ms. Cami Gearhart said "the conference planning committees always include"... Read more

On July 21, 2016 NWABR will present its next institutional research conference "Ethics and Regulations in the Digital Age." This Institutional Review Board (IRB) conference focuses on the protection of human subjects in research.  For this conference NWABR will again work with Quorum Review IRB as its co-presenting partner.  Additionally, NWABR will partner with our Platinum Sponsors, the University of Washington and the WIRB Copernicus Group, to deliver a comprehensive IRB conference program.  Confirmed speakers include representatives from the Office of Human Research Protections and also from the US Food and Drug Administration. 

TODAY is the day to GiveBIG

You can support NWABR's education programs today. NWABR is participating in the Seattle Foundation's May 3  GiveBIG ! campaign, a one-day online charitable event where we all come together to help those in our community who need it most.
When you give to NWABR through Seattle Foundation's GiveBIG campaign, you will directly support efforts like Bio Expo and Community
 Conversations. And your dollars will go further: Seattle Foundation will boost all donations (up to $2,500 per donor) through a designated stretch pool.
Thank you for giving your time and money to support kids exploring bioscience, adults wrestling with bioscience as it collides with their worldview, and scientists doing transformative work in medicine to heal and protect.
Speak Up for Research Fundraising Gala
Thursday June 9th, 2016

Join NWABR for an evening of donation, networking, live music and scrumptious food as we honor these outstanding contributors to biomedical research and its ethical conduct:

The Alvin J. Thompson Award for outstanding research and significant contributions to the advancement of biomedical knowledge is given to Dr. Charles (Chuck) Murry.  Chuck receives this award in recognition of his work to discover the molecular basis for cardiovascular diseases, to use this information to design new therapies, and train the next generation of physician-scientists in cardiovascular and stem cell research.

The Buster and Nancy D. Alvord Award for general philanthropic impact on biomedical research in the Northwest is given to Oregon Health & Sciences University (OHSU), Phil and Penny Knight and the community of Oregon.  Collectively given this year in recognition of the fundraising efforts of OHSU and the tremendous generosity of both the community of Oregon and the $500 million matching grant provided by Phil and Penny Knight, their philanthropy raised a combined total of one billion dollars to be used in supporting the first large-scale program dedicated to early detection of lethal cancers.

Camp BioMed Registration Now!

Space is filling up for NWABR's Third Annual Camp BIOmed. Camp is designed for those entering grades 9-12 and features three unique camp experiences--Cancer Laboratory/DIY Biology - the Molecular Biology of Cancer, Next Gen Science - Origami of Life & Bioinformatics, and CSI (Crime Scene Investigation) Forensics and Molecular Biology-- over 6 weeks each beginning July 11th.   Camp is centrally located on the beautiful campus of Seattle Pacific University.

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Zika Virus a Serious Threat, Community Conversation Reflection
Recent Community Conversations in Portland, OR and Seattle, WA focused on updated knowledge about Zika: who can become infected; what are the symptoms in adults, fetuses and babies; prevention approaches; new diagnostics; vaccine challenges.  We also discussed in depth the research challenges in this climate of rapidly emerging information.
Zika is frightening.  Not only does it impact growing babies, but it is also implicated in neurological symptoms in adults.  Zika infection can result in fetal microcephaly but also causes serious deficits in brain matter. The degree of impact is likely on a continuum from obvious signs detectable by ultrasound to other cognitive and behavioral impacts not fully known until a child is born and begins to miss developmental milestones. We don't really know the percentage of those exposed who are affected.
A few things really sparked our attendees. One, science communication needs to balance speedy publications with quality research. Because the public may not be aware...Read more
UW, IEH R&D both Seek Community Members for Research Oversight Committees

IEH Research and Development seeks public members to serve on their newly formed IACUC Committee.  Responsibilities would include biannual review of animal care and use protocols specifically at their farm location in Redmond, as well as one or two additional meetings per year.  Contact Jen Wroblewski if you are interested in learning more!  This request is urgent.
The University of Washington is seeking additional public members to serve on the Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC). The responsibilities include the scientific and biosafety review of research protocols involving recombinant DNA and other biohazardous agents. Members are also expected to attend and participate in monthly IBC meetings. The meetings take place on the third Wednesday of each month from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Parking reimbursement is provided. Interested candidates should submit a curriculum vitae to Andrea Badger, UW IBC Coordinator, at 206.221.770 or ehsbio@uw.edu
Jen Wroblewski | NWABR | (206) 957-3337 |  engagement@nwabr.org | nwabr.org