The Bar Harbor Institutional Animal Care & Use Committee is searching for a nonaffiliated community member to join the team.
The Bar Harbor Institutional Animal Care & Use (IACUC, Committee) is searching for a nonaffiliated community member to join the team. The Committee’s purview is to ensure that
research studies use the least number of animals possible to accomplish the study objectives and that we work with the animals in the most humane way possible. The IACUC is comprised of
veterinarians, scientists, non-scientists and community members. The Committee meets every other Thursday at 1:00 PM for about 60-90 minutes, phone/video participation is perfectly
suitable. We also have occasional facility visits that are done throughout the year. The Committee has full-time administrative staff and you may be asked to read (via email) a protocol
or two in between the meetings. The administrative staff monitor workload and open communication is encouraged between IACUC members and administrators.
The non-affiliated members are a vital aspect of the IACUC and are chosen to enhance the public’s confidence in the comprehensive and objective review of the research protocols and
the program review process. The nonaffiliated member(s) represent general community interests and are expected to provide input regarding their individual knowledge about the local
community and be willing to discuss issues and research from that perspective. They, nor their immediate family, should have an affiliation with The Jackson Laboratory. These individuals
should not have a scientific background. The nonaffiliated member is regarded as a full committee member and is afforded opportunities to participate in committee functions equivalent to those of all other committee members. Nonaffiliated members are asked to review research protocol, procedures, and policies and actively participate in committee discussions, program reviews, and facility inspections. IACUC members can live any distance away, but should still be viewed as an individual that represents the local community. Previous nonaffiliated members have been locals with no scientific expertise, but a strong commitment to scientific research and are comfortable with humane, ethically-motivated animal research to meet those needs.
Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC) The JAX IBC reviews the in vitro and in vivo use of all biological agents (whether they are recombinant or not) and whether they can safely be handled at Biosafety Level 1/ABSL-1 or Biosafety Level 2/ABSL-2. The goal is to further scientific advancement without compromising safety. To make the JAX compliant with the NIH Guidelines, it is imperative that each Principal Investigator submit the proper documentation for their experiment prior to its initiation. It is left to the individual investigator to keep JAX as a whole in compliance with these guidelines. The following are subject to IBC review or registration: Bar Harbor Institutional Animal Care & Use (IACUC) and
Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC) Search for Non-affiliated Members Recombinant Nucleic Acid Molecules
• Synthetic Nucleic Acid Molecules, including synthetic oligonucleotides
• Viral Vectors
• All biological agents (whether Biosafety Level 1/ABSL-1 or Biosafety level 2 (ABSL-2)
• Materials of Human origin, including commercially-available, well-established cell lines
• Commercial Biologics (including biologic vaccines and drugs)
The Institutional Biosafety Committee is searching for a non-affiliated community member to join the team. We meet every other Wednesday at 1:00 PM for about 60 minutes, phone/video
participation is perfectly suitable. The administrative staff monitor workload and open communication is encouraged between IBC members and administrators. Section IV-B-2-a-(1) of the NIH Guidelines states that at least two members of the IBC shall not be affiliated with the institution. These individuals are supposed to represent the interests of
the surrounding community with respect to the environment and public health. The NIH Guidelines suggest several possibilities for non-affiliated members including officials of state or
local public health or environmental protection agencies, members of other local governmental bodies, or persons active in medical, occupational health, or environmental concerns in the community. Other possibilities are teachers from local schools, real estate agents, members of local churches, charitable organizations or local support groups. These are people who are often
willing to volunteer their time and who generally have a broad perspective on the communities in which they live. The NIH Guidelines state that unaffiliated members of the IBC should have no relationship with the institution other than their service on the IBC. The determination of whether an individual is unaffiliated is not always a straightforward matter, and good judgment is key.
If the individual under consideration works for an entity that has a business relationship with the institution, he or she would not be a suitable choice to serve on the IBC in an “unaffiliated”
capacity. However, affiliation is not created by financial relationships alone. For example, visiting professors have an affiliation with the institution where they teach even if their salary comes
from a source outside the institution.
Please contact Kristin Blanchette ([email protected]) and Victor Cuevas
([email protected]) if you know someone that may be a good fit for a community role.