In compliance with federal law, an Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) has been established for each Tulane University campus. IACUC's for the Tulane University Downtown Campus, Uptown Campus, and for the Tulane National Primate Research Center are composed of Tulane University faculty and staff and of individuals from the community who are not affiliated with the University.
Guided by the goal of assuring humane care and use of animals used in research, Committees ensure that a minimum number of animals are used to obtain valid data and that appropriate procedures are used to reduce pain and distress in animals. An IACUC encourages the use of alternative methods such as computer models and in vitro procedures or the use of other life forms to obtain the same quality of data as that obtainable with the use of a living animal.
Federal law requires annual review of all approved protocols, and all protocols expire after three years. Federal law also requires IACUC inspection of facilities and laboratories and reviews of the IACUC, veterinary care, training and occupational health and safety programs at six-month intervals. Tulane University IACUC provides assistance to investigators with the planning and conducting of animal experiments in accordance with the highest scientific, humane and ethical principles.
The charge of an Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee as mandated by NIH's Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare and the USDA is to ensure the humane care and use of animals used in research and compliance with guidelines and regulations.
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