News & Events

New Policy Regarding Non-Rodent Surgeries

Effective immediately, IACUC amended the surgical guidelines for animal surgery. Learn more>

Important Changes in the University's Animal Care and Use Program

Effective on January 4, 2019, a number of key changes will occur in the leadership of the University‚Äôs animal care and use program. Learn more>

Reminder: Submit Your IACUC Protocol Early to Avoid Lapses During Holiday Closures

The IACUC Office will be closed during holiday recess periods for the University.  Learn more>

Monitoring of Animals in Exercise Studies

Studies of the effects of exercise on animals often require the animals to participate in regimes such as treadmill running. Learn more>

Changes in IACUC Training Requirements

Changes in University training requirements will affect IACUC protocol approvals in 2018, including approvals of annual protocol renewals. Please assure that all personnel listed on your protocols are up-to-date on training. Learn more>

Required Monitoring of Animals Following Anesthesia

This is a reminder to animal users that all anesthetized animals must be observed until they fully recover from anesthesia.  Learn more>

USDA Finds Full Compliance with Standards for Research and Animal Welfare

During the week of Feb. 27, 2017, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (USDA) conducted a four-day focused inspection of animal research laboratory spaces at the University of Pittsburgh, apparently in response to allegations and a video provided to the department.  Learn more>

Revised Rodent Genotyping Guidelines

The IACUC recently revised the rodent genotyping guidelines. All rodent users who perform genotyping must become familiar with the revised guidelines.  Learn more>

Upfront with the IACUC Office

Upfront with the IACUC is a program to aid investigators, staff members, and trainees in complying with the many directives that govern animal use in research and teaching. We're here to answer your questions, prepare you for laboratory inspections, and provide training on use of the Animal Research Online system to submit protocols. Learn more>

NIH Policy on Consideration of Sex as a Biological Variable

New NIH policy on consideration of sex as a biological variable, once approved by the Office of Budget and Management, will require investigators to include accounting for sex as a biological variable in the 'research strategy' section of the application. Learn more>