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January 26, 2018
Conferences
2017-2018
Wasserstein Hall, Milstein East (2036)
Harvard Law School, 1585 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA

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Description

Please join the ILAR Roundtable, the Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics at Harvard Law School, and the Animal Law and Policy Program at Harvard Law School for a one-day meeting to discuss the future of animal law.

In the United States, two major federal laws apply to vertebrate animals used in laboratory research. The first of these two statutes, the Animal Welfare Act (AWA, under the US Department of Agriculture), celebrated its fiftieth anniversary in 2016. The second statute, the Health Research Extension Act of 1985 (also referred to as the Public Health Services Act, or PHS Act), which is similar to the AWA, applies specifically to work funded by the US Public Health Service (i.e., agencies under the Department of Health and Human Services). Understanding laboratory animal law is necessary and fundamental for all researchers relying on results from animal research, laboratory animal veterinarians, institutional officials, Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) members and veterinarians in training. They require familiarity with both the scope and particulars of these laws. Different parties interested in or impacted by laboratory animal laws can have significantly different perspectives about the scope or efficiency of the regulations or their implementation.

The Roundtable on Science and Welfare in Laboratory Animal Use of the Institute for Laboratory Animal Research, the Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology and Bioethics, and the Animal Law and Policy Program of Harvard Law School will convene a pre-workshop webcast and a workshop to discuss the future of federal laboratory animal law in the United States.

On January 17, 2018, 12:00pm EST, the pre-workshop webcast will provide an overview of applicable laws and regulations governing the care and use of laboratory animals. No registration required. This talk will be available starting on January 17 to stream online.

On January 26, 2018, 9:00am - 4:30pm EST, the workshop will examine how technological advances, such as CRISPR/Cas9, may impact the current legal framework, including our ability to sustainably support laboratory animal welfare. Register now to attend in person!  

On January 26, 2018, 9:00am - 4:30pm EST, the workshop will be webcast for those who cannot attend in person. To receive an email in the days prior to the event with a link to the webcast, you will need to register. Register now to view the live webcast of the workshop!

Pre-Workshop Webcast

Laws and Regulations Governing the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals: An Overview

Presenter: Professor Margaret Foster Riley, University of Virginia School of Law

January 17, 2018, 12:00pm EST

Margaret (Mimi) Foster Riley teaches food and drug law, health law, animal law, bioethics, regulation of clinical research and public health law. Riley has written and presented extensively about health care law, biomedical research, genetics, reproductive technologies, stem cell research, animal biotechnology, health disparities and chronic disease. She serves as chair of UVA’s Embryonic Stem Cell Research Oversight Committee and as legal advisor to the Health Sciences Institutional Review Board, which is responsible for reviewing all human subject research at UVA involving medically invasive procedures. She served on the National Research Council Committee on Revisions to the Common Rule for the Protection of Human Subjects and has advised numerous committees of the Institute of Medicine and the Virginia Bar. Before coming to Virginia, Riley was an associate with Pepper Hamilton & Scheetz in Philadelphia, where she worked primarily in complex securities, commercial and mass tort litigation. Prior to that position, she was a litigation associate with Rogers & Wells in New York. Riley received her law degree from Columbia University and her bachelor of arts from Duke University.

No registration required. This talk will be available starting on January 17 to stream online.

Workshop: Future Directions for Laboratory Animal Law in the United States

January 26, 2018

This workshop will examine such topics as how technological advances, such as CRISPR/Cas9, may impact the current legal framework and the ability to sustainably support laboratory animal welfare. The workshop will be held at the Harvard Law School and will be webcast. Register now to view the live webcast of the workshop!

Draft Agenda

8:30 - 9:00am, Registration

9:00 - 9:15am, Welcoming Remarks

  • Lida Anestidou, Institute for Laboratory Animal Research, National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine

  • Carmel Shachar, The Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics at Harvard Law School

  • Chris Green, Animal Law and Policy Program, Harvard Law School; organizing committee member

9:15 - 10:00am, Keynote Presentation

  • Bernadette Juarez, US Department of Agriculture - Animal and Plant Health Inspection Services

  • Moderator: Chris Green, Animal Law and Policy Program, Harvard Law School; organizing committee member

10:00 - 11:00am, Revision

The laws, regulations and policies that govern the use of animals in laboratories create a complex and not always consistent system.  In this panel, we will hear different perspectives about how this system currently operates, and how it might be changed.  As we look to the future, what aspects of federal laws should or could be changed?  Do the goals as currently set out in federal laws need to be changed?  If so, to what and how? 

  • Richard Born, Harvard Medical School

  • Delcianna J. Winders, PETA Foundation & Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University

  • Moderator: Anne DesChamps, Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology; organizing committee member 

11:00 - 11:15am, Break

11:15am - 12:15pm, Reach: Application of Laboratory Animal Laws - Part 1: Expanding Laboratory Animal Laws to Other Species and Other Research Purposes

This session will address whether current federal laws, regulations and policies addressing animals in research setting should be expended to cover currently exempted species, including animals in agricultural research. Speakers will also discuss the possible impact on the resources required for implementation of such laws, regulations and/or policies.

12:15 - 1:15pm, Lunch 

1:15 - 2:15pm, Reach: Application of Laboratory Animal Laws - Part 2: Expanding Laboratory Animal Laws to New Technologies and Organizations and Other Animal Owners

  • Lisa Moses, Angell Animal Medical Center & Harvard Medical School

  • Kenneth Oye, MIT

  • Moderator: Elizabeth Heitman, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center; organizing committee member

2:15 - 3:15pm, Resolution

This session will address significant and/or interesting potential legal conflicts related to laboratory animals that may arise in coming years.

3:15 - 4:00pm, Closing Comments and General Discussion

  • Paul A. Locke, Johns Hopkins University; organizing committee co-chair

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This event is free and open to the public, but registration is required. Register now!

The workshop will also be webcast and will be accessible to all who are interested. To receive an email in the days prior to the event with a link to the webcast, register now!

This event is cosponsored by the Institute for Laboratory Animal Research in the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine; the Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics at Harvard Law School; and the Animal Law & Policy Program at Harvard Law School. 

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animals   bioethics   biotechnology   health law policy   innovation   regulation   research