Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee

The Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) is responsible for the oversight of all live vertebrate animals used in teaching and research at UNLV. Its mission is to facilitate UNLV research and education through the provision of high-quality, ethical, and humane animal care and oversight.

Administered by the Office of Research Integrity, Animal Care Services provides animal care in compliance with all federal, state, and local regulations. The program is fully accredited by the Association for the Assessment and Accreditation for Laboratory Animal Care International (AAALAC).

Submit Materials to the IACUC

An eligible principal investigator must be the official researcher of record on all IACUC protocols. Please review the PI Eligibility Policy to determine who may serve in this role. Students may not serve in the role of PI on a research project; however, they may submit protocols as student investigators working under a faculty member who serves as the PI on the study.

Researchers may submit a study proposal through the IRBNet online submission system. Basic steps for registering a new user account are below. All proposal packages must be signed by the PI listed on the protocol in order to be accepted for review. For additional assistance on submitting a proposal package, contact the Office of Research Integrity at 702-895-5453 or [email protected].

IRBNet New User Registration

  1. Visit the IRBNet site.
  2. Under the login box, select New User Registration.
  3. Complete all required fields, click Continue.
  4. Read the Terms of Use, click Continue.
  5. Type "Las Vegas" into the search bar, click Search, select "University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV)" from the list, click Continue.
  6. Enter your UNLV contact information, click Continue.
  7. Verify the information is correct, click Register.
  8. Read the instructions on how to activate your account, click Continue.
  9. You are returned to the main IRBNet login page.
  10. You must open your email and click on the activation link to activate your account before you login to IRBNet.

What to Submit for IACUC Review

The IACUC Protocol Form, IACUC Amendment Form, IACUC Annual Review Form, and researcher information documents are available in the Forms and Templates library after you login to IRBNet.

Instructional Videos

IRBNet offers two instructional videos to show new users how to work with the system: New Project Submissions and Post‐submission Advanced Topics. These videos can be accessed on the Research Training Resources page. If prompted, enter Username (unlv) and Password (training).

Post-Approval Activity

Amendments

Any change to an existing approved protocol must be reviewed and approved by the IACUC prior to implementing the change. Amendment requests must be submitted through the IRBNet. Amendments should be submitted as a "New Package." Simply login to IRBNet, open the current project you wish to amend, select "Project History," select "Create New Package." Submit a new IACUC Amendment Form, which is located in the Forms and Templates library.

Annual Reviews

All PIs are required to submit an annual review form through IRBNet prior to the yearly anniversary of the approval date. As a service to investigators, the Office of Research Integrity sends the principal investigator a reminder notification through the IRBNet system 30 days prior the annual anniversary date. Annual Reviews should be submitted as a "New Package." Simply login to IRBNet, open the current project you wish to review, select "Project History," select "Create New Package." Submit a new IACUC Annual Review Form, which is located in the Forms and Templates library.

Renewals

The IACUC reviews all projects every three years. It is the PI’s responsibility to submit a new protocol for renewal in sufficient time to permit the IACUC to review and approve the application prior to its expiration date. All live vertebrate animal related work must stop on a project on the expiration date if not renewed. As a service to investigators, the Office of Research Integrity sends the principal investigator a reminder notification through the IRBNet system 30 and 60 days prior the study’s expiration date. Renewals should be submitted as a "New Package." Simply login to IRBNet, open the current project you wish to renew, select "Project History," select "Create New Package." Submit renewals on a new IACUC Protocol Form, which is located in the Forms and Templates library.

IACUC Meetings & Submission Deadlines

The IACUC generally meets on the third Thursday of every month. The deadline for submissions of new material for that months agenda is Monday at noon the week of the meeting. Any materials received after Monday at noon will be assigned to the following month’s agenda.