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New Year’s Intentions for Continued Research Compliance
Jan. 26, 2024

With the start of the 2024 Semester, your partners in Research Integrity and Assurance (RIA) offer the following reminders to help keep your research operating smoothly and compliantly:

Do you have new staff or students in your lab? New staff and students will need training and other clearances before working…
RIA Welcomes Megan Maryott as the new Senior Compliance Administrator, IACUC, IBC, IRB, & COI
Oct. 30, 2023

Megan Maryott joined the Research Integrity and Assurance office in 2016 as summer intern. She returned for several subsequent summers, and then was hired as a consultant to assist with protocol entry and amendment integration for the eRIA IACUC and IBC electronic management systems. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Animal Behavior from…

RIA Welcomes Lauren Danridge as the new Associate Director for IACUC, IBC, and PAM
Aug. 16, 2023

Lauren came to Princeton University from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, where she served as the Assistant Director, Quality Assurance and the Associate Director, ACUO. Prior to that, Lauren was the IACUC Director at Rutgers University (formerly UMDNJ), Newark, NJ (16 years).

Lauren has over 20 years of experience in…

USDA Inspection Finds no Noncompliant Items
May 4, 2023

An unannounced focused inspection by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) conducted at Princeton on April 20, 2023 found no noncompliant items.

Princeton University is committed to providing humane and responsible care for animals in research. Animal research generates valuable knowledge and information that benefits society, and…

Sheera Gaskin New Director of RIA
April 27, 2023

Sheera joined the Office of Research Integrity and Assurance in February 2016 to implement a post-approval monitoring compliance program for the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC), the Institutional Review Board (IRB), and the Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC.) She was promoted to Assistant Director in 2018. Sheera earned…

USDA inspection results in personnel citation
April 10, 2023

The United States Department of Agriculture conducted an unannounced inspection on March 14 and issued a report with a single citation in the category of personnel qualifications due to an event that occurred on June 25, 2022. The event was self-identified and corrected by Princeton University staff, and veterinary staff determined that animal…

AAALAC International site visit results in continued full accreditation
July 28, 2022

The AAALAC International Council on Accreditation has awarded Princeton’s animal care program continued full accreditation following a recent site visit to Princeton University. In a letter dated July 1, 2022, the Council determined that the animal care program conforms with AAALAC International standards and commended the staff “for providing…

RIA Welcomes a New Associate Director to Oversee Research Conflicts of Interest
July 21, 2022

Hope Caldwell will become associate director for RIA’s conflict of interest (COI) unit on Monday, July 25, 2022. In this role, Hope will administer RIA’s Conflict of Interest (COI) program, working closely with multiple offices across the University on COI guidelines and policies, training, reporting, identifying, and managing real and…

No Noncompliant Items identified by USDA Inspection of Animal Research Program
March 8, 2022

On March 8, 2022 an unannounced routine full-facility inspection was performed by a veterinary medical officer from The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). No non-compliant items were identified during the inspection of Princeton University's animal care program.

Princeton’s animal care program contributes significantly to…

Non-compliance Incident Reported
Oct. 26, 2021

On October 21, 2021, Princeton University provided a report of non-compliance to the Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare of the National Institutes of Health concerning a mouse found dead by a Laboratory Animal Resources (LAR) veterinary staff member. The previous day, the mouse had presented with clinical concerns and was provided food and…