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||Mylka Biascochea, Compliance Coordinator, recently transitioned to supporting the IACUC part-time. She also coordinates the operations of the Institutional Review Board. Mylka is responsible for the day to day general functions of the IACUC. She provides support via customer service to students, faculty and departments interacting with the IACUC.|
||Research Compliance Officer, Hila Berger, serves as the Research Compliance and Integrity Director with oversight over the IRB, IACUC, FCOI, Medicare and HIPAA program areas. She is responsible for outreach and educational activities for faculty and students conducting human subjects and animal research. She provides expertise and guidance in the conduct of inquiries and investigations into the ethical conduct of research. She also volunteers as an advisory group member for PRIM&R (Public Responsibility in Medicine and Research) and as a committee member on the Rutgers University IRB. Ms. Berger received her Masters in Public Health from Rutgers University formerly University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey-School of Public Health and is certified as an IRB professional.|
||As a physiological ecologist, Lisa's primary interest is in organism-level biology: how individual organisms function and behave, how they are influenced by their environment and their evolutionary history, and how this ultimately leads to the evolution of biological diversity. Her research focuses on the physiological ecology of reptiles and amphibians, integrating lab and field studies, often with a conservation-oriented approach. Her current major areas of study include the evolutionary and ecological patterns underlying osmoregulatory strategies used by reptiles with high-salt diets and the impact of anthropogenic changes to environmental salinity on temperate zone amphibian species; she is involved in several other projects as well. In both of her main areas of study, she has found fascinating variation among species in how they cope physiologically and behaviorally with environmental or dietary salts, with profound implications for the evolution of physiological traits and for the conservation of imperiled species. Students participate in all aspects of her research, and several have been co-authors on conference presentations and peer-reviewed publications.|
Laura Conour, DVM, DACLAM
Laura Conour, a veterinarian with 20 years of laboratory animal expertise, is serving as the consulting Veterinarian for Montclair State University. Dr. Conour's permanent position is the director of laboratory animal research and University attending veterinarian at Princeton University.
Dr. Conour is an experienced manager of animal care and use programs in the research and pharmaceutical industries, Conour joins the University after working for almost 10 years at Charles River Laboratories in Massachusetts. She most recently was the company's senior director of U.S. laboratory animal medicine for preclinical services. Among the other positions Conour held at Charles River, she also served as senior director of veterinary services and attending veterinarian for preclinical services, where she ensured regulatory compliance and managed a 91,000-square-foot animal facility.
Reporting a Concern
Reports of any animal care and use concerns can be submitted to the IACUC Office via the link provided below, campus mail, e-mail, fax, in person, or by telephone to the IACUC Office.
You may also choose to print this reporting form to submit your concern.
If you, as the person filing the form, wish to be informed of the actions taken in response to the report, please include your contact information on the form. Otherwise, you may remain anonymous. In all cases, your concern will be handled confidentially to the extent reasonably possible. The Animal Welfare Act provides that “No facility employee, Committee member, or laboratory personnel shall be discriminated against or be subject to any reprisal for reporting violations of any regulations or standards under the Act.” (9 CFR § 2.32(c)(4)).
Upon submission of the report, the IACUC Office staff will review the report, make the appropriate notifications and begin the investigation. If immediate or urgent veterinary care is required, the IO and Veterinarian will be immediately contacted, and will take appropriate action.