Training

REQUIREMENTS FOR PERSONNEL

  • Anyone seeking facility access (CCM) or having contact with animals must be listed on an approved protocol.
  • Basic IACUC Online Training and Occupational Health Safety Program (OHSP) Enrollment are required for all principal investigators and research staff handling and caring for animals. Please see below.

TRAINING AND OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH

There are THREE necessary steps to getting started in the IACUC:

  1. IACUC ONLINE TRAINING
    All training modules must be completed by EACH individual listed on an Animal Study Protocol (ASP) or an addendum prior to the document being submitted to the IACUC.

    1. After obtaining a NetID, visit the AALAS Learning Library site at https://sso.aalaslearninglibrary.org. Select "Northwestern University" as your organization, and then login with your NetID and password. You will then be added to the NU training waitlist. (Use Firefox or Chrome when accessing AALAS Learning Library.)
    2. The IACUC Office will then contact you to confirm what training courses need to be completed and will create your Researcher Profile. We will also need your NetID, NU email, the species you will be working with, and if you will be performing rodent survival surgery to assign appropriate training courses.
    3. After confirming with Bruce/the IACUC Office, you will be able to log in to https://sso.aalaslearninglibrary.org again to complete the required courses. Click on "Assignments" in the upper right-hand corner of the screen. All required courses will be listed, including required courses for each species. Once you complete the courses, the IACUC Office will receive notification.
       
  2. OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH SAFETY PROGRAM (OHSP)
    All individuals listed on an ASP must initiate the OHSP process prior to IACUC submission. This process may occur concurrently with the IACUC review and approval process. However, official approval will not be granted unless enrollment requirements are met. OHSP clearance must be renewed every three years. An annual TB test is required for any individual working with nonhuman primates.

    SUBMISSION PROCESS FOR CHICAGO CAMPUS PERSONNEL
    1. Complete the Corporate Health Medical Questionnaire*
      Download the Chicago questionnaire
       and e-mail it to chicc@nm.org or deliver it by hand for review and clearance at:
      Corporate Health, Suite 900, 676 N. St. Clair, Chicago, IL 60611,  312-926-8282
      *Please send this form to Corporate Health and not to the IACUC office.
    2. Complete the Enrollment Authorization Form*
      Download the enrollment authorization form and email it to b-roberts@northwestern.edu at the IACUC or deliver it by hand to:
      IACUC office, Rubloff, 7th floor, Chicago, IL 60611
      *This is important for you to avoid direct patient billing.If you do not have access to a scanner, please feel free to use the one in our IACUC office.


    SUBMISSION PROCESS FOR EVANSTON CAMPUS PERSONNEL

    1. Complete the Omega Health Medical Questionnaire
      Download the Evanston questionnaire
       and submit it by e-mail to both msanhamel@northshore.org and to wcortes@northshore.org or deliver it by hand for review and clearance to:
      NorthShore OMEGA, 2650 Ridge Avenue, Room 4225, Evanston, IL, 60201 (in Evanston Hospital), 847-657-1700
      *Please send this form to NorthShore OMEGA and not to the IACUC office.
    2. Complete the Enrollment Authorization Form*
      Download the enrollment authorization form and email it to b-roberts@northwestern.edu at the IACUC or deliver it by hand to: IACUC office, Rubloff, 7th floor, Chicago, IL 60611
      *This is important for you to avoid direct patient billing.  If you do not have access to a scanner, please feel free to use the one in our IACUC office.
       
  3. eIACUC TRAINING (ONLY required for personnel writing or editing protocols)
    1. You must obtain a NetID from your department before logging into the eIACUC (CLICK) system for the first time.
    2. Contact the IACUC office to be assigned a trainer who will help you get started using the eIACUC system.

GENERAL TRAINING INFORMATION

  • Prior to working with animals, new PIs must submit and gain approval of an Animal Study Protocol (ASP).
  • An Addendum must be submitted when new personnel are to be added to an approved protocol.
  • The Northwestern University New Researcher Checklists are designed to assist new research staff in fulfilling IACUC and CCM requirements to work with rodents or other species in a CCM animal facility.