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Make Time this May to Organize and Label All Chemicals

To support University of Michigan researchers in their efforts to reduce the number of mislabeled or unlabeled chemicals, the Research Academic Safety Committee (RASC) is encouraging all laboratories to set aside time during the month of May to organize and properly label chemicals and other substances being stored in their space(s). Any expired or unneeded ...

Got Technology? Plan Ahead to Avoid Delays!

Does your research proposal involve a software application or technology that requires you to connect to the Michigan Medicine Information Technology (MM IT) infrastructure/network? That technology will require assessment to ensure that it adheres to required security measures. As early as possible in developing the research plan for the study, contact the Academic IT Division ...


Security Upgrade Impacts eRAM Users Who Log In with a U-M Friend Account

To strengthen system security, effective April 13, all eRAM users must use a U-M uniqname and UMICH (Level-1) password to log in. Friend Accounts (those who use an external, non-UM email address) will no longer be permitted. This change should affect very few eRAM users. If a non-UM user requires access to eRAM, then an existing eRAM ...
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Save the Date to Connect with Your ULAM Faculty Veterinarian During Spring 2024 Check-In Meetings

To help keep the research community apprised of important updates and changes impacting animal care and use at the University of Michigan, ULAM Faculty Veterinarians will be hosting in-person Vet Check-In Meetings in April 2024. In addition to addressing facility-specific and attendee questions, veterinarians will also discuss several topics of interest, including: No RSVP is required to ...
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Arthur Lupia to Serve as Interim VP for Research and Innovation, Institutional Official for the Animal Care & Use Program

Arthur Lupia, PhD, has been appointed interim vice president for research and innovation, effective April 1, 2024. Dr. Lupia will also serve as the Institutional Official (IO) for U-M’s Animal Care & Use Program. Lupia is currently associate vice president for research, large-scale strategies and is the executive director of Bold Challenges, an initiative that facilitates large-scale ...
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Reminders & Best Practices for Safeguarding Our Community

As your partners and colleagues in the responsible care and use of animals, we in the Animal Care & Use (ACU) Program place the utmost importance on ensuring animal welfare, maintaining a safe and secure research environment, and communicating about the critical role that animals play in advancing scientific understanding to benefit both human and ...
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Zachary Freeman Named Director of the Transgenic Animal Model Core

Unit for Laboratory Animal Medicine (ULAM) Faculty Veterinarian Zachary T. Freeman, DVM, PhD, DACLAM, was recently named director of the Transgenic Animal Model Core (TAMC), part of the U-M’s Biomedical Research Core Facilities. Dr. Freeman has been actively engaged with the TAMC since first joining U-M’s faculty in 2016. In addition to serving as the Core’s Interim Director since ...
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Facilities Husbandry ULAM

Reminder: Please Reuse Acetates

The Unit for Laboratory Animal Medicine (ULAM) uses acetates – colored, plastic cards placed over animal cage cards – to routinely communicate important information between laboratory personnel and our animal care teams. Acetates are a limited resource and, as such, should be reused whenever possible. If you are unsure about whether an acetate can be ...
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eRAM Facilities IACUC

Animal Transfers: Everything You Need to Know

The transfer of animals is the process of moving animals from one IACUC approved protocol to another IACUC approved protocol. To initiate the transfer process, an Animal Use Form (i.e., transfer form) must be completed. In some instances, the transfer process also includes physically transporting animals between housing locations. While animal transfers may contribute to a reduction ...
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Tips & Tricks for Managing Shortcodes in eRAM

Shortcode management in eRAM is critical for ensuring that the correct shortcodes are appropriately charged for Unit for Laboratory Animal Medicine (ULAM) activity. The “Shortcode Manager” role in eRAM can be assigned to individuals so they can assist with the administrative management of shortcodes. The Principal Investigator (PI) or individuals already designated as a Shortcode ...
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Federal Regulations & Standards IACUC

Birds Now Covered by the AWA / AWR: What Researchers Can Expect

On August 21, 2023, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) amended the Animal Welfare Act and Animal Welfare Regulations (AWA / AWR) to include the oversight of birds. Consequently, some researchers performing animal research or teaching activities involving birds may be required to adhere to additional regulatory requirements. Determining What is Now Covered by ...
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Facilities Husbandry ULAM

ULAM Welcomes Two New Assistant Husbandry Managers

The Unit for Laboratory Animal Medicine (ULAM) is pleased to announce the addition of two new members to the ULAM Husbandry Management Team. Lindsey Allen, BS, RLATG, and Renee McUmber, BS, RLATG, who have both served as ULAM Husbandry Supervisors, will be transitioning to their new roles as Assistant Managers on the ULAM Husbandry Management ...
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