Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 66.51
Liaison Aurora Sharrard
Submission Date Feb. 28, 2021

STARS v2.2

University of Pittsburgh
IN-23: Laboratory Animal Welfare

Status Score Responsible Party
0.00 / 0.50 Samantha Ford
Sustainability Projects Coordinator
Office of Sustainability
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Does the institution have a written policy explicitly prohibiting laboratory animals in its care from being subjected to severe and unrelieved pain and distress?:
No

The written policy explicitly prohibiting laboratory animals in the institution’s care from being subjected to severe and unrelieved pain and distress:
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A copy of the written policy explicitly prohibiting laboratory animals in the institution’s care from being subjected to severe and unrelieved pain and distress:
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Website URL where information about the laboratory animal welfare program is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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The University of Pittsburgh Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) oversees the university's animal programs, facilities and procedures insuring the appropriate care, use, and humane treatments of animals being used for research, testing and education. The IACUC serves as a resource to faculty, investigators, technicians, students, staff, and administrators, providing guidance in fulfilling the obligation to plan and conduct all animal use procedures with the highest scientific, humane, and ethical principles.

The most recent version of The University of Pittsburgh’s Animal Welfare Assurance, number D16-00118 (A3187-01), was reviewed and approved by The Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare and became effective on April 27, 2020. The Assurance will expire on May 31, 2024.

The University of Pittsburgh is registered with the United States Department of Agriculture as a Class R Research Facility under the Animal Welfare Act (7 U.S.C. 2131 et seq.)​. The University’s registration certificate number is 23-R-0016. The registration will expire on August 4, 2023.

Learn more: https://www.iacuc.pitt.edu/about

By Federal regulation, the IACUC has a mandate to assure that pain and distress is minimized in animal studies. As such, every IACUC protocol submission requires investigators to justify why the use of animals in their study is necessary.

There is research ongoing at Pitt related to finding alternatives to animal testing, including “organ on a chip” technologies.
* https://upddi.pitt.edu/tissue-chip-testing-center/
* http://www.mdphd.pitt.edu/publications/liver-organ-chip-experimental-cell-research-colin-beckwitt
* https://mirm-pitt.net/news-archive/pitt-receives-nih-grant-to-develop-3-d-tissue-chips-that-mimic-human-joints/
* https://inside.upmc.com/national-tissue-chip-testing-center-established-at-pitts-drug-discovery-institute/

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