Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC)

IACUC Contact Information:
Karen Coty, IACUC Coordinator
Phone: 315-464-4292

As required by the Animal Welfare Act, Public Health Service Guidelines and New York State regulations, any investigator planning to use live vertebrate animals for research or education must secure prior approval of an Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC).

The IACUC [formerly known as the Committee for the Humane Use of Animals (CHUA)] evaluates the animal care and use program at SUNY Upstate Medical University and facilitates the conduct of meaningful scientific research that:

  • avoids or minimizes discomfort, distress, and pain in experimental animals consistent with sound scientific practices
  • uses the minimum number of animals necessary to obtain valid results, and
  • considers non-animal models wherever possible

Protocol Submission for IACUC review

The IACUC meets on the 2nd working Monday of the month. - Click here for schedule.  The new or triennial renewal protocol must be electronically submitted by the 3:00 pm on 15th day of the month for review during the following month's Committee meeting.


  • All IACUC forms can be downloaded from the Forms page.  
    ***Important => Animal Use Protocol form and Addendum form were revised 01/2015. 

  • The Principal Investigator must electronically submit the protocol via his/her SUNY Upstate GroupWise email.  Document submission by other lab personnel or from an alternate email address will not be accepted. DO NOT submit a hard copy.
  • Approval of an animal use protocol is not required by PHS prior to grant review.  “Just in time” policy allows for approval after the grant receives a “fundable” priority score, but prior to receipt of funds.  (Note:  To avoid delay in funding, protocols should be submitted at least 3 months prior to earliest possible funding date.)