Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC)

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


All teaching and research involving the use of live vertebrate animals conducted at SUNY Upstate must be reviewed and approved by the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) in compliance with state and federal regulations.  

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

The Principal Investigator must submit an animal use protocol to the IACUC for approval. Submissions are due the 15th of each month.  Protocol will be reviewed at the following month’s meeting, scheduled for the 2nd working Monday of each month.  Click here for meeting schedule PDF Icon.

How to submit a protocol for IACUC review - click here PDF Icon