- About the VUMC IBC
- Meeting Schedule and Deadlines for Submission
- VUMC IBC Members
- VUMC IBC Charge
- VUMC IBC Structure
- Contact Biosafety Staff
An Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC) is required at institutions that receive funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for research involving recombinant DNA molecules. All recombinant DNA research at Vanderbilt, regardless of funding source, must be conducted in accordance with the NIH Guidelines for Research Involving Recombinant or Synthetic Nucleic Acid Molecules and must be registered with the Vanderbilt IBC. Please note that additional institutional approvals are required for studies involving animals or human subjects.
The VUMC IBC is further charged with reviewing and approving research conducted with microorganisms pathogenic to humans, plants, or animals. This review is conducted pursuant to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institutes of Health (CDC/NIH) publication, Biosafety in Microbiological and Biomedical Laboratories (currently in 5th edition, December 2009).
The VUMC IBC will also provide guidance to the Vanderbilt research community regarding proper acquisition, handling, transfer, and disposal of potentially hazardous or regulated biological materials.
The VUMC Institutional Biosafety Committee (VUMC IBC) meets on the fourth Tuesday of each month except during the months of November and December due to the holidays. VUMC IBC registration documentation to be considered for review must be submitted to the Biosafety Section of VEHS no later than the first Monday of the month.
|Mark McClain (Chair)||Medicine - Infectious Diseases Division|
|Mark Boothby||Pathology, Microbiology & Immunology|
|Dawn Newcomb||Pathology, Microbiology & Immunology|
|Thomas Voss||Pediatrics, Vanderbilt Vaccine Center|
|Robin Trundy||Biological Safety Officer, Assistant Director VEHS|
|Ken Salleng||Veterinarian, Division of Animal Care (alternate)|
|Katherine Shuster||Veterinarian, Division of Animal Care|
|Cara Sutcliffe||Lab Manager, Molecular Physiology & Biophysics|
|Kevin Weller||Lab Manager, Vanderbilt Vaccine Center|
|Non-Institutional Members (voting)|
|Robert Loedding||Retired, Community Member|
|Thomas C. Lennon||Retired, Community Member|
|Ex Officio (non-voting)|
|Bettye Ridley||VEHS Senior Safety Officer, Biosafety|
|Julianne Baron||VEHS Program Manager, Biosafety|
|Richard DiTullio||VEHS Safety Officer, Biosafety|
|Maria Garner||Office of the General Counsel|
|John Manning||Associate Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs & Chief Administrative Officer|
The Vanderbilt University Medical Center Institutional Biosafety Committee is charged to consider policies and procedures pertaining to the safe handling, transport, use, and disposal of biological materials, including recombinant DNA molecules, and to recommend the adoption of appropriate new or revised policies to the University administration through Vanderbilt Environmental Health and Safety; to review for compliance with the NIH Guidelines for Research Involving Recombinant DNA Molecules all recombinant DNA research and to approve research that is in conformity with the Guidelines; to register and review research utilizing Risk Group 2 or higher biological agents and to approve research that contains adequate safeguards to protect the health and safety of laboratory personnel, students, staff, and visitors; to interpret guidelines and/or regulations of the U.S. Public Health Service, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, and others pertaining to biological materials, and to provide technical assistance to Vanderbilt Environmental Health and Safety on these matters; to review proposed or enacted legislation impacting the Medical Center community and to inform Departments, Schools, and Colleges of this legislation and its potential implications; in conjunction with Vanderbilt Environmental Health and Safety, assists Colleges, Schools, and Departments with safety committees or programs related to the safe handling, transport, use, and disposal of biological materials; and to render advice in consideration for space and facilities for research involving biological materials, including recombinant DNA molecules.