IABS-NA Projects

 IABS North America Organized Meetings

 The inaugural meeting of IABS-NA was held October 16-17, 2018 in Bethesda Maryland. 



Workshop: Implementing Non-animal Approaches to Human and Veterinary Vaccine Testing:

Achieving Scientific and Regulatory Success for Rabies and Beyond

October 16-17, 2018
National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland


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IABS North America (IABS-NA) Overview


Following the successful launch of IABS-EU, the potential for organizing a North American affiliate was evaluated, and the IABS Executive Committee took the decision to move ahead with the project under the leadership of John Petricciani. He contacted a number of people regarding their interest in helping to launch IABS-NA, and a core group of 10 agreed to be the Founding members. Organizational meetings were held in October 2015, and the first officers were elected.



  • President – Dean Smith
  • Vice-president – Rebecca Sheets
  • Secretary – Bruce Carpick
  • Treasurer – Kris Barnthouse


In November 2015, the U.S Internal Revenue Service (IRS) granted IABS-NA status as a charitable tax-exempt organization. During the next 12 months discussions were held regarding potential topics for a conference to be sponsored by IABS-NA and other interested organizations. That effort carried forward into 2017 and 2018, concluding with the conference on Implementing Nonanimal Approaches to Human and Veterinary Vaccine Testing scheduled for 16-17 October 2018 at the NIH in Bethesda, MD.

John Petricciani resigned as president of IABS-NA in October 2016 and was succeeded by Rick Hill who continues to lead the organization through to the General Assembly that will be held on 15 October 2018.


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