For over 40 years, PRIM&R has hosted educational events where professionals gather to learn, deconstruct, discuss, and debate issues related to animal care and use, research ethics, and oversight, and to network with colleagues in the field.

The 2021 Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee Conference (IACUC21) will bring together 500 professionals from state and federal government, industry, and academia. The conference will include keynote addresses, panels, and breakout sessions designed to help build and strengthen effective animal care and use programs, and will provide a forum for professionals to exchange ideas about their work and programs, discuss best practices, and work through the challenging issues that can arise when using animal models in research.The conference features programming for those new to the field, as well as professionals with many years of experience. During this three-day meeting, attendees will learn about ethical issues and the federal regulations governing animal care and use, best practices for the review and monitoring of research that includes animals, and other timely and late-breaking topics.

IACUC21 Schedule:

April 11: IACUC21 Preconference Programs

April 12-13: IACUC21


Conference Venue

The conference will take place at the Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel. This sophisticated property is a 40-minute car ride from the Denver International Airport (DEN), and is located in downtown Denver close to shopping, restaurants, museums, and more. Learn more about Denver, CO!

Hotel Accommodations

Information on how to make hotel reservations in our conference hotel room block to come.

PRIM&R has arranged a discounted conference rate for attendees. We encourage attendees to book directly into our conference block to ensure the best rate on their stay. PRIM&R is also partnering with Trip Zero to help offset the carbon footprint associated with your travel to the event. Information on the hotel and discounted rates can be found below.

Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel
1550 Court Place
Denver, Colorado 80202

PRIM&R Discounted Hotel Rates (available until March 21, 2021 or until sold out)

Single/Double Occupancy - $214, plus tax*
US Federal Government rate - Prevailing rate at time of check-out (must show valid Federal Government or Military ID at check-in)
*Hotel room taxes currently 15.75%.

Hotel billing and cancellation policies:  All reservations must be accompanied by a first night room deposit or guaranteed with a major credit card or by PRIM&R. Guaranteed reservations will be held by Hotel until 8:00 AM on the morning of the day after the Attendee’s scheduled arrival date and will be charged one night’s room and tax as a cancellation fee. Deposits are refundable for cancellations occurring three days prior to arrival, or if an Attendee has to cancel his/her reservation or check out of Hotel earlier than their scheduled departure due to a verifiable personal emergency.

Things to Do

Visit the Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel’s website for information on the hotel’s amenities and activities.

With 300 days of sunshine per year, Denver offers a thriving cultural scene, diverse neighborhoods, and natural beauty. In downtown Denver, attendees will have access to shopping, restaurants, museums, and more. Be sure to visit the 16th Street Mall, a short walk from the hotel for easy access to shopping and dining. And, within one to two hours, attendees can access skiing, hiking, and other outdoor activities. For more information on the local area, click here.

Dining Options

Registration for IACUC21 and the preconference programs will include breakfast only. Attendees will eat lunch on their own, and there are many options in the hotel and within walking distance.

Dining at the Hotel

  • Breakfast: 15FIFTY, Peet’s Coffee & Tea
  • Lunch: Hacienda Colorado, Yard House, Zoup, Peet’s Coffee & Tea
  • Dinner: Hacienda Colorado, Yard House, Zoup

Dining in Denver
Denver has an impressive food scene featuring top-ranked chefs, many who are regulars on the Food Network and the Travel Channel. Within a short walk of the hotel, the 16th Street Mall offers a variety of dining options, and more information on area restaurants can be found here.


For information on transportation options in Denver and to/from the airport or train station, click here.

Call for Session Proposals

The IACUC21 Call for Conference Session Proposals Program closed on July 10, 2020. Thank you to those who contributed! Your input will ensure the Conference Planning Committee consider a broad and rich spectrum of topics and speakers.

Submitting authors will be informed of their proposal status by December 4, 2020Contact us with questions.

Poster Presentation Program

Those who conduct empirical research in the field of animal care and use or have implemented a program to improve the functioning of their institution’s IACUC are encouraged to submit an abstract to the 2021 IACUC Conference Poster Program. The Conference Planning Committee will review poster abstracts for completed projects, as well as for projects that are in progress, with the understanding that the project will be finished by April 2021.

To submit a poster, review the submissions guidelines found here, and complete the online submission form. The submission deadline has been extended to October 23, 2020 and authors will be notified of the status of their abstract by December 4, 2020.

Exhibitors and Supporters

Download the IACUC21 Prospectus.