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NIH Office of Extramural Research animal research records 1965-2011
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Materials cover the earliest discussions about the use of animals in NIH-supported research. Dr. Louis Sibal, Director in the Office of Laboratory Animal Research, was in charge of the office from 1965-2000. Donor Margaret Snyder succeeded him.

Policy development and historical background files, noncompliance investigational records for some important abuse cases against UNC-Chapel Hill, University of Wisconsin and others brought to light in part by surreptitious PETA infiltrations. The Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare (OLAW) provides guidance and interpretation of the Public Health Service (PHS) Policy on Humane Care and Use of Laboratory Animals (Policy), supports educational programs, and monitors compliance with the Policy by Assured institutions and PHS funding components to ensure the humane care and use of animals in PHS-supported research, testing, and training.

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