QIMR Berghofer is committed to the ethical care and use of animals for scientific purposes. The Council of the Queensland Institute of Medical Research has established the QIMR Berghofer Animal Ethics Committee (QIMR Berghofer-AEC) to ensure compliance of regulatory guidelines by students and staff, and provides assistance to staff and students in the consideration of ethical issues in research involving animals. The QIMR Berghofer-AEC provides annual reports to the Institute as well as to state and federal governments.
The QIMR Berghofer-AEC is assisted by the Animal Scientific Sub-Committee which provides advice on scientific/technical assessment and evaluation of research protocols, and compliance with regulatory requirements.
Contact the QIMR Berghofer Animal Ethics Committee
Questions relating to Animal Research activity at QIMR Berghofer should be directed to the AEC Secretary in the first instance:
Phone: (07) 3362 0259
Fax: (07) 3362 0109
The QIMR Berghofer-AEC includes internal Institute staff and external voluntary members of the general public. The current AEC membership (PDF) covers all categories of representation, as prescribed in Clauses 2.2.2-2.2.8 of the Australian code for the care and use of animals for scientific purposes (PDF), 8th edition, 2013 (known as the Code). The QIMR Berghofer-AEC Terms of Reference is available here.