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Contact Information:

Mary Custer
Animal Resource Program Manager
Tel: 301.594.8531

Mailing Address:

Animal Resource Program
Center for Cancer Research
Building 31 Room 3A11
31 Center Drive
Bethesda, MD 20892-2440

The CCR Animal Resource Program is managed through the Office of the Director (OD), Center for Cancer Research (CCR), National Cancer Institute (NCI), National Institutes of Health (NIH). We provide animal resources, training and education, imaging, and technology development in support of moving basic science discoveries to the clinical setting.

  • Planning, development, and coordination of laboratory animal resources for the CCR’s research programs.
  • The ARP Manager is the point-of-contact for animal-related issues such as:
    • Coordinating the use of animal holding space within the NCI animal facilities, NIH central animal facilities, and shared animal facilities.
    • Overseeing the use of all centrally funded animal resources.
    • Assisting with cost-effective options for animal technical support, off-site animal contracts.
    • Coordinating/negotiating animal-related interagency agreements and memoranda of understanding (MOU’s).
    • Liaison to the NCI project officer for the LASP/SAIC contract, the NIH Division of Veterinary Resources (DVR), and the animal program support staff for animal-related issues.
  • Advice on basics related to working with animals, help with animal study protocol development.
  • Site visit animal resource documents.

Requirements for conducting an animal study at the NCI-CCR include:

  1. Completion of approved training courses
  2. Registration with the Animal Exposure Surveillance Program
  3. Approval from the NCI-CCR Animal Care and Use Committee (ACUC) for proposed studies
  4. Approval to use animal holding space from the CCR Animal Resource Program Manager
  5. Instruction in animal facility operating procedures

Information on these requirements, as well as other useful information, is available below.

Animal Facilities

CCR Rodent Cage Allocation Principles

Centrally Funded Services

Training and Education

NCI-CCR Animal Study Proposal - Electronic forms for both Bethesda and Frederick

NCI-CCR Animal Care and Use Committee (ACUC)
Bethesda ACUC
Frederick ACUC

NIH Animal Exposure Surveillance Program (AESP) 

CCR Resource Request System (RRS)

Laboratory Animal Sciences Program (LASP)

Division of Veterinary Resources (DVR)

Guidelines for Importation of Research Animals

Animal Core Support Services – Pathology and Histotechnology, Cryopreservation, Transgenic/Knockout Services, Animal Health and Diagnositics, Receiving and Quarantine

NIH MRI Research Facility/Mouse Imaging Facility (MIF) – Bethesda campus

Small Animal Imaging Program (SAIP) - Frederick campus

NIH Office of Animal Care and Use (OACU)

Mouse Models of Human Cancer Consortium (MMHCC)

MMHCC Repository

Comparative Molecular Pathology Unit (CMPU)

Comparative Oncology Program (COP)

CCR-AMI Rodent List (CARL)

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