Scientists, Apply Now for Animal Alternatives Award

For the past twenty years, The Humane Society of the United States has presented the Russell and Burch Award to scientists who have made outstanding contributions to the field of animal alternatives in scientific research.

We are now accepting nominations for the 2011 award, which will honor a scientist who has advanced alternative methods in the areas of biomedical research, testing, or higher education.

The Russell and Burch award recognizes the important role individual scientists play in limiting the use and suffering of animals in laboratories. The award is named in honor of William M. Russell and Rex L. Burch, the scientists who devised the Three Rs. This approach encourages replacing animal experiments with other methods, reducing the number of animals used in experiments, and refining experiments to alleviate or minimize potential animal pain.

Examples of replacement alternatives include using artificial human skin in skin irritation tests and using blood from human volunteers to test for the presence of fever-causing contaminants in intravenous medicines. Each of these tests saves hundreds of thousands of rabbits from painful procedures every year.

The HSUS will present the award, which carries a $5,000 prize, at The Eighth World Congress on Alternatives & Animal Use in the Life Sciences, to be held August 21-25, 2011, in Montréal, Canada.

For more information on eligibility and the application and selection processes, please click here. The deadline for nominations is April 10, 2011.

Past Honorees

2009: Thomas Hartung, M.D., Johns Hopkins University

2007: Rodger Curren, Ph.D., Institute for In Vitro Sciences

2005: Bert van Zutphen, Ph.D., University of Utrecht

2002: David Morton B.V.Sc., M.R.C.V.S., Ph.D., University of Birmingham

1999: Katherine Stitzel, D.V.M., Procter & Gamble

1998: William Stokes, D.V.M., National Institute of Environmental Health Science and Neil Wilcox, D.V.M., M.P.H., U.S. Food and Drug Administration

1997: Horst Spielmann, Prof. Dr. Med., the German National Center for the Documentation and Evaluation of Alternatives to Animal Testing

1996: Andrew Rowan, D.Phil., Tufts University

1995: Robert Van Buskirk, Ph.D., State University of New York at Binghamton

1994: Michael Balls, D.Phil., European Centre for the Validation of Alternative Methods

1993: Coenraad Hendriksen, Ph.D., D.V.M., Dutch National Institute of Health and Environmental Protection

1992: Charles Branch, Ph.D., Auburn University

1991: Alan Goldberg, Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University

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