Brussels, 14 Oct 2005
Scientists from Belgium and Denmark have received rewards for their work on alternatives to research using animals and the welfare of laboratory animals.
The 2005 Animal Welfare and Alternatives Awards were organised by the Federation of European Toxicologists and European Societies of Toxicology (EUROTOX), Humane Society International and Procter and Gamble.
Professor Vera Rogiers received the 'alternatives' award in recognition of her contribution and dedication to research into alternative methods. The award also recognises her participation in a variety of other supporting activities aimed at increasing the awareness of the academic, industrial, regulatory and animal welfare communities about the value and importance of 3R (reduction, refinement and replacement) alternatives in research and regulatory testing
Professor Rogiers is Professor of toxicology, dermato-cosmetology and pharmacognosy at the Free University of Brussels in Belgium. She will use the 25,000 euro prize fund to organise s scientific workshop aimed at bringing together established scientists in specific disciplines with promising young scientists in order to stimulate the incorporation of new science into 3R research.
The welfare award has been presented to Professor Jann Hau of the University of Copenhagen for his contributions to laboratory animal science and welfare. Professor Hau has focused on the wellbeing and welfare of animals used in biomedical research. He will use his 25,000 euro prize for a research project aimed at the elimination of animal stress in polyclonal antibody production. This will be done through application of a method involving the harvesting of eggs from orally immunised chickens instead of the collection of mammalian blood serum.
A final prize was shared between two organisations, in Turkey and Romania, for their 'neuter and return' programmes for stray dogs.
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