Animal Welfare Information Center Newsletter, Winter 1997/1998, Vol. 8, no. 3-4 *************************

Humane Society of the United States Highlights Alternatives to Animal Testing

The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) has presented the 7th annual Russell and Burch Award to Dr. Horst Spielmann of the German National Center for the Documentation and Evaluation of Alternatives to Animal Experiments. The award includes a $5,000 prize.

"The Russell and Burch Award recognizes scientists who have made outstanding contributions to the advancement of alternatives to using animals (Russell and Burch first initiated an alternatives approach to animal use)," says Dr. Martin Stephens, HSUS vice president for animal research issues. "Dr. Spielmann joins an illustrious group of scientists receiving this award, including Johns Hopkins University's Dr. Alan Goldberg. The award presents a unique opportunity for the nation's largest animal protection organization to recognize the important work of scientists who improve the lives of animals used in research, testing and education."

The HSUS established the Russell and Burch award to encourage scientists to pursue new avenues in the alternatives arena. Alternatives to animals in research, testing, and education include replacing animals with substitute methods, reducing the number of animal subjects and refining experiments to diminish pain and suffering.

Dr. Spielmann is a member of the management teams of several validation studies on alternatives, including those in the fields of phototoxicity, embryotoxicity, eye irritation, and skin irritation.

According to Dr. Andrew Rowan, HSUS senior vice president, "Dr. Spielmann has been a leader in the alternatives field not only in his native Germany, but throughout the European Union and beyond. His diverse work on alternatives includes conducting research, managing multilaboratory projects, and serving as an advisor to the European Centre for the Validation of Alternative Methods and other organizations."

This article appeared in the Animal Welfare Information Center Newsletter, Volume 8, Number 3/4, Winter 1998

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