PCRM Scientists Present Findings at World Congress
Jonathan Balcombe, Ph.D., and Chad Sandusky, Ph.D., at the 5th World Congress.
PCRM was well represented at the recent 5th World Congress on Alternatives and Animal Use in the Life Sciences held in Berlin, Germany. Scientists with PCRM’s Research Advocacy Department, headed by director Chad Sandusky, Ph.D., shared their findings with colleagues from around the world.
Convened every three years and held this year from Aug. 21 to 25, the congress has been controversial because, while its ostensible goal is to reduce or eliminate animal use in research, it has been increasingly co-opted by companies seeking to delay alternatives and continue animal testing. Conference exhibitors include companies that sell animals for such testing. PCRM scientists aimed to push the agenda back toward its original purpose—helping end animal tests.
During the congress, Dr. Sandusky gave an invited presentation on “Strategies to Reduce Animal Testing in the U.S. EPA’s HPV Program.” He, along with colleagues Megha Even, M.S., and Kristie Stoick, M.P.H., have focused on reducing animal testing in this EPA chemical screening program for the past three years. Together they have spared thousands of animals.
Biologist Megha Even gave two other presentations: “Development of a Novel Diagnostic ELISA for Human Insulin Using Serum-Free Cell Culture” (soon to be published in the Journal of Clinical Chemistry) and “University of Virginia Medical School Replaces Canine Lab with Human Patient Simulator: A Case Study.” She presented the latter on behalf of Rooshin B. Dalal, a medical student who worked with PCRM to institute non-animal teaching methods at UVA.
PCRM ethologist Jonathan Balcombe, Ph.D., used a poster presentation to display his findings on the stress animals undergo during the most mundane laboratory procedures. And Jarrod Bailey, Ph.D., a PCRM consultant in England, presented a poster on his recently published paper, “The Future of Teratology Research Is In Vitro.”
PCRM continues to work to make the World Congress fulfill its mission of reducing and ultimately ending animal tests.