PCRM Sponsors 5th World Congress on Alternatives
PCRM has become a sponsoring organization for the 5th World Congress on Alternatives and Animal Use in the Life Sciences meeting scheduled for August in Berlin, Germany. This international conference provides a forum for scientists from industry, government agencies, academia, and animal advocacy organizations to discuss strategies for reducing the numbers of animals used in research and testing.
Although the 5th World Congress meeting agenda focuses on “the 3Rs”—an old approach of reduction, replacement, and refinement of animal experiments—PCRM scientists are attempting to work collaboratively with other organizations to focus primarily on the replacement aspects: eliminating animal use in education, research, and testing in favor of better methods.
Sherry Ward, Ph.D., PCRM’s associate director of research advocacy, attended three of the previous World Congress meetings to present her research on the development, characterization, and validation of human corneal and conjunctival ocular models for replacing the Draize rabbit eye test. Dr. Ward was a member of the Sponsors’ Planning Committee for the 5th World Congress.