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Neal Barnard, M.D.Neal Barnard, M.D.
Physicians Committee president and founder. Nutrition researcher. Author of 15 books and many scientific articles on nutrition and health. Directs numerous innovative campaigns to promote healthy eating. Rigorous opponent of unethical research practices. Spearheaded the Physicians Committee's lawsuit against the U.S. government's unethical experiments giving healthy short children a genetically engineered growth hormone. Advocate for higher standards in human research and for alternatives to animal research. Full-length bio>

Krisitie Sullivan, M.P.H.Kristie Sullivan, M.P.H.
Director of regulatory testing issues with background in toxicology. Promotes human-relevant alternatives to the use of animals in the research and testing of pesticides, drugs, and industrial chemicals by influencing scientists, legislators, and government agencies. Coordinates the Physicians Committee’s efforts as Secretariat of the International Council on Animal Protection in OECD Programmes (ICAPO). Full-length bio>

John J. Pippin, M.D., F.A.C.C.John J. Pippin, M.D., F.A.C.C.
Director of academic affairs. A board-certified cardiologist, Dr. Pippin has been on faculty at Harvard Medical School, received the Clinician-Scientist Award from the American Heart Association, and served as an invited speaker and panelist for the NIH National Human Subjects Protection Workshop. Dr. Pippin is the author of dozens of articles and abstracts that have been published in such leading medical journals as Circulation and The American Journal of Cardiology. Full-length bio>

Jonathan BalcombeJonathan Balcombe, Ph.D.
Research scientist with background in ethology. Promotes alternatives to the use of animals in research and education. Author of The Use of Animals in Higher Education, as well as many articles on humane life science education and scientific papers on animal behavior. Formerly associate director with The Humane Society of the United States and research coordinator with Immersion Medical, a medical simulation company. His new book, Pleasurable Kingdom: Animals and the Nature of Feeling Good, was released in May 2006. Full-length bio>

Mei-chun-laiMeiChun Lai, Ph.D.
Dr. Lai promotes alternatives to animal research by reviewing animal models in medical research fields, including diabetes, obesity, and cardiovascular disease. She earned her master’s degree in cellular biology from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and her Ph.D. in science education from the Ohio State University. Full-length bio>

sarah-cavanaughSarah Cavanaugh, Ph.D.
Dr. Cavanaugh is a medical research specialist with the Physicians Committee, where she promotes alternatives to animal models in a variety of fields, including alcohol addiction and Alzheimer’s disease research. Dr. Cavanaugh’s work includes publishing reviews and commentaries highlighting the need for more human-based research, presenting at international conferences, and interacting with decision makers at the NIH. Full-length bio>


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