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The Physicians Committee



NEWS RELEASE May 23, 2005

Physicians Group and Disabled Activist Call on Ohio State University to Cancel Spinal Cord Injury Techniques Training Course

COLUMBUS, Ohio—The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) will join with two prominent physicians, and a wheelchair-bound Ohio man to call on Ohio State University to cancel its controversial Spinal Cord Injury Techniques Course. Sometimes called “Cruelty 101,” the course requires students to expose the spinal columns of mice and rats and drop heavy weights on them in a futile attempt to imitate human spinal cord injuries and paralyses. Over the three-week course (July 10-30), 270 mice and rats will be injured and put through other painful surgeries and invasive procedures before being killed. PCRM filed suit in April in the Ohio Supreme Court seeking to force OSU to produce videotapes and other documents relating to the course and initiated an investigation by the National Institutes of Health into possible animal welfare violations by the university.

WHO:

Carrie Walters, M.D., is a nationally recognized neurosurgeon specializing in acute head injury and spinal cord care. She practices in Phoenix, Arizona.

Richard Sorgen, M.D., is a bioethicist and an Arizona-based radiologist with more than 20 years experience in his field.

Mark Burwinkel is a disabled activist who lives in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Robin Russell is the Director of Protecting Our Earth's Treasures (POET), Ohio's largest animal rights organization

Kristie Stoick, MPH, is a Research Analyst with the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine

Mindy Kursban, Esq., is the Executive Director and Chief Legal Counsel, Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine

WHEN: Monday, May 23, 10 a.m.

WHERE: Holiday Inn on the Lane, Salon D, 328 West Lane Avenue, Columbus, Ohio

Founded in 1985, the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine is a nonprofit health organization that promotes preventive medicine, conducts clinical research, and encourages higher standards for ethics and effectiveness in research.



Media Contact:
Jeanne S. McVey
202-527-7316
jeannem@pcrm.org

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