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Last Chance: PCRM's Inaugural Conference on Modernizing Medical Research

Chimpanzees, bonobos, and humans are the focus of Brian Hare, Ph.D., and Vanessa Woods’ noninvasive research. Woods writes about their work in her new book, Bonobo Handshake: A Memoir of Love and Adventure in the Congo. Later this month, attendees at PCRM’s Animals, Research, and Alternatives conference will hear Dr. Hare speak about findings from his research on nonhuman primate cognition.

Dr. Hare is an assistant professor of evolutionary anthropology, arts, and sciences at Duke University and the director of the Hominoid Psychology Research Group. His research includes comparing the psychology of hominoids (human and nonhuman apes) and identifying features of our social problem-solving abilities that have evolved since humans, bonobos, and chimpanzees shared a common ancestor.

On Aug. 26 and 27 in Washington, D.C., Dr. Hare will join more than 20 scientific experts speaking at the conference, which will focus on ethical considerations regarding the use of animals in research and the burgeoning alternatives to animal research. The lineup of international speakers also includes:

  • Charles Kimwele, Ph.D., of the University of Nairobi and the African Network for Animal Welfare, who will discuss the African perspective on international frameworks for animal protection and prospects for improvement; and
  • Sarah Lynagh Ph.D., of the Scottish-based company Biopta Ltd., who will discuss the use of human tissue in the drug development process.

At the conclusion of this two-day event, medical professionals, scientists, ethicists, policymakers, and students will understand how expanding knowledge of animals’ psychological and social attributes warrants their protections in research, and the latest and most promising alternatives to the use of animals in research.

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint sponsorship of The George Washington University Medical Center and the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine. The George Washington University Medical Center designates this activity for a maximum of 16.5 AMA Category 1 credits™.

To see the complete presentation lineup and register for the conference, visit


PCRM Online, August 2010

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