I’d like to thank the conference co-sponsors and the esteemed group of experts with diverse opinions who came together to discuss the scientific and ethical imperatives associated with the use of animals in experiments, testing, and education. Thanks also to the Arcus Foundation and the National Science Foundation, which helped fund the conference.
Despite well over a century of debate, the ethical and scientific issues surrounding animal research have rarely been studied together in a balanced, organized forum. But at our Animals, Research, and Alternatives conference, speakers shared their expertise on the scientific, legal, and political opportunities and challenges to implementing alternatives to animal research.
It’s clear that we’re making progress toward reducing the use of animals in invasive experiments, but we have a lot of work ahead of us. I am hopeful that our conference advanced the dialogue and will contribute to scientific and ethical advances for both people and animals.
Hope Ferdowsian, M.D., M.P.H.
Fifty years after the development of the key model for the refinement, reduction, and replacement of animals in research, often referred to as the “3 Rs,” The George Washington University Medical Center and the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, along with the Johns Hopkins University Center for Alternatives to Animal Testing, the Institute for In Vitro Sciences, and the Kennedy Institute for Ethics at Georgetown University, invite you to Animals, Research, and Alternatives: Measuring Progress 50 Years Later.
This multidisciplinary conference will bring together experts from around the world to discuss the scientific and ethical imperatives associated with animal research, changing cultural perspectives about the status of animals in society, and burgeoning alternatives to animal research.
- Frameworks for protection of human and animal research subjects
- Advancements and challenges in preclinical research
- Scientific discoveries relevant to animals’ cognitive and emotional capabilities
- Existing and promising alternatives to the use of animals in research
- Scientists, researchers, medical professionals, ethicists, students, policymakers, and government officials
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™.
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Funding for this conference was received from the Arcus Foundation and the National Science Foundation.