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Inês Albuquerque – Currently a PhD student, Inês has been working at the IMM, in Lisbon (Portugal), studying cerebral malaria and anti-malarial strategies for the past 4 years. She is interested in infectious diseases, Parasitology and drug-design and she intends to pursue a research career in vaccine development. In her spare time, she is a photographer-wannabe.
Jeremy D. Bailoo – a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Bern in the division of Animal Welfare. He has worked with rodents and nonhuman primates at the intersection of basic science and human health and disease. In his current position he is examining the hypothesis that both impaired welfare and poor reproducibility of experimental results are caused by a failure to account for the nature and limitations of phenotypic plasticity.
Allyson Bennett – A scientist whose research with nonhuman primates centers on how interplay between genes and experiences in childhood and adolescence contribute to individual differences in developmental pathways and health across the lifespan. She previously directed a community outreach and education program designed to provide opportunities for interactions between researchers and the broader community, particularly K-12 and college students at Wake Forest University School of Medicine. She is currently on the faculty at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Michael Brunt – A Project Manager at the University of Guelph, he received an M.Sc. in Applied Ethology and Animal Welfare from the Ontario Veterinary College. He found his passion as a technician through compassionately attending to the physical and behavioural needs of the laboratory animals in his care. Michael volunteers on several local, national and international committees that strive to provide accurate information to people about the importance of animal research.
James Champion – Director of Operations of the Center for Laboratory Animal Resources at Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta Georgia. He has worked in the research field for over twelve years, starting as a veterinary technician for Yerkes National Primate Research Center. His career has lead him to become an advocate for animal welfare and the positive benefits of research. His goal is the help change the perception of animal research through public speaking and participating in research advocacy groups.
Paula Clifford – Executive Director for Americans for Medical Progress. She leads AMP’s advocacy efforts and its educational programs focused on developing the next generation of advocates. She seeks to strengthen the biomedical research community through collaboration with other advocacy groups.
Anne M. Deschamps – A Senior Science Policy Analyst at the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB). Dr. Deschamps works on science policy issues related to the humane use of animals in research and education. In addition, she oversees production for many of FASEB’s science education materials. She received her PhD in Molecular and Cellular Biology and Pathobiology from the Medical University of South Carolina and completed postdoctoral work at the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute in Bethesda, MD.
Amanda M. Dettmer – A Postdoctoral Fellow at the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health & Human Development. Dr. Dettmer is a developmental psychobiologist whose research examines the early life organization of sociocognitive development in nonhuman primates. She received her PhD in Neuroscience & Behavior from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2009. She firmly believes that sound, ethical research utilizing animal models are the keys for advances in public health.
Marco Delli Zotti – Physician, chief of the Scientific Committee and founding member of Pro-Test Italia; for his dissertation, he has made and discussed a study on patient’s survival after cytoreduction and intraperitoneal hypertermic chemoperfusion (HIPEC) for primary and secondary tumors, during his study in the University of Udine. He has a great interest in rare diseases, emergency medicine, pharmacology and internal medicine.
Doris Doudet – A Professor of Medicine/Neurology at the University of British Columbia. Her specialty is the use of non invasive PET and MR imaging to assess the role of brain neurotransmitters in health and disease and the mechanism of action of various therapies in human and animal subjects.
Jazzminn Hembree – A Laboratory Coordinator at Miami University. She has worked in the animal research field in many different areas, from a technician to a research assistant, for nearly 12 years. Currently continuing her education on organizational leadership to hopefully be able to move up into a position to help run a facility one day. Caring for the animals in her care today to help people tomorrow is her passion. She joined SR to help people understand the importance animals have in research and the love and respect they are given daily.
Tom Holder – A founding member of the British group Pro-Test, which stood up to animal rights extremists in the UK. In 2008 he moved to the US where he founded Speaking of Research, as well as helping to organize the UCLA Pro-Test rally. Now based in the UK, Tom continues to be an active advocate for biomedical research in both the UK and US. In 2012 he left teaching to join Understanding Animal Research, a UK-based advocacy organisation.
J. David Jentsch – is the Empire Innovation Professor of Psychology at Binghamton University (NY). His research, which involves both human subjects and laboratory animals, utilizes multiple approaches (from genetics to neuroimaging) to identify the biological mechanisms contributing to compromised self-control abilities in drug and alcohol addictions.
Kirk Leech – Executive Director of the European Animal Research Association (EARA). EARA is a communications and advocacy organisation seeking to uphold the interests of biomedical research across Europe. The creation of EARA was prompted by the need better inform the European public on the continued need for, and benefit of, the humane use of animals in biomedical research. EARA represents both public and private research organisations.
Juan Carlos Marvizon – Associate Professor at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and the Department of Veteran Affairs. His work is devoted to finding a cure for chronic pain disorders. Using rats and mice, he studies the neural pathways involved in the transmission of pain signals and their modulation by neuropeptides like endorphins and substance P. One of his concerns is to improve methods to study pain and other diseases in animals without causing them unnecessary suffering.
Marcello Rosa – A neuroscientist with special interest in vision, brain anatomy and physiology. His current research program involves both discovery-oriented on how the different parts of the work together to produce visual sensations, and applied research aimed at translating this knowledge into prosthetic aids (“bionic eyes”, and other types of brain-computer interfaces). He is also active in the field of neuroinformatics, developing an internet-accessible repository of neuroanatomical data on the connections between areas of the cerebral cortex in marmosets.
Patrick Smith – a PhD student at the University of Manchester, UK. He has worked at the Blond McIndoe Labs for the past four years, working with mouse models of nerve regeneration to investigate potential treatments for debilitating peripheral nerve injuries. He is currently attempting to use adipose-derived stem cells to enhance reconstructive surgeries.
Justin Varholick – A PhD student at the University of Bern in Switzerland whose research focuses on the refinement of biomedical experiments using laboratory mice as a model. Justin’s training is rooted in principles of developmental psychobiology and he is currently pursuing further education in the welfare of laboratory rodents. He firmly believes in properly educating young minds and the general public on the processes behind scientific discoveries.