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Jeremy D. Bailoo – Research Assistant Professor, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. His research investigates whether the manner in which laboratory animals are bred, housed, and cared and the affects on their well-being, the validity of the models for which they are used, and the generalizability and reproducibility of experimental results derived from such use.

Allyson BennettAllyson Bennett – A developmental psychobiologist whose research focuses on how cognitive, physical, and social environments contribute to individual variation in psychological, neural, and behavioral development across the lifespan. Prof. Bennett’s expertise and commitment to science education are reflected in a range of public outreach efforts.

Amanda M. Dettmer – A primatologist/ developmental psychobiologist at the Yale Child Study Center whose research examines the early life organization of socio-cognitive development. Dr. Dettmer was the 2017-18 American Psychological Association’s (APA) Executive Branch Science Fellow through the AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellowship, placed at the Institute of Education Sciences in the U.S. Department of Education.

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.

Renée HartigRenée Hartig – A neurobiologist at the Central Institute for Rare Diseases and Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics (Germany). Her research delves into the neural representation of chemical senses in animal and human models. In addition to conducting research, you may find her actively engaging in discourse on why animals are used in research and how scientists can communicate their work to the public.

David JentschJ. 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.

Agnès LacreuseAgnès Lacreuse – A behavioral neuroscientist who studies age-related cognitive decline in primates, with a focus on identifying early behavioral and physiological predictors of Alzheimer’s disease. Strong advocate of animal welfare, science education and transparent research.

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 RosaMarcello 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.

Chris Petkov Chris Petkov – Professor of Comparative Neuropsychology at Newcastle University, United Kingdom. Working with human and nonhuman primates to support advances with patients that have stroke, dementia or encephalitis affecting their language, learning or memory abilities. Animal welfare and scientific discovery advocate, and proponent of open science and public engagement.

Justin Varholick
Justin Varholick – A Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Florida investigating mammalian regeneration in African Spiny Mice and how we can improve external validity in biomedical science. Justin is an interdisciplinary scientist trained in psychology, biology, development, and animal welfare. He firmly believes in properly educating young minds and the general public on the processes behind scientific discoveries.