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Christine Archer – A Registered Veterinary Technician at the University of Ottawa in Ontario, Canada. Since 2009, her work has involved ensuring that the health and welfare needs of animals at multiple university facilities are being met. Currently, she manages the zebrafish facility in the university’s aquatics core department, which includes the training of all new zebrafish users. She’s keenly interested in developing and improving husbandry practices for non-traditional animals in research.
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 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.
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 completedpostdoctoral work at the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute in Bethesda, MD.
Amanda M. Dettmer – A primatologist/ developmental psychobiologist whose research examines the early life organization of sociocognitive development. She earned her PhD in Behavioral Neuroscience from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Dettmer is 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.
Kathryn Y. Henley – a rehabilitation scientist and educator whose doctoral work focused on improving behavioral measures of neuropathic pain in animal models. She currently uses her faculty position at the University of West Georgia as a platform to communicate accurate information about animal research to her students.
Tom Holder – Director and Founder of Speaking of Research. Tom was 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 advocate for biomedical research. In 2012 he joined Understanding Animal Research, a UK-based 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.
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.