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christine-archer-with-fish-ottawa-hsChristine 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 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.

paula cliffordPaula 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.

Amanda M. Dettmer – A primatologist/ developmental psychobiologist at the Child Study Center at Yale University whose research examines the early life organization of sociocognitive development. 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.

Kathryn HenleyKathryn 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.

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.

Juan Carlos MarvizonJuan 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.

Justin Varholick

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.