Lush Prizes 2014

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Lush Prizes 2014

Author: Martin Stephens, Johns Hopkins Center for Alternatives to Animal Testing

The 2014 Lush Prizes for outstanding work towards non-animal alternatives were recently announced. Congratulations to all the winners, who are listed here:

A special congratulations to my colleagues Francois Busquet and Thomas Hartung, who received a lobbying prize for their work advancing alternatives policy in the EU. The full citation of their work from the Lush website is as follows:

“The Center for Alternatives to Animal Testing (CAAT-Europe), housed at the University of Konstanz (Germany), brings together industry representatives, regulators, and academics to address the needs for human-relevant alternative methods to animal testing.

CAAT promotes the development and implementation of alternative methods in safety testing by information sharing and by coordinating conferences and workshops. The result has been more than 30 publications with over 200 co-authors in peer-reviewed journals. CAAT-Europe was established in 2010 as European branch of CAAT located at the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland (USA). Collaboration between the two arms of CAAT is the basis for building a transatlantic bridge between scientists and regulators in Europe and the US.

With 33 years of history in the US, CAAT’s 25-person staff and advanced research laboratories collaborate with the US regulatory bodies (e.g. FDA, US EPA) and other governmental agencies. With policy programs in Washington since 2006 and Brussels since 2012, CAAT makes its expertise available to policy-makers.

CAAT-Europe’s vision is to be a leading force in the development and use of reduction, refinement, and replacement alternatives (3Rs) in research, testing, and education. The goal is to better protect both human health and the wellbeing of animals.”