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January 27, 2014

The Russell and Burch Award

The HSUS honors scientists who make outstanding contributions to alternative research and testing methods

  • Alternative methods of testing and research reduce, refine, or replace the use of animals. iStockphoto

The HSUS will bestow the 2014 Russell and Burch Award at the 9th World Congress on Alternatives and Animal Use in the Life Sciences, which will be held August 24-28, 2014, in Prague, Czech Republic (http://wc9prague.org/). The honoree will receive a $10,000 award and a plaque.

The Humane Society of the United States presents the Russell and Burch Award to scientists who have made outstanding contributions to the advancement of alternative methods in the areas of biomedical research, testing, or higher education. Alternative methods—also known as the Three Rs—are methods that can replace or reduce the use of animals in specific procedures, or refine procedures so that animals experience less pain or suffering.

The award is named in honor of William Russell and Rex Burch, the scientists who formulated the Three Rs approach of replacement, reduction, and refinement. The Award is a means of recognizing the important role that scientists play in limiting the use and suffering of animals in laboratories.


Candidates for the award are judged on the scientific merit of their contribution to the alternatives field, as well as their impact and professional commitment to this field. Applicants should have a history of laboratory work that is above reproach on humane grounds.

Send nominations by April 15, 2014, to nwertan@humanesociety.org. No special forms are necessary. Persons nominating themselves should submit a cover letter explaining their suitability for the award, a curriculum vitae, and three published articles (preferably in PDF format) representative of their alternatives work. Persons nominating others should submit a letter explaining the nominee’s suitability for the award, and arrange to have supporting documents forwarded.

Contact The HSUS via email: nwertan@humanesociety.org; tel.: 301-258-0242; fax: 301-258-7760; or mail:

Russell and Burch Award
Animal Research Issues Section
The Humane Society of the United States
2100 L Street, NW
Washington, DC, 20037 USA


Recipients of the Russell and Burch Award are selected by past honorees, who include:

Julia Fentem, Ph.D., Unilever (2011) was instrumental in shaping Unilever’s ambitious scientific research program, based on integrating and applying new science and technology for human health risk-based decision-making.

Thomas Hartung, M.D., Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University (2009) coordinated the independent evaluation of non-animal tests at the European Centre for the Validation of Alternative Methods and helped publicize their scientific and regulatory acceptance.

Rodger Curren, Ph.D., Institute for In Vitro Sciences (2007) co-developed the Reconstituted Micronucleus Skin Assay for assessing chemically induced damage to genetic material using the EpiDerm™ human skin model.

Bert van Zutphen, Ph.D., University of Utrecht (2005)co-founded the World Congress on Alternatives and Animal Use in the Life Sciences, among other accomplishments.

David Morton, M.R.C.V.S., Ph.D., University of Birmingham (2002) for his extensive work in the development and promotion of refinement techniques that minimize pain and distress experienced by research animals.

Katherine Stitzel, D.V.M., Procter & Gamble (1999)

Neil Wilcox, D.V.M., M.P.H., U.S. Food and Drug Administration (1998)

William Stokes, D.V.M., National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (1998)

Horst Spielmann, M.D., German National Center for the Documentation and Evaluation of Alternatives to Animal Testing (1997)

Andrew Rowan, D. Phil., Tufts University (1996)

Robert Van Buskirk, Ph.D., State University of New York at Binghamton (1995)

Michael Balls, D.Phil., European Centre for the Validation of Alternative Methods (1994)

Coenraad Hendriksen, D.V.M., Dutch National Institute of Health and Environmental Protection (1993)

Charles Branch, Ph.D., Auburn University (1992)

Alan Goldberg, Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University (1991)

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