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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 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.

The HSUS will present the award, which carries a $5,000 prize, at The Tenth World Congress on Alternatives & Animal Use in the Life Sciences, to be held August 20-24, 2017, in Seattle, Washington, USA.

For more information on eligibility and the application and selection processes, please click here. The deadline for nominations is April 10, 2017.


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

  1. Martin Stephens, Ph.D., Johns Hopkins Center for Alternatives to Animal Testing (2014)has dedicated 30 years to advances in toxicity testing and other areas of the field, including his work on a groundbreaking report titled "Toxicity Testing in the 21st Century: A Vision and a Strategy."
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. Katherine Stitzel, D.V.M., Procter & Gamble (1999)
  8. Neil Wilcox, D.V.M., M.P.H., U.S. Food and Drug Administration (1998)
  9. William Stokes, D.V.M., National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (1998)
  10. Horst Spielmann, M.D., German National Center for the Documentation and Evaluation of Alternatives to Animal Testing (1997)
  11. Andrew Rowan, D. Phil., Tufts University (1996)
  12. Robert Van Buskirk, Ph.D., State University of New York at Binghamton (1995)
  13. Michael Balls, D.Phil., European Centre for the Validation of Alternative Methods (1994)
  14. Coenraad Hendriksen, D.V.M., Dutch National Institute of Health and Environmental Protection (1993)
  15. Charles Branch, Ph.D., Auburn University (1992)
  16. Alan Goldberg, Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University (1991)
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