The Humane Society of the United States has bestowed its 2017 Russell and Burch Award to Environmental Protection Agency scientist Robert Kavlock for his contributions to the advancement of alternatives to using animals for toxicity testing.
The HSUS presented the Russell and Burch Award, which recognizes scientists who have done outstanding work to move science away from using animals in harmful research and testing, at the 10th World Congress on Alternatives and Animal Use in the Life Sciences in Seattle.
“Robert Kavlock has been a leading figure in advancing alternatives to animal testing for decades,” said Kate Willett, director of regulatory toxicology and risk assessment for the HSUS. “He pioneered an approach to assessing the safety of chemicals and products that now serves as a strong foundation to move us entirely away from the use of animals in this area and others, sparing millions of animals from significant suffering.”
Kavlock is the acting assistant administrator for the Office of Research and Development at the EPA and is the acting EPA science advisor. He was previously the director of the National Center for Computational Toxicology.
Since 1991, the HSUS has presented these awards to 15 scientists for advancing methods that improve science and decrease animal suffering, with the goal of ultimately replacing their use altogether. Recipients of the Russell and Burch Award receive a $5,000 prize and a trophy.
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.
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