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BfR scientist presented with International Animal Protection Research Award

Dr. Manfred Liebsch – Head of the Unit “Alternatives to Animal Testing – ZEBET” within the German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) is presented, together with Dr. Kevin Crofton of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), with this year’s Recognition Award of the Centre for Alternatives to Animal Testing. This International Research Award is presented every two to three years within the framework of the World Congress organised by the Centre for Alternatives to Animal Testing (CAAT) of the John Hopkins School of Public Health to recognise special and long-term achievements in the field of reduction and replacement of animal tests. The Award ceremony takes place at the end of August during the 8th World Congress on Alternatives and Animal Use in Life Sciences in Montreal.

Dr. Manfred Liebsch has worked for the “Centre for the Documentation and Evaluation of Alternatives to Animal Experiments (ZEBET)” since 1990; in 1994 he was appointed Deputy Head and in 2004 Head of the ZEBET Unit within BfR which focuses on experimental and assessment work. In these capacities he has contributed to a large number of national and international projects and studies for the successful scientific development and validation of in vitro methods. His focus has been on the development of alternative methods in the field of phototoxicity, acute systemic toxicity as well as acute skin and eye toxicity. He is recognised for both his scientific work on in vitro methods and his ongoing commitment to enforce the 3 R Principle (Refine, Reduce, Replace) of the alternative methods on a political level. “Refine” means diminish the suffering and pain of laboratory animals, “Reduce” means cut back on the number of animal experiments and “Replace” finally means the replacement of an animal experiment by an alternative in vitro method.

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