The Lush Prize Judges who judged the 2012 Prize:
Troy Seidle is Director of Research & Toxicology for Humane Society International. He manages the AXLR8 (pronounced “accelerate”) project, which aims to hasten the transition toward animal-free approaches to safety testing through internationally coordinated research and development.
Troy serves on a number of influential committees at national and international levels, including those of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, the European Chemicals Agency, the United States Environmental Protection Agency, the International Life Sciences Institute, and the European Partnership for Alternative Approaches to Animal Testing.
He presently serves on the board of directors of the European Consensus Platform for Alternative. He has also served on scientific task forces of the European Centre for the Validation of Alternative Methods, and as a member of the governing body of the Canadian Council on Animal Care. Troy is also a visiting scientist in the faculty of biology at the Universität Konstanz in Germany.
Caroline is leader of the Green Party as well as its first MP, representing Brighton Pavilion. She served as an MEP from 1999 until 2010 and as an Oxfordshire councillor previously.
She is Co-Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Fuel Poverty, as well as Vice Chair of the Animal Welfare, Public and Commercial Services, Sustainable Housing and CND All Party Parliamentary Groups. She is also a member of the Parliament’s Environmental Audit Committee.
Caroline continues to be an active campaigner on a range of issues and has been voted the UK’s most ethical politician in 2007, 2009 and 2010 by readers of the Observer. She is also in the Environment Agency’s Top 100 Eco-Heroes of all time.
Since 1995, Andrew Tyler has been the director of Animal Aid, Europe’s largest animal rights organisation and one of the first in the world. Animal Aid campaigns peacefully against all forms of animal abuse, and promotes a cruelty-free lifestyle. Its undercover investigations and other evidence are often used prominently by the media. Animal Aid offers a large range of ethical mail order goods and provides teaching resources free of charge to hundreds of schools across the country.
Andrew’s background is in journalism. He wrote for Disc and Music Echo in the early 1970s and then for New Musical Express from 1973 to 1980. He was subsequently news features editor with Time Out. As a freelance writer, he contributed regularly to The Observer, The Independent, the Guardian and others. He is the author of the best-selling book, Street Drugs.
Dr Gill Langley
Gill is a British scientist and writer who specialises in alternatives to animal testing and animal rights. From 1981 until 2009 she was the science director of the Dr Hadwen Trust, a medical research charity. She was also a member of the British government’s Animal Procedures Committee for eight years, and has worked as a consultant for the European Commission, and for animal protection organisations in Europe and the United States.
Dr Kelly BéruBé
Dr BéruBé is Director of the Lung and Particle Research Group at the School of Biosciences, Cardiff University. With a background in electron microscopy and lung toxicology, she has built an international reputation in the field air pollution and human health and holds numerous appointments in the USA and UK on funding bodies, advisory councils, professional societies and journal editorial boards that focus on environmental health.
Dr BéruBé’s research has been recognised with a number of awards, including the Institute for Science & Health (USA) ‘Scientific Merit Award 2006’ for toxicogenomics of inhaled xenobiotics and the honour of being the British Toxicology Society ‘Australasia Visitor 2006’ to conduct a coast-to-coast lecture tour on nano-toxicology.
Current work on ‘human tissue equivalents of respiratory epithelia’, as viable in vitro alternatives for in vivo inhalation toxicology, was awarded the UK NC3Rs ‘Replacement Prize’ in 20007 and 2012 and the Cardiff University ‘Science & Technology Innovation Prizes in 2007 and 2010.
Nick is Co-ordinator of the International Network for Humane Education (InterNICHE), a diverse network of individuals and campaigns working for curricular transformation and replacement of animal experiments in education and training.
Nick is co-author of the book From Guinea Pig to Computer Mouse: Alternative Methods for a Progressive, Humane Education and the film Alternatives in Education. He has established a wide range of resources for teachers, students and campaigners. In just two of the countries that InterNICHE works in, joint initiatives have directly replaced the annual use of over 50,000 animals with humane alternatives. He has co-organised conferences and training seminars across Latin America, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and India, including multimedia exhibitions at the World Congresses on Alternatives and Animal Use in the Life Sciences.
He is currently doing further global outreach, producing a new film on alternatives in veterinary education and training, and co-organising the next global InterNICHE conference.
Dr. Hajime Kojima
Dr. Kojima is the Director of JaCVAM.: the Japanese Center for the Validation of Alternative Methods. JaCVAM is located in the office of New Testing Method Assessment, Division of Pharmacology, Biological Safety Research Center (BSRC), National Institute of Health Sciences (NIHS) in Tokyo.
JaCVAM was established in 2005, to facilitate the Reduction, Refinement, and Replacement of animals in testing for regulatory purposes and to ensure new methods originated in Japan are validated, peer reviewed, accepted by regulatory agencies, and made internationally compatible. The purpose and responsibilities of JaCVAM are similar to those of its US and EU counterparts, NICEATM-ICCVAM and ECVAM, respectively.
Professor Lisbeth E. Knudsen
Lisbeth is professor in Toxicology at the University of Copenhagen. She is a member of Danish Consensus Platform for 3R Alternatives to Animal Experimentation (DACOPA) and received the Nordic Alternative Price 2006 for promoting development of alternatives to animal testing.
She is also the coordinator of the Danish in vitro toxicology network and president in the European Consensus Platform for 3R Alternatives to Animal Experimentation (ECOPA). ECOPA is based on the concept of consensus between the parties concerned, i.e. animal welfare, industry, academia and government institutions.
Lisbeth was National member of the Scientific Advisory Committee (ESAC) for the European Centre for the validation of Alternative Methods (ECVAM) 2000-2009, and the EU implementation group on biomonitoring 2003-2011.
Lisbeth’s main areas of research are: toxicology, genotoxicology, biomonitoring of environmental and occupational exposures, alternatives to animal experiments, ethical aspects of genetic testing and biomonitoring.
Matilda is a supervisor at Lush Oxford. She has played an active role in the Fighting Animal Testing campaign, most notably dressing as a bunny to hand over the petitions to the European Parliament in Brussels. She also interns for the Sumatran Orangutan Society and has worked as a volunteer for Wildlife Friends of Thailand.
Matilda holds a BSc in Psychology and an MSc in Primate Conservation, with a research focus on captive animal welfare. She conducted behavioural observations in UK zoos in order to identify factors affecting the welfare of captive primates.
Sofia is an activist and Lush customer from Lisbon, who has been an animal activist since 2007. In 2008 she enrolled at the University of Lisbon’s Faculty of Science where, for the brief period she attended the Biology course, animal tests and vivisection were almost constantly presented to students as a necessary measure.
The insufficient or complete lack of questioning and critical thinking regarding these procedures by the majority of students and teachers, were critical to her understanding of the complexity and depth of the problems non-human animals face today. Pursuing a greater comprehension of the cultural dimension and social perspective to this matter, she attended the Faculty of Arts where she has just finished her degree, holding a BA in Artistic Studies – Comparative Cultures and Arts which took an interdisciplinary approach. She has also developed a yet to be published research essay on non-human animals and language.