We are delighted to welcome to new judges for the Lush Prize Judges for 2013.
Some of those who also judged the 2012 Prize talk about themselves in video interviews, discussing their work and attitudes towards animal testing.
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 Jukes is Co-ordinator of InterNICHE, the International Network for Humane Education. Based in the UK, Nick has been working internationally since the mid-1990s to enhance education and training in the life sciences through curricular transformation and replacement of animal experiments.
Nick co-authored the 2nd edition of the book from Guinea Pig to Computer Mouse (InterNICHE, 2003) and has published widely on replacement alternatives. He has helped establish a range of international resources and projects including the InterNICHE Humane Education Award, 8 international libraries of alternatives, and the InterNICHE website www.interniche.org, with its academic and alternatives databases. Nick has co-organised conferences, training seminars and multimedia exhibitions across the Americas, Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Asia, including at the World Congresses on Alternatives and Animal Use in the Life Sciences. InterNICHE activity has led to widespread direct replacement of animal experiments and dissections. Targeted initiatives in Russia and Ukraine have replaced the annual use of over 50,000 animals. Extended campaigning in India has contributed to a decision to drop dissection from the national zoology curriculum, with the annual use of up to 60 million animals to be replaced. Nick and InterNICHE have won a number of awards for provision of resources, global networking and replacement work, including the RSPCA Lord Erskine Silver Award (2011) and the Lush Prize for Training (2012).
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.
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.
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.
Gilly gained her PhD from the Welsh School of Pharmacy in 2002 and has seven years experience working in the R&D industry developing transdermal products.
She is now the Science Advisor for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals Foundation (PETA) and the PETA International Science Consortium and works with regulators, policymakers, industry and other scientists to reduce the use of animals in experiments, improve their welfare and ultimately eliminate animal experimentation altogether.
Sean O’Callaghan, this year’s Lush customer judge, is a vegan blogger, community organiser, event planner and director of his own vegan PR company, fgv/PR. As a long term vegan, he maintains a dedicated commitment to improving outcomes for non-human animals wherever possible.
Through his blog Fat Gay Vegan, Sean works to promote compassionate and ethical choices consumers can make. He creates large-scale social events, including London Vegan Drinks and London Vegan Potluck. Sean is a well-known and active member of the UK vegan community who works hard to continue the spread of veganism into the mainstream.
He can be found at fatgayvegan.com or followed on Twitter via @FatGayVegan.
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.
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.
Roxy White, IT/Technical Support Helpdesk Supervisor, Lush North America, has been a Lush customer since 1997 and Lush employee since 2008.
She started out as a seasonal Christmas hire and is now is known as Mama Rox to all her shops and co-workers, helping keep technical operations running smoothly. 20+ year veteran of opticianry, self-proclaimed tech nerd, and lover of cats, dogs, critters, cats, sharks, beautiful poultry and cats.
Retired snowboarder, skateboarder and hockey player. Was studying to be an optometrist then switched gears to fight cybercrime in 2011, now dedicates free time to rescuing shelter animals, saving the sharks from becoming shark fin soup, occasionally running a race to raise funds for the animals and fighting animal testing.
Some judges from 2012 are unable to join us again this year.
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.
Matilda also interns for the Sumatran Orangutan Society and has worked as a volunteer for Wildlife Friends of Thailand. She 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.
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.