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USA: SOT awards for animal testing alternatives announced

The Society of Toxicology has announced the winners of the SOT awards for 2015. Awards related to animal testing alterna­tives are:

– Marcel Leist, University of Konstanz and CAAT-Europe, will receive the 2015 SOT Enhancement of Animal Welfare Award (see also CAATfeed in this issue). This award honors a SOT member for contributions made to the advancement of toxicological science through the development and applica­tion of methods that replace, refine, or reduce the need for ex­perimental animals. Dr Leist’s laboratory focuses on in vitro toxicology, specifically mechanisms and systems related to neurotoxicity.

– Alfredo Miranda de Goes, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais and Lei Li Kerr, Miami University, will receive a 2015 SOT Colgate-Palmolive Grant for Alternative Research. These grants of up to $40,000 are awarded to scientists at any career level to support efforts that promote, develop, refine, or validate scientifically acceptable animal alternative methods to facilitate the safety assessment of new chemicals and for­mulations.

– Fabian A. Grimm, Texas A&M University, is being honored with the 2015 SOT Colgate-Palmolive Postdoctoral Fel­lowship Award in In Vitro Toxicology. This award of up to $44,000 is designed to help postdoctoral trainees advance the development of alternatives to animal testing in toxicological research.

– Prajekta Shimpi, University of Rhode Island, is being award­ed a 2015 SOT Colgate-Palmolive Award for Student Re­search Training in Alternative Methods. This award provides students with the opportunity to receive training using in vitro methods or alternative techniques to reduce, replace, or refine the use of animals in toxicological research.

All 2015 SOT Award recipients will be honored at the Society’s 54th Annual Meeting & ToxExpo in San Diego, CA on March 22-26, 2015.



Adopted from SOT press release

December 9, 2014

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