Editorial: The New Face of Science and Medicine
When Chad Sandusky, Ph.D., worked at the Environmental Protection Agency, he never imagined that he would one day be working to replace the animal tests so commonly used at the EPA.
When John Pippin, M.D., was immersed in his busy cardiology practice, the idea of alternatives to animal research was not a major topic of discussion.
When Jonathan Balcombe, Ph.D., studied ethology at the University of Tennessee, he knew that the study of animal behavior seldom included efforts to make animals’ lives better. And in their graduate programs in toxicology and biology, Kristie Stoick, M.P.H., and Megha Even, M.S., rarely heard any mention of the problems of animal experiments.
|As we look back on the accomplishments of the past year, I am very grateful to the many physicians, scientists, and health professionals from many fields who have carried our work forward in an exemplary way.|
Today, all that has changed. These scientists and their colleagues head up PCRM’s efforts to promote alternatives to animal research methods. They have put ethical research on the agenda of government regulators, chemical manufacturers, and the scientific press. The issue has clearly arrived.
Similarly, PCRM’s dietetic and nutrition professionals—Tim Radak, Dr.P.H., R.D.; Amber Green, R.D.; Susan Levin, R.D.; and Dulci Ward, R.D.—may not have heard the words “vegetarian” and “vegan” very often in their training. But today, in scientific presentations, press interviews, and testimony at governmental bodies, these words are becoming synonymous with health. Our clinical research team is putting healthy diets to the test; the results are published in major, peer-reviewed scientific journals and presented at medical conferences.
PCRM’s legal team, headed by Mindy Kursban and Dan Kinburn, is bringing advocacy for ethical research and healthy diets into courtrooms—and newsrooms—in unprecedented ways.
As we look back on the accomplishments of the past year, I am very grateful to the many physicians, scientists, and health professionals from many fields who have carried our work forward in an exemplary way. I am also especially grateful to our members who have so often helped with our campaigns and have generously ensured that our work, still far from finished, will continue to move forward.
We have a long way to go before the dreams of ethical research and a sensible approach to health are realized. But our team of doctors, scientists, and laypersons is stronger than ever before. In this issue, we summarize the most recent chapter in that effort and look forward to even more success in the year to come.
Neal D. Barnard, M.D.
President of PCRM