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Best of 2013

  • Best of 2013Physicians Committee has made incredible strides in 2013. Check out how these advances that are changing the future of medicine and research!
  • Ending Medical Experiments on Chimpanzees In June, the National Institutes of Health announced plans to retire all but 50 of the 360 government-owned chimpanzees after a hard-fought campaign by PCRM and others to end experiments involving chimpanzees.
  • Harvard to Close Primate Research CenterFollowing two years of pressure from PCRM and its members, Harvard University announced that it will close the New England Primate Research Center in Southborough, Mass., in 2015. Numerous monkeys have died and been seriously injured at the facility in recent years
  • Wayne State Court VictoryA Michigan court sided with PCRM, ordering Wayne State University to WSU to comply with our document and rejecting its counter-suit.
  • Tulane University Switches to SimulatorsAfter a six-year campaign by PCRM, Tulane University in New Orleans replaced the use of live pigs with the TraumaMan simulator to teach physicians in Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS) courses.
  • A Reprieve for Cats at UVAOur campaign against the University of Virginia, which began in 2010, ended in victory this year when the school informed us that its pediatrics residency program no longer uses cats to teach endotracheal intubation.
  • PCRM Wins Decades-Long Medical School CampaignAfter more than 20 years of working to end the use of animals in medical training programs at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USUHS) in Bethesda, Md. - the only medical military school in the United States - notified PCRM that the school has fully transitioned to the use of simulators.
  • Saving Animals from Pesticide TestsPCRM's Kristie Sullivan, M.P.H. was instrumental in the development of recently issued recommendations to phase out required animal tests. PCRM also successfully promoted the elimination animal tests for a fungicide used to control disease in potatoes, beets, and pecans, saving at least 40 animals.
  • Elevated Status at the OECDThe International Council on Animal protection (PCRM serves as the group's secretariat) was invited to take part in the Joint Meeting of OECD, which oversees all work related to coordinating member countries' activities on chemical safety and provides guidance to nonmember (developing) countries.
  • Promoting 21st Century ScienceIPCRM's Kristie Sullivan, M.P.H. was instrumental in the development of recently issued recommendations to phase out required animal tests. PCRM also successfully promoted the elimination animal tests for a fungicide used to control disease in potatoes, beets, and pecans, saving at least 40 animals.
  • Educating RegulatorsIn September, at the invitation of the California Environmental Protection Agency, PCRM held a workshop to inform regulators about the NRC's new approach to toxicity testing. The workshop provided a conceptual framework for future sessions that will educate regulators about how to practically apply this new approach in evaluating nonanimal test data in their daily work.
  • Clinical ResearchPCRM's clinical research staff conducted clinical studies on the effects of dietary changes on diabetic neuropathy, rheumatoid arthritis, and migraine pain and published two papers in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition from our landmark GEICO workplace dietary intervention study.
  • Food for LifePCRM's Food for Life (FFL) program has 134 instructors in 42 states and the District of Columbia offering plant-based nutrition classes, as well as 84 Educational Alliance Partners in 13 countries. PCRM offered our corporate wellness program in 22 workplace settings, including three government agencies and two Fortune 500 companies.
  • Changing Minds about Vegan DietsIn the debate of the century, Physicians Committee President Neal Barnard, MD, and Gene Baur square off against two opponents on the proposition, "Don't Eat Anything with a Face." Click the pie chart above to watch it.
  •  21-Day KickstartPCRM's Kickstart programs are bringing healthy plant-based diets to people the world over. What's your language? Share this link with everyone on your holiday list, click the Kickstart logo above.
  • Urging Physicians to Mentor PatientsDr. Neal Barnard's hard-hitting and not-to-be-missed commentary in the AMA's Virtual Mentor laid out a bold new vision of medical practice in America. Click the Nutrition Guide above to read more.
  • Fighting the Diabetes EpidemicPCRM continues its outreach into Native American communities, which are among the hardest hit by type 2 diabetes by creating a documentary featuring the stories of Native Americans who have reclaimed their health through the Food for Life program and an instructional video that includes cooking demonstrations.
  • The Five Worst Children's Hospital Food EnvironmentsMedia interest in our 2012 expose of unhealthy foods served at children's hospitals culminated in a segment on ABC's Nightline this April, which featured PCRM's director of nutrition education, Susan Levin, M.S., R.D.
  • Five Worst Fast-Food Secret Menu ItemsIn March, PCRM published our report on the common practice in certain fast-food chains of posting off-menu items on their website or allowing customers to customize menu offerings ( In so doing, the companies avoid complying with regulations requiring them to list the nutritional content of these foods. PCRM dietitians conducted a nutritional analysis of some of the worst offenders such as McDonald's Monster Mac, which contains 1,390 calories, 2,920 milligrams of sodium, and 92 grams of fat.
  • Warning: Contaminated ChickenIn PCRM's nationwide study of 15 grocery store chains, we found that 48 percent of chicken products tested positive for the presence of fecal bacteria, which cannot be destroyed by cooking. PCRM petitioned the USDA to be more transparent in its labeling so that Americans, who eat on average of 84 pounds of the meat per year, can decide for themselves how appetizing chicken would be with full disclosure of its health risks.
  • Preventing AlzheimersAt the International Conference on Nutrition and the Brain, the world's leading experts joined PCRM, sharing their insights on how foods can help prevent Alzheimer's disease and other serious conditions. The lectures are yours to watch free. Health-care providers earn credit, click the graphic above to learn more.
  • Thank YouAll this has been possible thanks to the support of PCRM members. For a more detailed copy of the 2013 PCRM Progress Report please click on the link below.
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