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2024 Summer Immersion on Innovative Approaches in Science

Educating the next generation of life sciences researchers on human-based nonanimal methods. Don’t miss this FREE 3-day event!

2024 Summer Immersion on Innovative Approaches in Science

The Physicians Committee is excited to host our third biennial Summer Immersion on Innovative Approaches in Science!

Deadline to Apply: March 15
Don’t miss this FREE 3-day event !
May 30 – June 1, 2024
Grand Hyatt, Washington, DC

The Physicians Committee’s Summer Immersion is designed to educate the next generation of scientists committed to advancing science ethically using nonanimal methods for research and testing. This FREE 3-day program provides an overview of in vitro, in silico, and in chemico approaches and their many applications in basic, translational, and regulatory science to replace animals. Attendees will participate in scientific talks, career development workshops, poster presentations, technology demonstrations, case studies, networking opportunities, and more.

The Summer Immersion welcomes undergraduate and graduate students, post-docs and early-career scientists interested or engaged in academic, industry, or government research in biomedical sciences, including toxicology, pharmacology, genetics, bioinformatics, biomedical engineering and other related disciplines.


Our steering committee is made up of a diverse group of experts.

Steering Committee members: 

Angela Hvitved, Alternatives Research & Development Foundation

Anthony Reardon, Health Canada

Bradley Olinger, PhD Candidate, Johns Hopkins University

Catharine E. Krebs, Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine

Charu Chandrasekera, Canadian Centre for Alternatives to Animal Methods 

Danilo Tagle, National Institutes of Health

Elizabeth Baker, Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine

Emily Andersen, Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine

Eryn Slankster-Schmierer, Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine

Gavin Maxwell, Unilever

Janine McCarthy, Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine

Jarrod Bailey, Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine

Kambez Benam, University of Pittsburgh 

Kathrin Herrmann, Animal Protection Commissioner of Berlin and Johns Hopkins University Center for Alternatives to Animal Testing 

Kristie Sullivan, Institute for In Vitro Sciences, Inc.

Melanie Ort, Berlin Institute of Health at Charité

Sophie Zaaijer, FIND Genomics

Susan Howe, Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine

Suzanne Fitzpatrick, U.S. Food and Drug Administration

Thomas Hartung, Johns Hopkins University Center for Alternatives to Animal Testing 

Warren Casey, National Institutes of Health 

Zoe Johnson, Pfizer

Sponsorship opportunities are available. For questions, email SummerImmersion [at] pcrm.org (SummerImmersion[at]pcrm[dot]org).  

Presentations and recordings from the 2022 Summer School on Innovative Approaches in Science are available here.

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