"Alternatives to Animal Testing" featuring Kathrin Herrmann DVM, PhD

 Center for Medical Humanities     May 7 2021 | 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM Zoom

Ahimsa hand  Shri Parshvanath Presidential Chair in Jain Studies’
Lecture in Ethical Innovations Spring 2021

Alternatives to Animal Testing
"Replacement, Reduction & Refinement in Practice: 
Are We Doing All We Can?"

Dr. Kathrin Herrmann DVM, PhD
Center for Alternatives to Animal Testing (CAAT)
at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Friday, May 7, 2021
12:00-1:15 PM PDT

Dr. Kathrin Herrmann smiling blonde hair pulled back blue striped shirt blue blazer

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Opening Remarks by:
Kunal Parikh: Center for Nanomedicine at the Wilmer Eye Institute and Center for Bioengineering Innovation & Design in the Biomedical Engineering Department at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (JHU); co-founder of the Jain Innovation Network.

Moderated by:
Aaron Kheriaty, Professor of Psychiatry, School of Medicine; Director, Medical Ethics Program, UCI Health
Brianne Donaldson, Shri Parshvanath Presidential Chair in Jain Studies, Philosophy and Religious Studies

Brianne Donaldson looking to the left holding a chicken with red background     Aaron Kheriaty smiling wearing suit and tie with blue background     Kunal Parikh smiling wearing suit and tie with black draped background

                              Brianne Donaldson                           Aaron Kheriaty                        Kunal Parikh

Read more about Jain Studies at UCI here.

Co-sponsored by:

           UCI Program for Religious Studies

Kathrin Herrmann, DVM, DipECAWBM (AWSEL), PhD, is a veterinary expert in animal welfare science, ethics and law. Since 2017, she has worked at the Center for Alternatives to Animal Testing (CAAT) at Johns Hopkins University, USA, where she directs the Beyond Classical Refinement Program.

Her work addresses the reproducibility and translatability crises that science is facing. Taking into consideration insurmountable interspecies differences, solely refining animal studies will not be sufficient to advance human healthcare.

Consequently, Kathrin’s Program is critically appraising current animal use practices in science. With teaching the next generation of scientists being a main focus, Kathrin is involved in several international initiatives to improve and extend humane, human-relevant science education. Together with the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) Kathrin co-organized and co-hosted the first US Summer School on Innovative Approaches in Science (https://www.ascctox.org/innovativescience2020) in June 2020, which will take place every two years in alternation with the European Summer School that is organized by the European Commission Joint Research Centre.

Kathrin initiated and co-edited the open access book Animal Experimentation: Working Towards a Paradigm Change (Brill Open Access, 2019 https://brill.com/view/title/35072), which features 51 authors who critically review current animal use in science, present new and innovative non-animal approaches to address urgent scientific questions, and offer a roadmap towards a human biology based science.

At the end of 2020, Kathrin took an additional position. She is the Animal Protection Commissioner of Berlin, Germany, a role in which she advises the government of Berlin in various animal welfare and protection issues.

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