Dierenbescherming nominates researcher Peter Hordijk
For his efforts to reduce the amount of animal testing
Special Chair molecular cellular biologist Peter Hordijk, of the Swammerdam Institute for Life Sciences (SILS), has been nominated by the Dutch Animal Protection Society Dierenbescherming for their "Courage in the Lab" prize, awarded annually to scientists who dedicate themselves to reducing the number of experiments conducted on animals. There were four nominees this year; members of the public will determine which researcher has been most successful in this area.
Hundreds of thousands of animals are used for scientific testing in the Netherlands each year, not only for trials involving medicines and vaccines, but also to determine product safety. With their "Courage in the Lab" prize, Dierenbescherming wants to encourage research that contributes to the replacement, reduction and refinement of animal testing.
This year's 'Lef in het Lab' awards ceremony will be held on Thursday 23 April, the eve of World Lab Animal day on 24 April, in the Centre for the Protection of Animals in Amersfoort. Votes can be cast through 21 April 2015 on the website: https://www.dierenbescherming.nl/lefinhetlab
Professor Peter Hordijk is professor by special appointment at SILS and head of the Molecular Cellular Biology department at Sanquin. Much research involving animal testing is done to investigate the causes of infections, for example in the lungs or joints. Peter Hordijk's team found an alternative to the use of animals involving human blood vessels. These blood vessels would normally have been discarded as waste after surgeries.