Alternatives Congress Trust Board Members

To educate scientists and the public regarding, and to promote wider application of, alternatives to the use of animals in scientific research.


With our combined expertise in the 3Rs, life sciences (toxicology, regulatory testing, and biomedical research), education, welfare and bioethics as well as our experience in organizing large international conferences, we hope to make this event a memorable experience for you!

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International Scientific Advisory Committee

A diverse community composed of academics, regulators, ethicists, policy makers, industry, and non-profits to deliver the best programming for WC12.

Nicole Kleinstreuer

Director, NTP Interagency Center for the Evaluation of Alternative Toxicological Methods, USA

Joao Barroso

Scientific Officer at EURL ECVAM

European Centre for the Validation of Alternative Methods, Italy

Claus-Michael Lehr

Professor-Saarland University, Cofounder/Head of the department “Drug Delivery” at Helmholtz Institute for Pharmaceutical Research, Germany

Suzanne Fitzpatrick

Senior Advisor for Toxicology

Food and Drug Administration, USA

Hajime Kojima

Secretary General of JaCVAM

The Japanese Center for the Validation of Alternative Methods, Japan

John Gluck

Emeritus Professor of Psychology

University of New Mexico, USA

Sue Marty

Toxicology Science Director

Dow Chemicals, USA

Susanna Louhimies

DG Environment, European Commission

European Commission, Belgium/Luxembourg

Ja-Young Jeong

Director, Korean Center for the Validation of Alternative Methods, South Korea

Arianna Giusti

Scientific Manager, Cosmetics Europe, Belgium

Anna Lowit

Senior Science Advisor

United States Environmental Protection Agency, USA

Gerry Kenna

Drug Safety Consultant

Safer Medicines Trust, England

Jason Ekert

Senior Director and Head of Complex In Vitro Models

GlaxoSmithKline, England

Suresh Poosala

Founder and Lead, Preclinical Research and Discovery Biology

Oncoseek Bio, India

Kristie Sullivan

Vice President of Research Policy

The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, USA

Fiona Sewell

Head of Toxicology, National Centre for the Replacement, Reduction, and Refinement of Animals in Research (NC3Rs), United Kingdom

Gareth Sullivan

Group Leader, Norwegian Stem Cell Centre at University of Oslo, Norway

Aysha Akhtar

President and CEO, Center for Contemporary Sciences, USA

Brett Lidbury

Associate Professor, National Centre for Epidemiology and Public Health, Australia

Irene Manou

Scientific Director

European Partnership for Alternatives to Animals

Mathieu Vinken

President of the European Society of Toxicology In Vitro,

Vrije Universiteit, Belgium

Tharanga Thoradeniya

Senior Lecturer at University of Colombo

Faculty of Medicine, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka

Jose Granjeiro

Professor Adjunto

Universidade Federal Fluminense, Brazil

Julia Fentem

Vice President-SEAC at Unilever

Safety & Environmental Assurance Centre, United Kingdom

Clemens Wittwehr

Competence Group Leader at the European Commission

European Centre for the Validation of Alternative Methods, Italy

Danilo Tagle

Associate Director for Special Initiatives

National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences, USA

Amy Clippinger

Director PETA Science Consortium International

Malcolm Wilkinson

CEO Kirkstall Ltd, Non Executive Director

Kirkstall Ltd. Biotechnology company, UK

Gavin Maxwell

Industry Co-Chair

European Partnership for Alternatives to Animals

Helena Kandarova

President at the European Society of Toxicology in Vitro ESTIV, Centre of Experimental Medicine, Slovak Academy of Sciences, Slovakia

Octavio Presgrave

Toxicologist at INCQS/Fiocruz

Brazilian Center for Validation of Alternative Methods, Brazil

Sandra Coecke

Head ECVAM In-house Validation and Training laboratories & Team Leader & EU-NETVAL Coordinator, ECVAM, Italy

Janny van den Eijnden

Managing Director, Institute for human organ and Disease Model Technologies, Netherlands (WC11 co-chair)

Anne Gourmelon

Principal Administrator,

OECD Test Guidelines Program

Pinpin Lin


National Health Research Institutes, Taiwan

Harald Schlatter

Director, Scientific Communications & Animal Welfare Advocacy

Procter & Gamble

Stephane Dhalluin

Senior Cosmetic Product Safety Assessor


Horst Speilmann

Secretary General, EUSAAT European Society for Alternatives to Animal Testing