Congratulations to Dr. Robert Kavlock, a leading figure in the advancement of alternatives to animal testing, who was recently honored with The Humane Society of the United States’ 2017 Russell & Burch Award. The award, which recognizes scientists who have done outstanding work to move science away from using animals in harmful research and testing, was presented on August 20, during the 10th World Congress on Alternatives and Animal Use in the Life Sciences in Seattle, Washington.

“Robert Kavlock has been at the forefront of the development of alternatives to animal testing,” said Dr. Kate Willett, The HSUS’ Director of Regulatory Toxicology & Risk Assessment, Animal Research Issues. “He’s a leader of the Tox21′ revolution within EPA to develop rapid, non-animal methods for assessing thousands of chemicals, an approach that now serves as a strong foundation to move us entirely away from the use of animals in this area, sparing millions of animals from significant suffering.”

Dr. Kavlock is the acting assistant administrator for the Office of Research and Development at the United States Environmental Protection Agency, and the Acting EPA Science Advisor. He was previously the Director of the National Center for Computational Toxicology (NCCT). During his tenure, he led the ToxCast program which has made significant scientific contributions toward the use of mathematics and computer modeling to assess and predict how toxic substances are (known as computational toxicology) as well as enabling important regulatory changes that have resulted in fewer animals being used in testing.

Since 1991, The HSUS has presented the Russell & Burch Award every two to three years, awarding a total of 15 scientists for their role in advancing methods that will improve science and decrease animal suffering, ultimately replacing the use of animals altogether. Recipients of the award receive a $5,000 prize and trophy.