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We had 12 outstanding winners of the 2013 Lush Prize Awards sharing prize money of £250,000, plus one Special Award.
They include researchers in university departments from Cardiff to Innsbruck and campaigners from the USA and Sweden.
The Science Prize — 21st Century Toxicology
Joint Winner: QSAR and Molecular Modelling Group, Liverpool John Moores University.
For their work developing computational alternatives to animal testing to predict the effects of chemicals.
Accepted by Dr Steve Enoch, QSAR and Molecular Modelling Group,
Joint Winner: The Lung & Particles Research Group, Cardiff University
For their work developing non-animal replacement models of the human respiratory system for inhalation toxicology applications.
Accepted by Zoë Prytherch, in vitro toxicologist for the LPRG.
The Training Prize — training researchers in non-animal methods
Joint Winner: XCellR8
For providing training in ethically sound and scientifically advanced human cell culture research technologies.
Accepted by: Dr Carol Barker, XCeller8 Founder
Joint winner: Dr Anna Maria Bassi’s Research Team
For the development and delivery of training courses in animal-free cell culture research in accordance with EU regulation.
Accepted by: Dr Anna Maria Bassi
The Lobbying Prize — policy interventions promoting the use of alternatives
Joint winner: The International Council on Animal Protection in OECD Programmes (ICAPO).
For their successful work with the OECD, now a world leader in the promotion of non-animal methods, approaches and policies.
Accepted by: Kristie Sullivan director of regulatory testing issues at the US-based Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) and coordinator of ICAPO activities.
Joint winner: The Swedish Fund for Research Without Animal Experiments
For their work with Swedish regulators to replace animal testing.
Accepted by: Karin Gabrielson Morton,
The Public Awareness Prize — for raising public awareness of ongoing testing
Joint winner: PETA, Laboratory Investigations Department, USA
For their high-profile campaigns against organisations that test on animals and that provide support services for animal testing.
Award: £25, 000
Accepted by: Justin Goodman, Laboratory Investigations Department (LID) director.
Joint winner: SAFE (Save Animals from Exploitation) New Zealand
For publicising the use of animal-testing in national drugs regulation and helping consumers to buy cruelty-free products.
Award: £25, 000
Accepted by Mandy Carter, SAFE Campaign Manager
The Young Researchers Prize — post-doctoral students specialising in alternative research
Awarded to: Simona Martinotti
For her research with Dr. Ranzato into wound healing using drug strategies based on natural products and traditional medicines.
Awarded to: Alice Limonciel
For her research into the improvement of in-vitro models for testing toxicity effects on human kidneys.
Awarded to: Lydia Aschauer
For her research on improving predictions of human responses to chemicals through understanding molecular mechanisms.
Awarded to: Katja Reinhard
For her research into visual impairment and blindness using human retinal tissue in vitro.
Lush Prize 2013 Special Award
To celebrate the European ban on the use of animals in the testing of products for cosmetics purposes earlier this year.
Awarded to: Emily McIvor
Policy Director, Research & Toxicology Department, Humane Society International/Europe.
Now in its second year, the annual Lush Prize has seen a more than 40% increase in nominations from science projects.
Lush Co-founder and managing director Mark Constantine OBE said:
“Sadly animal testing for the cosmetics industry is still widespread. The Lush Prize is worth a quarter of a million pounds and we hope to fund the Eureka moment — when a breakthrough is made to end animal testing of cosmetics forever.”
Rob Harrison from Ethical Consumer magazine and a director of the Lush Prize said:
“The implementation of the European Cosmetics Directive in March has made 2013 a year to remember for campaigners against animal testing. Unreliable Victorian technologies testing on non-human species are increasingly being replaced by human cell-based tests of the kind rewarded in this year’s prize.”