Meet the 2017 Lush Prize Winners

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The Lush Prize winners for 2017 have been announced!

Every year, we honor some of the most progressive work in eliminating animal testing, particularly in the area of toxicology research, with the Lush Prize. This annual event awards a £250,000 (about $330,000 USD) prize fund to scientists, campaigners and young researchers across five categories.

Meet the winners

Science Prize – Professor Jennifer Lewis, Lewis Bioprinting Team, Harvard University, USA
For individuals, research teams or institutions working on developing toxicity pathways, which are often better at predicting human reactions than mice, rats or rabbits.

Jennifer Lewis and her team have created organ-specific human tissues on a chip that would be suitable for drug screening, toxicology and disease modelling, as well as cosmetics testing. It was highlighted as one of the top 10 breakthrough technologies by MIT Technology Review.

Public Awareness Prize – AFABILITY, France/UK and NGO Te Protejo, Chile
For individuals and organizations working to remind the public about the cruel, inhumane and unscientific practice of animal testing.

In 2016, AFABILITY was launched along with an information-packed website and social media channels that highlight the sheer magnitude of animals being used to produce antibodies, despite replacement methods being readily available—it’s an issue that’s often ignored by the scientific community.

Another winner of this prize is NGO Te Protejo, a non-governmental organization based in Santiago, Chile. Through various projects, they promote the cruelty-free shopping lifestyle in Chile while educating consumers and teaching them how to empower themselves and create demand for more ethical products.

Training Prize – Human Toxicology Project Consortium, USA
For individuals or organizations involved in training others about non-animal testing methods.

Human Toxicology Project Consortium (HTPC), is a leader in supporting and promoting the science needed for a future without animal testing through workshops, presentations and an introductory program for scientists along with an online training course that’s free to anyone.

The Lush Prize awards those looking for alternatives to animal testing

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Lobbying Prize – The Humane Society Legislative Fund, Humane Society of the United States and Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, USA
For individuals, groups or organizations pushing for change, focusing on policy interventions promoting the use of alternatives.

The lobbying efforts of The Humane Society Legislative Fund, Humane Society of the United States and Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine to replace the use of animals during the reform of the Toxic Substances Act paid off in the final bill, which includes a requirement to preferentially use non-animal methods before animal tests.

Young Researchers Prize Americas, Asia and the World
For those up to 35 years old, the Young Researchers Prize is open to keen scientists who are looking to fund the next stage of their career. This year’s five winners from across the globe include:

From North and South America

Carolina Catarino from the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute for her work developing skin models that capture even more of the complexity of human skin using organic materials and cells using 3D bioprinting.

Dr Kamel Mansouri from ScitoVation for developing tests that predict the toxicity of chemicals and their impact on the human brain and nervous system.

Dr David Pamies from Centre for Alternatives to Animal Testing for developing an in-vitro human brain model that tests for neurotoxic effects of various environmental chemicals on fetal development. It helps in looking for causes of diseases like autism.

Renato Ivan de Ávila Marcelino, Federal University of Goiás for his work on creating cruelty-free tests for photosensitization potential of natural chemical mixtures (including botanicals, cosmetics and agrochemical formulations) on the skin.

Dr Zhen Ma from Syracuse University has developed a human-specific embryo model that screens for effects of antidepressants on the fetus. It uses stem cells and a heart model to track early formation.

Asia

Dr Satoshi Koyama from Takasaki University of Health and Welfare is working to replicate the physical constitution and conditions that might occur in the liver to cause toxicity of drugs and chemical substances.

Dr Jiabin Guo from the Institute of Disease Control and Prevention used a series of in vitro assays to provide useful and important information of toxicity pathways with high sensitivity.

Dr Kenry from the National University of Singapore developed a biomimetic intravascular thrombosis-on-chip model for elucidating thrombosis mechanism and evaluating the thrombolytic efficacy and toxicity of therapeutic nanomaterials.

The Rest of the World

Anna Monzel from the University of Luxembourg developed a method to turn human pluripotent stem cells derived from skin samples into 3D brain-like structures that behave very similar to cells in the human midbrain.

Dr Nathalie Bock from Queensland University of Technology provided all-human bioengineering models for cancer research. By using tissues from patients, artificial tissues, such as bone, are recreated in the laboratory creating an all-human platform to study bone/tumor interactions and screen rapidly for treatments.

Dr Sandra Heller from Ulm University was able to create an testing model on a chip to reduce the number of mice in research for diabetes.

Dr Vanessa Kappings from Karlsruhe Institute of Technology developed a microfluidic chip system that mimics a blood vessel, which enables the generation of a perfused artificial blood vessel within a 3D culture.

Dr Rebecca Payne from Newcastle University for her work on finding alternatives to testing on animals.

Want to learn more about the Lush Prize, winners or how to apply for the next one? Visit lushprize.org .

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