Steven M. Niemi, DVM, is Director of the Center for Comparative Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital and an Instructor of Pathology at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Niemi is a Diplomate of the American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine and served on its Board of Directors. He is an Ad hoc Consultant and Specialist with AAALAC International. He is a past President of the Scientists Center for Animal Welfare and a member of the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science, American Veterinary Medical Association, and Veterinary Cancer Society. Dr. Niemi was selected because of his experience in refinement and reduction in animal testing, alternatives to animal experimentation, and use of nontraditional laboratory animals, as well as his unique perspectives from his professional experience with both academic and industrial research institutions.


Melinda Novak, PhD, is Professor and Chair of the Department of Psychology at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst. Her research examines the psychopathology of monkeys, with an emphasis on self-injurious behavior, and the effects of early experience on cognitive and social development in rhesus monkeys. She has previously served as President of the American Society of Primatologists, as well as chair or member of a number of committees, including the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service’s Advisory Panel on the Psychological Well-being of Captive Primates, the ILAR Committee on Psychological Well-being of Captive Primates, and the Board of Trustees of AAALAC International.


Stephen L. Zawistowski, PhD, is Senior Vice President and Science Advisor of the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. He has worked extensively in animal behavior and welfare. Dr. Zawistowski is a Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist and is the Chairman of the Animal Behavior Society’s Board of Professional Certification and a Certified Technical Animal Rescue Specialist as well. He has been a member of several animal protectionist organizations and committees, including the Scientific Advisory Panel for the World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA), the Scientific Advisory Committee for Humane Farm Animal Care, and the National Council on Pet Population Study and Policy. He is a founding coeditor of the Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science and served on the BANR/ILAR committee that reviewed the Smithsonian’s National Zoological Park.



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