Biographical Sketches of Authoring Committee
Richard C. Van Sluyters, OD, PhD, (Chair) is a Professor of Optometry and Vision Science, and a member of the Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute at the University of California, Berkeley. He is a leading expert in the field of visual development in mammals and a recipient of the Biomedical Research Leadership Award from the California Society for Biomedical Research. He has been an ILAR Council member and is currently a member of the Council on Accreditation for the Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care International, which is a private nonprofit organization that accredits companies, universities, hospitals, government agencies and other research institutions on a voluntary basis. He is also a member of the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science (AALAS). He has chaired the Society for Neuroscience Committee on Animals in Research and has chaired the U.C. Berkeley Animal Care and Use Committee since 1986. In addition to his scientific credentials and his extensive background in the arena of responsible animal research, he was co-chair and editor of the document Preparation of Mammals During Neuroscience Experiments.
Michael B. Ballinger, DVM, is the Director of Comparative Medicine at Abbott Laboratories. He is an American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine (ACLAM) Diplomate and Accreditation for the Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care International Council Member.
Kathryn Bayne, PhD, DVM, is the Associate Director of the Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care International. She is an authority on nonhuman primate behavior and environmental enrichment programs for primates, dogs, cats, and swine. She is a Diplomate with the American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine (ACLAM). She was also a member of the ILAR committees that developed the 7th edition of the Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals (1996), and Psychological Well Being of Nonhuman Primates (1998).
Christopher Cunningham, PhD, is a Professor of Behavioral Neuroscience at the Oregon Health & Science University. He is known for his expertise on rodent behavior and as a recognized expert on phenotyping of genetic animal models, including transgenic and knockout mice. He is also an ad hoc consultant to the Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care International.
Anne-Dominique Degryse, DVM, is the Head of Laboratory Animal Resources at the Centre de Recherche Pierre Fabre in France. She is a laboratory animal medicine specialist and the Treasurer of the European Society of Laboratory Animal Veterinarians. She is also a member of the Council of the Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care International.
Ronald Dubner, PhD, DDS, is the Chair of the Department of Oral & Craniofacial Biological Sciences at the University of Maryland Dental School. Dr. Dubner is a leading expert on pain research. He was the first to identify specific pain-sensing cells (nociceptors). He is the former Chief of the Neurobiology and Anesthesiology Branch of the National Institute of Dental Research, NIH. He is the former Chief Editor of the journal Pain, the official publication of the International Association for the Study of Pain, and sits on the editorial board of Brain Research.
Hugh Evans, PhD, is a Professor of Environmental Medicine at the New York University School of Medicine. His research has investigated how chemicals in the environment or workplace contribute to learning impairment, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or altered diurnal cycles. He is a Fellow in Psychopharmacology and past President of the Committee on Animal Research and Ethics of the American Psychological Association, and a past President and Director of the Behavioral Toxicology Society. He served on the Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees of the Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care International.
Martha Johnson Gdowski, PhD, is an Assistant Professor of Neurobiology and Anatomy at the University of Rochester. Her research program seeks to uncover
how integration of sensory cues occurs and facilitates the production of appropriate motor outputs in different behavioral settings.
Robert T. Knight, MD, is a Professor of Psychology at the University of California, Berkeley, and has a joint appointment in the Department of Neurology, the University of California at San Francisco. He is also the Director of the Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute, which integrates all neuroscience faculty across UC Berkeley. His research is uncovering how attention and memory functions occur in humans utilizing MRI and electrophysiological methods
Joy A. Mench, PhD, is a Professor in the Animal Science Department at the University of California, Davis. Her extensive publications have contributed to a greater understanding of the assessment and improvement of the welfare of farm, laboratory, and zoo animals. Her particular focus has been on the role of animal behavior, both social and individual, and the effects on animals of stress, crowding, handling, restraint, and other components of captivity. Dr. Mench has worked closely as a scientist and consultant with animal welfare and laboratory animal accreditation organizations over the past 15 years.
Randy J. Nelson, PhD, is a Distinguished Professor in the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience at Ohio State University. His research program seeks to understand how animals discern time of year and the mechanism by which this information impacts behavioral and immune responses. In addition, he is uncovering genes involved in reproductive and aggressive behaviors through the use of transgenic animals.
Christine Parks, PhD, DVM, is the Director of the Research Animal Research Center at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. She is an animal medicine specialist with broad experience in a university setting, and specialized experience in primates. She is an Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care International Council Member, American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine (ACLAM) Diplomate, and past President of the Association of Primate Veterinarians.
Barry E. Stein, PhD, is the Chair of the Department of Neurobiology & Anatomy at Wake Forest University. His expertise is in behavioral techniques, particularly with cats. His research includes understanding how information from multiple senses is integrated to produce adaptive behaviors.
Linda Toth, PhD, DVM, is the Director of Laboratory Animal Medicine at the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine. She is an American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine (ACLAM) Diplomate and a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and the American Association for
Laboratory Animal Science (AALAS). She is widely published on issues related to the refinement of animal models.
Stuart Zola, PhD, is the Director of the Yerkes National Primate Research Center, one of the premier primate research centers in the country, and additionally holds the positions of Professor in Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Emory Unversity, and Research Career Scientist in the Atlanta Veteran’s Administration Medical Center. He served as Chair of the IACUC for the University of California, San Diego, for eight years, and from 1993 to 1997, he served as Chair of the Society for Neuroscience’s Committee on Animals in Research (CAR). His research career has focused on issues of memory, including animal models of amnesia, and normal and impaired learning and memory in humans.