Professor Maurice Whelan is head of EURL ECVAM (European Union Reference Laboratory for alternatives to animal testing (EURL ECVAM) at the JRC (Joint Research Centre of the European Comission) in Ispra, Italy. The focus of his Unit is on the development, evaluation and promotion of new integrated methods for the safety assessment of chemicals and nanomaterials that do not require testing on animals. Whelan is co-chair of the OECD Advisory Group on Molecular Screening and Toxicogenomics that is responsible for the OECD programme on Adverse Outcome Pathways and is a member of the Steering Committee of the European Partnership for Alternative Approaches to Animal Testing (EPAA). He holds external appointments of visiting Professor of Bioengineering at the School of Engineering, University of Liverpool (UK), and adjunct Professor of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Limerick (Ireland).
Scientist: Maurice Whelan
Alternative approaches to animal testing
In 1959, The Principles of Humane Experimental Technique was published by Russell and Burch, introducing the 3Rs concept (replacement, reduction, and refinement) regarding animal use in the scientific community. Just over 60 years later, it is timely to review progress to date and the future outlook regarding alternative approaches to animal testing.
A scientist’s opinion : Interview with Professor Maurice Whelan about animal testing
Animal testing, a scientist’s opinion Interview with Maurice Whelan, head of EURL ECVAM (European Union Reference Laboratory for alternatives to animal testing (EURL ECVAM) at the JRC (Joint Research Centre of the European Commission) in Ispra, Italy. How do you think progress is going on reducing animal use for scientific purposes, and what is the ...