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USARO Steering Group

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The USARO Steering Committee was formed to assist institutions involved in biomedical and behavioral research with animals to increase understanding about the importance of animal contributions in providing vital health data. Without public support for animal-based research, foundational scientific advancements and critical medical needs will go unmet.
We pursue "openness" as the foundation upon which institutions will be able to better engage in a meaningful public dialogue about research that requires animals to achieve valuable medical outcomes that improve both  human and animal health. 


Nancy L. Haigwood, Ph.D. - Chair
Professor, Pathobiology & Immunology
Oregon National Primate Research Center
Oregon Health & Science University

Sally Thompson-Iritani, DVM/PhD, CPIA, CCFP - Vice Chair

Asst. Vice Provost, Animal Care, Outreach & 3Rs Clinical Associate Professor, DEOHS, SPH

University of Washington

Pamela S. Caudill
Senior Associate Provost for Research Administration
Yale University

Gaylen L Edwards, DVM, PhD
Georgia Athletic Association Professor of Veterinary Medicine & Department Head
Dept of Physiology & Pharmacology
College of Veterinary Medicine
The University of Georgia

F. Claire Hankenson, DVM, MS, DACLAM
Executive Director, University Laboratory Animal Resources
University of Pennsylvania

Katalin M. Gothard, M.D., Ph.D.
Professor of Physiology, Neurology, and Neuroscience
The University of Arizona
College of Medicine
Department of Physiology 

Ken Gordon
Chief Executive Officer

Washington Veterinary Medical Association

Jennie Lofgren DVM, MS, DACLAM
Global Head of Animal Welfare Compliance
Novartis Institutes for Biomedical Research

Nicole Navratil, MS, MBA
Sterling Biomedical Resources, LLC

Neil Reavey, M.Sc.

Head of Global Animal Research Assurance and Chair of the Council for Science & Animal Welfare


Mar Sanchez, Ph.D.
Division Chief and Core Scientist, Developmental and Cognitive Neuroscience Division, Emory National Primate Research Center and Professor, Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, Emory University School of Medicine


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