Nominate a Member Who Has Advanced the 3Rs for the 2021 SOT Enhancement of Animal Welfare Award

By Brian Cummings posted 08-13-2020 16:16


SOT Enhancement of Animal Welfare Award

The SOT Enhancement of Animal Welfare Award recognizes an SOT member’s contributions to the advancement of toxicological science through the development and application of methods that replace, refine, or reduce the need for experimental animals. Recipients of the Enhancement of Animal Welfare Award have made advancements in the scientifically sound and responsible use of animals in research as well as contributions to the public awareness of the importance of animals in toxicology research. This award can honor either a seminal piece of work or a long-term contribution to toxicological science and animal welfare. 

The 2021 SOT Enhancement of Animal Welfare Award recipient will be recognized during the 2021 SOT Awards Ceremony as part of the 60th Annual Meeting and ToxExpo.

Making a Nomination

The deadline to submit a nomination is October 9, 2020. Nominations should include both a primary and a secondary letter of nomination from Full members of the Society that provide in layman’s terms an analysis of the nominee’s significant contributions to toxicology and how they apply to the award criteria. The strongest nomination packages include two letters that are distinct from one another to offer more detailed support of the candidate’s qualifications. Nomination packages that include very similar letters of nomination offer less information than those that include recommendations that are varied in content. Letters of nomination should be specific and descriptive while also maintaining a level of concision. The Awards Committee will review only the two letters required to complete the nomination; no additional letters will be considered.

Nominations also should include the nominee’s up-to-date CV. For national SOT Awards, such as the Enhancement of Animal Welfare Award, the Awards Committee requires a standardized length for CVs included in nomination packages. CVs must be a maximum of 10 pages in length and should highlight the candidate’s most significant professional accomplishments as they relate to the criteria for the award. Awards Committee members are required to review only 10 pages of each CV; therefore, submitting a longer CV does not strengthen an award nomination. 

For more information on making a nomination, please review the “Awards Review Process and FAQs” web page of the SOT website. Please direct any inquiries to SOT Headquarters.

This is an opportunity to honor your colleagues for their outstanding accomplishments; you are encouraged to submit your nominations by October 9.

Spotlight on the 2020 SOT Enhancement of Animal Welfare Award Recipient Kristie M. Sullivan, MPH

Enhancement-Animal-Welfare-Sullivan-K.pngMs. Sullivan received the 2020 SOT Enhancement of Animal Welfare Award for her influence in advancing science and policy to reduce or replace the use of animals in testing without compromising public health.

Ms. Sullivan earned her master of public health in toxicology and public health genetics from the University of Michigan School of Public Health in 2003, after which she joined the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine as a research analyst. Then, as a Scientific and Policy Advisor and the Director of Regulatory Testing Issues, Ms. Sullivan collaborated with stakeholders both within and outside the United States to fund validation studies, hold training courses and seminars, organize workshops, and publish and present scientific and policy analyses on predictive toxicology.

In her current role as Vice President for Research Policy, Ms. Sullivan directs efforts to promote human-relevant alternatives to the use of animals in medical research; education; and testing of drugs, chemicals, and other products. She has formed collaborations between a wide range of public and private stakeholders, working to develop, evaluate, and implement new approach methodologies that do not use animals for endpoints including respiratory sensitization, endocrine disruption, and dermal absorption. She also has coordinated efforts to provide training opportunities to federal scientists on new approach methodologies and, where appropriate, their application in regulatory decision-making.

Further, Ms. Sullivan’s work with the International Council on Animal Protection in OECD Programmes within the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) contributed significantly to the international adoption of guidance documents and test guidelines for a variety of in vitro methods as well as the OECD QSAR Toolbox and the Adverse Outcome Pathway Programme.

Ms. Sullivan also served as a founding Board member for and manages the administrative activities of the American Society for Cellular and Computational Toxicology. This society provides a forum for discussion of the replacement of traditional animal models with new approaches for toxicological testing, promotes the development and implementation of computational and in vitro toxicology models, and supports early career scientists in these fields.

Ms. Sullivan has been an SOT member since 2007 and serves the Society by participating in Continuing Education courses as well as the In Vitro and Alternative Methods, Regulatory and Safety Evaluation, and Computational Toxicology Specialty Sections. Additionally, she is a member of the Michigan Regional Chapter and regularly presents her research during Platform and Poster Sessions at the SOT annual meetings.