Programme Advisory Committee

The Programme Advisory Committee steers the AnNex team throughout our programme of work. This 15 person panel comprises individuals already working across the animal research nexus in innovative and complementary ways (e.g. biomedical services/welfare policy, research science/public engagement, bioethics/stakeholder dialogue, history/social science/philosophy). They provide feedback on research questions and design, facilitate access to research respondents, develop effective practices for interdisciplinary research, and advise on dissemination and engagement strategies. They also offer a sounding board for emerging questions.

Christina Dodkin is Research Director at Animal Defenders International (ADI), an organisation which is active worldwide to end the suffering of captive animals in commercial use, including the replacement of animals in scientific research. Christina has worked as a researcher for over ten years, including in campaigns which shaped the current European Directive on the use of animals in scientific research and its implementation into UK law. She has a background in Animal Behaviour with Psychology and has studied the utility of animal research as the basis for numerous scientific reports for ADI.

Carrie Friese*is Associate Professor in Sociology at the LSE. She currently holds a Wellcome Trust New Investigator Award for research on 'Care as Science: The Role of Animal Husbandry in Translational Medicine’. Her position on the panel will further links between social science in this area, connect the qualitative research in this programme to survey data, and contextualise this programme of UK based work within research on national cultures of science.

Kimberley Jayne* is Senior Science Researcher at the Lord Dowding Fund (LDF) for Humane Research. The LDF works to support and fund advanced methods of scientific and medical research and training which replace the use of animals or lead to the adoption of non-animal research methodology. She has over ten years research experience on captive animal welfare in laboratory and zoo environments, and holds a PhD in Animal Behaviour from the University of Exeter. She is currently co-editing an open access, peer reviewed book on the replacement of animals in research and education.

Sabina Leonelli* is Co-Director of the Exeter Centre for the Study of the Life Sciences (Egenis) at the University of Exeter, where she leads the Data Studies strand. Sabina brings considerable expertise across the history and epistemology of model organism research, translational research, open science and data practices in contemporary biology, as well as experience in collaborative and international research.

Dave Lewis* is Senior Lecturer in Neuroscience & Bioethics and a Higher Education Academy National Teaching Fellow at the University of Leeds. He chairs both the British Pharmacological Society’s Animal Welfare and In-vivo Pharmacology Committee and IUPHAR’s Integrative and Organ Systems Pharmacology Initiative. An in-vivo neuroscientist by training, Dave brings research expertise and experience to the programme on innovative ways of engaging across science, animal welfare, education, public and patient groups.

Katie Lidster is Programme Manager for Animal Welfare at the UK National Centre for the 3Rs (NC3Rs). After training and postdoctoral work in neuroimmunology, Katie joined the NC3Rs in 2013 and currently leads the animal welfare programme of work to develop and promote refinement opportunities in laboratory animals. She will assist this programme through advice on current issues in research and regulation, and where relevant, developing links to the work of the NC3Rs.

Elliot Lilley* is a Senior Scientific Officer within the RSPCA Research Animals Department, which works to achieve more effective ethical review of animal use and implementation of the Three Rs. After a 15 year career in the pharmaceutical industry, he joined the RSPCA research animals department where his main areas of work relate to promoting refinement, including reducing severe suffering, experimental design, and translational validity. He is a member of the British Pharmacological Society and sits on their Animal Welfare and In Vivo Pharmacology Committee. He will assist the programme with specific information relevant to the 3Rs and translational research, as well as general guidance around animal protection.

Kate Millar is the Director of the Centre for Applied Bioethics, School of Biosciences, at the University of Nottingham and has significant experience in research and teaching of veterinary and animal ethics, including on EU-funded projects such as ‘The Network of Animal Disease Infectiology Research Facilities (NADIR)’ exploring the use of high containment laboratory animal research. Kate will help provide access to international academic and practitioner animal research networks where relevant, and share her expertise in bioethics and engagement.

Paolo Palladino is Professor of History and Theory in the Department of History at Lancaster University, and Honorary Research Fellow in the Department of History and Theory of International Relations at the University of Groningen. His research has evolved at the intersection of historical, philosophical and sociological perspectives on the life sciences and their place in the organisation of agricultural and medical modes of production. Most recently, a Marie Sklodowska Curie International Fellowship has enabled him to turn his attention to the role of non-human animals in processes of rural regeneration, focusing on the ways in which this role calls into question our understanding of ourselves, particularly in relation to the spatial and temporal coordinates by which we define ourselves.    

Jane Smith* has worked on the ethics of animal research and testing for nearly 30 years, collaborating with wide range of organisations, including industry, academia, and NGOs. Jane will play a vital role in connecting this programme to the long-standing work of the Boyd Group. Established in 1992, in the midst of polarised debate over animal research in the UK, the Boyd Group sought to act as forum for open exchange of views across perspectives on animal research.

Sara Wells is Director of the Mary Lyon Centre at the MRC Harwell Institute**. MRC Harwell is an international centre for mouse genetics research from the earliest stages of development to diseases of ageing. The Mary Lyon Centre generates and characterises mouse models of human disease for research both within MRC Harwell and the wider UK research community. In addition to her role as Director, Sara sits on the council of the Laboratory Animal Science Association and the animal welfare and ethical review bodies for other establishments. Sara will facilitate access for research projects across the programme.

Greg Whelan is a Member of the European College of Laboratory Animal Medicine and a Veterinarian with the Global Comparative & Translational Sciences Team at GSK. Greg has made significant impact on policy debates around animal research and welfare, including through contributions to the House of Lords Animals in Scientific Procedures Report in 2002, as Laboratory Animals Veterinary Association representative on the Boyd Group (2002–2004) and the British Veterinary Association Ethics and Welfare Group (2013–2015). He will provide perspectives from and links to the use of animals in pharmaceutical drug discovery and development.

Annabella Williams is Head of Engagement at Understanding Animal Research (UAR). UAR are a non-profit organisation aiming to achieve a broad understanding of the humane use of animals in medical, veterinary, scientific, and environmental research in the UK. Bella has been central to the development and delivery of the 2014 Concordat on Openness on Animal Research in the UK, and led the Public Dialogue work that underpinned it. Bella has considerable knowledge and experience of the changing forms of public and patient engagement across animal research relevant to this programme, and will help connect programme qualitative findings to existing survey data.