To recognise their outstanding contribution to the promotion of the 3Rs principle, the Swiss 3RCC is proud to present its 3Rs Award 2020 to Prof. Ronald Dijkman from the University of Bern and the Young 3Rs Investigator Award to Joseph Scarborough from the University of Zurich.
Not only does their research help promote the 3Rs principle, which aims to replace, reduce and refine animal experiments, the projects also offer translatable outcomes so other researchers can use their methods. The 3Rs Award 2020 and Young 3Rs Investigator Award recipients will receive CHF 4,000 and 1,000 respectively to support their work. Furthermore, they will get the opportunity to present their awarded research at the Swiss 3Rs Day 2021 and in a featured video.
The Young 3Rs Investigator Award 2020 will go to PhD student Joseph Scarborough for his work in Prof. Urs Meyer’s laboratory at the Institute of Veterinary Pharmacology and Toxicology at the University of Zurich. Scarborough developed a novel method to administer pharmaceutical substances to mice with a sweetened solution using a small pipette, thus motivating the animals to voluntarily take the pharmaceutical substances. This method reduces the animal’s stress, improves their welfare, and therefore also the quality of study results. Scarborough has already helped implement the procedure at several research groups at the University of Zurich.