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2007 Charles River Laboratories Excellence in Refinement Award

Linda Toth

Dr. Linda Toth of the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine is the 2007 recipient of the Charles River Laboratories’ Excellence in Refinement Award. This award was presented to her on August 22 at the 6th World Congress on Alternatives and Animal Use in the Life Sciences in Tokyo.

Sponsored by Charles River Laboratories, in cooperation with the Johns Hopkins Center for Alternatives to Animal Testing (CAAT), the award honors an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to the development, promotion and/or implementation of refinement alternatives. "Refinement," one of the "3Rs of alternatives," refers to methods aimed at minimizing pain and distress for laboratory animals.

Toth was chosen to receive this award for "a body of research that improves both the understanding and practice of refinement alternatives." Trained in pharmacology and in veterinary medicine, she is Professor in the Department of Pharmacology and Associate Dean of Research and Faculty Affairs at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine. Her exceptional ability to integrate scientific goals and animal care serves to enhance both the quality of research and the quality of life for laboratory animals.

Toth is certified as a diplomate by the American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine. She earned her bachelor’s degree at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh (1972) and her master’s and doctoral degrees at the University of Pittsburgh (1975, 1980). She earned her veterinary medicine degree at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana (1986).

The Charles River Laboratories Excellence in Refinement Award, which includes $5,000 to further the recipient’s scientific endeavors, was established in 2005. The first award, presented at the 5th World Congress in Berlin, was given jointly to Dr. Bert van Zutphen and Dr. Georgia Mason. (See here).

For information on the Charles River Laboratories’ "Humane Care Initiative," please see this page.

For information about the Johns Hopkins Center for Alternatives to Animal Testing, please see this page.

For information on the 6th World Congress, please see here.