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2007 Recognition Awards

Horst Spielmann

Dr. Horst Spielmann, one of the world’s leading experts in the field of alternatives, received the CAAT Recognition Award for 2007. The award was presented to him on August 22 at the 6th World Congress on Alternatives and Animal Use in the Life Sciences in Tokyo.

This award, presented at every World Congress, honors an individual (or organization) who has made an outstanding contribution to the development of alternative methods or the field of in vitro science. Spielmann was chosen from a list of international nominees for his "outstanding contributions in the development, validation, and dissemination of alternative methods." He is honored both for his scientific work on in vitro methods and for his political and administrative efforts in promoting the 3Rs of alternatives.

Spielmann founded Germany’s National Centre for Documentation and Evaluation of Alternatives to Animal Experiments (better known by the acronym, ZEBET) in 1989 and served as its director until his retirement in April 2007. ZEBET is responsible for documenting alternatives to animal experiment, assessing them, and recommending or pushing through their acceptance, both in Germany and internationally.

At ZEBET, Spielmann participated on the management teams of large-scale validation studies on alternatives in the areas of phototoxicity, embryotoxicity, eye irritation and skin irritation, among others. In addition to his work at ZEBET, he has served on the advisory boards and editorial boards of numerous alternatives-related organizations and publications.

Spielmann’s accomplishments in the field have earned him many other honors and awards as well, including the 1997 Russell and Burch Award and the 2000 Doerenkamp-Zbinden Award.

Previous recipients of the CAAT Recognition Award include: Robert A. Scala, Herman B.W.M. Koeter, Andrew N. Rowan; Gerhard Zbinden, Per Ottar Seglen, Procter & Gamble Co., Avon Products Inc., Zeneca, Michael F.W. Festing, and Julia H. Fentem.

For information about CAAT’s awards programs, please see this page.

For information about the World Congress on Alternatives, please see its homepage here.