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1992 Founders' Awards

Henry Spira

Henry Spira has been a merchant seaman, auto assembly line worker, journalist, photographer and teacher. His activism for animal rights is an extension of a lifetime's involvement in human rights issues.

He campaigns to phase down and phase out the use of animals in testing, education and research, without compromising human safety. His approach has been to couple information based on science with creative strategies designed to call public attention to the issues. He has campaigned to end the Draize and LD50 tests, and organized coalitions in other areas of animal welfare.

He currently is campaigning to eliminate the use of animals as food.

The Cosmetic, Toiletry and Fragrance Association

Ten years ago, The Cosmetic, Toiletry, and Fragrance Association (CTFA) provided the funding to establish the Johns Hopkins Center for Alternatives to Animal Testing. With more than 500 members, CTFA represents the cosmetic and personal care products industry. As part of its more than 12-year commitment to research into alternative testing, the industry has spent more than $40 million in the search for alternatives. During this time the industry has reduced the use of laboratory animals for product safety testing by more than 70 percent. The CTFA and its members continue to develop, evaluate, and implement in vitro test methods.

CTFA funds the Center and devotes staff time to participate in its functions, including the grant review process and involvement in the validation/technology transfer activities. CTFA staff members serve on the CAAT Advisory Board, its sub-committees and conference planning groups.

Donald A. Henderson, M.D., M.P.H.

During his 13-year tenure as dean of The Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health, D.A. Henderson encouraged collaboration between the private sector and the School's scientists. The Center for Alternatives to Animal Testing was one of the first of those efforts. His unfailing support is a constant source of encouragement.

Before joining the School of Public Health, Dr. Henderson spent a decade as leader of the World Health Organization's successful smallpox eradication program. As an epidemiologist, he directed the global effort to eliminate one of the deadliest and most pervasive diseases in history.

His leadership in the international health arena was augmented by his administrative skills when he joined Johns Hopkins in 1977. The School of Public Health's research base, number of students and faculty and academic excellence expanded under his direction.

The recipient of nearly every major international award in medicine, Dr. Henderson serves as associate director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.