about SCAW

Board of Directors

The Board of Trustees and Executive Director of the Scientists Center for Animal Welfare (SCAW) represent a wide spectrum of interests and professional disciplines in biomedical research, agricultural science, wildlife research and ethics. Brief biographical sketches of these individuals follow:


Randall J. Nelson, PhD
University of Tennessee Health Science Center

Randall J. Nelson, PhD is Professor of Anatomy and Neurobiology at The University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC). He received a BS in Psychology from Duke University in 1975 and completed his doctoral degree in Anatomy from Vanderbilt University in 1979. Following a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of California at San Francisco, he was a Staff Fellow at the National Institutes of Health, first in the Laboratory of Neurophysiology, and finally in the Laboratory of Neuropsychology, both at NIMH. He came to UTHSC in 1984 and since then has conducted research into the control of hand movement and taught Human Gross Anatomy. He has served as a member of several NIH study sections. Dr. Nelson has been a council member of the Institute for Laboratory Animal Research (ILAR) and a current AAALAC Council member. He was a member of the UTHSC Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) for twelve years and its chair for three. He is a Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) Developer, serving on the Animal Users Group and on the Executive Advisory Committee. He has been named a National Associate of the National Research Council (NRC) for his pro bono publico work on NRC’s behalf. He is a member of the Board of Trustees of SCAW and currently serves as its President.

Paul G. Braunschweiger, PhD
Vice President
CITI Program at BRANY
University of Miami Miller School of Medicine

Paul G. Braunschweiger, PhD, Professor of Radiation Oncology, Miller Medical School at the University of Miami, Miami, Florida. Dr. Braunschweiger received his Ph.D. from the SUNY at Buffalo. After research positions in Pittsburgh at Allegheny General Hospital and in Denver at the AMC Cancer Center, Dr. Braunschweiger moved to the Department of Radiation Oncology at the University of Miami in 1990. He has authored numerous peer reviewed papers on experimental cancer therapeutics and cellular radiation sensitivity. He teaches radiation biology and research ethics and is a member of the UM Ethics Programs faculty. His current research interests include Mentoring models and human research participation motivations. Dr. Braunschweiger has been a member of the University of Miami Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee since 1991, the Chair of the IACUC for more than 13 years and director of the Office of the IACUC since 1998. Dr. Braunschweiger developed one of the first web based lab animal welfare training programs in the nation at UM in 1996 and together with Karen Hansen at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, started the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) Program in 2000. In 2006, Dr. Braunschweiger and Dr Mike Fallon at the Atlanta VA extended their 3 year collaboration by adapting the VA’s basic animal welfare training program to the CITI presentation paradigm. In 2010, more than 30,000 people completed approximately 65,000 lab animal care and use courses on the CITI platform. The CITI Lab Animal Care and Use development team is headed by Dr. Michael Mann, formally the Chair of the IACUC at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. The CITI Program, directed by Dr. Braunschweiger and hosted by University of Miami IT, now provides a multi-language, customizable, web based, research ethics education experience to learners at more than 1530 organizations around the world. Dr. Braunschweiger has served as a study section reviewer for the NIH and is currently funded by the Department of the Navy, the Department of Energy the ORI/DHHS and by the NIH/Fogarty International Center for various research ethics education projects in the US and in Latin America.

A. Wallace Hayes, PhD, DABT, FATS, FIBiol, FACFE
Harvard School of Public Health

A. Wallace Hayes, PhD, DABT, FATS, FIBiol, FACFE, ERT, Dr. Hayes is a toxicologist with over 30 years of experience. He has written over 200 peer reviewed publications and is the editor of the textbook, Principles and Methods of Toxicology, the international journal of Human and Experimental Toxicology and a co-editor of the Target Organ Toxicity Series. Dr. Hayes also is the editor of Cutaneous and Ocular Toxicology. Before joining Harvard School as a visiting scientist, Dr. Hayes was Vice-President of Corporate Product Integrity at the Gillette Company, where he had management responsibility for the safety evaluation of a variety of consumer products, plant safety, environmental stewardship, and quality control. Dr. Hayes is an adjunct Professor at Wake Forest University School of Medicine, the University of Louisville School of Medicine and the School of Public Health, the University of Massachusetts. Dr. Hayes holds degrees from Auburn University (PhD and M.S.) and Emory University (A.B.). Dr. Hayes was an NSF predoctoral fellow at Auburn University, a NIH postdoctoral fellow at the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, and a NATO Senior Scientist at the Central Veterinary Laboratory, Weybridge, England. Dr. Hayes currently lectures at the Harvard School of Public Health and at Virginia Polytechnic and State University and in the Risk Assessment Summer School of the International Union of Toxicology (IUTOX). Dr. Hayes has served the International Union of Toxicology as the editor of the Proceedings of ICT III (Developments in the Science and Practice of Toxicology) and as the editor of the Proceedings of the 5th Congress of Toxicology in Developing Countries (Toxicology in the New Century—Opportunity and Challenge). He has served as a delegate to IUTOX and on several IUTOX commissions. Dr. Hayes currently is the Secretary-General of IUTOX and a member of the council of the American College of Toxicology. Dr. Hayes has served on committees and expert panels for the National Academy of Sciences, the National Institutions of Health, the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Defense. Dr. Hayes is a diplomat of the American Board of Toxicology, The Academy of Toxicological Sciences, the American Board of Forensic Medicine and the American Board of Forensic Examiners. He is a Fellow of the Academy of Toxicological Sciences, the Institute of Biology (UK) and the American College of Forensic Examiners. Dr. Hayes is a registered toxicologist in the European Union (ERT) and a certified nutrition specialist.

Gregory R. Reinhard, DVM, MBA, Dipl ACLAM
Merck & Company

Gregory R. Reinhard, DVM, MBA, DACLAM, is a boarded laboratory animal veterinarian and compliance officer. Currently Director, Office of Animal Welfare at University of Pennsivlania. He is the former Executive Director for Global Research Safety and Compliance at Merck & Co., Inc. He is the SCAW treasurer and a frequent host/speaker at SCAW’s IACUC training conferences. He received a B.S. in Animal Science from Rutgers University, a MBA in pharmaceutical/chemical studies at Fairleigh Dickinson University, and a D.V.M. from the School of Veterinary Medicine, Purdue University. Additional he was post-doctoral fellow and staff member at the Rockefeller University and served as the director of Comparative Medicine at Schering-Plough Research Institute, in Kenilworth, NJ.

Ernest D. Prentice, PhD
Past President
University of Nebraska Medical Center

Ernest D. Prentice, PhD, is the Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and the Institutional Official for the Animal Care and Use Program at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. In addition to his scholarly work in the fields of anatomy and medical education, Dr. Prentice is a frequent contributor to the literature on the ethics and regulation of both human and animal research, and he is a frequent speaker at meetings on various aspects of research ethics. He regularly serves as a faculty member for PRIM&R IRB 101/250 courses and IACUC 101/201 courses, which are held at universities across the U.S.

Dr. Prentice is President of the Board of Trustees for the Scientist Center for Animal Welfare and Chair of the CITI Executive Advisory Committee. In 2003, Dr. Prentice was awarded the Harry C. Roswell Award for his contributions to the enhancement of laboratory animal welfare, and in 2005, Dr. Prentice received the Applied Research Ethics National Association (ARENA) Distinguished Service Award. In 2006, the HHS Office of Human Research Protections (OHRP) presented Dr. Prentice with a medallion for Outstanding Achievement in Human Subject Protections.

Board of Trustees

B. Taylor Bennett, DVM, PhD, DACLAM

Dr. B. Taylor Bennett did his undergraduate work at Vanderbilt University and the University of Tennessee. He obtained his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Auburn University and his Ph.D. from the University of Illinois Medical School. He spent 36 years at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) overseeing their animal care and use program. The last ten of those years he served as the Associate Vice Chancellor for Research Resources where he oversaw 14 campus wide research support core facilities. He currently is a management consultant in the area of program evaluation and regulatory compliance and serves as the Senior Scientific Advisor for the National Association for Biomedical Research (NABR).

Dr. Bennett has served as the President of the Association of Primate Veterinarians, the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science and the American Society of Laboratory Animal Practitioners. He has served as a member of the Board of Directors of the National Association for Biomedical Research, which he chaired, and the American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine. He has also served as the ASLAP Delegate and Alternate Delegate to the AVMA House of Delegates and on both the 1993 and 2000 AVMA Panel on Euthanasia. He currently serves as Chair of the Board of the ASLAP Foundation and on the Board of Directors of the Scientist Center for Animal Welfare

He also served as the program director for an ACLAM approved postdoctoral training program in laboratory animal medicine and as the senior editor for the two volume ACLAM text, Non Human Primates in Biomedical Research and an author of the CRC manual The Laboratory Non-human Primate. Dr. Bennett has 70 publications and 200 abstracts and presentations.

He has been the recipient of the CB-AALAS Robert J. Flynn Award, the AVMA Charles River Prize, the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine Special Service Award, the AALAS Joseph J. Garvey Award, the Foundation for Biomedical Research Lifetime Achievement Award, the AVMA Animal Welfare Award and the Wilford S. Bailey Distinguished Alumni Award from Auburn School of Veterinary Medicine.

J. G. Collins, PhD
Yale University School of Medicine

J. G. Collins, PhD, is an Emeritus Professor of and Senior Research Scientist in Anesthesiology at the Yale University School of Medicine and a Past Chair of the Yale IACUC. Prior to chairing the Yale IACUC he worked with Local, State and National Organizations to improve scientific literacy among high school students. During that time he was the Yale University spokesperson on the subject of the use of animals in research, teaching and testing. He worked to develop the state organization CURE, Connecticut United for Research Excellence, which at that time was focused on improving scientific literacy, and served in many leadership roles within CURE, including Chairman of the Board of Directors. Jerry developed and served as the first chair of the Society for Neuroscience Committee on Neuroscience Literacy and worked closely with NABR, the National Association for Biomedical Research (NABR), in efforts to educate the public about the importance of animals in the research process. Jerry also served on the NABR Board. Jerry worked on a part time basis with OLAW in the Division of Policy and Education through the Intergovernmental Personnel Act (IPA) Mobility Program. His work with OLAW focused on the development of creative, unique curricula to educate targeted audiences regarding the PHS Policy on Humane Care and Use of Laboratory Animals and the Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals. Currently Jerry is a member of the Scientist Center for Animal Welfare (SCAW) Board, a member of the IACUC 101TM Series Board and a member of the AAALAC Council on Accreditation.

Anthony G. Comuzzie, PhD
Texas Biomedical Research Institute
Southwest National Primate Research Center

Anthony G. Comuzzie, PhD, has more than two decades of research experience focused on the genetics of complex diseases with a particular emphasis on obesity, diabetes, and heart disease with much of this work utilizing nonhuman primate models. Dr. Comuzzie served on the Texas Biomedical Research Institute’s (formerly the Southwest Foundation for Biomedical Research) animal care and use committee (IACUC) for over 15 years, with 10 of those years as the committee chair. He is active in a number of scientific societies including the Obesity Society where he has also served on the executive council. In addition, Dr. Comuzzie is the Editor of Frontiers in Applied Genetic Epidemiology, an Associate Editor of BMC Medical Genetics, and a member of the editorial board of the International Journal of Nutrigenetics and Nutrigenomics. Dr. Comuzzie received his Bachelors of Science degree in Biology in 1981 and a Masters of Arts degree in Anthropology in 1987 from Texas A&M University and his Doctorate of Philosophy in Biological Anthropology in 1992 from the University of Kansas.

Margaret Landi, VMD
GlaxoSmithKline Pharmaceuticals

Margaret is the Chief of Animal Welfare, Ethics and Strategy for GlaxoSmithKline. Margaret received an MS in Comparative Medicine, after completing her veterinary training at the University of Pennsylvania. Her first roles were in clinical laboratory animal and veterinary medicine.

Margaret is a Diplomate in the American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine (ACLAM) and is a Past- President of the organization. Besides serving on the ACLAM Board of Directors, she has served on the Council of the Institute of Laboratory Animal Research (ILAR), a part of the National Academy of Science. While on Council, she was Editor-in-Chief of the ILAR Journal. She has served on review committees of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and has led special site visit teams for NIH Committees. She serves currently on the Board of Trustees for the Scientists Center for Animal Welfare and the Board of Directors for the National Association for Biomedical Research; Americans for Medical Progress and Chimp Haven; the only federally funded sanctuary for chimpanzees in the US. In addition she is Co-Chair for ILAR Council.

Margaret has received Distinguish Alumni Awards from the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine and William Paterson University. She has been awarded both the Charles River Prize and the Pennsylvania Veterinary Medical Association’s Veterinarian of the Year Award. She is also a recipient of the Harry Rowsell Award from the Scientists Center for Animal Welfare. She has returned to school and is close to completing her Master’s of Bioethics from the University of Pennsylvania Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy.

Margaret served on the Institute of Medicine, National Academy of Science, and Committee on the Future of Chimpanzees in Biomedical and Behavioral Research. The Committee published its report in Dec 2011; Chimpanzees in Biomedical and Behavioral Research: Assessing the Necessity. She has published and presented papers on a number of topics related to laboratory animal medicine, welfare and science. Her most recent area of work is in the application of global principles for laboratory animals in an international arena with differing laws, cultures, regulations and policies.

Joanne Zurlo, PhD
Johns Hopkins Center for Alternatives to Animal Testing

Joanne Zurlo, PhD, received a Ph.D. in Basic Medical Sciences from New York University in 1979, with a concentration in biochemistry and chemical carcinogenesis. She served on the faculty at Dartmouth Medical School in Hanover, New Hampshire and at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore, Maryland. She also served as the Associate Director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Alternatives to Animal Testing (CAAT) from 1993 – 2000 and was a member of the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee. From 2000-2010, she was the Director of the Institute for Laboratory Animal Research at the National Academies in Washington, DC, where she oversaw international activities, publication of the quarterly ILAR Journal, maintenance of the ILAR web site and development of special reports.In 2010, she returned to CAAT as a Senior Scientist where she coordinates the CAAT Refinement Program. She is also a co-chair for the 10th World Congress on Alternatives and Animals in the Life Sciences, which will be held in Seattle WA on August 20-24, 2017. Dr. Zurlo has authored over 50 publications in scientific books and journals and is an active member of AAAS, American Association for Laboratory Animal Science and the Society of Toxicology (SOT). She also serves on the boards of the Scientists Center for Animal Welfare and the William and Charlotte Parks Foundation.

Ex officio:

Linda Tockey
Managing Director

"I am delighted to be associated with SCAW as a member of the Board of Trustees. In the years that I been interacting with SCAW, as director of ILAR and in my association with the Johns Hopkins Center for Alternatives to Animals Testing, the organization has made great strides in conveying the scientific community’s concern about the welfare of their animal research subjects."

Through its publications and conferences, SCAW has succeeded in bringing together multiple constituencies to work toward common goals.

Joanne Zurlo
Director of Science Strategy
The Center for Alternatives to Animal Testing