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
CITI Program at BRANY
University of Miami Miller School of Medicine
Paul G. Braunschweiger, PhD, Professor Emeritus 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.
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Gregory R. Reinhard, DVM, MBA, Dipl ACLAM
Merck & Company
Gregory R. Reinhard, MBA, DVM, DACLAM, CPIA is a boarded laboratory animal veterinarian and compliance officer. Currently the Director of Animal Welfare at University of Pennsylvania. He received a B.S. in Animal Science from Rutgers University, an MBA in pharmaceutical/chemical studies at Fairleigh Dickinson University, and a DVM from the School of Veterinary Medicine, Purdue University. He was post-doctoral fellow and staff member at the Rockefeller University. After Rockefeller he served as the director of Comparative Medicine and Attending Veterinarian at Schering-Plough Research Institute, in Kenilworth, NJ. He later moved to Merck & Co in the position of Executive Director for Global Research Safety and Compliance and global IO over animal research. At Merck, he had oversight of 27 animal research sites. He has extensive experience in assessing external laboratory animal programs having managed Merck’s and a biotech company’s in-vivo outsourcing due diligence programs. He has personally evaluated over 150 programs around the world. He services as an Ad Hoc specialist for AAALAC-I and serves on their Members Committee and Strategic Planning committee. He managed over $300 million in vivarium construction and renovation. He was awarded the Collins Award by AALAS for teaching and education. He served on various boards including SCAW, NJ-Association for Biomedical Research, Pennsylvania Society for Biomedical Research, and National Association for Biomedical Research.
Ernest D. Prentice, PhD
Department of Genetics, Cell Biology and Anatomy
University of Nebraska Medical Center
Ernest D. Prentice, PhD, is Professor Emeritus, Department of Genetics, Cell Biology and Anatomy at the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC). During his 45-year career at UNMC, he served as IACUC Chair, IRB Chair and the IO for both the Animal Care and Use Program as well as the Human Research Protection Program.
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 is on the Board of Directors for the IACUC 101 series and the Association of Clinical Research Professionals (ACRP).
Dr. Prentice is Past President of the Board of Trustees for the Scientist Center for Animal Welfare and a member 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.
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Allyson Bennett, MS, PhD
Professor of Psychology
Faculty Director of the University of Wisconsin-Madison Animal Program University of Wisconsin-Madison
Dr. Allyson J. Bennett is a developmental psychobiologist who studies nonhuman primates in order to advance scientific insight into factors that result in individual differences in health across the lifespan. Comparative studies by Bennett and her colleagues have contributed new insights into how interplay between genes and environments affects neurobehavioral development. Her research also provides empirical evidence to inform science-based approaches to evolving standards and policies for animal welfare. She has a long-standing commitment to public education and writes about science, animal welfare, ethics, and public interest in both social media and peer-reviewed scientific papers. Dr. Bennett is on the faculty of the Department of Psychology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she teaches courses in research methods and animal cognition. She is also the Faculty Director of the UW-Madison Animal Program. She has served as a member and chair of the American Psychological Association’s Committee on Animal Research Ethics, President of the Society for Comparative Psychology and Behavioral Neuroscience, and is a senior editor for the international advocacy group, Speaking of Research.
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 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.
John F. Bradfield, DVM, PhD, DACLAM
University of Nebraska Medical Center
Dr. Bradfield is the Director of Comparative Medicine at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. Prior he was the Senior Director, for AAALAC-International. He has served as Director of the Division of Laboratory Animal Medicine and Attending Veterinarian at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and also as the Chair Department of Comparative Medicine, Brody School of Medicine, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina. Prior to graduate studies in laboratory animal medicine, he was a large animal practitioner. He has had many years’ experience directing animal programs and as an animal care and use committee member.
Dr. Bradfield has scholarly publications in various areas of laboratory animal medicine, wound healing, vascular biology and platelet biology. He has given national and international presentations on topics in laboratory animal medicine and platelet function. He is a member of the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science, American Society of Laboratory Animal Practitioners and is a Diplomate of the American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine and has PhD degree in experimental pathology. Dr. Bradfield has ten years’ service as Council member of AAALAC International and as Council President.
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
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 completed 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.
Linda Tockey was been appointed as Executive Director of the Scientists Center for Animal Welfare on December 8, 2019 at the SCAW Annual Board Meeting. Previously she was appointed Managing Director in December 2013, Linda has been an employee of SCAW since March of 1990.