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Lawrence Schook named to animal research institute

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University of Illinois Vice President for Research Lawrence Schook has been named a council member of the National Research Council’s Institute for Laboratory Animal Research.

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11/2/2012 | Diana Yates, Life Sciences Editor | 217-333-5802; diya@illinois.edu

CHAMPAIGN, lll. — University of Illinois Vice President for Research Lawrence Schook has been named a council member of the National Research Council’s Institute for Laboratory Animal Research (ILAR), which evaluates the use of animals in research and seeks to identify viable alternatives to the use of animals in non-agricultural research.

The ILAR council functions as the institute’s advisory body.

The ILAR evaluates and reports on “scientific, technological, and ethical use of animals and related biological resources,” according to a statement on its website. It also investigates and reports on “non-animal alternatives in non-food settings, such as research, testing and production of pharmaceuticals. ILAR seeks to identify practices that provide for excellence in the welfare of animals used for these purposes, recognizing their moral value while achieving high-quality science.”

The institute advises the public and policymakers in government and biomedical research through reports produced by expert committees.

“This is an important recognition of Dr. Schook and his role in development of large animal models for biomedical research,” said Neal Merchen, interim associate dean for research in the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences at Illinois. “The list of council members is a ‘Who’s Who’ of scientists who have influenced how animals are used in research, and the council will continue to play a major role in future animal research policies.”

Editor's note: To reach Lawrence Schook, email schook@uillinois.edu.
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