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Who’s Who in Project R&R

April 7, 2012 • Posted in Fact Sheets and More

Christian R. Abee, DVM

Director of the Michale E. Keeling Center for Comparative Medicine and Research, and chair of the Department of Veterinary Sciences in Bastrop, at University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center.

Carol Asvestas

Founder and director of Wild Animal Orphanage, and the National Sanctuary for Retired Research Primates (NSRPP). NSRPP houses chimpanzees formerly used in biomedical research, and is described as the country’s first Biosafety Level 2 sanctuary.

Jarrod Bailey, PhD

Science Director for Project R&R; project development coordinator at the School of Population and Health Sciences at University of Newcastle upon Tyne; and, scientific director for Europeans for Medical Progress. Dr. Bailey has published numerous papers in the scientific literature regarding non-animal research methods as well as papers exposing the flaws and limitations of the animal model. Dr. Bailey has been the subject of radio, television and print interviews, and has presented in many scientific and lay arenas, including the House of Commons in the United Kingdom (see full bio.)

Sarah (Sally) T. Boysen, PhD

Former Director of the Comparative Cognition Project at Ohio State University’s Chimpanzee Center.

Linda Brent, PhD

President and Director of Chimp Haven, Dr. Brent is a primatologist specializing in chimpanzees. Member of the Chimp Haven Board of Directors and previous director of chimpanzee enrichment at the Southwest Foundation for Biomedical Research.

Theodora Capaldo, EdD

President and Executive Director of the New England Anti-Vivisection Society, and NEAVS’ Project R&R (see full bio.)

Martine Colette

Founder and director of the Wildlife WayStation, a facility in California housing several species of rescued animals including chimpanzees retired from research.

Kathleen Conlee

Director of program management for animal research issues at The Humane Society of the United States.

Frederick Coulston, PhD

Toxicologist and former CEO of the now-closed Coulston Foundation, deceased.

Lesley Day

President and director of Chimps, Inc., a sanctuary in Oregon for rescued chimpanzees from research labs, parks/zoos, and entertainment.

Frans de Waal, PhD

Professor of primate behavior at Emory University and Director of the Living Links Center at the Yerkes Regional Primate Research Center.

Debra Durham, PhD

Primate specialist Physician’s Committee for Responsible Medicine, formerly at People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.

Jen Feuerstein

Former caregiver at Yerkes, current caregiver at Save the Chimps, a co-founder of the Laboratory Primate Advocacy Group and a member of the Advisory Board for Project R&R.

Deborah Fouts, MS

Along with Roger Fouts, studied American Sign Language with chimpanzee Washoe. co-directs the Chimpanzee and Human Communication Institute at Central Washington University, vice president of Friends of Washoe, and a member of the Chimpanzee Collaboratory and Advisory Board for Project R&R.

Roger Fouts, PhD

Psychologist who studied American Sign Language with chimpanzee Washoe and her family, currently co-director of the Chimpanzee and Human Communication Institute at Central Washington University and a member of the Chimpanzee Collaboratory and Advisory Board for Project R&R.

Jo Fritz

Director of the Primate Foundation of Arizona.

J.F. Fulton

Researcher associated with the Yale Laboratories of Primate Biology. In 1937, delivered a presentation to the Kansas City Academy of Medicine titled, “The Chimpanzee in Experimental Medicine” in which he promoted the chimpanzee as an experimental subject.

R. Allen Gardner, PhD

Experimental psychologist specializing in cross fostering and language studies with chimpanzees, most notably Washoe.

Jane Goodall, PhD

Famed primatologist and world renowned chimpanzee expert, whose field work at the Gombe Stream Reserve in Tanzania, Africa led to groundbreaking discoveries about tool use, culture, family and social relationships and hunting among free-living chimpanzees. Founder of the Jane Goodall Institute and a member of the Advisory Board for Project R&R.

Ray Greek, MD

Board certified in Anesthesiology with a sub-specialty in Pain Management and a former instructor at two prestigious U.S. medical schools, president and co-founder of Americans For Medical Advancement; author of Sacred Cows and Golden Geese: The human cost of experiments on animals and What will we do if we don’t experiment on animals? Medical Research for the Twenty first century; as well as author of several science journal papers including A Scientific Case for the Elimination of Chimpanzees in Research.

Gloria Grow

Founder and director of the first and only sanctuary for chimpanzees in Canada, the Fauna Foundation, providing them life time care and permanent protection. Honorary co-chair of Project R&R and advisory board member (see full bio.)

Thomas Insel, MD

Former director of Yerkes National Primate Research Center. Along with Frans de Waal, Insel initiated the Living Links center at Yerkes.

Eric Kleiman

Director of research and investigations for In Defense of Animals. Led investigations on the Coulston Foundation, Charles River Laboratories at Alamogordo, and New Iberia Research Center’s whistle blower suit.

Wolfgang Kohler, PhD

German psychologist, who between 1913 and 1920 directed the anthropoid research station of the Prussian Academy of Sciences at Tenerife in the Canary Islands; examined the capacity of chimpanzees to create and use tools and build structures, author of The Mentality of Apes.

D. Rick Lee, DVM

Veterinarian and director of the Alamogordo Primate Facility.

James Mahoney, DVM

Veterinarian and former director of the now-closed Laboratory for Experimental Medicine and Surgery in Primates (LEMSIP), helped many of LEMSIP’s chimpanzees find permanent sanctuaries after the closure of the lab.

Tetsuro Matsuzawa, DSc

Professor of Language and Intelligence at the Primate Research Institute of Kyoto University, Japan; studies chimpanzees in the laboratory and in the wild.

Shirley McGreal, EdD

Founder of the International Primate Protection League (IPPL) and its sanctuary for gibbons, some of whom are retired from research, and a member of the Advisory Board for Project R&R.

Nancy Megna

Spokesperson and program specialist for Project R&R, a former caregiver at both Yerkes and LEMSIP, and co-founder of the Laboratory Primate Advocacy Group (see full bio. )

Jan Moor-Jankowski, MD

Immunologist and former director of the now-closed Laboratory for Experimental Surgery and Medicine in Primates (LEMSIP) at New York University (NYU); dismissed by NYU, the day after the United States Department of Agriculture told the university that he had reported violations at another of NYU’s labs.

Michael Nichols

Staff photographer for National Geographic, his photographs from Brutal Kinship, by Jane Goodall and Michael Nichols, grace the pages of Project R&R’s website with his permission.

Frank Noelker

Photographer and associate professor of art at the University of Connecticut, collaborated with the Fauna Foundation sanctuary to produce Sacrificed Lives, a unique exhibit of their photographic portraits, many part of the Project R&R materials with his permission.

Carole Noon, PhD

Primatologist and director of the largest sanctuary for the life time care and permanent protection of chimpanzees in the world, Save the Chimps, Fort Piece, Florida; a member of the Chimpanzee Collaboratory and the Advisory Board for Project R&R.

Francis Novembre, PhD

Research associate professor in the Division of Microbiology and Immunology of the Yerkes National Primate Research Center; research included using Jerom for HIV studies.

Daniel Povinelli, PhD

Professor at the Institute of Cognitive Science, University of Louisiana at Lafayette conducts comparative studies of the mental lives of chimpanzees and human children, a member of the Chimpanzee Research Center Advisory Council at Yerkes National Primate Center.

Alfred M. Prince, MD

Chairman, Hepatitis Research Center; Member-Founder of International Consortium for Blood Safety (ICBS.)

Patti Ragan

Founder and director of the Center for Great Apes, a permanent sanctuary in Florida, member of the Advisory Board for Project R&R.

Liz Clancy Ross

Former Director of Special Projects for Doris Day Animal League, member of the Chimpanzee Collaboratory; assisted the Center for Captive Chimpanzee Care (now Save the Chimps) in a successful lawsuit against the U.S. Air Force for permanent custody of 21 chimpanzees.

Thomas J. Rowell, DVM

Director of the New Iberia Research Center at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.

Sue Savage-Rumbaugh

Researcher at Georgia State University’s Language Research Center, where cognitive and cultural research is conducted on bonobos, chimpanzees and rhesus macaques. Author of Kanzi: The Ape at the Brink of the Human Mind.

Michael Seres

Chimpanzee management consultant with more than 33 years experience in primate husbandry and 14 years experience in primate and great ape care; also a photographer whose photos grace the pages of Project R&R’s website with his permission, and Advisory Board member to Project R&R.

Peter Singer, B. Phil

Philosopher, author, and professor and founding member of the Great Ape Project, which seeks to persuade the United Nations to adopt its Declaration on Great Apes awarding personhood to nonhuman great apes; author of Animal Liberation and several other papers and books.

Senator Bob Smith

One of the lead sponsors of the CHIMP Act (signed into law in 2000)the first law to prohibit killing of a non human species, chimpanzees, for the convenience of a lab and  to create a federally funded “retirement” system for chimpanzees no longer needed for research. Update: In 2007, The Chimp Haven is Home Act closed a loophole in the CHIMP Act which had allowed chimpanzee to be returned to research under certain circumstances. Chimpanzees now have permanent protection and cannot be returned to research once they are retiredan accomplishment consistent with Senator Smith’s original goal with the CHIMP Act. Senator Smith is a member of the Advisory Board for Project R&R.

Tony Smith

Co-founder of Great Ape Standing and Personhood (GRASP), a panel to promote recognition of personhood for great apes; President of the Fauna Sanctuary, the U.S. affiliate of Fauna Foundation, Canada.

Sheri Speede, DVM

Founder/director of the Sanaga-Yong Chimpanzee Rescue Center in Cameroon, director of In Defense of Animals-Africa, and a member of the Advisory Board for Project R&R.

John Strandberg, DVM, PhD

Former director of Division of Comparative Medicine for the National Center for the National Center for Research Resources (NCRR) at NIH, and once a key figure in policy-making on chimpanzees in research, who acknowledged in a public forum that a ban on chimpanzee research “wouldn’t surprise me.”

Geza P. Teleki, PhD

Primatologist and founder of the Committee for Conservation and Care of Chimpanzees.

Herbert S. Terrace, PhD

A former psychology professor at Columbia University who conducted language research studies on chimpanzee Nim Chimpsky.

April Truitt

Director of the Primate Rescue Center, a permanent sanctuary for nonhuman primates, including chimpanzees; a member of the Advisory Board for Project R&R.

Edward Tyson

England’s leading anatomist in the late 1600’s; referred to as the “father of primatology.”

John L. VandeBerg, PhD

Director of the Southwest National Primate Research Center.

David A. Washburn, PhD

Director of the Language Research Center at Georgia State University.

Lisa Wathne

Captive exotic animal specialist at People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.

Rachel Weiss, JD

Former laboratory caregiver for chimpanzees at Yerkes National Primate Center and co-founder of the Laboratory Primate Advocacy Group.

Steven Wise, JD

Attorney, founder and president of the Center for the Expansion of Fundamental Rights. Author of Rattling the Cage, which argues for basic rights of great apes.

Richard Wrangham, PhD

Professor of biological anthropology at Harvard University who has extensive experience studying free-living chimpanzee cultures.

Robert Mearns Yerkes, PhD

Psychobiologist who conducted comparative research with gorillas and chimpanzees, founded the first nonhuman primate research laboratory in the U.S. in 1929, namesake of the Yerkes National Primate Research Center

Stuart Zola, PhD

Director of Yerkes National Primate Research Center.


Committee on Long-Term Care of Chimpanzees (NRC Report)
Dani P. Bolognesi, Duke University
Thomas M. Butler, Southwest Foundation for Biomedical Research
Philip Davies, Merck Research Laboratories
Neal L. First, University of Wisconsin, Madison
Nathan R. Flesness, International Species Information System
Patricia Fultz, University of Alabama at Birmingham
Peter Theran, Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
Sarah Williams-Blangero, Southwest Foundation for Biomedical Research
Lilly-Marlene Russow

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