Developing and Implementing Proactive Communication Strategies Surrounding the Use of Animals in Biomedical Research

Wednesday, March 21
11:00 AM - 12:15 PM
Location: Franklin C

Institutions and organizations that develop and implement proactive communication strategies surrounding the use of animals in biomedical research provide vital tools in dealing with the lack of understanding on the part of their staff and the public of how animal based research is conducted and the dynamic oversight process that regulates this activity. During this session, speakers and attendees will:

Matthew R. Bailey

National Association for Biomedical Research (NABR)

Matthew R. Bailey is the president of the National Association for Biomedical Research (NABR) and the Foundation for Biomedical Research (FBR). As a government relations professional focused on science and technology issues, Mr. Bailey’s Washington career has spanned more than 20 years. In 1996, he served as a Presidential Appointee in the Clinton Administration as a Congressional Liaison for the U.S. Secretary of Commerce, and he later went on to handle Congressional Affairs for the National Institute for Standards and Technology. On Capitol Hill, Mr. Bailey’s bi-partisan experience includes his time as both a legislative aide for Senator Dale Bumpers (D-AR) and as a Congressional Fellow for Representative Connie Morella (R-MD) where he managed House Science Committee issues. Originally from Arkansas, Mr. Bailey holds a degree in Political Science and Legal Studies from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. He played a key role in the bi-partisan passage of the federal Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act (18 U.S.C. 43), signed by President Bush in 2006. As executive vice president for both NABR and FBR. Mr. Bailey advises academic and corporate member institutions on crisis management issues related to animal rights targeting and educates the public and policy makers about the critical role animal models play in biomedical research. He lives in Washington, DC with his wife and two daughters.


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Allyson J. Bennett, PhD

Associate Professor, Psychology; Faculty Director, Animal Program, University of Wisconsin-Madison; Senior Editor, Speaking of Research

Allyson J. Bennett, PhD, is a developmental psychobiologist on the faculty of the Department of Psychology at the University of Wisconsin (UW)-Madison where she teaches courses in experimental psychology, research methods, and animal cognition. Comparative studies by Dr. Bennett and her colleagues have contributed new insights into how interplay between genes and environments affects neurobehavioral development across the lifespan. She is the author of numerous publications on behavior, physiology, genetics, and neurobiology in prosimians, Old World monkeys, and chimpanzees. She also studies how specific features of the environment affect laboratory animals, providing empirical evidence to help inform animal model development and evolving standards for animal welfare, particularly those that also affect scientific outcomes. She is the faculty director of the UW-Madison's Animal Program. Dr. Bennett has served on NIH scientific grant review panels, is past associate editor for Developmental Psychobiology, and a reviewer for a number of other scientific journals. She has a long-standing commitment to public education, dialogue, and engagement about the value and conduct of animal research. She is a senior editor of Speaking of Research, where she has blogged about animal research over the past eight years. Dr. Bennett is former chair of the American Psychological Association’s Committee on Animal Research Ethics and current president of the Society for Behavioral Neuroscience and Comparative Psychology, APA Division 6.


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Ken Gordon

Adjunct Faculty, Seattle University; Executive Director
Northwest Association for Biomedical Research

Ken Gordon joined Northwest Association for Biomedical Research in 2014. He leads the charge of a
renewed focus on implementation of member services, public and youth education programs, and
expansion of our network and outreach efforts. Ken brings leadership and strategic vision to NWABR’s
mission to strengthen public trust in biomedical research and its ethical conduct.With post graduate
qualifications focusing on finance and public policy, he adds non-profit studies from both Harvard and
Stanford Graduate Schools of Business to the NWABR organizational leadership. Serving as a former
Youth Worker, Strategic Planning Manager, CEO of a large community foundation, Executive Director
of a Native American foundation and owner of a consulting group specializing in non-profit clients.
Gordon is also adjunct faculty at Seattle University in the MFA Arts Leadership program. Gordon’s
history of building cohesive teams and his familiarity with engaging grass roots gives him a unique
perspective. A native of New Zealand, Gordon has a cultural bias for helping small
organizations have an impact that belies their size and as a marathon runner believes that even the
biggest projects can be successful taken one step at a time.
Ken also teaches the Boards and Volunteers course of the Master of Fine Arts Leadership program at Seattle University.


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Jennifer A. Perkins, MA, CPIA

Director, Research Safety and Animal Welfare Administration; Institutional Contact for Dual Use Research, Office of Research Administration
University of California, Los Angeles

Jennifer A. Perkins, MA, CPIA, is the director of the Research Safety and Animal Welfare Administration (RSAWA) and the institutional contact for Dual Use Research of Concern (ICDUR) at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Under her direction, RSAWA supports the UCLA IACUC, IBC, Radiation Safety Committees, Institutional Review Entity, and other faculty led safety committees. Ms. Perkins earned her BA (psychology) from UCLA and her MA (psychology) from California State University, Long Beach. She worked in HIV risk reduction with “hard-to-reach” populations until beginning her career in IACUC administration in 2000. In addition to her role at UCLA, Ms. Perkins serves as faculty for the Interagency Collaborative Animal Research Education (ICARE) Project.


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