Dr. Sandra Coecke, the recipient of the Björn Ekwall Memorial Award for the year 2020 in recognition of her work on the development and validation of new in vitro cell- and tissue-based methods for in vitro toxicity testing for the replacement of animal experiments, gave recently an interview for WC11 podcast. You can listen to the interview by clicking on the following link.
Sandra Coecke works for the European Union Joint Research Centre (JRC) and coordinates the EU Network of Laboratories for the Validation of Alternative Methods (EU NETVAL). In the podcast for WC11, Sandra explains the evolution of the EU and international framework on alternatives to animal testing, the development and uptake of these methods in Europe and globally, and the integration of the 3Rs in the EU and Inertnational policies.
About the Björn Ekwall Memorial Award
The Scandinavian Society for Cell Toxicology (SSCT) established the Björn Ekwall Memorial Foundation in 2001. The main goal of the BEMF is to honour the memory of Dr. Björn Ekwall by giving a reward to the scientists who have substanctially contributed to the field of cell toxicology, e.g. by developing new in vitro tests or via mechanistic or validation studies.