Hartung T, Blaauboer B, Leist M. Food for thought ... on education in alternative methods in toxicology. ALTEX. 2009;26(4):255-263

PMID: 20383471


If you cannot change things, educate those who will. Or, as George Bernard Shaw put it more cynically: “He who can, does. He who cannot, teaches.” the three authors of this Food for thought article have one thing in common: due to the gener-ous support of the Doerenkamp-Zbinden Foundation (http://www.doerenkamp.ch/en/), we each hold an endowed chair for alternative methods in toxicology, one at each of three promi-nent universities. Such chairs, established within the faculties of public health, veterinary medicine, and biology, respectively, are the basis for the development of new curricula (Wendel, 2002; Spielmann, 2002; leist, 2006). In the meantime, two more chairs have been established by the DZ Foundation in lausanne, Switzerland, and tiruchirappalli, India, but these do not focus on the field of toxicology. Many subjects considered in this article might be translated to areas other than toxicology, but this would require a case-by-case assessment.

Author's contacts: Thartung@jhsph.edu

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Link to journal: ALTEX - Alternatives to Animal Experimentation