Laurie Brignolo, DVM, DACLAM is the Executive Director of the Research and Teaching Animal Care Program at the University of California, Davis. She is an assistant professor in the Department of Medicine and Epidemiology in the School of Veterinary medicine. Additionally she serves as the Institutional Attending Veterinarian for UC Davis. She completed her Veterinary degree at the University of Wisconsin, Madison and her Laboratory Animal Medicine Residency at the University of California, Davis. Dr. Brignolo then served as a clinical veterinarian at the California National Primate Research Center for over 17 years before going back to the main UC Davis and serving as the Associate Director of Campus Veterinary Services and Director of the Laboratory Animal Medicine Residency Program before taking on her current role in 2018. She is currently a member of AAALAC Council and a board member of the California Biomedical Research Association. Dr. Brignolo has served as Treasurer, Trustee and Newsletter Editor for the Association of Primate Veterinarians (APV) and has served on several committees in APV and the American Society for Laboratory Animal Practitioners.
Gary L. Borkowski
Gary L. Borkowski, D.V.M., M.S. is Global Director for AAALAC International, and has been in this role since November 2018. He is responsible for overseeing the accreditation program for AAALAC International, with over 1040 accredited units in 50 countries. Dr. Borkowski has a long history of service with AAALAC International. In 1998 he was selected to become an Ad Hoc Consultant to AAALAC, and in the years following he served multiple terms as a member of AAALAC’s Council on Accreditation. From 2007 through 2011 he also served on the AAALAC International Board of Trustees representing the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science. Dr. Borkowski received his veterinary degree from Iowa State University and a master’s degree in laboratory animal medicine from Pennsylvania State University. He has 30 years of experience in academic and pharmaceutical laboratory animal medicine, having worked at Vanderbilt University, Pennsylvania State University, Upstate Medical Center (New York), Monsanto, Pharmacia, Pfizer, and the Eli Lilly Company. Dr. Borkowski has presented and published on topics such as rodent aseptic surgery, animal facility design and construction, institutional animal care and use committees (IACUCs), electronic medical records, microgravity research, and management and leadership. Dr. Borkowski previously served as program chair for the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science (AALAS) Annual Meeting, is past President of the American Society of Laboratory Animal Practitioners (ASLAP) and past president of the American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine (ACLAM).
DVM, PhD, DACLAM
John Bradfield is the Attending Veterinarian and Director of Comparative Medicine and the Office of Animal Care and Use at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. Prior to joining UNMC, he served as Senior Director, for AAALAC-International. Dr. Bradfield has had many years’ experience with the accreditation process as a Council member of AAALAC International and as Council President. He has served as Director of the Division of Laboratory Animal Medicine and Attending Veterinarian at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and also as the Chair Department of Comparative Medicine, Brody School of Medicine, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina. He is a veterinarian and a Diplomate of the American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine. Dr Bradfield also has PhD in experimental pathology with scholarly publications in various areas of laboratory animal medicine, wound healing, vascular and platelet biology. He has wide-ranging experience in academic laboratory animal medicine, managing animal programs and working with animal care and use committees. Prior to his career in laboratory animal medicine, Dr Bradfield was a large animal practitioner.
Joyce Cohen is currently the associate director of the Division of Animal Resources at the Yerkes National Primate Research Center. She is also an associate professor in Emory University School of Medicine's Division of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and a diplomate of the American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine (DACLAM).
Dr. Cohen received her veterinary medical degree from The University of Pennsylvania and did her postdoctoral training in laboratory animal medicine at the Tri Institutional Program at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Weill Medical College, and Rockefeller University. Dr. Cohen joined the Yerkes National Primate Research Center in 2006 with responsibility for clinical medicine, colony management, residency training, research support, and administration at the Yerkes Field Station. She was appointed the Associate Director of Animal Resources in 2013 and she oversees the Division of Animal Resources, which includes Animal Care, Animal Records, Behavioral Management, Colony Management, Occupational Health and Safety, Research Resources and Veterinary Medicine. Her research interests include a combination of veterinary medicine, collaborative research, and behavioral primatology. She has published research on the incidence of diabetes and helicobacter in sooty mangabeys and is currently engaged in research on the microbiome of the sooty mangabey. She collaborates with investigators on infectious disease studies, such as AIDS, Zika virus and COVID-19 infection. Dr. Cohen manages and is the principal investigator of the NIH-supported Specific Pathogen Free Rhesus monkey breeding colony for Yerkes. Dr. Cohen has been involved in several facility design projects for the benefit of the center's animals at both research sites, including automated feeders attached to socially housed monkey compounds, novel indoor/outdoor research animal housing and is currently the principal investigator overseeing design of a new breeding compound funded by an NIH C06 grant. Dr. Cohen also serves as the Attending Veterinarian on the IACUC and the chair of the Yerkes Animal Allocation Committee (YAAC) that oversees animal assignments and manages distribution of the animal colony to research projects. She is also currently serving as President of the Association of Primate Veterinarians. Dr. Cohen strives to enhance welfare with innovative animal housing while facilitating support of critical research.
STACEY L. CONARELLO
VMD, MS, DACLAM
Dr. Stacey Conarello is the Director of Quality Assurance and Animal Welfare at Merck Research Laboratories. Dr. Conarello is a board certified Laboratory Animal Veterinarian with 20 years of clinical, scientific and regulatory experience with a concentration in regulatory compliance, animal welfare advancement, post-approval monitoring, animal model development, external partner management and document writing.
DVM, MS, DACT
Rod Christmas , D.V.M., M.S., DACT is Chief Veterinary Officer for Boehringer Ingelheim’s Animal Health business. He serves as the company’s Institutional Official for animal welfare and is responsible for internal and external animal welfare compliance globally. He has diverse experience in veterinary medicine, including in private practice, academia, industry research and laboratory animal medicine. He was an associate veterinarian for a mixed animal practice and was on the faculty of Kansas State University and Mississippi State University prior to entering industry. Dr. Christmas received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine at Mississippi State University in 1993, Masters at Kansas State University in 2000 and is a Diplomate in the American College of Theriogenology since 2000.
Stephen Heinig is Director of Science Policy at the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), guiding development of policy positions on topics that include funding for basic and clinical research, physician scientists, comparative medicine and animal research, and technology transfer. He has managed surveys and data analyses projects, and has co-authored articles in Science, Nature, New England Journal of Medicine, JAMA, and other journals. Mr. Heinig has staffed AAMC research policy advisory panels, developing consensus positions and recommendations. He represented the AAMC in a multi-association, 2017 workshop on reforming regulatory burden in animal research. He maintains weekly communications with AAMC’s extensive network of academic research leaders. He has an AB from Georgetown University and MA in Science, Technology, and Public Policy from George Washington University.
JESSICA N. KEEN
MS, DVM, DACLAM
Jessica Keen joined Zoetis in December 2021 and is the Director of Global Animal Care and Compliance. Prior to joining Zoetis, Jessica served as Attending Veterinarian and Director at Charles River Laboratories (formerly WIL Research). She received her master’s degree in Biological Sciences from the University of South Alabama and her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Auburn University. After graduation from veterinary school, Jessica served as a Veterinary Medical Officer with the USDA- APHIS-Veterinary Services in upstate New York before completing post-doctoral training in comparative medicine at the University of Rochester Medical Center. Jessica also worked previously at Marshall BioResources and in private practice in Upstate New York before returning to the laboratory animal medicine field. She is a Diplomate of the American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine.
Christopher S. King, D.V.M., DACLAM, serves as the Associate Vice President for Research Integrity and Safety at the University of Georgia inBio Athens, Georgia, where he is also a Professor of Population Health in the College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. King received his veterinary degree from the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine in Blacksburg, Virginia. He completed an NIH post-doctoral fellowship in laboratory animal medicine at Yale University School of Medicine and subsequently became board certified by the American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine. Dr. King currently serves as a member of the AAALAC International Council on Accreditation.
VMD, MS, DACLAM, MRCVS
Sean Maguire is a Director, Integrated Biological Platform Sciences and Associate Fellow at GSK. He has over 30 years’ experience in biomedical research, with a focus on the BioPharma sector, spanning various roles and organizations. He is a diplomate of the American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine and a member of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons.
Sean received his veterinary medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania, did his postdoctoral training in laboratory animal medicine at the SmithKlineBeecham, and earned a Master’s degree in Pharmaceutical Chemistry from Lehigh University.
Sean has been with GSK since 2008, in addition to providing laboratory animal medicine subject matter expertise for both internal and external in vivo efforts, he has been collaborating with therapeutic area investigators in the animal model space, with a current focus on infectious disease and the use non-human primate models.
His professional service includes roles with the American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine, American Society of Laboratory Animal Practitioners, International Consortium for Innovation and Quality in Pharmaceutical Development, North American 3Rs Collaborative and AAALAC (joining the Council on Accreditation in 2022).
Sangy Panicker, PhD Director of Public Policy and Education Programs at Public Responsibility in Medicine and Research (PRIM&R) has over 25 years of experience working on ethical, legal, regulatory,and scientific issues pertaining to the conduct of behavioral and psychological research, including research ethics and research integrity, protection of human participants in research, humane care and treatment of nonhuman animals in research, and other aspects of responsible conduct of research. Dr. Panicker’s publications and contributions to policy and education include Laboratory Animals in Research and Teaching: Ethics, Care, and Methods (co-edited with Chana K. Akins and Christopher L. Cunningham), a chapter in the
Handbook of Research Methods in Psychology, 2nd edition, titled Ethics and regulation of research with nonhuman animals (2023) and Handbook of Research Ethics in Psychological Science (2021), a volume co-edited with renowned researcher and research ethics expert, Barbara Stanley. The Society for Behavioral Neuroscience and Comparative Psychology awarded Dr. Panicker the Clifford T. Morgan Distinguished Service Award in recognition of her contributions to promoting and safeguarding ethical, humane, and scientifically valid research with nonhuman animals.
Katherine Pregel is Director of Government Relations and Public Policy for Labcorp, a global life sciences company. Labcorp comprises Labcorp Diagnostics and Labcorp Biopharma (formerly Covance Inc.). In her role, Katherine is responsible for development and advocacy of the Company’s public policy positions in the U.S., including through interactions with U.S. federal, state and local government officials, directly or through trade associations, coalitions, or other third parties.
Prior to her current role, Katherine served as Senior Corporate Counsel of Covance Inc. She was responsible for US-based employment matters, contract review and negotiation support, and general counseling to Covance Food Solutions.
Prior to joining Covance in 2009, Katherine served as Special Counsel and Associate at Littler Mendelson, P.C. and Associate at Proskauer Rose, LLP. Katherine received a J.D. from Cornell Law School, and a B.A. from The University of Pennsylvania.
John E. Sagartz
DVM, PhD, DACVP
John Sagartz has been the chief strategy officer at Inotiv since November 2018, working to help define and accelerate plans for the company’s growth. Sagartz founded and led Seventh Wave Laboratories for over 15 years, prior to Inotiv’s legacy company, BASi, acquiring Seventh Wave’s operations in July of 2018. Following the acquisition, he joined Inotiv’s board of directors to help guide operations to provide broader solutions and greater scientific expertise to the company’s clients. Dr. Sagartz began his career as a toxicologic pathologist at Searle/ Monsanto in 1996. There, he held positions of increasing
responsibility as section head, director, preclinical development site head, and fellow, following Monsanto’s merger with Pharmacia. After Pfizer’s acquisition of Pharmacia in 2003, John served Seventh Wave as president and chief executive officer, and chief strategy officer. He received his Bachelor of Science and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degrees from Kansas State University and, after completing residency training in anatomic pathology, earned his Doctor of Philosophy from The Ohio State University.
DVM, MS, DACLAM
Joseph D. Thulin serves as Assistant Provost for Research and Director of the Biomedical Resource Center at the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee. He is board certified by the American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine (ACLAM). Since 1993, Dr. Thulin has led several animal resource units in both academic and industry settings. He has been professionally active in laboratory animal science and medicine organizations including ACLAM and the American Society of Laboratory Animal Practitioners (ASLAP), serving in numerous appointed and elected leadership roles. He is a past-president of both ASLAP and ACLAM. In addition, he has been affiliated with AAALAC International since 1999, serving as an ad hoc consultant, member of the Council on Accreditation, and Council Member Emeritus. He received his DVM in veterinary medicine and MS in veterinary pathobiology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he also completed his residency training in laboratory animal medicine.
Kris West is the Director for Research Compliance and Ethics at the Council on Governmental Relations (COGR). COGR is an association of research-intensive universities, colleges, independent research institutions, and health care institutions that supports its members in the areas of research administration, compliance, financial oversight, and intellectual property.
Ms. West provides regulatory analysis and guidance in the areas of human subjects and animal research, including associated privacy, research integrity, and research security requirements. Prior to joining COGR, Ms. West worked for Emory University, first as Senior Associate General Counsel and later as Chief Compliance Officer.
Ms. West is an active member of the Georgia Bar. She holds a B.A. degree from the University of Maryland and a J.D. degree from Mercer University School of Law. She also holds a M.S. degree in drug regulatory affairs from the University of Florida and serves as an adjunct professor at Loyola University’s School of Law, where she teaches classes in food and drug law.