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Dieter Lϋtticken Award

MSD Animal Health offers the Dieter Lütticken Award to promote scientists or life science research institutions working in research areas that serve the 3R-concept, i.e. reducing, refining or replacing the use of animals in testing for development and production of veterinary medicines. The total funding for this award is 20,000 Euro.

This international award, established in 2004, is given to scientists or public institutions that have delivered excellent contributions to the 3Rs for the development and production of veterinary medicinal products. The award’s scope covers in vitro models used in R&D which replace animal testing for licensing purposes as well as studies avoiding the use of animals in efficacy, safety and quality testing in the production of biologicals and pharmaceuticals for animals.

The scope should be interpreted as broadly as possible. It can cover for example residue testing, new toxicological methods, challenging test replacements, epidemiological studies focusing on correlation of field data and protection of animals by vaccination, epitope identification, genomics, proteomics, alternatives for production methods using animal byproducts or animals.

A jury panel composed of experts from public institutions of the animal health/animal testing sector and company representatives will look for possible candidates and will make final selection.
Also direct submissions from all life science research institutions are welcome. Commercial organizations are excluded.

Candidates should give full contact details, co-operation partners, an executive summary of the studies and an argumentation why they should be taken into consideration, a publications list related to the study and a selection of copies of those publications which give a good overview of the work.

Previous winners of the award include:

  • 2005: Professor Andrew Hemphill, University of Bern, Institute of Parasitology, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine for the development and evaluation of in vitro approaches for culture and investigation of helminthic and protozoan parasites, in particular Neospora caninum and Echinococcus multilocularis. The award will be presented at a ceremony in conjunction with the "5th World Congress on Alternatives", August 21st–25th, 2005, Berlin, Germany.
  • 2007: Professor Mark Stevens from the Institute of Animal Health in the UK, whose laboratory has developed several animal models to study the pathogenesis of enteric bacterial infections of livestock and uses novel genetic methods to dissect the molecular basis of bacterial virulence.
  • 2008: Professor George Gettingby from the University of Strathclyde, Scotland for his innovative statistical and epidemiological research methods in sea-lice treatments in salmon farming.
  • 2009: Dr. Ivo Claassen for a project that he has managed at the Central Veterinary Institute (CVI), Lelystad (the Netherlands). The team developed an in vitro potency test for the routine quality control of inactivated Newcastle Disease Virus (NDV) vaccines.
  • 2010: Dr. Tucker, in collaboration with Prof. Duncan Maskell at the Department of Veterinary Medicine, University of Cambridge and Prof. Josh Slater at the Royal Veterinary College, London have established a physiologically relevant, rapid, and sensitive in vitro air interface respiratory tract organ culture model to analyze host-pathogen interactions following single and mixed infections with the respiratory pathogens Mannheimia haemolytica and bovine herpesvirus-1 (BHV-1).
MSD Animal Health welcomes submissions from all scientists and life-science research institutions, excluding commercial organisations. Please contact Global Communications Animal Health, Boxmeer, The Netherlands, communications@Intervet.com.