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Recognized for advancing ethics, technology in research animal care practices
Kenneth R. Boschert, DVM, Associate Director of Comparative Medicine at Washington University Medical School in St. Louis, has received the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science’s Charles A. Griffin Award. The award recognizes those in veterinary medicine who have demonstrated ethical, scientific or technological advances in human experimentation or improved animal care practices.
Boschert is known for creating and moderating a popular computer network called CompMed for the association’s 12,000 members. He originally started a version of the network at Washington University in 1992, three years after joining the School of Medicine as an Associate Veterinarian. The popularity of the network prompted Boschert in 1997 to relocate CompMed to the association, where it is now embedded in the company’s larger network. The Boschert platform connects professionals from science, government research, and private companies who work with laboratory animals in biomedical research.
The Memphis, Tennessee-based association named the award after its first recipient, Charles A. Griffin, a respected bacteriologist and pioneer in working with animals in scientific research. The prize was first awarded in 1956 and is considered one of the most prestigious in this field.