Dr. Ir. J.B. (Jan-Bas) Prins

Dr. Ir. J.B. (Jan-Bas) Prins

Role
Member
Works at
Professor of Laboratory Animal Science at Leiden University Medical Centre (LUMC) and Director of LUMC’s Central Animal Facility

“I consider it a great honour to be one of the first members of the Netherlands National Committee for the protection of animals used for scientific purposes (NCad). At the same time, I am deeply aware of the enormous responsibility involved. A responsibility to animals, to society, and to the scientific research that we – as a society – perform. Nobody actually likes animal procedures, but we can not yet do without them. And yet, while animals continue to be used for research purposes, it is important to remain critical. Our commitment to the 3Rs (Replacement, Reduction and Refinement) of animal procedures must not weaken. Wherever animal procedures are carried out, there is a need for a “culture of care” that is adhered to by all concerned. The 2Rs of Reduction and Refinement are of primary importance in this regard. With regard to the R for Replacement, we must not make any false promises nor must we treat promises as mere window-dressing. A few years from now, I hope to be able to say that NCad’s contribution has made a real difference, in terms of all three Rs.”

Take a look at Jan-Bas Prins’ CV in brief and read his Statement of Interests.