The Committee members

The National Committee for the Protection of Animals used for Scientific Purposes consists of a chairman and 6 members, all with high professional expertise and experience in at least one of the following areas: Replacement, Reduction and Refinement concerning animal experiments and laboratory animals.

Axel Kornerup Hansen (Chairman)

Axel Kornerup Hansen is a veterinarian with a doctorate in veterinary science and a Professor of laboratory animal science and welfare at the University of Copenhagen. He conducts research in the areas of reduction and refinement – primarily in rodents.

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Christine Nellemann

Christine Nellemann was educated as MSc in human biology and holds a PhD in medicine from Copenhagen University. She has been employed at the National Food Institute since 1999 and is now director of the institute belonging to the Technical University of Denmark (DTU).

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Erwin L. Roggen

Dr. Erwin Roggen obtained a degree in Biochemistry at the University of Antwerp in 1984. He has been involved for over 20 years in development, implementation, dissemination and acceptance of alternative methods to animal testing.

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Jan Lund Ottesen

Jan Lund Ottesen was educated as veterinarian (DVM) and holds a PhD in Veterinary Medicine from Copenhagen University. He has worked with laboratory animals at Novo Nordisk for more than 25 years. He is furthermore a European Veterinary Specialist in Laboratory Animal Medicine & ECLAM (European College of Laboratory Animal Medicine) de facto diplomat (dipECLAM).

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Lisbeth E. Knudsen

Lisbeth E. Knudsen is Professor in Animal free toxicology, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Copenhagen. She is chair of the local ethics committee of the Faculties of Science and of Health and Medicine and member of one of the regional medical ethics committee.

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Peter Bollen

Peter Bollen is associate professor and head of department at the Biomedical Laboratory, University of Southern Denmark, and has been working with laboratory animals since 1992. His area of interest is improvement of anesthesia, analgesia and optimization of housing and nutrition of experimental animals. Last was also the subject of his PhD study.

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Birgitte Kousholt

Birgitte Kousholt is a licensed veterinarian and has a Ph.D. from Aarhus University. She has previously been employed at Aarhus University; first in a Post Doc position, then as a research animal veterinarian, and most recently as the head of the Department of Clinical Medicine for Large Animals.

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