Turner Scientific announces its 2021 Sensory Sentinel grant to promote animal welfare and improved research.

 

To coincide with the 72nd Annual AALAS National Meeting in October 2021, Turner Scientific is pleased to announce its second annual Sensory Sentinel grant. The winner of this competitive award will receive one Sensory Sentinel device as well as training, installation assistance, and consulting.

 

The application process will be open to animal facility managers, scientists, graduate and post-doctoral students, research veterinarians, and individuals in related fields. Applicants must be working or enrolled in a public or private academic institution in any country. Application instructions are available here, and applications will be accepted beginning at the commencement of this year's AALAS National Meeting on October 17, 2021. Applications are due January 31, 2022, and the winner will be announced February 7, 2022. 

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Turner Scientific has chosen Craig A. Hodges, Ph.D., as the winner of its 2020 Sensory Sentinel grant to promote animal welfare and improved research.

 

Dr. Hodges is Associate Professor in the Department of Genetics and Genome Sciences at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, OH. 

Dr. Hodges is a leading researcher into the causes and treatments of cystic fibrosis (CF), a genetic disorder characterized by chronic lung infections, poor growth, gastrointestinal disorders, and shortened lifespan. “Mice are very well suited to study CF, but are particularly fragile and susceptible to variable living conditions,” stated Dr. Hodges. “Using the Sensory Sentinel in my lab will improve the welfare of my animals, and reduce the number of animals needed by protecting them from excessive environmental stimuli.”

Dr. Hodges’ grant proposal effectively embraced the purposes of using the Sensory Sentinel: protection of animal welfare, and improvement of research quality. His research leads to life-saving breakthroughs, and Turner Scientific is very proud to support this work.

 

Dr. Hodges will receive a Sensory Sentinel device and adequate consultation to allow for proper installation, use, and interpretation of data. 

Press release for grant winner announcement (January 26, 2021)

Support offered to additional grant applicants

 

We received many strong applications for the Sensory Sentinel grant from a variety of well-qualified researchers. While it is unfortunate that we cannot offer a device for each candidate, we are happy to be supporting research projects and facility inspections for selected additional applicants. Each will be provided with temporary use of a Sensory Sentinel and technical support for a specific research study or facility inspection. Recipients include:

Amanda Barabas, PhD candidate - Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN

Jane Burton, PhD - Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN

Bridget Clancy, DVM - University of Chicago, Chicago, IL

Brian Mphande, DVM - Tampere University, Tampere, Finland

Amy Pierce - Tulane University

Jianjie Wang, MD, PhD - Missouri State University, Springfield, MO