Praise Medical Researcher for Protecting Animals

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Target: Dr. Thomas Korff

Goal: Thank Doctor Thomas Korff for developing methods to protect animals within medical research and testing

German vascular researcher and professor Dr. Thomas Korff recently received the Ursula M. Händel Animal Welfare Prize for his effort to minimize the suffering and involvement of animals used within his research. What sets Dr. Korff’s research apart is that all stakeholders in his studies benefit. For improving both the lives of humans and animals, Dr. Korff deserves our gratitude.

The Ursula M. Händel Animal Welfare Prize is presented annually by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German Research Foundation) and recognizes scientists who have improved the welfare of animals used within research. Korff researches vascular diseases at the University of Heidelberg’s Institute for Physiology and Pathophysiology where he developed several ways to reduce the suffering experienced by animals during experiments, reduce the overall number of animals required for effective tests, and use alternative methods that don’t require the use of animals.

Dr. Korff received the award, specifically, “for his exemplary application of the principles of the 3Rs (replacement, refinement and reduction).” That is, for substituting conscious living animals with insentient material, decreasing the incidence or severity of inhumane procedures applied to those animals that still have to be used, creating strategies to eliminate or minimize that impact, and reducing the number of animals used in experimentation through carefully designed scientific, statistically valid studies. Korff’s methodologies range from cardiovascular physiology to tumor research and are already being adopted by the pharmaceutical industry. “The question for the DFG is to consider how science, which will not be able to do without animal testing entirely, can contribute to reducing the number of such experiments and to improve testing conditions to minimise animal distress,” said DFG President Professor Peter Strohschneider.

Please take a moment to sign the petition below and thank Dr. Thomas Korff for his incredible contributions to animal welfare and for helping us get even closer to a world free of animal testing.


Dear Dr. Korff,

You are the recent recipient of the Ursula M. Händel Animal Welfare Prize for your pioneering work in replacing, refining, and reducing animal testing methodologies within the medical industry. Throughout your research you have not only found ways to minimize the suffering animals experience during experiments, but have also found effective and improved alternatives to animal testing.

Thank you for your incredible effort to improve the lives of both humans and animals. I wish you nothing but success and I hope that the medical and pharmaceutical industries continue to adopt your research methods.


[Your Name Here]

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