University of New Mexico President David J. Schmidly today appointed a blue ribbon committee to review the policies and procedures of animal research conducted at UNM.
The committee will be charged with reviewing the approval processes and practices related to the animal protocols of Andrea Allen, Ph.D., and to determine whether university and federal guidelines were followed.
“As a scientist and zoologist, I appreciate the vital importance of humane, ethical animal research to the advancement of knowledge,” said Schmidly. “The work of this committee will determine if the allegations of animal abuse have merit at which point we will take appropriate action. I want to be assured that our respected scientists will continue their essential research in a human and ethical way.”
Joanna Prukop, secretary of the New Mexico Department of Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources, will chair the committee, which will receive its charge directly from President Schmidly at its first meeting.Other members of the committee are John Trotter, M.D., deputy executive vice president for UNM Health Sciences; William Gannon, chair of the UNM Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee ; Sam Loker, chair of the UNM Biology Department; Patrick Apodaca, University Counsel; Susan McKinsey, director of University Communication; Lisa Jennings, Animal Protective Services; and Ray Powell, veterinarian and former state land commissioner.