Dr. Charu Chandrasekera

Dr. Charu Chandrasekera

Scientist & Executive Director - Canadian Centre for Alternatives to Animal Methods University of Windsor

Dr. Chandrasekera recently founded the Canadian Centre for Alternatives to Animal Methods (CCAAM) “from a back-of-the-napkin idea to reality” and launched it at the University of Windsor in October of 2017. From Brazil to China, many countries across the globe have already established centres for alternatives, but Canada was lagging behind. This is the first research centre of its kind in Canada. Eliminating all animal testing is still far off but, like the abolishment of slavery or granting women the right to vote, she understands that this is a goal worth working towards. Her centre’s vision is to “replace animals in Canadian biomedical research, education and chemical safety testing, hopefully by 2050” – an inspiring ambition, that I for one support wholeheartedly. And I hope you do, too.