The Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, has become the third major research institution this year to agree to seek alternatives to the use of animals for testing the safety of commercial products, and this may be only the beginning.
The university's School of Hygiene and Public Health is accepting a $1 million grant from the Cosmetic, Toiletry, and Fragrance Association (CTFA), Washington, DC, to set up a "Center for Alternatives to Animal Testing." Some research will be done at Hopkins but, according to Alan M. Goldberg, PhD, a professor of toxicology who will direct the center, Hopkins also will select investigators from other institutions. A panel of scientists not connected with the university will review research proposals that come in after a symposium is held to identify areas for research.
Earlier this year, Rockefeller University, New York City, and Tufts University School of Medicine, Boston, agreed to engage in similar searches