Anna Lowit of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will be awarded the Society of Toxicology (SOT) 2017 Enhancement of Animal Welfare Award. Lowit, a Senior Scientist in the EPA Office of Pesticide Programs, has been serving as co-chair of ICCVAM since 2013. She has played a key role in advancing EPA initiatives to reduce and eventually replace animal use for the “six-pack” of required acute toxicity tests for pesticide registration. During her tenure as ICCVAM co-chair, she has supported ICCVAM efforts to increase communication and collaboration with stakeholders, and played a key role in advancing international harmonization of non-animal tests for skin sensitization.
The Enhancement of Animal Welfare Award is presented annually to an SOT member to recognize contributions made towards development and application of methods that replace, refine, or reduce the need for experimental animals. Lowit will receive the award at the SOT annual meeting in March 2017 in San Antonio, Texas.