Q&A: CDU interviews Lush Prize 2024 winner Emily R. Trunnell, Ph.D.

Q A CDU interviews Lush Prize 2024 winner Emily R. Trunnell Ph.D

In an industry where innovation and ethics are often intertwined, the cosmetics and personal care sector remains a crucial sector for innovation in humane and effective research methodologies. Last week, cosmetics company Lush announced the winners of its prestigious Lush Prize, which supports initiatives to end or replace animal testing. 

The Lush Prize has five main prize categories: Science, Training, Public Awareness, Lobbying, and Young Researcher, and the winners from each category split £250,000, which is the largest prize fund in the non-animal testing sector. The Lush Prize also includes three categories of Recognition Awards for Political Achievement, Major Science Collaboration, and the Andrew Tyler Award for outstanding contribution towards ending animal testing. 

To learn more about the crucial work being done to advance non-animal testing methods, we spoke with Dr. Emily Trunnell, Director of Science Advancement and Outreach at People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA). Dr. Trunnell is a member of the Coalition to Illuminate and Address Animal Methods Bias (COLAAB), who won the 2024 Lush Prize’s Major Science Collaboration Recognition Award for their work in exposing and dismantling “animal methods bias” in scientific publishing. The award acknowledges outstanding “international collaborations looking to develop non-animal techniques or approaches more widely and in the longer term,” as detailed on Lush’s website.

As detailed in PETA’s press release announcing the win, “the coalition—through peer-reviewed research, workshops, presentations, and more—showed that the prevailing scientific bias favors the antiquated convention of using animals in experiments, despite the availability of perfectly workable non-animal research methods.” 

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