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Winner of Inaugural Excellence in Research Animal Care & Use Award Announced

The Animal Care & Use Program is pleased to announce that Hadrian Kinnear, a student in the Medical Scientist Training Program, is the recipient of the inaugural Excellence in Research Animal Care & Use Award.

Established in 2019, the Award celebrates staff excellence within the research community in the categories of Excellence in Animal Welfare, Outreach & Education, and Innovation & Collaboration.

Hadrian has worked alongside Dr. Ariella Shikanov from the Biomedical Engineering Department to study the reproductive consequences of testosterone administration for female-to-male gender transition.

He has also collaborated with experts in Obstetrics & Gynecology to turn a simple idea into a robust and well-refined animal model, which led to his nomination for this award.

Hadrian also serves as a peer mentor for his fellow graduate students who have said, “Hadrian has gone above and beyond teaching me and others in the lab… he ensures that everyone he trains understands why we do certain steps and always puts the health of the animal(s) first. He is always ready to assist when evaluating the best way to do a procedure or evaluating an animal’s behavior, which is an invaluable asset to our lab.”

Congratulations on receiving this well-deserved award, Hadrian! We thank you for exemplifying the dedication to animal welfare, education, innovation, and collaboration that this award honors.

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