Last updated on: 12/9/2013 | Author: ProCon.org

Dario Ringach, PhD, MSc Biography

Title:
Professor of Neurobiology and Psychology at the University of California at Los Angeles
Position:
Pro to the question "Should Animals Be Used for Scientific or Commercial Testing?"
Reasoning:

“The contributions of animal research to medical science and human health are undeniable… When the majority of scientists see the work as scientifically justified, and so do the many professional medical and scientific organizations, the expert views cannot be simply dismissed based on wild claims of ulterior motives, self-interest and conspiracy theories.

Why is the use of animals in scientific experimentation morally permissible? In my view, it is because the moral status of animals is not equal to that of humans and because opting out of the research condemns our patients (both animal and human) to suffer and die of disease. Stopping the research would be, as Darwin correctly judged, a crime against humanity. I have come to appreciate the compassion animal activists have toward animals. Paradoxically, this compassion does not seem to extent to human patients. Hopefully, animal activists will come to accept that our work is driven similarly by an honest attempt at advancing knowledge and alleviating suffering and disease in the world.”

“The Use of Nonhuman Animals in Biomedical Research,” American Journal of the Medical Sciences, Oct. 2011

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
Experts
Individuals with PhDs, MDs, or equivalent advanced degrees in fields relevant to animal testing issues. Also top-level government officials (such as foreign leaders, US presidents, Founding Fathers, Supreme Court Justices, members of legislative bodies, cabinet members, military leaders, etc.) with positions relevant to animal testing issues.
Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Professor of Neurobiology and Psychology, University of California at Los Angeles, 1999-present
  • Member, Society for Neuroscience, American Physiological Association, Vision Sciences Society, and Australian Neuroscience Society
  • Member, Central Visual Processing study section, National Eye Institute
  • Member, College of CSR Reviewers
  • Committee Member, Speaking of Research, 2009-2010
  • Recipient, Sloan Foundation Fellowship in Theoretical Neuroscience
  • Recipient, Miriam and Aaron Gutwirth Award
  • Recipient, Goldsmith Foundation Scholarship
Education:
  • PhD, Neural Science, New York University
  • MSc, Electrical Engineering, Technion-Machon Technologi Le’ Israel, 1991
  • BSc, cum laude, Computer Engineering, Technion-Machon Technologi Le’ Israel
Other:
  • None found
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Pro & Con Quotes: Should Animals Be Used for Scientific or Commercial Testing?