Aysha Akhtar, M.D., M.P.H., is a double Board-certified neurologist and preventive medicine/public health specialist. She is demonstrating how there is a mutual benefit to both humans and animals when animals are protected. Dr. Akhtar is the President and CEO of the Center for Contemporary Sciences, which is catalyzing the replacement of unreliable animal testing with more effective human-specific research techniques. A U.S veteran, she previously served as Deputy Director of the U.S. Army Traumatic Brain Injury Program developing the Army’s brain injury prevention and treatment strategies for soldiers. As a Commander in the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps, Dr. Akhtar frequently deployed to assist with national public health emergencies. She is published in peer-reviewed journals including Lancet, Pediatrics, Journal of Public Health Policy and Reviews in the Neurosciences. Aysha is a Fellow of the Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics. She is the author of the two books, Our Symphony With Animals. On Health, Empathy and Our Shared Destinies and Animals and Public Health, which argues for the need for health institutions to include animals as part of the “public” in public health. Aysha is a TEDx speaker. Our host Annika van den Born interviewed Aysha for our podcast series Beyond Human Relations on animal rights, animal testing and alternatives.

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00:00:00 Introduction / 00:02:00 Background / 00:04:00 Human biology and animal testing / 00:07:00 Slow to change / 00:11:00 Learning to use alternatives / 00:15:00 Becoming aware of animal testing / 00:20:00 New testing methods, call to scientist.

Links and recommendations:

Center for Contemporary Sciences

Aysha Akhtar, M.D., M.P.H

Our Symphony With Animals ~ On Health, Empathy & Our Shared Destiny With Animals

Animals and Public Health ~ Why Treating Animals Better Is Critical to Human Welfare

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