Working Group Background, Charge, and Roster


Working Group Background

The Council of Councils Working Group on the Use of Chimpanzees in NIH-Supported Research was established on February 1, 2012, and charged on February 2, 2012. In early 2012, the NIH solicited for public input to further inform the Working Group’s deliberations and a summary of the comments received is at Summary of Public Comments from Feb 2012.

The Working Group provided updates to the Council of Councils during the open session of the June 5, 2012 meeting, and again in September 2012 and presented its final report during an open session of the Council of Councils on January 22, 2013. The Council of Council accepted the Working Group’s final report and the NIH opened a 60-day public comment period to collect comments on the 28 recommendations in the report.



The charge of the Council of Councils Working Group on the Use of Chimpanzees in NIH-Supported Research was to provide advice and recommendations on implementation of the recommendations made by the Institute of Medicine (IOM) in their report “Chimpanzees in Biomedical and Behavioral Research: Assessing the Necessity.”

The Working Group has been charged with:

  • Developing a plan for implementation of the IOM’s guiding principles and criteria;
  • Analyzing currently active NIH-supported research using chimpanzees to advise on which studies currently meet the principles and criteria defined by the IOM report and advising on the process for closing studies if any do not comply with the IOM recommendations;
  • Advising on the size and placement of active and inactive populations of
    NIH-owned or -supported chimpanzees that may need to be considered as a result of implementing the IOM recommendations; and
  • Developing a review process for considering whether potential future use of the chimpanzee in NIH-supported research is scientifically necessary and consistent with the IOM principles.



Daniel H. Geschwind, MD, PhD (co-chair)
University of California - Los Angeles
Los Angeles, CA

K.C. Kent Lloyd, DVM, PhD (co-chair)
University of California - Davis
Davis, CA

Alan D. Barrett, PhD
University of Texas Medical Branch
Galveston, TX

R. Alta Charo, JD
University of Wisconsin Law School
Madison, WI

Beatrice H. Hahn, MD
University of Pennsylvania - Perelman School of Medicine
Philadelphia, PA

Stephen Ross, PhD
Lincoln Park Zoo
Chicago, IL

Patricia Turner, MSc, DVM, DVSc
Ontario Veterinary College, University of Guelph
Guelph, ON Canada

Members Who Participated in the Working Group for a Partial Term

Stanley Lemon, MD
University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, NC

Daniel J. Povinelli, PhD
University of Louisiana
Lafayette, LA

Charles Rice, PhD
The Rockefeller University
New York, NY

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