The Editors

Jann Hau is Professor in Comparative Medicine at University of Uppsala in Sweden. Dr. Hau graduated in experimental biology from University of Odense in Denmark after medical and biology studies in 1977, and specialized in laboratory animal science. Following research fellowships at University of Odense, he did his doctorate (Dr. Med) at this university. In 1983, he joined the Department of Pathology at The Royal Veterinary and Agricultural University (RVAU) in Copenhagen as Associate Professor and Head of the Laboratory Animal Science Unit. He was later Head of the Department of Pathology and Dean of the Faculty of Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Science at the RVAU.

In 1991, he moved to the Royal Veterinary College (RVC) in London as Professor in the London University Chair in Laboratory Animal Science and Welfare. At the RVC, he was responsible for the undergraduate and postgraduate teaching in laboratory animal science and welfare, which included a specialist Master of Science course in Laboratory Animal Science that attracted a number of postgraduate students from many parts of the world.

In 1996, Dr. Hau was appointed Professor in Comparative Medicine in Uppsala and Head of a new Department of Comparative Medicine. Following amalgamations of departments at the medical faculty, Comparative Medicine is presently integrated with the Department of Physiology of which Dr. Hau is presently Head. In Uppsala, he has established a number of courses for undergraduate students and postgraduate students, including specialist education programs.

Dr. Hau has organized several international meetings and courses on laboratory animal science. He is the editor-in-chief of the Scandinavian Journal of Laboratory Animal Science and editor of the laboratory animals' section of the UFAW journal Animal Welfare. He is a member of a number of laboratory animal science organizations and former president of the Scandinavian Society of Laboratory Animal Science and the Federation of European Laboratory Animal Science Associations.

Dr. Hau has supervised many postgraduate master's students and Ph.D. students and published several hundred scientific papers and chapters in books. Together with Dr. P. Svendsen, he wrote the first Danish textbook on laboratory animals and animal experiments published in 1981, 1985, and 1989, and they co-edited the first edition of the CRC Handbook of Laboratory Animal Science published in 1994.

Dr. Hau's current research interests include development of refined laboratory animal models for studies of biological mechanisms in reproductive biology and infections as well as development of methods to assess stress and welfare in animals. His research activities also include projects focused on ways to replace, reduce. and refine the use of animals in antibody production.

Gerald Van Hoosier is Professor of Comparative Medicine in the School of Medicine at the University of Washington in Seattle, Washington. Dr. Van Hoosier graduated from the College of Veterinary Medicine at Texas A&M University at College Station, Texas, in 1957 and subsequently obtained postdoctoral training in virology and epidemiology at Berkeley, California, and in pathology at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. From 1957-1962, he served as a Commissioned Officer in the U.S. Public Health Service assigned to the biologics program at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland, where he focused on the development and safety evaluation of poliomyelitis and measles vaccine. Following five years in the Public Health Service, Dr. Van Hoosier joined the faculty of the Division of Experimental Biology at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas, and did research on the role of viruses in the etiology of cancer. In 1969, he moved to Pullman, Washington, where he was a faculty member in the Department of Veterinary Pathology in the School of Veterinary Medicine and Director of Laboratory Animal Resources at Washington State University. He introduced a course on laboratory animals into the third year of the veterinary school curriculum, taught a graduate course on the pathology of laboratory animals, and began the development of a series of audio tutorials in collaboration with the American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine. In 1975, Dr. Van Hoosier was invited to develop an experimental animal program at the University of Washington. He obtained a training grant for veterinarians from the National Institutes of Health and established the Department of Comparative Medicine, which offers an M.S. degree. He served as the department chairman and Attending Veterinarian until 1995.

After becoming a diplomate of the American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine in 1968, he served as President in 1977-1978. Other professional activities have included serving as Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the American Association for Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care in 1981-1982, President of the American Association of Laboratory Animal Science in 1992, and a member of the Governing Board of the International Council for Laboratory Animal Science from 1995-1999. In addition to approximately 100 scientific papers, Dr. Van Hoosier was a co-editor of Laboratory Hamsters, one of a series of texts by the American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine and served as editor of Laboratory Animal Science from 1995-1999. He is currently a member of the Editorial Council of the Baltic Journal of Laboratory Animal Science and Animales de Experimentacion.

He is the recipient of the Griffin Award from the American Association of Laboratory Animal Science and a Distinguished Alumni Award from the College of Veterinary Medicine at Texas A&M University.

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