Advisory Panel

From time to time HRA seeks advice from experts in various disciplines. The following people do not have any decision-making power on HRA strategies and activities, but have contributed valuable advice from their specific areas of knowledge and expertise, for which we are very appreciative.

Dr Andre Menache​

BSc (zoology), BSc(Hons), BVSc, MRCVS

CEO of Antidote Europe, André Menache is a zoologist and a veterinary surgeon. He has a particular interest in medical law and was instrumental in amending the Declaration of Helsinki.

Dr Menache’s scientific opposition to animal experimentation led him to uncover serious methodological shortcomings in human experimentation (“clinical trials”), about which he has published several papers.

Dr Andrew Knight

BSc (Vet Biol), BVMS, CertAW, DipECAWBM (AWSEL), PhD, MRCVS, SFHEA

Andrew Knight is a European Veterinary Specialist in Animal Welfare Science, Ethics and Law; a Professor of Animal Welfare and Ethics at the University of Winchester; and a Senior Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy. He has published extensively on animal issues within both academic and popular media, including a series of youtube videos. His doctorate on animal experimentation and educational animal use formed the basis for his book, The Costs and Benefits of Animal Experiments.

Dr Brett Lidbury

B.Sc, B.Sc (Hons) (Newcastle), PhD (ANU), FFSc (RCPA)

Brett Lidbury is a Science Honours graduate from the University of Newcastle, whom thereafter completed a Ph.D. at The Australian National University (ANU). Since graduation he has conducted research at other Australian universities and in the United States, primarily on virus-host interaction and pathogenesis, while remaining active in university education.

Brett is currently an Associate Professor with The National Centre for Epidemiology and Public Health, where he conducts research through a range of animal alternatives, as well as applying systems biology strategies for fundamental infectious disease research.

Brett is an advisor to the ANU Animal Ethics Committee on animal alternatives,and has established a virtual animal alternatives support unit with the ANU Office of Research Integrity.

Glenys Oogjes

BBSc.

Glenys Oogjes is one of Australia’s most experienced and respected animal advocates.

Her interest in animal welfare and work in the field has spanned three decades. She is the Chief Executive of Animals Australia and represents animal advocacy groups on the new Australian Animal Welfare Advisory Committee which provides animal welfare advice to the Federal and State Agriculture Ministers.

Belinda Oppenheimer
BVSc (Hons) MANZCVS

Belinda Oppenheimer is a welfare advocate and practicing veterinarian currently working in primary and referral unusual pet practice. She has a decade of experience in animal shelter and welfare work, and is a veterinary adviser and volunteer for numerous animal advocacy groups. She graduated with honours in her veterinary degree and went on to attain her Membership of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists in the field of Medicine and Surgery of Unusual Pets, indicating a high level of knowledge of the biology and care of commonly used laboratory species including rabbits, rats, mice, guinea pigs and ferrets. Her interest in the use of animals in research stemmed from witnessing the use of greyhounds in veterinary education

Prof. Anne Keogh

MBBS MD FRACP

Anne Keogh is Professor in Medicine at the University of NSW, Joint Head of the Clinical Research Program in the Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute and the Senior Cardiologist in Cardiac Transplantation at St Vincent’s Hospital.

She is also a Fellow of the Royal Australian College of Physicians, Assistant Editor of the Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation and a member and a Past President of the International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation. Anne is also founder and President of the Pulmonary Hypertension Society of Australia and New Zealand (2011).

Mr Ashwin Kumaria

mbbs bsc akc fzs mrcs frsa

Ashwin is a Registrar Neurosurgeon at the Queen’s Medical Centre, Nottingham, UK.

He is a Member of the Royal College of Surgeons of England and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.  His surgical and academic interests include traumatic brain injury, cerebral aneurysms and brain tumours.  He has published extensively on in vitro models and high fidelity simulation as alternatives to animal experimentation.

Dr Peter Lang

BSc MBBS FRACP

Dr Peter Lange is a consultant physician and geriatrician.

Stay informed

Sign up to our newsletter for all the latest news.