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Who’s Who? | Project R&R

April 7, 2012 • Posted in Fact Sheets and More

Christian R. Abee, DVM, MS, DACLAM

Carol Asvestas

  • Founder and Director of Wild Animal Orphanage, and the National Sanctuary for Retired Research Primates (NSRPP) which houses chimpanzees formerly used in biomedical research, and is described as the country’s first Biosafety Level 2 sanctuary

Jarrod Bailey, PhD

  • Project Development Coordinator at the School of Population and Health Sciences at University of Newcastle upon Tyne
  • Science Director for Project R&R
  • Scientific director for Europeans for Medical Progress
  • Read his full bio here...

Sarah (Sally) T. Boysen, PhD

  • Former Director of the Comparative Cognition Project at Ohio State University’s Chimpanzee Center

Linda Brent, PhD

  • Primatologist specializing in chimpanzees
  • Former President and Director of Chimp Haven
  • Member of Chimp Haven's Board of Directors
  • Former Director of Chimpanzee Enrichment at the Southwest Foundation for Biomedical Research

Theodora Capaldo, EdD

  • Current Executive Director of the New England Anti-Vivisection Society
  • Trustee of the American Fund for Alternatives to Animal Research
  • Read her full bio here...

Martine Colette

  • Founder and former Executive Director of the Wildlife WayStation, a facility in California housing several species of rescued animals including chimpanzees retired from research

Kathleen Conlee

Frederick Coulston, PhD

  • Former CEO of the now-closed Coulston Foundation

Lesley Day

  • President and Director of Chimps, Inc., a sanctuary in Oregon for rescued chimpanzees from research labs, parks/zoos, and entertainment

Frans de Waal, PhD

  • Professor in the Psychology Department at Emory University
  • Director of the Living Links Center at the Yerkes Regional Primate Research Center

Debra Durham, PhD

  • Director of Behavior & Research at Save the Chimps
  • Former primate specialist at Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM)

Jen Feuerstein

  • Former caregiver at Save the Chimps (and Yerkes) 
  • Co-founder of the Laboratory Primate Advocacy Group 
  • Member of Project R&R's Advisory Board

Deborah Fouts, MS

  • Studied American Sign Language with chimpanzee Washoe (along with Roger Fouts)
  • Co-directs the Chimpanzee and Human Communication Institute at Central Washington University
  • Vice President of Friends of Washoe
  • Member of the Chimpanzee Collaboratory and Advisory Board for Project R&R

Roger Fouts, PhD

  • Psychologist who studied American Sign Language with chimpanzee Washoe and her family
  • Currently co-director of the Chimpanzee and Human Communication Institute at Central Washington University
  • Member of the Chimpanzee Collaboratory and Advisory Board for Project R&R

Jo Fritz

  • Director of the Primate Foundation of Arizona

J.F. Fulton

  • Researcher associated with the Yale Laboratories of Primate Biology
  • Delivered a presentation to the Kansas City Academy of Medicine, in 1937, titled, “The Chimpanzee in Experimental Medicine” in which he promoted the chimpanzee as an experimental subject

R. Allen Gardner, PhD

  • Experimental psychologist specializing in cross fostering and language studies with chimpanzees, most notably Washoe

Jane Goodall, PhD

  • Famed primatologist and world renowned chimpanzee expert, whose field work at the Gombe Stream Reserve in Tanzania, Africa led to groundbreaking discoveries about tool use, culture, family, and social relationships and hunting among free-living chimpanzees
  • Founder of the Jane Goodall Institute
  • Member of Project R&R's Advisory Board

Ray Greek, MD

Gloria Grow

  • Founder and director of the first and only sanctuary for chimpanzees in Canada, the Fauna Foundation, providing them lifetime care and permanent protection
  • Honorary co-chair of Project R&R and advisory board member
  • Read her full bio here...

Thomas Insel, MD

Eric Kleiman

  • Director of research and investigations for In Defense of Animals
  • Led investigations on the Coulston Foundation, Charles River Laboratories at Alamogordo, and New Iberia Research Center’s whistle blower suit

Wolfgang Kohler, PhD

  • German psychologist who, between 1913 and 1920, directed the anthropoid research station of the Prussian Academy of Sciences at Tenerife in the Canary Islands and examined the capacity of chimpanzees to create and use tools and build structures
  • Author of The Mentality of Apes

D. Rick Lee, DVM

James Mahoney, DVM

Tetsuro Matsuzawa, DSc

  • Professor of Language and Intelligence at the Primate Research Institute of Kyoto University, Japan
  • Studies chimpanzees in the laboratory and in the wild

Shirley McGreal, EdD

Nancy Megna

  • Spokesperson and program specialist for Project R&R
  • Former caregiver at both Yerkes and LEMSIP
  • Co-founder of the Laboratory Primate Advocacy Group
  • Read her full bio here...

Jan Moor-Jankowski, MD

  • Immunologist and former director of the now-closed Laboratory for Experimental Surgery and Medicine in Primates (LEMSIP) at New York University (NYU)
  • Dismissed by NYU, the day after the United States Department of Agriculture told the university that he had reported violations at another of NYU’s labs

Michael Nichols

  • Staff photographer for National Geographic
  • His photographs from Brutal Kinship, by Jane Goodall and Michael Nichols, grace the pages of Project R&R’s website with his permission

Frank Noelker

  • Photographer and associate professor of art at the University of Connecticut
  • Collaborated with the Fauna Foundation sanctuary to produce Sacrificed Lives, a unique exhibit of their photographic portraits, many part of the Project R&R materials with his permission

Carole Noon, PhD

  • Primatologist and director of the largest sanctuary for the life time care and permanent protection of chimpanzees in the world, Save the Chimps, Fort Piece,  FL
  • Member of the Chimpanzee Collaboratory and the Advisory Board for Project R&R

Francis Novembre, PhD

  • Research associate professor in the Division of Microbiology and Immunology of the Yerkes National Primate Research Center, research included using Jerom for HIV studies

Daniel Povinelli, PhD

  • Professor at the Institute of Cognitive Science, University of Louisiana at Lafayette conducts comparative studies of the mental lives of chimpanzees and human children, a member of the Chimpanzee Research Center Advisory Council at Yerkes National Primate Center

Alfred M. Prince, MD

  • Chairman, Hepatitis Research Center
  • Member-Founder of International Consortium for Blood Safety (ICBS)

Patti Ragan

  • Founder and director of the Center for Great Apes, a permanent sanctuary in Florida
  • Member of Project R&R's Advisory Board

Liz Clancy Ross

  • Former Director of Special Projects for Doris Day Animal League, member of the Chimpanzee Collaboratory
  • Assisted the Center for Captive Chimpanzee Care (now Save the Chimps) in a successful lawsuit against the U.S. Air Force for permanent custody of 21 chimpanzees

Thomas J. Rowell, DVM

  • Director of the New Iberia Research Center at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette

Sue Savage-Rumbaugh

Michael Seres

  • Chimpanzee management consultant with more than 33 years experience in primate husbandry and 14 years experience in primate and great ape care
  • Photographer whose photos grace the pages of Project R&R’s website with his permission and member of Project R&R's Advisory Board 

Peter Singer, B. Phil

  • Philosopher, author, and professor
  • Founding member of the Great Ape Project, which seeks to persuade the United Nations to adopt its Declaration on Great Apes awarding personhood to nonhuman great apes
  • Author of Animal Liberation and several other papers and books

Senator Bob Smith

  • One of the lead sponsors of the CHIMP Act (signed into law in 2000)the first law to prohibit killing of a non human species, chimpanzees, for the convenience of a lab and  to create a federally funded “retirement” system for chimpanzees no longer needed for research. Update: In 2007, The Chimp Haven is Home Act closed a loophole in the CHIMP Act which had allowed chimpanzee to be returned to research under certain circumstances. Chimpanzees now have permanent protection and cannot be returned to research once they are retiredan accomplishment consistent with Senator Smith’s original goal with the CHIMP Act.
  • Member of Project R&R's Advisory Board

Tony Smith

  • Co-founder of Great Ape Standing and Personhood (GRASP), a panel to promote recognition of personhood for great apes
  • President of the Fauna Sanctuary, the U.S. affiliate of Fauna Foundation, Canada

Sheri Speede, DVM

  • Founder/director of the Sanaga-Yong Chimpanzee Rescue Center in Cameroon
  • Director of In Defense of Animals-Africa
  • Member of Project R&R's Advisory Board

John Strandberg, DVM, PhD

  • Former director of Division of Comparative Medicine for the National Center for the National Center for Research Resources (NCRR) at NIH, and once a key figure in policy-making on chimpanzees in research, who acknowledged in a public forum that a ban on chimpanzee research “wouldn’t surprise me”

Geza P. Teleki, PhD

  • Primatologist and founder of the Committee for Conservation and Care of Chimpanzees (CCCC)

Herbert S. Terrace, PhD

  • A former psychology professor at Columbia University who conducted language research studies on chimpanzee Nim Chimpsky

April Truitt

  • Director of the Primate Rescue Center, a permanent sanctuary for nonhuman primates, including chimpanzees
  • Member of Project R&R's Advisory Board

Edward Tyson

  • England’s leading anatomist in the late 1600’s; referred to as the “father of primatology"

John L. VandeBerg, PhD

David A. Washburn, PhD

  • Director of the Language Research Center at Georgia State University

Lisa Wathne

  • Captive exotic animal specialist at People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals

Rachel Weiss, JD

Steven Wise, JD

  • Attorney, founder and president of the Center for the Expansion of Fundamental Rights
  • Author of Rattling the Cage, which argues for basic rights of great apes

Richard Wrangham, PhD

  • Professor of biological anthropology at Harvard University who has extensive experience studying free-living chimpanzee cultures

Robert Mearns Yerkes, PhD

  • Psychobiologist who conducted comparative research with gorillas and chimpanzees
  • Founded the first nonhuman primate research laboratory in the U.S. in 1929, namesake of the Yerkes National Primate Research Center

Stuart Zola, PhD

  • Director of Yerkes National Primate Research Center


  • Committee on Long-Term Care of Chimpanzees (NRC Report)
  • Dani P. Bolognesi, Duke University
  • Thomas M. Butler, Southwest Foundation for Biomedical Research
  • Philip Davies, Merck Research Laboratories
  • Neal L. First, University of Wisconsin, Madison
  • Nathan R. Flesness, International Species Information System
  • Patricia Fultz, University of Alabama at Birmingham
  • Peter Theran, Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
  • Sarah Williams-Blangero, Southwest Foundation for Biomedical Research
  • Lilly-Marlene Russow

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