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The Physicians Committee is seeking a research policy specialist to advance human-relevant, nonanimal biomedical research. The research policy specialist will work with the Physicians Committee staff, experts in academia, makers of nonanimal research methods, and other allies to strategize and execute scientific and policy changes at the National Institutes of Health and other government agencies, which will lead to a reduction in animal use in scientific research by increasing the funding and conduct of nonanimal health research methods.

The Physicians Committee is seeking a registered dietitian to promote disease prevention and health promotion through a plant-based diet to health professionals, the public, and government through clinical research, literature reviews, advocacy, and nutrition education.

These are full-time positions with a comprehensive benefits package. Click here to apply online!



Scientists have found that a human cell- and brain tissue-based model using activity-based protein profiling (ABPP) was able to predict why an experimental drug compound BIA 10-2474 killed one previously healthy clinical trial volunteer and caused brain damage in four others. They found that BIA 10-2474 disrupted the activity of several lipases, including an off-target enzyme that has been linked to rare neurological disorders, suggesting BIA 10-2474 may disrupt how neurons in the brain metabolize lipids. The off-target effects found using ABPP were not seen in experiments on mice, rats, monkeys, and dogs.

Later this month in Seattle, Physicians Committee scientists will present our work to replace animals in science in five oral and five poster presentations at the World Congress on Alternatives and Animals in the Life Sciences. You or your favorite scientist is also invited to join us at a pre-congress event titled How Can We Break Through the Scientific and Cultural Barriers to Nonanimal Research? A Workshop and Brainstorm. The event will take place the afternoon of Sunday August 20 and will feature several short, stimulating talks from thought leaders regarding the current barriers and resources needed to rapidly advance human-based research. Then participants will be led in facilitated “focus group” discussions to build consensus around priority activities and policies which should be pursued. For more information, please contact Ann Lam at


On July 28 and 29, over 650 doctors and healthcare professionals attended the Physicians Committee’s fifth annual International Conference on Nutrition in Medicine to learn from more than 20 experts about the latest in nutrition and research. Save the date – next year’s conference will take place on August 10 and 11, 2018, and registration is open now!

New research published in the Journal of Nutrition finds meal timing may be one way to reach and maintain a lower body weight, based on feedback from 50,000 participants in the Adventist Health Study 2 (AHS-2) who participated in a 7-year follow-up study. Lead author and current director of clinical research at the Physicians Committee, Hana Kahleova, M.D., Ph.D, completed the study as a postdoctoral research fellow at Loma Linda University. Read more about the study here.

Help your patients put nutrition to work in their lives with waiting room resources from the Physicians Committee. Our waiting room kits contain everything you need to start talking prevention with your patients. Choose from the following kits: Cancer Prevention & Survival, Diet & Diabetes, Kids Get Healthy, Disease Prevention & Wellness, or choose our Starter Kit, for an introduction to our educational materials. Also available: nutrition-focused posters for your exam rooms and books and DVDs for your nutrition library. Order resources for your practice today!