As of Oct. 19th, 2020 Jenny Sandström officially took over the 3RCC Directorship. We would like to take this opportunity to sincerely thank Rolf Hanimann for his advice, support and diplomatic leadership in the transition.
Jenny Sandström, who used to coordinate the research and educational activities at the Swiss Centre for Applied Human Toxicology (SCAHT), became Executive Director of the 3R Competence Centre Switzerland (3RCC), succeeding Chantra Eskes, who left the centre at the end of 2019.
Jenny Sandström is a molecular biologist by training and originates from Umeå (Sweden). She obtained her PhD at the Eberhard-Karls University of Tübingen University, where she studied the effects of modified transcriptional regulation during murine brain and eye development. Following her postdoctoral research in neurotoxicology at the University of Lausanne, she joined the SCAHT as research coordinator in 2015 and provides project management support to research groups at the universities of Geneva, Lausanne and Basel, and is also involved in SCAHT's organisation of continued professional education.
In her new position at the 3RCC, Jenny Sandström will lead a small team at the directorate. She will help define the 3RCC's research and education strategy and facilitate the implementation of different 3Rs projects to improve animal research and promote the use of innovative animal-free methods at Swiss universities. Her experience in toxicology, in vitro models and diverse fields of fundamental research in Switzerland and abroad, together with her network of contacts at universities, industry and authorities, she is well equipped to lead the further development of the 3RCC. She will represent the competence centre in political discussions and carry the 3RCC's main messages to the public. Jenny Sandström is keen to offer her expertise to authorities, educational institutions and other interested parties who wish to obtain information on the 3Rs. She is looking forward to working with all the different experts within the 3RCC network and its partners and stakeholders to promote the implementation of the 3Rs principles and alternative methods to animal testing.