Dr. Jarrod Bailey, is a geneticist and science advisor for the New England Anti-Vivisection Society (NEAVS, Boston, MA) and its major campaign, Project R&R: Release and Restitution for Chimpanzees in U.S. Laboratories. He is the Scientific Advisor to the British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection (BUAV, London, UK) and to the patient advocacy organization, Europeans for Medical Progress (now known as "Safer Medicines," London, UK). In addition, he is an Honorary Research Associate at Newcastle University, UK.
After completing his PhD in viral genetics at Newcastle University, U.K., Dr. Bailey’s research examined the causes of premature birth in humans. During these years he developed an interest in the relevance and validity of animal experiments to human disease. He has written reviews outlining the limitations and dangers of the use of animals to test for substances that can cause birth defects and cancer. He also authored a report on the redundancy of using genetically modified animals to research diseases such as cystic fibrosis, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s, among others. Dr. Bailey has published several papers on the human relevance and efficacy of using chimpanzees for the development of AIDS vaccines; cancer research; Hepatitis C; and also a meta-analysis of chimpanzee use in all fields of scientific research.
Dr. Bailey was a chief author of the Mandatory Alternatives Petition (MAP) to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, requesting that it require the use of existing validated non-animal methods in research and testing in place of animal methods. He submitted scientific evidence to a variety of British and European governmental and scientific inquiries into the validity of animal research, much of which has appeared in peer-reviewed scientific journals. His most recent focus is investigating the genetic similarities and differences between humans and chimpanzees that make them either relevant to or inappropriate models for the study of human diseases and the use of dogs in research and testing.
Dr. Bailey has been the subject of radio, television, and print interviews internationally. He has presented in many scientific and lay arenas, including the United Kingdom; Belgium; Italian and European parliaments; U.S. Members of Congress; the FDA and EPA; and most recently by invitation, to the Institute of Medicine (IOM) committee investigating the use of chimpanzees in research.