Americans for Medical Progress – AMP – connects reporters with research contacts, spokespeople, pictures and video to provide a current and accurate profile of the importance of animals in biomedical research and testing.
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AMP Media Spokespersons
Paula Clifford, MLA, CVT, RLATG
Paula Clifford is the Executive Director for Americans for Medical Progress where she leads AMP’s advocacy efforts and its educational programs focused on developing the next generation of advocates.
Previously, she was the Executive Director for the Pennsylvania Society for Biomedical Research (PSBR), where she created and led several innovative programs designed to provide information to the public about biomedical research and the role of animals in advancing medicine and science.
During this time, she also served States United for Biomedical Research (SUBR) where she played a key role in fostering collaborations among other biomedical research organizations to more effectively leverage resources, analyze trends and inform the public. Past professional roles include Vice President of Operations for Animal Care Training Services (ACTS), Training Manager at the University of Pennsylvania, and veterinary technician in both research and private practice settings.
Paula received a Master of Liberal Arts in Training Program Evaluation from the University of Pennsylvania, BA in biology from Rutgers and an AAS in veterinary technology from Camden County College. She is a Licensed Veterinary Technician and a Registered Laboratory Animal Technologist (LATG).
Cindy A. Buckmaster, PhD, CMAR, RLATG
Dr. Cindy Buckmaster is Chair of the Board of Directors for Americans for Medical Progress. She is also Director of the Center for Comparative Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine where she oversees one of the largest animal care and use programs in the country. Her involvement in the laboratory animal community spans a wide range of educational, advocacy, and public outreach initiatives. Buckmaster contributes regularly to the public outreach column for Lab Animal magazine, is an author on several scientific articles, and speaks often to audiences across the country and abroad. She is frequently interviewed by reporters about the issues involved in animal based research.
Her previous professional experience includes training researchers and animal care technicians about the humane care of laboratory animals, working with nonhuman primates to understand how various regions of the temporal lobe support learning and memory in primates, and teaching science to high school and college students.
Buckmaster holds Master’s Degree in Science Education and a PhD in Neurobiology and Behavior from Stony Brook University.
She is also a member of the National Animal Interest Alliance Board of Directors, the President of the Texas Society for Biomedical Research, a Past President of the Laboratory Animal Welfare Training Exchange, and Past President of the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science.
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There’s more basic information about animal research in this fact sheet by our colleagues at Speaking of Research.