25 May 2016

"Lef in het Lab" prize for Prof. Dr. Coenraad Hendriksen

Miriam van der Meer, colleague of Hendriksen: “Coenraad Hendriksen: the boundless ambassador of alternatives to animal experiments”

Prof. Dr. Coenraad Hendriksen, professor in alternatives for animal testing at Utrecht University, has been awarded today with the ‘Lef in het Lab’ prize 2016 (freely translated: Courage in the Lab Prize) of the Dutch Society for the Protection of Animals. He received the prize because Hendriksen made great efforts in reducing, refining and replacing animal experiments.

The prize was awarded at the farewell symposium of Prof. Dr. Coenraad Hendriksen and was presented by the Dutch Society for the Protection of Animals. During his whole career, Hendriksen has made great efforts in the implementation of the 3Rs in animal research, not only in the laboratory but also governmentally. 

Prof. Dr Coenraad Hendriksen received the "Lef in het Lab" Prize of the Dutch Society for the Protection of Animals

Reducing laboratory animal use

He received his PhD in 1989 on a thesis entitled “Alternatives to animal testing in Diphtheria and Tetanus research”. With his research, he introduced animal-free methods for vaccine testing and antibody production. This reduced the number of animals used in vaccine testing tremendously. After his thesis he continued working in the area of 3Rs alternatives.
Hendriksen also initiated the Humane Endpoints website, which teaches researchers to prevent unnecessary suffering in laboratory animals. The website is part of the 3Rs-Database Programma of the 3Rs-Centre Utrecht Life Sciences.


His main focus is the intersection between research, law- and regulations, animal welfare and 3Rs alternatives. Hendriksen provides education on these topics and is a member of several national and international committees, working groups and boards in this area. In this manner, his knowledge about quality control of vaccins has been transferred to several international colleagues.

“Lef in het Lab” Prize 2016

The prize was awarded in collaboration with the 3Rs-Centre Utrecht Life Sciences (ULS) this year. The Centre is positioned in the Department Animals in Science and Society of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Utrecht University.