Advisory Council

Charu Chandrasekera


Dr. Charu Chandrasekera is the founder and executive director of Canada’s first and only centre dedicated exclusively to alternatives to animal testing—the Canadian Centre for Alternatives to Animal Methods (CCAAM) and its subsidiary, the Canadian Centre for the Validation of Alternative Methods (CaCVAM) located at the University of Windsor. She obtained her Ph.D. in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology from the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Calgary, specializing in cardiovascular research. Dr. Chandrasekera is an experienced scientist, former animal researcher, science policy expert, and an animal lover. Through CCAAM/CaCVAM, Dr. Chandrasekera promotes the replacement of animals in Canadian biomedical research, education, and regulatory testing through 21st century science, innovation, and ethics (

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