Professor Michael Balls made Honorary Life President of FRAME
Professor Balls has now resigned from the FRAME Trustees, although he remains honorary editor of the journal ATLA (Alternatives to Laboratory Animals) and of PiLAS (Perspectives in Laboratory Animal Science).
He has been associated with FRAME since 1979 and during that time has played a significant part in promoting the Three Rs (Replacement, Reduction and Refinement) to the scientific community.
He was instrumental in the drafting and passage through Parliament of the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986 and has received many awards and honours for his work in the search for alternatives to laboratory animals, both in the UK and overseas.
The FRAME Trustees have presented him with a computer and a crystal decanter in honour of his long service.
Many people from the alternatives field have sent messages wishing Professor Balls well. They include:
IIVS, Gaithersburg, MD, USA: “The Institute for In Vitro Sciences, wishes Professor Balls and FRAME all the best through this transition.”
Dr Jarrod Bailey, this year’s FRAME Annual Lecture speaker, said: “He will be hugely missed, of course, but I'm sure FRAME will continue his good work.”
Dr Seyed Javid Aldavood of the University of Tehran Veterinary School said: "We wish the best for Professor Michael Balls and hope for progressive action for FRAME in future."
Matthew Simpson, of Voice for Ethical Research at Oxford, said: "We have great reason to be grateful to him."
Consulting sociologist Professor Robert Dingwall said: “Michael will leave a huge pair of shoes for anyone else to fill. FRAME is an extraordinary legacy for his work.”
Dr Bryan Howard, a member of FRAME’s Reduction Steering Committee, said: “The name of FRAME had become synonymous with Michael, and the changeover will inevitably involve uncertainty, but I'm sure that the good name of FRAME will continue to stand for progress on each of the Three Rs.”