Faculty of Life Sciences, University of ManchesterBiography
Dr Fry was Chief Inspector of the UK Animal Scientific Procedures Inspectorate until his retirement in 2008, and since then has had an honorary position at the University of Manchester. Before joining the Inspectorate he was a senior medical academic, but his teaching included elementary statistics for medical students, with the challenge to make the subject interesting and accessible to those with a variety of backgrounds. As an inspector his work involved assessing proposals for 5 year programmes of animal experiments in many different fields and inspecting the experiments and animals on site, as well as advising government on biomedical issues and promoting the application of the 3Rs (replacement, reduction and refinement) in animal-based research and testing. His specialist interest was experimental design. He was on the ECVAM working group on reduction, and is on the Fund for the Replacement of Animals in Medical Experiments (FRAME) Reduction Steering Committee, and the UK National Centre for the 3Rs Experimental Design Working Group. Since retiring his publications include a number on experimental design and he has run or helped run workshops on experimental design in the UK, in several European countries, in Taiwan, China and South Korea, and in Canada and the USA. He has been a tutor on all the experimental design schools run by FRAME and on an MSc module on experimental design at Manchester University. He has contributed to every World Congress on Alternatives and Animal Use in the Life Sciences since 1999, and ran a satellite workshop on experimental design for the 2011 Congress.