I recently gave a speech at the International Conference for Animal Research Policy, in it I laid out three challenges for the upcoming months. We've all heard of the 3R's, so this is the 3ES's: Enabling Scientists Encouraging Students Educating Schoolchildren We must enable scientists by providing them with an outlet to talk about their … Continue reading Three Challenges for the coming months
A new website created by the RDS has been launched a couple of days ago. Animalresearch.info allows scientists to make their own contributions (subject to moderation) to add to the already vast repository of information on "the contribution of animal research to medical science". The website offers in-depth information on Nobel Prize winners, drug developments … Continue reading Want information on animal research? animalresearch.info!
In the news today there have been reports that laquinimod, a new drug developed to treat multiple sclerosis (MS), has performed well in an early (Phase IIb) (1). An MS patient's immune system attacks their central nervous system, leading to impaired communication in the nervous system and finally to physical and cognitive disability. A key … Continue reading How mice helped develop a new drug for MS
Animal Rights groups like PETA and HSUS have been trumpeting the latest PR victories by animal rights campaigners - but what's behind these "success stories"? The first "victory" for AR groups, recently touted by PeTA, was a ban on animal testing put in place by the small country of San Marino. However, let us put … Continue reading AR groups winning hollow PR victories
Yesterday in Helsinki Professor Robert Langer was awarded the 2008 Millennium Technology Prize for his work on intelligent drug delivery. The Millennium Technology Prize is the world's largest award for technological innovation and is considered by some to be the unofficial Nobel Prize for technology*. Prof. Langer was up against some very strong competition for … Continue reading Animal research and the Millennium Technology Prize
“Americans are living longer, healthier lives and we owe much of that success to biomedical research,” said Robert Palazzo, Ph.D, President of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB). This comes after the CDC announcement that US life expectancy has surpassed 78 years for the first time. Declines in death rates for heart … Continue reading Americans Living Longer Thanks to Animal Research
A recent editorial in the popular UCLA (University of California, Los Angeles) campus newspaper, The Daily Bruin, decided to consider the best and worst moments of the recent academic year. Narrowly beaten by hikes in student fees (but beating UCLA's loss at basketball in the Final Four of March Madness) was the Animal Rights extremism … Continue reading Animal Rights extemism reaches #2 in UCLA “worst moments!”
A couple of months ago Pro-Test blogged about some interesting research that may lead to new drugs that to prevent the lethal "cytokine storm" that was responsible for most deaths in the SARS outbreak. However SARS is not the only virus that kills by inducing an excessive immune response; the threat posed by the H5N1 … Continue reading Calming the storm…while killing the virus